8/14/15

Flower Pressing with the Microwave Workshop




Hello! I haven't blogged in such a long...long time. The truth is that I have been totally focused and dedicated to designing and teaching my workshops. It's been very busy with quite a few projects on the go. I have also been spending time gardening, pressing flowers and travelling.

I have been pressing flowers since early Spring. These photos were taken by Erika during my recent Flower Pressing in the Microwave Workshop at the Newcomer Women's Services. It was a fun and very hands on workshop. Participants learned how to press flowers using the Microfleur Press. They created such wonderful stationery with amazing talent. I am so very proud of them.


Participants explored parts of my book Flower and Leaf Press and learned how to use a wooden press, what flowers to pick, when to pick them and how to store them. By the way my book is still available online.


It's been a very tricky season when it comes to gardening. Climate change and unstable weather have altered how things really work in nature. Although it seems to be that blooming season is almost over I am still picking botanicals.

I hope you are too enjoying the beauty of flowers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Instructional Designer & Facilitator that lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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6/17/15

Balcony Gardening Update: Geraniums are finally thriving.



Balcony Gardening this year hasn't been that fun. First, we had unstable weather all Spring. Then more repairs being done this time to our building walls. All this turmoil been really hard on our plants and balconies. Great news! It's almost over. Today I just wanted to show off our beautiful blooming Geraniums. It's almost time for this again!

I have been working on my Christmas Workshops {yes, already}. More details later.

Have a great week!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Instructional Designer & Facilitator that lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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5/27/15

How to place a valance on a metal door with an extension rod


It seems to be that with the renovations we had I have been blogging about a few solutions we found along the way. As I mentioned on this past post we recently got new windows and balcony doors installed. With that it came the challenge to adjust out window treatments. 

Today I am showing you how I added privacy to the upper window of our new balcony door that has now a metal frame. I also mentioned the limitations we have when it comes to using hardware. No drilling.


This is the valance we already had on our old window. It is up again. This time I used a small extension rod. It's holding it nicely!

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5/25/15

How to place a shade on a metal door with magnetic hooks


It's been renovation after renovation since last Fall around here. We are already gardening in our new balconies. Recently, we got new balcony doors and windows installed. With that change we had to make some adjustments regarding our window treatments.

The most challenging one was adding privacy to our new metal balcony door which has a window. No drilling is allowed on them. I heard that drilling would compromise the insulation.

It took us a while to figure it out...or I should say for The Man to figure it out...because he certainly did.




The Man found a magnetic hook set. They usually hold utensils and tools. All he did was to drill the shade on both ends at the back. He then hang it from the magnetic hooks placed on the metal door. We found this pretty and light weight shade at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Doesn't it look great?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth designs, develops and facilitates courses for Continuing Education Programs - Creative Studies. Works and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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5/19/15

Resin Wicker Planter Boxes with removable inner liners.


After numerous compliments coming from neighbors I decided to post about our Resin Wicker Planter Boxes. I spotted them for the first time last year at the Garden section of Home Depot. I believe that the colour and rustic woven exterior got my attention at first glance.

This year while choosing plants at the store, saw them again and brought home a couple more. These water proof planters are described and marketed as "Planter Deck Box with Hook". They also look beautiful on balcony railings.

These planters have a removable plastic inner liner which prevents leaks. It makes planting much easier for me. I usually place about three medium Geraniums I already have blooming indoors in each planter. See here how I do it.

These planters have hooks coated with plastic. They protect surfaces. See them shown on the photo below. They fit our new balcony railings even better, perfectly! See them on our old balcony railings last year here.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth designs, develops and facilitates courses for Continuing Education Programs - Creative Studies. Works and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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