Simple Mother’s Day Love

I need to be very honest when I say, I HATE fake flowers. Whenever I go into Hobby Lobby and see the whole lovely array, I feel deceived. And annoyed, They are oh so practical, but I think I would rather have no greenery than fake greenery.

Now, let’s make some fake flowers.

I love these. I think the difference here is the style. These lovely things aren’t pretending to be real, but are still very nice to look at. They have that hint of hand-made quaintness but could look great in the classiest of home. I made these as a supplemental gift for my mom, mom-in-law, as well as a couple for myself.

What you need:
nylon based fabric – I used a chiffon in this case
Scissors
a candle
embroidery thread for center of flowers (you can also use beads or buttons if you so desire, don’t forget to get something to sew them on. Thread, clear fishing line, etc.)
hot glue gun (for attaching stems or safety pins)
floral wire/stems
Safety pins 

I would do a tutorial, but there are a few out there, and it is pretty self-explanatory. Here is the one I used. Cut out circles of different sizes (they dont need to be very exact at all), hold the edges close to a flame, assemble into flowers. Bam.

Here are 2 options for attaching a stem. Attach directly to the outside or  put a fabric layer between.

Assemble all of the petals except the largest. Cut a small slit in the largest and put the stem through.

Put a spot of hot glue on the circle of the stem, set the assembled petals on the stem,  let it dry.

Repeat until you have  a nice little bouquet!

I also put safety pins on a few. This method, just attach all petals together, put a spot of glue on the back, and attacha  safety pin. Then you can use it to brighten up a sweater, a scarf, or slide a bobby pin through and have some summery hair!

Gladiator sandals into mock J Crew strappy sandals.

I never quite got into the gladiator sandals trend. Probably because I typically live in my Chacos if I am wearing sandals. However, now that I am trying to look a little on the nicer side at work, I have to try a little harder. But I still won’t pay full price that go without saying.

I get (multiple) J Crew catalogues and do enjoy thumbing through, dreaming, and getting somewhat inspired. That is when I saw these cute little things getting styled.I love the high ankle strap and the hint of stripes in the sandals. Lots of hints of the gladiator style in their strappy sandals, just modified. So I want to modify too!

Found this pair of orange No Boundaries at Goodwill. I had actually seen a yellow pair a few weeks earlier, but I didn’t have a plan yet, and I already own yellow flats. This pair was closer to my size, and were $4, so I bought them without thinking twice.

Just a few simple snips to the strap that goes up the middle (DON’T cut the straps that go across your foot or ankle!)

The difference stunned me! Not quite the same as the JCrew ones, and a slight hint of easter sandals I owned in the 90’s, but worth the $4.
(Please ignore my gross nails. I suppose if I wear sandals I’ll have to start wearing nail polish.)

What do you think? Start watching the shoe shelves at your local thrift stores!

Roof Pallet Garden

So you have likely seen the vertical pallet garden by now, right? Well, we live in a second floor apartment with a door to a  south facing “porch” which is actually a flat piece of roof with no railings. We love it. (We have no children…)

But we want a garden. And not some silly little flowers packed in tight, we wanted to produce food from our plants. So our pallet garden looks a little different:

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What You Need:

  • – Pallet – if you are going to eat from your pallet, be careful to not get one treated with chemicals.
  • – Landscaping Fabric – keeps your dirt inside the pallet and not all over your porch.
  • -Staple Gun
  • – Dirt – our pallet was smaller than standard size 50in by 25in , and used less than 3 cubic feet of dirt (Get the potting kind! We had to exchange ours…)
  • – Plants – do a little research as to what you want and what works well in your region and in smaller spaces.

Start by fixing up your pallet. Clean up any stray nails/screws and sturdy up any loose boards.

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Some of the plants. We also bought a bunch of tomatos (already potted here) to see how they’d do. I eat tomatos like candy…

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Attach your landscaping fabric. We went overboard with the staple gun, but I don’t regret it. Went along all four sides as well as the support pieces that go across the middle.

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Make sure to keep the “top” open if you are going to put this upright at all. If you put it completely upright you will want to plant here, if it is at a slight upright (like ours) then it helps to collect rain water.

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Start filling with dirt, make sure to tuck it in the bottom and under the support pieces so there won’t be too much movement when you put it more upright. Don’t overfill yet, you need to put your plants in still.

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Happy garden making!

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Now put in your plants! Make sure to loosen the roots of the plant so it takes in its new place, but don’t disturb the roots too much, it’s hard on the young plants. Tuck them in fairly tight (but not too tight) with more dirt. Full in any sneaky holes, and save the rest of the dirt to fill in as it settles.

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The finished product a few weeks later moved to it’s final resting place:


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Facing slightly east for extra sun, with our struggling tomatos in front. (I trimmed all that blight off, but they still have a pile of flowers, so I think they will be OK!)

Thus far my main improvements have to do with my plant care, but this neat little pallet keeps out weeds and many ground varmints. I am however experimenting with how to keep the squirrels from digging, but so far they haven’t ruined any plants. However, the fight is on once fruit starts forming…