School Days Video

Aug
2014
18

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So I shot a few little videos so that our families could see what life is like here & get a glimpse into our mornings and a quick peek of the house. Some of this might seem pointless to you, but my mom will love it! She might even cry.  😉

Craft Time

Oct
2013
05

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Whew-these last few weeks have been a whirlwind! Getting our 1st Mops meeting behind us, doing 2 shows and the usual amounts of crafts around the house have kept me too busy to even blog about it all! I went a little burlap happy and made an adorable topiary for a table centerpiece and a fun wreath to go along with it, for our first Mops meeting.

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I used rolls of decorative burlap & floral pins which are staple shaped to posistion the loops as I went around the topiary in a diagonal pattern.

I used rolls of decorative burlap & floral pins, which are staple shaped, to position the loops as I went around the topiary in a diagonal pattern.

This is taking longer than I had hoped! Smile anyways!

This is taking longer than I had hoped! Smile anyways!

burlap wreath with chalkboard sign and my favorite part, giant paintbrushes!

burlap wreath with chalkboard sign and my favorite part, giant paintbrushes!

I wish I had more pics of the last few weeks, but the time has slipped away from me like the leaves on the autumn trees! Happy Fall and get crafting!

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A get asked a lot how I get my little succulent babies packed in so tight. It’s simple really: shake all that old dirt off & pack them in where you want them, stabilizing as you go with fresh soil. You should really be shaking all that old dirt off anyways because you are giving them a happy new home with nutrient rich, well drained soil-they don’t need that old stuff! So here’s the catch: if you are planting something to live outside, you can pack them in a lot tighter & fuller and they can live happily because the resources are so readily available outside. If you are planting something you know will live indoors, plant them with a little more elbow room, because the resources aren’t as readily available indoors (less light, warmth, moisture and water) and they won’t be as happy when they have to share with lots of roomies. That’s why planting is Cali are always so full and robust! They can live happily, growing like weeds all year long there! Here in Colorado, we only have a few months of good outdoor living, at least for succulents, so I never plant quite as full as I’d love to. Hope that helps!

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posted by on Create, Indoor Gardening, Market time, Mountain Life, Succulents

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Getting ready for a market means lots of dirt in this house, pizza for dinner, extra fresh oxygen from flats of plants and morning chaos trying to find homeworks & make lunches in this jungle. Here’s a glimpse…

My evening helpers, post bath time.

My evening helpers, post bath time.

 

Perfect pebble placement of course!

Perfect pebble placement of course!

 She gets so excited every time I let her help! Fee child labor-what?! Who said that?

She gets so excited every time I let her help! Free child labor-what?! Who said that?

 

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New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean, who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

Love!

Love!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn't count!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn’t count!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Yep, that's actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain't no shame!

Yep, that’s actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain’t no shame!

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So my sister posed a great question to me the other night, “holes or no holes?” Oddly I knew exactly what she was talking about and did not proceed with an inappropriate joke.  So to get to the point: If you are potting something that is going to live outside, proceed with confidence in your planter with drainage holes. You can water with ease and not have to worry about the puddle and where it will go.  If you are potting something that will live inside, I recommend using the method I describe in this post. You can use hydroton, hydrocorn, gravel or pebbles to create your own internal drainage system. Any excess water will drain down into the bottom of the vessel & then save you from the inevitable demise of root rot. Succulents are susceptible to root rot, just like any other plant. Remember, they are desert survivors, so they are accustomed to small amounts of water. When in doubt, do with out!

So I say do it either way! Just find vessels you love and make them work. I have been known to try anything, even duck tape to make something plantable. In my family, instead of “put a bird on it!” (from Portlandia), we say “put a plant it in!”

Create your own internal drainage system in a vessel with no holes.

Create your own internal drainage system in a vessel with no holes.

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Hey friends, you might have noticed a new tab on the blog. Yep, I added that for you! I am getting more and more questions about where I’ll be next and when. (Yay!) So I will keep you all posted on the new lil tab with a list of what shows are coming up soon. Here it is for your convenience…

August 31st, Sweet William Market @ 7601 E. 29th Ave, Denver, CO

September 21-22, Firefly Handmade Market, on 29th St, Boulder, CO

September 28th, Sweet William Market @ 7601 E. 29th Ave, Denver, CO

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Alone time? “What’s that?” the summer burned out side of my brain asks.  “Alone time!” says the me of 3 months ago excitedly. The sudden start of school this week will leave me reeling, I’m sure. I will wander to my car aimlessly, in a daze asking, ‘what I am to do with myself now?’  Lil Man will only be in pre-k 2 days a week, but still! 2 days a week! What will I do with myself? I have so many things I want to do, it will be overwhelming just to process and make a plan.

We have friends staying with us for s few weeks, until they transition into their new place. Don’t get me wrong, I am soaking up the sweet baby love of their 6 week old lil man, and enjoying every minute. But alone time is one hot commodity and hard to come by these days. So as we adjust, quite suddenly, to the normalcy of elementary school routine, I am making a commitment to myself to wake up earlier than the little people to enjoy some quality alone time. And then when I have those glorious days when everyone’s in school I will be so much more balanced and able to better utilize the alone time I have. Yay! Sounds good in theory, reality might be a little different, but we’ll see!

ahhhhh alone time on the deck with my happy cup o cofee

ahhhhh alone time on the deck with my happy cup o’coffee and blankie…yes, it’s that chilly in the mornings here already!

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Today’s topic is so utterly important to the health of your succulents that I can’t even stress it enough! Sunlight effects color, watering frequency and mostly the succulence of your succulents. Yup, you heard me right! I was rotating and pruning my big barn wood planter yesterday and noticed such a drastic difference in one side of my aeonium, that faces out the south facing window, and the other side that faces inward to the living room, I couldn’t help but snap a few pics to illustrate this post. Please excuse my dusty aeonium. My kitty likes to sit on the edge of the planter and gaze at the mountain views. Who can blame her, right? But she leaves behind a layer of dust & kitty fuzz. Ick. When I bought this aeonium it was green, but it has darkened into a gorgeous maroon…

Notice the deep purple of each petal...

Notice the deep purple of each petal…

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This head is green over all with just a touch of purple around the edges.

This rosette is green over all with just a touch of purple around the edges.

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If you look into the head from the side you can see the inner most of each petal is still green, where it doesn't get much sun exposure.

If you look into the rosette from the side you can see the inner-most of each petal is still green, where it doesn’t get much sun exposure.

So this is an aeonium “zwartkop” which really respond to the sunlight with a darkening in the petals. If you succulents are in a south facing window the are getting the most possible indoor light and will need the most water (relative to other spots in the house-don’t drown it!) in this spot. Less light=less water frequency. So a planter in an east or west facing window you could water half as often. And something in a north facing window even less. I don’t specify exact intervals because it varies so much by location, altitude and humidity. Use my handy watering trick and you will be able to learn what is a healthy watering schedule for your succulents.

If your succulents are looking droopy, they probably need to be cheered up with a sunnier spot. Here is a great website on succs that I follow…Succulents and Sunshine.

Almost the weekend…woot woot! Hang in there!

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Ok, so here’s the few shots I have of the Horseshoe Market and they are all from hub’s phone because I was too busy and didn’t think to take any! This show was such a great time. Every one was so friendly and had great things to say about all my work. It was so fun and quite affirming. I walked away with so many new friends and leads for more great shows. Can’t wait to do it again. I have applied for the Firefly Market in Boulder, so tentatively, that could be my next show…I’ll keep you posted.

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My little helpers were so patient! But next time we will be getting a nanny!

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Do it yourself succulent bar on the gorgeous table Hubs made me. This was a hit! Lots of people dug the DIY Succ Bar!

photo 1 photo 2 (1) photo 5 (1)More pics to follow but at the moment this is all I had! Stay tuned this week for tips on sunlight and it’s effects on your succulents’ health…

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…