Synopses & Reviews
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.
A hand-held flower arrangement, the tussie-mussie became popular in medieval times and reached an obsessive fame a century ago. Laufer shows how to make 60 bouquets--tussie-mussies that declare love, happy birthday, happy anniversary, celebrate a newborn, honor a mentor, admit an infatuation, and more. Full color.
Complete and informative. --Victoria Magazine
THE GRACEFUL ART OF SPEAKING THROUGH FLOWERS
Originally called "talking bouquets" and "word posies," tussie-mussies are sweet-smelling and symbolic flower arrangements that Victorians exchanged in lieu of written greetings. Today Geraldine Laufer, a floral poet, revives the art of tussie-mussies and shows how to make them in this full-color celebration of craft, lore, and language. Step by step, Tussie-Mussies covers the delightful task of crafting individual flowers and herbs into a message, from how to cut flowers and greens to finishing the handle and creating the holder. Then Ms. Laufer shares sixty of her favorite tussie-mussies.
Declare ardent love. Say happy birthday. Welcome a newborn. Mark an anniversary. Honor a mentor. Send consolations--the flowers say it all.
Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited.
About the Author
Geraldine Adamich Laufer is a noted horticulturist, garden-circuit lecturer, and a columnist for Herb Companion. She is the Public Relations Manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden and has a business making tussie-mussies.
Table of Contents
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
FLORAL LORE THROUGH THE AGES
The Origins of Tussie-Mussies
The Golden Age of the Tussie-Mussie
MAKING A TUSSIE-MUSSIE
A Step-by-Step Guide
SIXTY THEME TUSSIE-MUSSIES
Holiday and Festive Occasions
Good Health and Recovery
Friendship and Romance
Celebrating Special People
New Beginnings and Congratulations
Vocabulary of Flowers
Index of Sentiments