Pressed Flower Cards & Announcements!

Hello all, it has been a long time!! I have been meaning to post for a while, but life has been busy... I am spending a lot of time scrounging for recipes and reading other blogs, but truth be told, I have not been cooking as much as I would like these days. Work has taken up a lot for the time being, so my time in the kitchen has been limited to the precious weekends. However, I have been reading a bunch of good books (more on that later) and doing interesting summer crafts with my daughter.

As you may have noticed, this blog has been re-branded from Ginger & Garlic cooking blog to A Brownian Walk Through Life, a blog that covers food, cooking, books, crafts but also occasional commentary on tech or my long running interest of personal finance  or investing. Recipes will still be a big part of this blog, but I am hoping to broaden it to other interests and write about them often.

Secondly, I recently joined Instagram! You can follow me here. I am really enjoying the small bite-sized posting format and I am planning to post a lot more frequently there - hope to see you all there!

So, with the announcements out of the way, here is the craft I wanted to share with you all today. I got the idea from this nytimes article. As a kid I loved drying flower petals and then using them to make greeting cards. It's the same concept except you use watercolors to accent and add more depth to your dried flower art.

We picked a bunch of flowers from the garden (you can also buy multi-colored flowers from supermarket) and dried them for about 10 days pressed within the pages of a thick book. Stack another thick book on the top for good measures :) Once the flowers are dried, use thick watercolor paper, color it in abstract or let your creativity run wild and then glue the dried flowers using any good quality glue you may have at home.

It helps if the flowers are multi-color - pick some yellows, blues and purples along with reds and also be sure to dry some interesting twigs or leaves! 

It's a great craft to do with kids.. and what a wonderful hand-made gift to send to friends or grand-parents!

We have a second batch of flowers drying at the moment and hope to post another round of dried pressed flower cards soon.

Enjoy!