Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Roses Are Red

May 9, 2011

Roses are red, my love, violets are blu - u - u - e 
                                                                              -- Bobby Vinton
                                                                          -- Jim Reeves

The ladies at EveryBody EveryWear picked florals for this month's challenge. I didn't have any floral arrangements to wear, but luckily my daughter came through with a skirt that she let me borrow. Once again, I hoisted it up, and wore the skirt as a shirt (that is fast becoming a habit with me).

 shirt -- New York & Company (borrowed)
skirt -- Express
cardigan -- Old Navy
shoes -- Thom McKan (Kmart)

You can't really see the print on my top, but it was a bed of roses.

A long long time ago on graduation day 
You handed me your book I signed this way 
Roses are red my love violets are blue
sugar is sweet my love but not as sweet as you

We dated through high-school and when the big day came
I wrote into your book next to my name 
Roses are red my love violets are blue 
Sugar is sweet my love but not as sweet as you

Then I went far away and you found someone new
I read your letter dear and I wrote back to you 
Roses are red my love violets are blue
Sugar is sweet my love 

Good luck may God bless you
Is that your little girl she looks a lot like you
Some day some boy will write in her book too
Roses are red my love violets are blue Sugar is sweet my love but not as sweet as you

This song is pretty appropo for me -- I have my first of three graduation ceremonies (in three weeks, no less) to attend this Friday. My oldest daughter is graduating from pharmacy school! Woo hoo! Proud Mommy here. 

Some fun rose facts:
  • On October 7, 1986, President Reagan signed legislation making the rose the official National Floral emblem of the United States. It's also the state flower of Georgia, Iowa, New York, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
  • George Washington was the first to breed roses in the United States.
  • Over 1.2 billion roses (4.67 roses per person) (where are mine?!) were purchased in the United States in 1994. The most popular rose holidays are Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Christmas.  
  • The rose is native to the United States. The oldest fossilized imprint of the rose was left on a slate deposit found in Florissant, Colorado. It is estimated to be 35 million years old.  
  • Almost 900 acres of greenhouses are dedicated to the production of fresh-cut roses in the United States One acre of greenhouse rose production is valued at about one million dollars, which includes the value of the plants, greenhouse structure and land.  
  • About 60% of the roses grown in the United States are produced in California.
  • Rose hips contain more Vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.
  • Mythology says that roses grew thorns when Cupid accidentally shot an arrow into a rose garden.
And here's a picture of the real thing -- my kids gave me this rose bush for Mother's Day several years ago. It still blooms every year.

I always save the rose petals from any roses that were given to me. This year, I want to try and make beads out of the petals. It seems like it's a relatively easy process -- just takes time. There are a lot of on-line tutorials for making them -- basically it seems like you just collect them, grind them, and boil them (you boil them a bunch of times over several days). Apparently, they last for a long time though if made right. Click here to see one version on eHow.

Who did you get your first roses from?

Now head on over to EveryBody EveryWear to see how everybody else styled their florals. I'm looking forward to seeing the colors.

Florals | Everybody, Everywear


  1. So pretty. I think this might be my favorite looks of yours.

  2. I would never have guessed the top was a skirt, you wear it well! And congrats on your daughter graduating :D

  3. I love your outfit! I think that is awesome that your top is a skirt! COOL! And congratulations on the graduation! Doesn't it make you so happy to see your children succeed? Roses are very special to me - they are my favorite flower. My father-in-law has MANY plants. Right now he has one plant where he grafted 17 different types into one plant! AWESOME! Cheers!

  4. That skirt works great as a top! I love that 'trick', especially for stretchy banded skirts.

    My family often gave me a rose on my birthday or Valentine's day. I don't remember my first rose, but I had roses for both my wedding bouquets (ones for the court house and the formal one). White roses have always been my favorite flower.

  5. i see people doing the skirt thing for a shirt a lot, but i can't fit my skirts around my boobs and trust me my boobs aren't that big!
    what's the trick?

  6. Your skirt top looks great on you; this floral print is so nice. You have me wanting to try this trick. I almost forgot EBEW and then someone reminded me. I think it's great you've got your children almost fully launched! I know you are proud. My middle child, a daughter, graduates from high school in June so I am right behind you.

  7. Skirt as blouse = Brilliant! Congrats on the daughter graduating from Pharm school. She can help you keep your meds straight someday:) I however have zero kids, so I'm gonna be screwed in my advanced years. Wish me luck.

    I agree with Gracey - that is one of my fav looks of yours!!!

  8. I didn't know the rose was native to the U.S. GREAT fun fact! I live in Cali and roses are everywhere. I love the fragrance of roses so it's a treat to walk my neighborhood which at the moment is abloom with roses.

    Like you, I am all about converting skirts into top- so I highly approve of your rose print top!
    the Citizen Rosebud

  9. Love the skirt-shirt print and all the roses facts.
    I also love the name Rose, it's one of my daughter's middle name.

  10. Thanks so much for your comment, come back again soon!

    xo L.

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  12. Thanks for the follow, I wanted to follow back but I don't see a follower button! Am I missing it?

  13. I do not know how I have missed your blog...I will be back and I signed up for an email subscription! I have you featured on the front page of my blog today!! I will also add you to my blog roll!

  14. Yay I'm following now! Thanks for putting the google follower thing up... I agree with you about the friends on facebook thing, but I'm so happy to have anyone following at all that I don't quite mind!

  15. Very cute! I see alot of people wearing the skirt as shirt successfully and I don't seem to pull it off as well. It works on you! Congrats on your son!!! He and his girlfriend are like a superhero couple!! ~Serene

  16. "Who did you get your first roses from?"

    I got it from my mom on my nursery graduation.haha. No man had given me roses even my current boyfriend. So sad. :(

    Roses are blue for me, eh,
    Cathy@digitizing service


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