Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

This is our oldest son being goofy at our last visit to the Hobbit House. I used the Orton custom effect on PicMonkey to edit the photos.

Goofy Framed Pictures.

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DIY Pedestal Globe Candle Holder/Terrarium/Fish Bowl

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This project was not complicated at all. I had a small silver vase from flowers given to me when I gave birth to our daughter and I purchased the small fish bowl from a local thrift shop for $.35.

I just inverted the flower vase and glued the two pieces together using the E6000 glue that I purchased from Michaels. You can add some glass marbles and a tealight for a cute centerpiece or you can also simply use this as a fish bowl (if the bowl is new and hasn’t been washed with soap).

My son helped to put together the terrarium pictured above. For directions on putting together your own terrarium see:
https://ourartsyfartsyfamily.com/2016/07/18/my-first-succulent-mini-garden/

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Update: DIY Terra Cotta Fairy House Planter with Mossy Stonecrop Sedum

Terra Cotta Planter with Plant

Directions for project: https://ourartsyfartsyfamily.com/2016/08/13/diy-terracotta-fairy-house/

Plant: Mossy Stonecrop Sedum

DIY Terra Cotta Fairy House

 

DIY Terra Cotta Fairy House Planter

I can’t wait to plant a cute fern or flower in this. This was pretty simple and quick to put together, even with my limited painting skills.

Materials

Terra cotta pieces – purchased from Henery Hardware

Decorative Door – Michaels

Marbles – Dollar store or Michaels (I had some left over from a previous project. Actually purchased mine from a local thrift store).

Glue for terra cotta, door and marbles – E6000 from Michaels

Instructions

1 – Paint each terra cotta piece.

2 – Seal pieces with a clear coat of spray enamel. (This planter is going outside in the mini garden I’m creating and I don’t want the paint to get washed away by the rain).

3 – Glue the two bottom pieces together. Leave the top pot free. It’ll be much easier to place a plant in it.

4 – Next, glue the door and marbles to the front of the bottom piece.

Terra Cotta Planter

 

Playing With PicMonkey

Oh My! I found a new toy! Thank you Carrie from http://www.carrieelle.com/ for suggesting PicMonkey in your article.  http://www.carrieelle.com/ways-to-improve-photos/

I really love this app. There are so many ideas running through my mind of what I can do with PicMonkey. I have decided to try their 7-day trial but I’m sure I’ll end up subscribing for their Royale Package. Here are just 2 pictures I took tonight while visiting our local community garden. I love the extra textures you can give your pictures using PicMonkey.

Sunflower1 rustic sunflower watermarked

Cabbage1 Cabbage watermarked

Do you have a favorite photo editor program that you use to edit your photos?

Rummage Sale Gardening Bargains

Saturday was a day of treasure hunting and gardening. Our high school marching band, flag team and drill team members held a rummage sale to raise money for an upcoming trip and I was able to find some really great pieces for my gardening.

We purchased two beautiful planters for $10 each, some cute mini ceramic shoes (for succulent terrariums) for a $1 each, a teapot and ceramic mouse with flower (for my mini garden), another planter for my new indoor spider plant, a lavender and a succulent plant. What wonderful things you can find at rummage sales!

Here are our creations from yesterday after our trip to the greenhouse. We had lots of fun creating these. The first two pictures are of the succulent terrariums we created using the ceramic shoes. The last two pictures are of the container gardens we created using the planters.

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The following container gardens that we created were inspired by an article from southernliving.com.

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/creative-container-gardens

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We first filled the bottom of the pots with pebbles and then filled it with the plants and Miracle-Grow Moisture Control Potting Mix. I’m hoping these plants will survive till Fall. I did ask an employee at the greenhouse about the spider plant and fern that we purchased for the pots. She mentioned that I should bring them in when it gets cold. I will do my best to not to let them die before bringing them in. Wish me luck!

 

 

Stop to Smell the Flowers

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“Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”
~Marian Keyes

Doing little things for each other can make a huge difference in the world we live in today. There is much chaos, so much more distractions and pressures around us that sometimes we all just need to bring ourselves back down to earth and show a little kindness in our daily lives.

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“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”
~Walter Hagen

I’m often guilty of not taking the time to “smell the flowers.” My biggest fault is taking on so much more than I can handle. I’ve always had a hard time saying no when help is needed. I still do but I’m getting a little better about knowing what my limits are. This will give me much time to focus on those who are really important to me.

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Yesterday we happily took the time to run to the Brothers Greenhouses in Port Orchard again to see their cute little Hobbit House and beautiful flowers and plants. These pictures of the flowers were taken from their greenhouses. I was able to stop and “smell the flowers”.

Note: While we were at the Brothers Greenhouses we ran into some family friends that stopped in to check it out after seeing my blog. I’m very happy to see that I was able to positively share a spot. Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

My First Succulent Mini Garden

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I finally purchased a dish from Goodwill today and put together my first succulent mini garden. I used the bridge and cottage door that I purchased from the Brothers Greenhouses in Port Orchard, WA. The garden looks a little sparse so I may add a few more plants to it later. Please wish me luck that they all survive. I do not have a green thumb like my mother. My husband usually takes care of our houseplants. I seem to let them die by not watering them enough or by watering them too much.

I figured since the succulents seem to be thriving in the outdoor containers that our neighbor put together for us, I might as well peruse them elsewhere. This arrangement will sit in our front window.

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Here is what I used for the layers from bottom to the top.

  1. Pebbles for drainage
  2. Activated charcoal (purchased from the pet store)
  3. Potting soil
  4. Decorative pebbles

Here are a few links to a couple of blogs that I found useful.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/food-52/how-to-make-a-terrarium-and-keep-it-alive_b_6992684.html

Succulent Propagation technique