Tussie Mussie Flower guide and instrustions:
With Credit to: By GERALDINE ADAMICH LAUFER
power, dignity, silver moonlight, sentimental recollections, unceasing remembrance
love, betrothal, best wishes, hatred
success, personal accomplishment, glory, achievement in the arts, reward of merit
compassion, sweet virtues, your whims are unbearable
courage, bluntness, directness
cheer, most lovable
a merry heart, joy
health, joy, remembrance, constancy, the sun, affection, disquietude, grief, jealousy,
for prevention of infidelity
energy in adversity, comfort, patience, help against wearisomeness, plant physician
good luck, good education, hard work, industry
justice shall be done you
home sweet home
worthy of all praise, force, strength, thinness
good health, warmth, you light up my life
true love, hope, remembrance, do not forget me
insincerity, a wish, decision, I am not ambitious for myself but for you
protection, strength, courage, good luck
preference, gentility, comfort
safe, pleasant, comforting, warming
mirth, rest, sleep, beer
support, softness, gentleness
devotion, luck, success, happiness, distrust, soothing the passions of the heart, ardent attachment
sharp wit, understanding, healing, love, fun, relief, rejuvenation, sympathy, social inter course
attractive to the opposite sex, responsibility
warmth of feeling
virtue, homeyness, cheerfulness
travel, to overcome fatigue, conception, comfort, be not weary
marriage, love, married bliss, fidelity, passion, peace, home, joy
perplexity, embarrassment, independence, prosperity, kiss me twice before I rise
festivity, feasting, thanks, gratitude, useful knowledge
lively and pure affection, fascination, sweetness, boldness, newlyweds, dignity, taste
forgetfulness, sleep, oblivion, evanescent pleasure
remembrance, devotion, fidelity, wisdom, good luck in the new year, your presence revives me
domestic virtue, wisdom, skill, esteem, to mitigate grief
pride of ownership, earthly delights
hospitality, esteem, virtue
aggressiveness, pursuit wards off evil
parental affection, joy
warmth of sentiment
gladness, sincerity, rejoicing, comfort
blushes, mirth, consolation, joy, happiness, kindness, courtesy, distrust
eternal life and rejoicing, cordiality, athletic victory
hope against miscarriage, I declare against you
activity, bravery, courage, strength, manger herb
accommodating disposition, drunk and blousy
good fortune, wishes granted
modesty, faithfulness, humility, simplicity, loyalty, I return your love
affection, absence, bitterness, protection for travelers
health, to dispel melancholy and heartache, sorrow, healing of wounds, war
Step by step
Fresh roses, herbs, other flowers, and leaves
Waxed floral tape
Pruning shears or scissors
1 finger cut from a cotton-knit glove
2/3 yard 3-inch-wide lace
1 yard double-sided satin ribbon about 1/2 inch wide to match or complement one of the flower colors
2. Trim all the stems to 5 to 6 inches long and strip the leaves off the lower half of the stems.
3. Choose a rose or other prominent flower for the center of the tussie-mussie, surround it with sprigs of herbs, and bind the stems together with floral tape. The warmth from your hands makes the waxed tape stretchy and able to stick to itself.
4. Surround the center flowers with concentric circles of herbs alternating with flowers, securing each circle of stems with floral tape. Take care to keep the tops of the herbs and flowers even, forming a mounded or mushroom silhouette. Continue to add circles until the tussie-mussie is 4 to 6 inches in diameter and all your floral symbols have been included.
5. Frame the tussie-mussie with a circle of larger leaves (such as lamb’s-ears, ivy, or scented-geranium leaves), overlapping them evenly around the outside edge. Bind these in place with floral tape.
6. With the pruning shears, trim the stems to 3 inches long, or about the width of your palm.
7. Slip the glove finger up over the cut stems to make a smooth handle by which the tussie-mussie may be carried. Because it is absorbent, it will hold moisture around the stems and help to keep them fresh. I use inexpensive cotton-knit gloves from a photography store, at a cost of a dime per finger.
8. Thread the tapestry needle with the elastic thread and sew a running stitch along one edge of the lace. Then tie the elastic to form a circle. Pull the resulting stretchy collar up over the stems and tuck it under the frame of leaves. Real lace is not only beautiful, but it is also more durable than paper lace doilies, which tear when wet. Antique lace may be used, or the lace can match a wedding gown or party dress. Even the most inexpensive lace looks lovely.
9. Finish the tussie-mussie by tying the satin ribbon around the stem handle right below the lace. Tie a bow. You may also tie overhand knots in the ends of the streamers for good luck, slipping a sprig of rosemary or statice (remembrance) into each one.
10. Write out a little gift card listing the plants and their meanings.