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Wow…

Okay, so nearly a month with no post.  I guess things have been a little nuts around here.  Lots of traveling for the hubby means not a lot of blogging time for me.  I swear Little is the busiest kid I’ve ever met!  Even at only 7 months, she pretty much requires constant entertaining/corralling.  Not sure if that’s going to get worse or better.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!  I hope you all had great ones!  In honor of that, I’m going to share the gift that I gave to the mamas in my life, and how to make them yourself!  (Cue terrarium how-to I was supposed to post months ago…)

 

You can see my big terrarium in the background.

You can see my big terrarium in the background.


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Okay, they aren’t terrariums in the traditional sense (covered), but you can use this method for those too!

Step 1:  Find yourself a suitable container.  It can be pretty much anything, pot, vase, maison jar, old candy dish, anything that strikes your fancy.  (Tip:  If you have cats, or any other critters that like to eat your plants, I’d go with something that has high sides, like a wide mouth flower vase.  That way you can put the plants deep in the container where said critters can’t reach them.)

Step 2:  Put in a good handful of gravel.  Succulents (and most other plants for that matter) are going to need good drainage.  This will give the excess water someplace to go if your container doesn’t have its own drainage.

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Step 3:  Add dirt.  Easy enough.  Just a thin layer to start.

The ever helpful Leah, and the "garden" in the background.

The ever helpful Leah, and the “garden” in the background.

Step 4:  Add plants!  Succulents work best, in my experience (black thumb, right here!), but you can get pretty creative.  Just make sure they are plants that will do well in the environment you want to keep them in.  I arranged my plants in the dish, then filled in  around them with extra dirt to keep them secure.  (Tip:  If you’re getting your plants from a nursery or big box store, double-check how many plants are actually in each pot.  You usually end up with multiple stems that should be separated for the health of the plants, and hey, bonus plants!!!)

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Step…: Water your plants, and place them in an appropriately sunny area.  You can stop here, or move on to the bonus round 😀

BOUNUS ROUND!!!  If you’re feeling creative, once the dirt has dried a little, brush off any extra dirt from the plants leaves.  I like to use an old paint brush for this.  Then, gather up some colored sand, pretty rocks, moss, or anything else you think would be fun and let the decorating begin!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I’m lucky in San Diego to have a really cute shop at my disposal with TONS of terrarium supplies.  You can order most of their stuff on-line too!  www.shoppigment.com  I got most of my plants, all the sand, moss, and decorative glass bits from there.  They also carry air plants, which I’m slowly getting obsessed over.  Those will definitely make an appearance in my next terrarium!

So, make one, give one, cover your house with them!  Just have fun!!!

What kind of do it yo-self gifts made the rounds in your family this Mother’s Day?

 

 

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Finally!  Just in the last seconds of January too!

The Lazer Sheep Yarns Etsy Shop is open for business!!!

Super excited, but that’s not what’s been keeping me from posting though 😛 it’s been succulent center pieces,

20130130-214145.jpgA sweet baby hat for a soon to be here baby,

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Love the sweet little top!

Love the sweet little top!

Succulent center pieces,

Curtacy of my mom's bridesmaid dress sewing space and my great-grandma's awesome 70's tablecloth!

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I’ve been hijacked by the wedding brigade and am also working hard on the shower and bachelorette party prep.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with things here, and maybe even get in some Christmas knitting! (haha)

Hope everyone enjoys the shop, and please let me know if you have any suggestions, or colorways you would like to see 🙂  (It’s sparse now, but more will be added as soon as there’s time to dye up some more yarn.)

Happy knitting!

And Then…. Distraction!

I’ve found myself distracted from my distraction.  My sister is getting married in March and, considering how much of it we’re doing ourselves, it’s crunch time!  I’ve been playing the bad guy to get my sister to make some tough decisions about dresses and decorations (I love her, but she’s having a hard time with the decision-making).  I may have also just hijacked the center pieces…

The center piece hijacking is really our brother’s fault.  He got me a terrarium for Christmas.  Then last week we went to the cute little shop where he got it, so I could pick out my plants.  The shop is called Pigment (the website lists furniture and stuff, but the shop is smaller than that).  It’s super cute and had a ton of terrarium supplies!  I managed to put this together for myself…

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(Please ignore my barren back yard.  It doesn’t get much sun, and it’s really only used for the pups to poop in.  We’re trying to change that.)

My sister saw my it and thought it would make a cute center piece, so I ran with it.  She already had a bunch of mason jars, so we’re going to use them to make mini terrariums!  We got a bunch of cute succulents from Pigment, and a handful from Home Depot 😡 to fill in.

I love the variety!

I love the variety!

My sister's favorites

My sister’s favorites

The set of 3 cacti are called "Red Headed Irishmen," ha!

The set of 3 cacti are called “Red Headed Irishmen,” ha!

I might have a slight obsession, which I’m happily passing on to my sister!  😀  Of corse, because of this new obsession, the little booties for the Little Sheep, look like this *blush*

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The Story of Lazer Sheep

Lazer Sheep came into existence when I was in high school. My friend Steph and I were Juniors at the time. To curb our artists block during art class we frequently drew little cartoons, gave them names and back stories, and generally goofed around.

 

The Lazer Sheep eventually spawned a whole army of sheep. Good Sheep. Bad Sheep. Sunday Sheep (complete with hot fudge and a cherry on top). Scuba Sheep. Naked Sheep. Dead Sheep (a personal favorite).

 

A few years out of high school I decided the assorted Sheep needed a public audience. I found a craft fair of sorts and screen printed (poorly) several of my own shirts. Some of them did manage to sell! However they failed in the arena of Etsy.com. I wore my left overs proudly and did get some complements on them, but the Sheep eventually found their way to the back of my closet.

 

A few years ago I got seriously into knitting with another friend of mine, and we entered another craft fair with knit items under the logo of Lazer Sheep, short-lived as it was. It would seem that craft fairs are a little few and far between in Southern California. It probably also doesn’t help that we are in fact in Southern California where winters dip to a chilly 58 degrees, if we’re lucky! Hand knits for the purpose of warmth are not a top priority.

 

I have lofty ideas about selling hand dyed yarn on-line (any tips/tricks of the trade appreciated!), under the Lazer Sheep design. The Lazer Sheep remind me of art classes, and doodling for fun. They make me remember a good friend who I’ve long lost touch with. I like their simplicity and versatility. We’ll just have to see where they take me from here…