2012: Our First Year In Review

ImageWow, we can’t believe a year has passed since we first began our adventure with Where Roses Bloom. Just recently, on January 5th, we celebrated our first birthday of the day when we came together and decided that we were ready to embark on this crazy ride. Where Roses Bloom has already grown into something that we could have never imagined, and we honestly can’t wait to see what the next year holds. We’ve enjoyed reminiscing on all of our fun endeavors that 2012 held for us. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments with Where Roses Bloom’s first year.

1: January- Where Roses Bloom’s site launches
2: February- Our trip to Springfield & St. Louis
3: March- A vintage-inspired garden
4: April- Flavor-infused summertime teas
5: May- Time in the studio
6: June- A month of polka dots with pants & hand-painted plates
7: July- What we wore on the 4th of July
8: August- Travel kits
9: September- Homemade dog treats
10: October- Painted lyric curtains
11: November- A flannel friendsgiving
12: December- Our etsy store opens // check it out here!

Thanks for being a special part of our first year. We can’t wait to share many more exciting years with you!

XOXO- Bethany Rose & Rosemary

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DIY: Hand Painted Plates

We all know how not-so-fun the average white plates can be, don’t we? I recently decided it was time to add a little pep to my plates by adding a few colorful polka dots. This was a very quick and inexpensive project that completely changed the look of my kitchenware!

I purchased white ceramic plates at the thrift store for $1 each and paints at my local craft store for approximately $1 for each bottle. With a paint brush, I hand painted polka dots on the plates and let them air dry. I decided on polka dots because I’m currently obsessed with them, but feel free to do whatever design you’d like!

Once my plates had time to dry, I baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let them cool. I was so excited at how they turned out! Because they are hand painted, it is best to hand wash them to preserve your designs for an extended amount of time.

And now, with my funky new plates, it’s time for a party! I’m so excited to use these plates for many summer gatherings with friends. What a fun summer this will be!

Love,
Rosemary

 

Flavor Infused Summertime Teas

With Summertime just around the corner, we can’t stop dreaming about hanging out with friends & enjoying an iced cold tea on the porch.  We decided to add a little twist to the classic iced tea by adding infused flavors & could not be more happy with the outcome! It was so much fun playing with flavors, and we can’t wait to enjoy these delicious beverages in the hot summer sun.

The great thing is many of these ingredients came from our homemade garden!

Check out our homemade garden here.

Here are the three yummy favors we came up with:  Lemon Orange Tea, Berry Rosemary Tea, & Vanilla Infused Mint Tea (Our Favorite!).

Take a look at our adventures with infused flavors below:

Lemon Orange Tea: Half an orange & half a lemon twisted.

Berry Rosemary Tea:  Frozen berry medley (ours had strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries), sprig of rosemary (crushed & as garnish) & we made heart shaped ice-cubes with berries in them as well!

Vanilla Infused Mint Tea:  Handfull of mint crushed & drops (or teaspoons!) of vanilla extract to taste.

 And Voila! Ordinary tea turned extraordinary!  It’s amazing how a few simple ingredients  can transform the traditional summertime tea.

What’s your favorite summertime drink?

Xoxo!

Bethany Rose & Rosemary