Joy to the World

Last weekend I started on some heavy duty Christmas shopping.  I didn’t buy a single gift for other people.  Oh stop it, it’s not what you think!  My mom and I picked up several different things to decorate my new home for the Holidays.  It was very exciting (to say the least)!  We now have a tree, lights, several ornaments, garlands and even a wreath in my living room… all in bags or boxes.  I’m off to Whitehorse (that’s right… the one in the Yukon) to visit a dear friend.  I’m lucky to be her Maid of Honour for her upcoming wedding in February – SUPER exciting!  Anyway, what I’m saying here is all that stuff from last weekend will continue to sit here until I get back on Monday – then Alex and I can get started on the decorating (eeeee!  Yep, I let out a little squeal just thinking about it!!).

I couldn’t help but leave one little tiny touch of Holiday Cheer as I’m off to the true Great White North…

Plus, I just happened to have one last little plant that didn’t fit in either terrarium #1 or #2, and it needed a little home.  Isn’t this mug just delightful?  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get rid of it once Christmas has passed.  Is that nuts?  I just figure you can always use the reminder that celebrating Christmas is a joyful time, and that I always have reason to be joyful for the day that little baby came into the world to redeem us.

Here is where the mug of joy sits, as I stare at it now.

I can’t wait to share all about Whitehorse.  I can’t wait to get back and decorate our home.  I can’t wait to celebrate Christmas.  Anyone with me (at least on the last 2)?

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Terrarium #2

So remember when I tried that first terrarium in the round fish-bowl-like container?  Well I tried another one.  I promised my mom I’d give her one as a gift, and since my terrarium hasn’t died yet (though the ever-curious Luther did try to eat it one day), I thought it was about time to make her one.  For those of you who may not have seen the first attempt, here are the directions you need to follow.

Start with some rocks.  It may seem silly to purchase rocks, but it’s a balmy 3-5 degrees Celsius around here these days so I (guiltily) bought 2 bags at the dollar store.  At least it only cost me 2 bucks, right?  After rocks comes charcoal or carbon which you can find at pet stores or anywhere (like Walmart) that sells fish food or aquarium filters.  Then comes the soil – pretty straight forward.

I used only succulents for the terrarium.  They are (apparently) easy to maintain, and like I said, I haven’t managed to kill any yet, so fingers crossed!

Here is the finished product after I added the moss.

There you have it!  Easy peasy terrarium.  Here are some extra looks at the first terrarium and this one:

I’ve heard a lot of people say “Oh I want to make one.”  Well, I’ve made two.  And I am NO green thumb!  You can do it too!!

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Terrarium #1

I have done it! I have finally used the plants that have been sitting on top of my fridge for 2 months, and the rocks sitting in the bookcase just as long, and the vases I bought at Home Sense 3 weeks ago for some good (this round one was a whopping $7.99).  I have made my very first terrarium!  Isn’t it pretty?

I’ve obviously been meaning to get to this for some time, and last night I just decided it was finally time.  I got the remaining ingredients needed and got to work.  Would you believe this only took me about 30 minutes to make?  And that was with taking photo breaks and petting the dog/getting him off the table breaks!  I quite love it.    The little round fuzzy plants are my favourite.  And the moss… love moss!  Ok show and tell time!  Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Put rocks in.  I used 2 bags (purchased at IKEA) because my container is very wide.  The rocks are there for water drainage.  Wouldn’t want to drown your little plants!

Steps 2&3: Add charcoal/carbon.  I bought this little container in the pet section of Walmart.  This is an important step because it keeps the water clean in your pretty terrarium so your plants won’t die.  Now add the soil.  I just got some regular potting soil for this.  There are fancy schmancy soils out there, but my plants have been living in crummy IKEA soil on top of the fridge for 2 months – I didn’t think they needed fancy!

Step 4: Get your little pretties in there!  Here are my beloved.  You can also see the container with just soil in it.  I have 2-3 inches of soil.  You can use more, but probably not less.  Some of these little plants have lots of roots, so they need space to grow.  You can see I got my assorted succulents for $3.99 at IKEA.  Good deal?  Not sure… If they live I say yes!

Step 5: Moss.  I happen to think the little plants look nice with just the new fresh soil, but I did add some fancy moss (purchased at Michael’s for $9.99, which was the moss variety bag).  I like whatever that tan/brown moss is.  It’s different, and the texture is so great!  There’s some super fuzzy moss in there, but you can hardly see it.  I might move it over to the edges for some more visibility.

Step 6: Sit back and enjoy your little creation.  Then get real up close and look at your mini-forest in all its cuteness.  Awesome, right?

I moved the little forest from the kitchen to its new home – the living room.  I like where it is because being beside the candy, I know our visitors will always get a peek at it! (Sorry about the picture quality on these – it was late and dark… not a good photo-taking combo!)

One last look?  Ok 🙂

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