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Yes you read it right, I have a major obsession with miniatures.  I always have, since I was a little girl collecting my grandma’s tiny perfume bottles and those adorable little lipstick tubes that Avon used to do for lip color samples.  Oh my goodness.  Those were my favorite.  I can still remember the smells. Anyways, to this day I can’t pass up an opportunity to do something in mini form.  So these cuties, of course, make my nose scrunch and I find myself talking in a baby voice.  Call me weird, but you’ll do the same when you see them.  These are so perfect for a sweet little thinking of you gift, favors for a party,  place card holders and take home gifts for dinner parties or even a wedding.  They come in some great colors too.

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I used the bottle of oil for size comparison.  It was the closest tiny thing I could grab. (And everyone needs citrus fresh in their life.)

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Ok, see, you’re talking in your tiny baby voice now too right? Well, all the same…these are calling out to you for your next gift for a sweet friend or your big day – sometimes all it takes to make a big splash is something tiny!

Watering Succulents

Jul
2013
25

posted by on Care, Create, Cultivate, Grow, Indoor Gardening, Succulents

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Often times people are intimidated by succulents because they seem so delicate, or so “juicy,” and they end up killing them by overcare, instead of neglect. Over watering succulents will lead to root rot, soggy, yellow, squishy leaves, and eventually death. And that succs! Haha! Well, good news for all you succy killers…I have the greatest trick for telling if your succulents and cacti need watering or not.

When you wander over to your planter and think about over watering your sweet succulents, pause first and try this great trick. Start with a dry set of wooden chopsticks, or wooden skewers from the kitchen. In these pics I used skewers. Take the wooden skewer or chopstick and poke it into the soil of your planter, all the way down to the bottom, where the water would be if there was any there. Pull the stick out: if it is damp at all or has any soil on the stick, then it doesn’t need to be watered. If the stick comes out dry and/or with no dirt on it, then it is watering time! How easy is that? I have been using this trick for a while now and it has really proven the point that succulents are easier to kill by over-care than neglect. So relax!

Insert Skewer

Insert Skewer

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it's time to water.

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it’s time to water.

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter...

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter…

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair-don't judge! Now you know why!

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair, wielding a watering can-don’t judge! Now you know why!

I live in the arid mountains of our great country and my gardening practices could be quite different than yours. (Especially if you have any humidity whatsoever!) But, with this great tip, it doesn’t matter where you live! You’ll never drown another succulent!

Post coming soon on my planting methods and why I don’t use drainage holes…

Succulent Planter

Apr
2013
23

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The planter is finally planted!

Layer first with gravel or hydropon, then position plants & fill in with succulent soil.

Layer first with gravel or hydropon, then position plants & fill in with succulent soil.

Position the plants first, breaking up colors and textures and then filling in with dirt.

Position the plants first, breaking up colors and textures and then filling in with dirt.

 

"the shop" (which is all my fixins in a jars in a cute old crate)

“the shop” (which is all my fixins in a jars in a cute old crate)

Red moss picks up the touches of color on the succulents.

Red moss picks up the touches of color on the succulents.

Cover the soil in sand for asthetics and then a touch of gravel or moss to hold in moisture and give it texture.

Cover the soil in sand for aesthetics and then a touch of gravel or moss to hold in moisture and give it texture.

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It’s so pretty! Makes me happy every time I look at it.

Finished planter sitting happily in the South window.

Finished planter sitting happily in the South window.

 

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(Yes, thrifted, not thrifty…I think it’s a better description of the projects I spotlight here on Thursdays. Sorry to switch it up on you, if you don’t like change!)

This week my mantra is waste not, want not. So in keeping with that I decided to finally use what I refer to as “my scraps.” For some this would mean fabric, but around here it means left over plant odds and ends. I never throw away a succulent leaf, or stem that breaks off or half of a plant that I don’t use in a planting. I keep a little pot tray with some soil that I just tuck these scraps into to keep them happy and alive. Then, when I need one little filler or I have enough scraps, I use them, at no extra cost-which I love!

So these little pots were $0.99 each, on half-off day, for a whopping total of $1.50(ish)! And with the use of scraps, this trio cost me next to nothing.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil and a cork square that I use to protect my kitchen surfaces.

This is what I focus on  when I'm playing in the dirt.

This is what I focus on when I’m playing in the dirt.

My thrifted jars and my odds and ends...

My thrifted jars and my scraps…

New homes for everyone!

New homes for everyone!

A sick zebra aloe I'm trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

A sick zebra aloe I’m trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

In being mindful and taking the extra minute to save things I might usually pitch in a hurry, I’m able to make my supplies go so much further. Remember, waste not want not!

Tips: To water these little guys, move very slowly and use a turkey baster to control the water flow. It will take a little less than one turkey baster full (yes that’s the technical unit) of water per jar in Colorado and even less in more humid climates. It’s always better to under water succulents, than to over water them. Remember they are dessert plants and nearly indestructible so don’t be scared! Succs love bright light, preferably South facing windows. Less light, such as a west, east or north facing window means even less water. 

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This Thursday’s project is one of my favorites! I found a drink holder at the thrift store, sans the spigot for $6.99 and it was Saturday, which is half off day (do the math! $3.495)! It came with the most hideous plastic square top, which had me stumped for a while. But I had hope that some thing fantastic could come of it still. I found my inspiration on West Elm…they had terrarium toppers made of gorgeous wood, in all different shapes and sizes. So I showed Hubs what I had in mind and he whipped up the most fantastic terrarium topper in a matter of minutes! I used a variety of low light, high moisture plants in this planting.

List of supplies:

  • Potting soil
  • Charcoal
  • Drainage element such as gravel or hydropon (expanded clay pearls)
  • 3-5 low light plants
  • Fixins: gravel, pebbles, moss and trinkets
  • Branches

Start with a layer of gravel or hydropon, for a false drainage system. Then a thin layer of charcoal to prevent any bacteria or mold growth…

Spread a thin layer of soil

Spread a thin layer of soil on top of that (not pictured here, since doing projects with Lil Miss & taking pics is quite the challenge)

Arrange plants, nestling them into the layer of soil where you want them to live.

Arrange plants, nestling them into the layer of soil where you want them to live.

Top the soil with gravel, pebbles and moss. Use several various textures, and colors in your fixins, include a unique trinket or natural element to make it reflect your own personal style.

Fill in the gaps and level soil, top with gravel, pebbles and moss, by section…

Use several various textures, and colors in your fixins, include a unique trinket or natural element to make it reflect your own personal style.

Use several varying textures, and colors in your fixins, include a unique trinket or natural element to make it reflect your own personal style.

I am in love with pine cones, so I collect and use them every chance I get!

I am in love with pine cones, so I collect and use them every chance I get!

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Beautiful Pine Terrarium Topper, made from Colorado Pine from our yard.

Beautiful Pine Terrarium Topper, made from Ponderosa Pine in our yard.

Branches hovering over a pink nerve plant, baby's tears, and a few ferns.

Branches hovering over a pink nerve plant, baby’s tears, and a few ferns.

And the most serendipitous detail of all…I arrive home this afternoon to a delightful package on my deck from a far away friend! I opened it to discover treasures and trinkets of all shapes and sizes, including a set of miniature woven baskets and tons of lil creatures to live in my creations! Thank you Emily, my crafty and resourceful friend. You taught me the love of a good thrift! (And totally made my day!)

This lil mouse loves his new home!

This lil mouse loves his new home!

The Nested Nook: Thrifted Terrarium

What could be happier than a wooden red shroom & lil bluebird? Not a thing!

 

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Who makes posts on a Saturday night, at 10pm no less!? A girl who’s hubs is on day 9 in Europe, a girl’s who’s house got 8″ of snow, a girl who just got an amazing new book in the mail from Amazon (see new book to the right)!!! That would be me, in case you hadn’t caught on yet.

Today is a special day! It’s my momma’s birthday. Yup, the one who started it all. She would let me spend my saved up allowance funds on my very own flower bed when I was little! (Now I realize what a tricky ploy this was-exploiting my love of flowers and gardening to enhance her plight to win “Yard of the Month”!) What a dear, sweet momma! She was the one who taught me to sew and craft like no one was looking; my original source of inspiration. Thanks momma for always supporting me in all my crazy dreams until I find the right ones.

Here we are together in the early days

Here we are together in the early days (I’m in the tiny bump)

 

Here she is with Lil Man last September.

Here she is with Lil Man last September.

 

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I could not be more excited about spring! Well, I could if it was actually spring here! Spring planting doesn’t start in the mountains until June 1st! And that is a torturous wait for a Texan who’s garden is usually in full bloom by then. This project inspired me to bring the blooms inside, to dangle sweetly in my big south facing window. I originally saw it in a post by Pia Jane.  It didn’t dawn on me until I saw Terrain’s post on the Bulletin that I could do it myself!  It was a challenging project. I won’t lie! Here it is in full detail:

Blooms from the Garden Center down the hill in Denver. I got lucky-they only had 2 left!

Blooms from the Garden Center down the hill in Denver. I got lucky-they only had 2 left!

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Supplies: potting soil, sheet moss, twine, yarn, bulbs (preferably in bloom)

Break bulbs apart gently

Break bulbs apart gently

 

Sheet moss soaked in water.

Soak sheet moss in water.

Take 2 or 3 bulbs, add a little wet soil, wrap in sheet moss.

Take 2 or 3 bulbs, add a little wet soil, wrap in sheet moss.

Cover completely in moss and wrap tightly in twine, wrapping over  loose or bulging spots.

Cover completely in moss and wrap tightly in twine, wrapping over loose or bulging spots.

I had enough bulbs for 3 hanging gardens.

I had enough bulbs for 3 hanging gardens.

I love earthy elements, so I use twine instead of silk ribbon.

I love earthy elements, so I use twine instead of silk ribbon.

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I'm not sure why, but I loved them so much hanging upside down I didn't even do any right side up ones!

I’m not sure why, but I loved them so much hanging upside down I didn’t even do any right side up ones!

These were so fun to make! I think if I had to do it over again I would use a thin floral wire for more stability in the structure. To water these in Colorado, take them down and soak them in water until the bubbles stop floating up. Then let them drain until the drips are done. I definitely think these would do better in a more humid environment that Colorado. I have to water then daily. In lower elevations and higher humidity you can mist them in the morning to achieve a dewy watering effect. Next attempt I think I’ll do ferns and greens, like Design Sponge did! So lovely!  A little tip: I suspended mine from a wooden dowel, then placed the wooden dowel over and behind the curtain rod, where it’s hidden. This way I just take down the whole dowel and watering is much easier. 

See more on String Gardens on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge.

 

 

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This planting came out of a botched project that turned into save-this-plant-no-matter-what-the-cost project. So I had extra bulbs from a project that I’ll post in a few days and I thought, I’ll just throw them in this little bowl & they’ll be gorgeous. They weren’t. They didn’t even fit & I had dirt all over my tiny kitchen and was running out of space to save this lil guy. So I wondered through the tree house, searching for a thrifted find of some sort that I could use as a new home for my homeless hyacinth. Score! A $2.99 fern green Bundt cake pan. That’s right, call me crazy, but it’s cheaper than a pot! AND Lil Man and I had just snagged some adorable Spring minies at Wallyworld’s of all places, so it became a diorama planting of sorts. Lil Miss was dying to help, so here’s what we ended up with:

Break up the individual bulbs and spread them out. I left the front section open for my lil spring animals

Break up the individual bulbs and spread them out. I left the front section open for my lil spring animals

Fill in dirt, all the way around, providing support for the stems as you go.

Fill in dirt, all the way around, providing support for the stems as you go.

Add the toppings as we say, moss, sand, gravel, a few rivers rocks. We're a little over assorted here, but that's the way Lil Miss likes it!

Add the toppings as we say, moss, sand, gravel, a few rivers rocks. We’re a little over assorted here, but that’s the way Lil Miss likes it!

Places your spring animals in their happy new home.

Places your spring animals in their happy new home.

Hide a bunny in the tall grass.

Hide a bunny in the tall grass.

Lil Miss taking a pic of her masterpiece.

Lil Miss taking a pic of her masterpiece.

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Oh Happy Nuncs!

Mar
2013
09

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That’s right, I said nuncs, as in ranunculus! It’s a happy day when it’s a nunc day. I went by Paulino’s on Monday for a few supplies and to flush out some ideas in my head. There’s something about the humidity in the air, the canopy of the trees overhead, the scent of blooms not present in every day mountain life…my head just swims, my heart races. I actually lost the littles in there last week! I guess maybe it has a similar effect on them. They were racing in and out of the rows of banana leafs & hanging staghorns like little jungle creatures. Needless to say, I went with out them the next time, so I could have the high all to myself! I found exactly what I was looking for and of course a few extras…ahemm, totally necessary extras of course! One (or maybe 2!) of these extras being some blooming nuncs in the most outrageous yellow and the blackest of purples that you could imagine. I had said no to their siren’s calls last week, but this week, sans jungle monkeys, they had my full attention and I couldn’t leave them behind, singing my name. So they came home with me, only to be spoiled, photographed like models in superflous layered skirts and even moved to the living room with the fireplace over night so their delicate ruffles wouldn’t freeze. I love everything about them, their lanky stems, their oversized heads, the unruly layering of their petals-wait maybe I like them because they are like the graceful version of myself! Lanky, awkward, unruly hair! Yup, I’m having an ahah moment here. The nunc is my lovelier-than-I, flowering soul sister. It’s been determined. Well, regardless here are a few shots of them in all their glory, to brighten your Saturday. Whether it’s Snowmageddon, like at my house, a lovely day of spring cleaning or you’re trapped in a workplace, you deserve a hint of spring. Afterall, the time change is upon us, which means Spring is right around that corner. Even if it’s a snowy corner!

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I adore my old green juice jars that I scored off a friend’s junking-dad a few years ago! Thanks Terry!

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The green of the jar really makes this yellow nunc glow.

 

Blooming Beauties

Blooming Beauties

 

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For Valentine’s day I gave each of the littles their very own succulent to love and cherish. Lil Miss insisted on taking hers to show and tell at school. As expected, the poor thing didn’t make it home alive. Lil Man’s however sat in the same spot for 2 weeks until it suddenly dawned on me we should give her a permanent home. Yes, he insists his plant is a “she.” So I let him pick out his gravel, sand and all the fixins. He carried on the whole time we were building it that it was like the land where the dinosaurs lived. I loved his enthusiasm, and he was so right! It looked just like a tiny Dino Land! So of course, we had to put a happy lil dino in it…here’s how we did it… This planter was uber cheap because I keep candle vessels, clean them out & tuck them away for such a day as this. It makes me feel justified in buying the ridiculously gorgeous high end candles that I have become totally spoiled to having!

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So the supplies to have on hand are as follows:

  • Your chosen vessel
  • Expanded Clay pellets (known as Hydropon)
  • Succulent soil, or cactus soil (a mix of lava rock gravel & potting soil)
  • Sand
  • Decorative gravel
  • Moss if desired
  • Succulent who needs a new home
  • Dinosaur, be sure you get an omnivore as opposed to a carnivore, so you can support a healthy diet for him or her.
Step 1: Hydropon

Step 1: Hydropon

If you are concerned about the appearance of the layers, pour sand around the outside edge, moving the hydropon into the center.

If you are concerned about the appearance of the layers, pour sand around the outside edge, moving the hydropon into the center.

Shake all the excess dirt of your potted plant. The succulent soil used in the new potting is better than the nursery soil.

Shake all the excess dirt of your potted plant. The succulent soil used in the new potting is better than the nursery soil.

 

Fill in around the root base with fresh succ soil or cactus soil.

Fill in around the root base with fresh succ soil or cactus soil.

 

Side view

Side view

To finish off the layered look add a top layer of soil...(tip: I keep my sand in a wine bottle for easy placement and pouring).

To finish off the layered look add a top layer of soil…(tip: I keep my sand in a wine bottle for easy placement and pouring).

...side view.

…side view.

 

Lil man with his busted lip. He was so excited about his tiny dino habitat!

Lil man with his busted lip. He was so excited about his tiny dino habitat!

Finish it off with a few details that make it uniquely yours or your little's!

Finish it off with a few details that make it uniquely yours or your little’s!

 

The happy dino in his new habitat.

The happy dino in his new habitat.

Small sized plantings like this one are perfect for the little people because you can get it done before their attention span expires! And you can let it be entirely their creation. You could use pink sand, white gravel, purple moss and a Kalanchoe Fantastic plant for a girly planter and put a cute little unicorn in it-that’s what my Lil Miss would want! This is such a fun activity to do together. Little ones are fascinated by growing things, especially miniatures. Happy Planting Friends! Comment or link up and let us hear about your creations!

~Keri