Pinning it Down {7} Carnation Experiment

Welcome to Pinning it Down Tuesday! Do you find yourself pinning projects to Pinterest, but rarely getting around to doing them? Do you need a bit of encouragement to make some of those projects come to life? Join Pam and me every Tuesday for the Pinning it Down link-up, where we’re making a Pinterest project happen in our homes every week.
Oh yes. I’m hosting, which means that I still haven’t had that baby. I (ahem) don’t really want to talk about it, so let’s just get on with our business, shall we?

I’ve seen this experiment on Dawn’s blog several times over the years, and have always meant to give it a try. Ah, those good intentions. It took Pinterest and our Pinning it Down link-up to get me to actually DO it.
Basically, the idea is to put a bit of food coloring and some water in jars and let the white carnations drink up the dye. The blooms change color, thereby giving us a little glimpse into plant structure.
The experiment didn’t work quite how I thought it would. Only about half the colors seeped into the blooms at all. I wonder if I should have used smaller carnations? Or if I should have gotten them closer to bud stage, instead of already fully bloomed?
(Goofy girl alert)
Where are the “after” pictures, you ask? The ones where I show you what actually happened?
I never took any.
It’s the baby’s fault- she’s stolen my brain.
Yes, I’m blaming an innocent baby. She’s late, see, and I’m not very happy about it- so I can blame her for whatever I want. That’s how it works. (And then, when she’s born and I’m so taken up with kissing all over her cuteness that I pretty much ignore this blog completely, we can blame her for that too!) :)

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1. Choose a project from one of your Pinterest pinboards and make it happen. Blog a little about it. Remember, it doesn’t have to be elaborate- we just want to see what you’ve been up to!

2. Make sure you link back here somewhere in your post so others can find us and play along. Feel free to grab our Pinning it Down graphic if you’d like to add it to your post. Also, don’t forget proper pinning etiquette and try to include a link back the original idea whenever possible. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person.

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  1. says

    ACK! I am dying for the “Sarah had her baby!!!” post! I know you are too, so I’ll leave it at that. Sorry your carnations didn’t turn crazy brilliant colors….next time?!?!?! Have that baby already, would ya?

  2. says

    Thinking of you, Sarah, and hoping your bundle of joy makes her appearance soon for you! Love the carnation trick – we used to do it with blue and red as they seemed to turn out best.

  3. says

    I have always wanted to do that too! I am sorry about the baby not being here! I wish I could think of something to comfort you, but as someone who has had a few very late babies, I know there is no such thing. I’ll be praying for you and your little one.

  4. says

    We did it with liquid water colors instead of food dye (which maybe you did?). I tried it with food colors and the kiddos were pretty disappointed. The florist told us we wanted the older carnations as well and set some aside for us that she normally would have thrown away. We had brilliant colors!

  5. says

    Well, at least the white flowers and the colored water look all pretty! I wonder if the water needs something else to make it work better. My pin didn’t work all that well either this week! I’ll have to get the post up when I get a chance.

    So…I’m going to risk weirding you out by telling you I had a dream about you last night! You lived next door to me and I went over to meet you and offered to watch your kiddos when you had the baby all the while secretly hoping you’d ask me to doula for you ;) You had a cool house with neat wood toys :) Must’ve been from saying a prayer for you in the middle of the night!

  6. Anonymous says

    I’m keeping an eye on you, Sarah!! :) I’m praying for you and wishing you the best! Looking forward to a ton of adorable pics.

    Ruthie, your friendly neighborhood northsider :)

  7. Anonymous says

    See…Like I said Saturday-We are all here for you and constantly sending prayers and good thoughts to you. Wish you all did live next door. :) Love Pinning It Down and all your cute pics. Sheryl in PO

  8. says

    Well, I think the white carnations look really pretty in the colored water. After seeing this, I might just try adding a little food color to a flower arrangment sometime, and not even care if it turns the flowers a different color or not.

  9. says

    I have nothing for the meme this week but I wanted to add, with all these fine ladies, that we are praying for you and your family and hope all is well ~~ sending you a shot of energy for labor. :)

  10. says

    Thanks for your comment on my post! Also, that baby at the bottom there – he was 16 days late. I’m still sort of upset about it, it was a ROUGH 16 days! So, I totally feel for you and hope your little one comes very soon!

  11. says

    Oh my goodness! Tell that baby it’s time already!!! Although I’m sure you have been… Tell her that “late-ness” is NOT acceptable in this family! LOL… Maybe that’s why I get so panic-attacky when I’m running late for something? You know… My birthday was “supposed” to be the 29th of June, much like two of our favorite “K’s”… I ended up being born on the 21st… OF JULY!!! (Insert evil chuckle) Doctors won’t let you be that late anymore though.