Flowering fortune Japanese charms December 07 2015

We recently sent some of our new Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charms to our friend Debbie, whose blog we adore and who you'll know as the illustrator responsible for the What you Sow logo and the design on our Catnip Seed bomb packet.

Here Debbie gives us her first impressions of these cute charms and tells us how to use them...

My first impression when I opened my parcel containing my Beckoning Cat and Red Daruma Flowering fortunes was what sweet little gifts they would make. They're nicely packaged, and the paper mache charms are really cute - the little friendly cat is very sweet, and the grumpy looking Daruma really made me smile too.

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Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm

The instructions for use were very simple: Read it, plant it, water it and your luck will grow! 

Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm

Each of the paper mache charms contains a hidden fortune, and folded within the fortune paper are some little seeds. If the seeds grow it means your fortune will come true. 

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Maybe it's cheating a bit to plant two at once? Each fortune I received was slightly different, so wasn't sure if it would be tempting fate, but I went for it anyway. Hopefully I'll end up with double the luck!
I tore off the part of the fortune containing the seeds so that I could keep the part that told me my fortune. The paper is biodegradable so dissolves into the soil allowing the shoots to grow.

Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm
Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm

I placed the paper in pots filled with some fresh compost, and covered them with a final thin layer of compost. Then I gave them a good soaking of water and placed them on my kitchen windowsill in the sunshine next to their charms to (hopefully) begin to grow!

Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm
Flowering Fortunes Japanese Charm

In fact, my Red Daruma fortune now has some shoots! I think this means my luck is on the up!
I love the fact that even after planting the seeds you still have the paper mache charm as a little keepsake. These would definitely make really cute stocking fillers for christmas and I would definitely recommend them as a little good luck gift to give to family or friends.