Plant Terrarium Kits

When I was growing up, Texas was my vacation destination every summer. That meant lots of smoked meat; more jumps off the rope swing than I could count; hot nights sleeping in a pop-up; hours of cousin play; and a whole lot of sunburn. Thankfully, my Grandmother had an aloe vera plant. I still remember the first time she hacked off a piece of that wild looking plant, cut it open, and smeared the jelly-like substance all over my arms. It was awesome. This was my first introduction to a succulent.

The aloe vera plant is one of many varieties of succulents. If you are unfamiliar with what a succulent is, think: desert plants. The lovely cactus is a good example.  They love dry, sunny climates.  Which means, they are hard to kill…unless you over water them.  I don’t believe I would have that problem. I have been known to kill a few plants in my day.

I’ve been looking into starting a succulent garden…because they are adorable… and realized there is a lot that goes into the initial planting.  From what I’ve read, there are a few different soils you would need, possibly some sand and rocks, the container, and the actual plants themselves.  Is it doable on your own? Totally. However, when it comes to plants, I’m completely overwhelmed and convenience trumps my DIY spirit.

So here’s what I found:


5″ Cactus & Succulent Terrarium Kit


5″ Succulent Arrangement Trio Kit


Succulent Terrarium Duo Kit


16″ Succulent Arrangement Kit

Terrariums are glass, globe-like vessels for your plants that are super cool, but I loved the pots and planter above so much I had to include them! I like these terrarium and container gardens because they come with everything needed to grow your succulents. These range in price from steal to splurge. I’ve got my eye on that sweet little cactus.

For those of you who are not afraid to do it all yourself, check out this post on how to make your own succulent garden. Dollar store bowls and river rocks would work well for this project.

Once you have your garden planted, there are some great tips here and here on how to care for your little desert cuties.

Have you tried your hand at caring for succulents? I’d love to hear any tips you might have!

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather, and bring some green into your home this week!

 

Stephanie

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Antique shopping on a budget

There is a certain thrill I get from getting a crazy good deal on something I love.  But, that opportunity does not present itself everyday.  I have been into countless antique shops, thrift stores and flea markets searching and digging, only to leave empty handed.  However, every once in a while, I stumble into something truly special.  That happened to me this past weekend.

I, along with my sweet sisters and cousins, ventured to an outdoor treasure trove of antiques, salvage, and all around cuteness. If you are in the Frederick, MD area, I highly recommend checking it out. It would be easy to spend a fortune at a place like this, but you really don’t have to. I want to show you a few inexpensive things that stuck out to me, and hopefully it will give you some ideas about how to go antique shopping on a budget.

Architectural Salvage

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  • The best way to save money when hunting for treasures is to think outside the box.  Try asking yourself, “How could I repurpose this?” Chances are, most people look at architectural/wood salvage and think, “that’s cool, but what in the world would I do with it?” Let me give you an example: In the photos above, the square piece could be used to hold a pillar candle on your coffee table, or hung on a gallery wall to add texture, and the porch pillar would look stunning standing on a mantle.

Vintage Blocks

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  • These would be precious in a nursery.  You could spell out a child’s name, or perhaps spell something like, “sweet dreams.”  Best of all, it would make a great, inexpensive baby shower gift.

Keys

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  • Look at these keys! Why are old skeleton keys so charming? I just love them. If you are into funky jewelry, you could add a chain and have a fun necklace. This would also be a great addition to that gallery wall: just hang it on a hook and it’ll add some whimsy amidst your pictures.

Knobs

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  • Changing out your hardware can add so much character. These knobs are fun and kinda quirky, so choose a piece with only a few knobs to replace to keep it tasteful, and of course, cost effective.

Maps/Prints

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  • We were in a small car that day, so I knew if I fell in love with something, it had to be able fit on my lap. This is what I ended up purchasing for under $5. I’ve been wanting to do some sort of world map art, and I found exactly what I wanted for a great price.  You could easily frame these, or mod podge onto wood or canvas.  I’ll keep you posted on what I end up doing.

Vintage Fan

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  • I was very close to snatching this guy up for $8. Not so cute at the moment, but with a can of spray paint, it could be darling.

 

I would say, the best part of exploring this place was spending time with special people, and getting totally inspired…together!  So grab a sister, mom, friend, or random stranger, and go get inspired…and you might just find a treasure for a steal of a deal!

Have a great week!

Stephanie

Children’s Book Covers as Art

There is just something about children’s books. They are magical.  I remember my mom reading me countless stories as a little girl, and feeling as if I could experience all sorts of wonderful adventures, without even getting out from under my covers. One of my favorites is Peter Rabbit. He’s spunky, and I respect that.

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This was given to me by my aunt, and every time I look at it in my kids’ room, I’m taken straight back to my sweet memories of childhood.

If you would like to do this yourself, here are some of my thoughts about it:

  • If you can’t bring yourself to cut up one of your favorites, head to the thrift store or antique shop to see what kind of treasures might be there for cheap. Vintage looking covers are my personal favorite.
  • When it comes to framing, you could get lucky and find a cover that fits a frame perfectly, or you can always add a white matte.  I like oversized frames with plenty of matte to draw attention to what you’re framing.
  • Paperback is best, but it doesn’t have to be the cover, you can find a cute illustration inside the book with a great quote.
  • Some ideas of awesome children’s book art:
    • “Mr Pine’s Purple House” – please look this one up if you are not familiar…so cute.
    • Classic Winnie the Pooh
    • Dr Seuss
    • anything by Audrey Wood
    • “Goodnight Moon”
    • Curious George
    • “Guess How Much I Love You”

What are your favorite children’s books?

Take a moment and be nostalgic about something special from your past, and have a lovely week everyone!

Stephanie

How to Transfer Graphics


I cannot, for the life of me, draw free hand.  Not even a straight line.  But, I’m ok with it. Especially when there are tons of seriously talented people that create graphics and offer them for free!  My favorite resource for free graphics is The Graphics Fairy.  She has an incredible inventory of graphics, and offers ideas for DIY projects using them.  Today I want to talk about how to transfer graphics.

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint Review

There are many ways to transfer graphics onto a painted piece, but I’m going to give you three options that have worked well for me.

Option #1: Carbon Paper

*This method works best when transferring a graphic onto a light colored painted surface.

Materials:

Carbon Paper

Printout of graphic

Pen

Painter’s tape

Paint Pen

Steps:

  • Print out your graphic making sure it is the size you want.
  • Tape the printout to your piece where you want the graphic to be transferred.
  • Lay the carbon paper underneath the print and start tracing.
  • You will be left with an outline of your design, finish by tracing/filling in your design using your paint pen.

Option #2: Chalk Transfer

*This method works well if you are transferring a graphic onto a dark color painted surface.

Materials:

Piece of Chalk

Printout of Graphic

Pen

Paint Pen

Painter’s Tape

Steps:

  • Turn your graphic printout over so that the white side of the paper is facing up.
  • Rub your chalk all over the blank side of the paper.
  • Flip the paper back over, position how you like and tape it to your piece.
  • Trace over the lines of your design.
  • Once you are done, you will have an outline to trace and fill in using your paint pen.

Here is an example of what this process looks like:

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As you can see, it is a little messy, but after your paint is dry, wipe with a damp cloth and it should come right off!

Option#3: Mirror Image

*This method works best over light colored paint.

Materials:

Printout of your Graphic as a Mirror Image

Painter’s Tape

Pen

Paint Pen

Steps:

  • Tape your mirror image graphic face down on your piece. You should be able to see your graphic through the backside of the paper.
  • Begin tracing over the design.  The idea is that the ink from the page transfers onto your piece when the pressure from the pen is applied. Make sure you stay inside the lines of your design.
  • Once you have your outline, fill in with your paint pen.

This is the method I used for the bird detail pictured at the top.

 

Hopefully one of these methods works well for you! Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Stephanie