Inspiration in Rest

Apr
2013
02

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I touch on this topic a lot, I know. But truthfully, it’s because I struggle with it so much myself. Self care is the last thing on my mind most days, and usually doesn’t even make the to do list. But then there are those days, when all the stars are aligned (or misaligned, who knows?!) and I drop the lil ones off at school, pull back into the driveway & realize, “I have nothing going on today!” Now, over achiever Keri starts to freak out and plan the day. Calm Keri, who doesn’t really show up often is thinking, “I could drink coffee, read, sleep, do yoga, do anything, do nothing!” Today Calm Keri won the argument, and I am so glad. I came in, started a fresh pot of coffee, laid down on the couch to relish the quiet and did the unthinkable. I slept until noon! I know! Don’t tell anyone, right?! I rested so peacefully, in the quiet of the house, woke up to soft snow fall and laid there for an hour watching the snow drift down like a blanket over the mountains. Some may call me lazy, but hey, I may call them uninspired! It felt so good to be still, to be quiet, to think, to let my mind roam the recesses of my creative self. Like a child sitting on the floor of the dusty attic,  pulling out old books and remembering stories past, hopes for the future, tucked away ideas. This is rest. This is where you find peace and inspiration. So let yourself go there. I know it’s hard-I never go there on purpose! But when I do, the pay off is immense. Although it’s snowing outside, it is spring time in my heart and the warmth of the sun shines bright in my creative spirit. My hope is that it is that way for you as well.

Gorgeous tulips on sale at the grocery store last week. $10 well spent to brighten up my kitchen table.

Inspiration in full bloom: gorgeous tulips on sale at the grocery store last week. $10 well spent to brighten up my kitchen table.

Parrot Tulips, so frilly & gorgeous!

Parrot Tulips, so frilly & gorgeous!

If you want to learn more about self care, visit my friend sweet friend Claudine at Gluten Free Greenbean. She is a dietitian and a kindred spirit in all things inspiration, healthy, self caring and creative!

Easter Memories

Mar
2013
31

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Easter memories are some of my favorite. They are also some of my least favorite. Let’s see…there’s falling in love at first sight at the tender age of 18 years old on Easter Sunday,   the sound of “Jesus paid it all, all to the I owe” echoing in my head. Then there’s the year of the Accident. Don’t ask. Let’s just say I’m lucky to be alive and have 9.5 toes. Then we moved to the mountains to be all alone last Easter Sunday. Needless to say, this Easter Sunday I held my breath until we were all tucked in bed and a sweet stillness settled over the house. My grandma sent me this old pic and I smiled at the sweet memories of Easter’s long ago, before the adult chaos ensued. I was reminded of frilly (and majorly itchy!), matching dresses and bonnets with my lil sis, sweet lil bro in a tie and red cheeks, the race against the cousins for the candy filled eggs, Mamma Sue’s ham, potato salad and deviled eggs, mama’s chocolate pie. Mmmmmhhmmmm. Thank goodness Jesus rose again & redeems, because my grown up Easter’s thus far haven’t held a candle to the childhood ones.

Sweet baby me many moons ago.

Sweet baby me many moons ago. I still have that sweet lil heart locket! What a well accessorized toddler.

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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!

 

DIY: Giant Pom Poms

Mar
2013
26

posted by on Create, DYI, Home, How To

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There are 2 things I love the most (and have since I was a lil): miniatures and giants! Pom poms stole my heart many years ago, but only the kind made at home with gorgeous yarns. I decided for Lil Miss’ upcycled bedroom that a Giant Pom Pom garland was definitely a necessity. We’ve all seen the great tutorials online where a fork is used to make tight little poms, but I wanted great big wild pom poms-now they aren’t for everyone mind you! But here is the how to, never the less!

Tools needed: Thick yarn, a large mason jar, according to how big you want your pom poms to be (I used a pint), and some super sharp snippers.

Tools needed: Thick yarn, a large mason jar, according to how big you want your pom poms to be (I used a pint), and some super sharp snippers.

Wrap your yarn around the jar until it's super thick. I don't count, that requires too much effort! Remember the tighter you want your pom to be the more wrapping you have to do.

Wrap your yarn around the jar until it’s super thick. I don’t count, that requires too much effort! Remember the tighter/fuller you want your pom to be the more wrapping you have to do. Don’t wrap tightly or your pom will shrink once you cut it.

Gently slide the bundle of yarn off the jar and lay it out across a tie string.

Gently slide the bundle of yarn off the jar and lay it out across a tie string.

Tie it up super tight.

Tie it up super tight.

Cut the loops and then trim her up, so her hair is all even!

Cut the loops and then trim her up, so her hair is all even! The shorter the hair cut the more orderly and full your pom.

They are loosey goosey and wild, but I still love them! P.S. Lil Miss made this one all by herself!

They are loosey goosey and wild, but I still love them! Lil Miss made this one all by herself, so they are fairly simple, even for a lil one. And way easier than the tiny ones.

Happy colors for a happy room!

Happy colors for a happy room!

Soon these will be made into a garland of sorts for a cheerful wall display. Pics to come! Happy crafting!

Decaf

Mar
2013
25

posted by on Create, Home, Spring, Thrifted Find

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Well, it’s a cold and snowy night and I can no longer resist the call of the coffee pot. You thought I was going to say call of the wild, didn’t you?! No, that would be hubs. For me it’s the call of the pot. Coffee pot, that is. So I gave in, made myself a little pot of Decaf Caribou, my new fave, so smooth & dark! And I’m mulling over my list of project to-dos, wants and dreams, getting my creative brain organized-not an easy task! Here’s a sneak peak of a crafty, upcycled redo I’m working on in Lil Miss’ room this week. Oh ya, and Happy Spring Break to you! Hope you are getting a little more spring where ever you are than I am here! It’s actually worked out well for me to live in a place that has a nice long winter. It gives me so much more time after the holidays to get done all those crafts and projects that got pushed aside, before spring fever and the yearning to clean out the gardens sets in. Ha! Gardens, right! That was the old life, pre-elk-in-the-yard, bears-in-the-beehive, fox-in-the-henhouse life. Ah well, what you trade in open flat space, you get back in brisk mornings and mountain views. Can’t hardly complain.

Caribou I love you!

Caribou I love you!

Just can't wait to see all this come together for Lil Miss' room! New yarn, thrifted hoops, recycled paper from a gorgeous last-year calendar, and more!

Just can’t wait to see all this come together for Lil Miss’ room! New yarn, thrifted hoops, recycled paper from a gorgeous last-year calendar, and more!

 Oh and I finally threw this gal together! (which I've been meaning to do since before Christmas!) Thank goodness burlap is versatile since this Easter wreath was intended to be a Christmas wreath! I need one more color of burlap for a final flower and then I'll be happy!


Oh and I finally threw this gal together! (which I’ve been meaning to do since before Christmas!) Thank goodness burlap is versatile, since this Easter wreath was intended to be a Christmas wreath! I need one more color of burlap for a final flower and then I’ll be happy!

What’s going on in your spring break?

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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.

 

Thrifty Thursday!

Mar
2013
21

posted by on Cultivate, Holiday DIY, Home, How To, Thrifted Find

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Well today’s Thrifty Thursday post is an accumulation of thrifted, found and hand made elements that kept me warm and cheerful this winter. I am getting the itch to redo my mantle for spring and realized I never even posted about my mantle for Winter! It’s nothing uber fabulous, it’s just special to me because it tells the tale of my heart and my family during this past winter. And that’s what makes your mantle, or any given space special too!

Talented hubs made the lamp that gives the mantle it's glow! I love him!

Talented hubs made the lamp that gives the mantle it’s glow! I love him! Oh and the snowflake garland was a target find last year. The big piece of bark on the right I found the first time Hubs and I ventured out to chop would together. I love to tuck a little bloom or tillandsia in there in the summer.

I found this quote in Mary Jane's Farm (the Mag) and fell in love with it! It truly is what draws me in and comforts me during winter.

I found this quote in Mary Jane’s Farm (the Mag)ary and fell in love with it! It truly is what draws me in and comforts me during winter. I loathe my handwriting, but I’m letting it stop me from loving the chalkboard!

I love old books. They remind me of my old man and the love he instilled in me for reading. These were thrifted from a library sale in Lake City last 4th. $1 for a box of books! Best deal ever!

I love old books. They remind me of my old man and the love he instilled in me for reading. These were thrifted from a library sale in Lake City last 4th. $1 for a box of books! Best deal ever! And no, I have not read “Forest Mensuration  although upon pondering it have realized I ought to!

The trees are stryo cones, wrapped in burlap that my 5 year old made during the holidays-so fun & easy!

The trees are stryo cones, wrapped in wide burlap ribbon that my Lil Miss made during the holidays-so fun & easy!

The chalkboard is an old piece of particle board from the barn, painted with chalk board paint and trimmed out with old fence wood given to us by a friendly neighbor.

The chalkboard is an old piece of particle board from the barn, painted with chalk board paint and trimmed out with old fence wood given to us by a friendly neighbor. We have made so many unique projects out of this wood, included my planters (post coming on that soon!)

See the how to for the Simple Chalkboard DIY here!

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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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Thrifty Thursday

Mar
2013
14

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A few weekends ago, Claudine and I headed West to thrift our way through the mountains and into Breck. With in 5 minutes of being on the highway we hit ski traffic! But it turned out to be quite serendipitous, as we took the next exit to hit the Amish Barn Antiques. We pulled in the snow lined drive, unsure of what we would find, but pulsing with the excitement of new a new treasure trove of finds! We were greeted by 2 friendly horses, who we discovered pull the carriage for rides in the summer. We ducked into the packed barn and immediately spotted blue mason jars-score #1! We spent over an hour in there trying to pry ourselves away from the overly talkative curator owner and his wild tales of the good old days. We left there laughing and nearly sprinting to hit the next spot.  My favorite find there was this gorgeous old lamp that I paid $5 for! And you know, I love a lamp that needs a little TLC. I soaked it over night in CLR and I’m waiting for my cloth corded bronze fitting to come in before I hang this beauty in it’s new home. I’ll have to post a new pic when it’s all done and assembled. Who know’s maybe it’ll house a little forest in the bottom and become a hanging terrarium lamp. That could be incredible!

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Can’t wait to see what this thrifting find turns out to be!