This was an exciting week of work on Tasha's Kitchen because I was finally able to begin working on some of the accessories! Hooray! I thought since I had one last exterior task - filling the flower box, that starting with the mini plants and flowers made sense.
Every home chef loves fresh ingredients, so it's pretty handy when you grow fresh herbs right in your kitchen. I had left over leaves from SDK Miniatures Herb Kits that I'd gotten when I did the Storybook Cottage's kitchen. I colored them with several shades of Ranger Alcohol Ink and then glued them to 30 gauge floral wire.
I had some tiny and cute Braxton Payne terra cotta pots but thought an herb tray would be a nice way to display them. I couldn't decide between making a set with it's own uniquely shaped pots or using the terra cotta pots and making just the tray. I decided to design and print both kinds!
In the end I went with the terra cotta in the Herb Tray to introduce more color and texture into the kitchen. Blue and white will only take you so far. :O)
Not sure yet if I'll paint the tray, glaze it or leave it be. What do you guys think?
|Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Sage|
The final detail I worked on this week has another family story behind it. Since about 2012, Brent's (Tasha's Fiancé) dad Shawn has lived nearby and become a regular member of the family, attending holiday gatherings and the like. He is so sweet, and so thoughtful and never arrives empty handed. One year, he brought me a beautiful orchid. Now, you'd think I would have been so happy but I was petrified! Me + Plants = certain death! I was so worried that I was going to kill Phyl (that's what we call him)! But luckily, Tasha agreed to take Phyl, learn all about what he needed and keep him alive. She has done this beautifully for years now! Here's the most recent photo...
Isn't he pretty! Well, Tasha's kitchen project just wouldn't be complete without a mini Phyl. SDK didn't have a Phalaenopsis orchid kit, but Mary Kinloch did! It came with a laser sheet of the three kinds of petals that it takes to make the orchid's blooms. The instructions tell you what other supplies you need such as floral wire, embroidery floss, matte gel medium and Japanese rice paper for the leaves. I also looked at photos of orchids online to try to make mini Phyl look more authentic.
|Sample Orchid Found Online|