How pretty are these little lovelies?!
As you may know from my last post, our basement flooded this past weekend. So the whole basement, including my sewing studio has been sealed off and there are giant industrial fans that have been going for 24 hours a day the past few days to dry out the floors. It's been rather noisy! And that has meant no sewing for me! Arggg! It's hard for me to go a day with out sewing...let alone getting behind on orders. But instead of getting stressed about it I thought I'd spend some time being crafty in another way (well...I've also spent a lot of time on the phone with the city of Seattle to see if they're going to fix the sewer problem...but that's boring stuff).
Over the years I somehow have started a pitcher collection. I think I got a few as presents here and there, have picked some up at antique stores and now somehow I have more pitchers than I know what to do with. I have a few that I keep on a shelf in the kitchen that I use to put flowers in once in a while. But mostly they just sit empty on the shelf. For the longest time I've been planning on planting succulents in them....kind of like little terrariums but you just can't see the layers. Well I finally got to it yesterday! And it's super easy so I know you really don't need instructions on this but I had so much fun with it that I thought I'd share anyway!
Here's what you'll need:
Most of the above you can actually just get at the grocery store. We have rocks and pebbles on the side of our house so that's where I got mine. But I did get the moss at Safeway and I noticed that they had rocks there as well. I also picked up several little succulent plants there. All on my weekly trip for groceries! You need more dirt or potting soil than pictured. I literally took mine from the flower box on my side patio.
Here's what I did:
I should add that I looked up terrariums on pinterest. And everyone kind of does it a little differently. Some people put charcoal in between the dirt and rocks. Some people layer it differently. But I do have one succulent that I planted a while back and I layered it as directed above and it has done just fine. The best thing about these is they are pretty much fuss free. Just a little bit of water once in a while and they're fine. If you forget to water them once in a while it's no big deal!
Also....if you use a clear container, like a mason jar, then you can see all of your layers which is kind of cool.
And some people like to put little figures in their terrariums. So I thought, why not put some in my little plants?! Well I didn't have any so I raided Parker's room and here's what I came up with:
She recently got a few Kinder Surprise eggs and they came with teeny tiny Frozen figures in them....perfect size for hanging out in a succulent plant! I don't know how she'll feel about Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven living in a plant in our kitchen but we'll see. These little guys might be heading back to Parker's room when she comes home and sees this! But I think they look adorable!
Here are two of the plants on my kitchen window sill:
I would take a picture of the rest of them in their places but they sit on a shelf looking out the window and unfortunately half of our basement is sitting on the patio right outside the window. So it wouldn't be the prettiest of pictures and it's hard to see the cute little pitchers with all of the stuff in the background! But when our house is back in order I'll be sure to snap and share a picture!
And the good news is that we now have access to our basement! I won't be moving back into my sewing studio for a while because we now have some renovations to do down there but I'm in the process of setting up a sewing station in our dining room... so I will be back to work in a day or two!!