Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers

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Workman Pub., 1993 - Design - 158 pages
Tussie-Mussies reacquaints readers with the complex and delightful language of flowers, and the art of making them speak through Victorian "talking bouquets" called tussie-mussies. Now Tussie-Mussies is available in a stunning paperback edition.

A celebration of craft, lore, and language, Tussie-Mussies is a full-color guide to tussie-mussies, how to make them, and how the symbolic meanings of flowers and herbs have developed over the centuries. Roses that are red mean only one thing-Love-while a yellow rose may range from Friendship to Jealousy. Daisies are for Innocence, ivy for Fidelity, rosemary for Remembrance. Then comes the delightful task of arranging individual flowers and herbs together to compose a specific message to a friend or loved one. A floral poet, Geraldine Laufer shows how to make 60 bouquets-tussie-mussies to declare Ardent Love, say Happy Birthday, celebrate a Newborn, mark an Anniversary, honor a Mentor, admit an Infatuation, or even announce a Bitter Rivalry. Indeed, any sentiment can be crafted with a few blooms, woolen yarn, and scissors.

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“A ‘tuzzy mussy’ is a bunch or spray of flowers.” This definition first appeared in print in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1440. In this delightful book, “Tussie-Mussies,” you find the history and ... Read full review

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TUSSIE-MUSSIES FOR HOLIDAYS & FESTIVE OCCASIONS:

Sweet Sixteen:

1 VARIEGATED TULIP: Beautiful Eyes

2 FORGET-ME-NOT: Love

3 BUGLE: Most Lovable, Cheers the Heart

4 FOAMFLOWER: Attractive

5 PANSY: Loving Thoughts

6 DOGWOOD: Faithfulness

TUSSIE-MUSSIES FOR FRIENDSHIP & ROMANCE:

Consolation for a Broken Heart:

1 LEMON BALM: Sympathy, Healing, Drives Away Heaviness of Mind

2 LAVENDER: Soothes the Tremblings and Passions of the Heart

3 ELDERBERRY: Kindness, Sympathy

4 ROSE: Friendship, May You Be Pleaseed and Your Sorrows Mine!

5 SENSITIVE PLANT: Sensibility, Be Careful, Do Not Hurt Me!

6 PINK YARROW: Cure for Heartache, Dispels Melancholy, Health

7 WILLOW: Serenity

8 LENTEN ROSE: Cure for Melancholy

Excerpted from TUSSIE-MUSSIES. Copyright (c) 1993 by Geraldine Adamich Laufer. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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