Perhaps you tire of all my talk of succulents. I really just can’t help it. Succulents are the perfect houseplants: they require little investment, stay green endlessly, seek minimal attention, multiply enthusiastically, and exude a debonair confidence with little effort. What’s not to love? Don’t take my word for it…let some others inspire you: DIY: Succulent Tablescape DIY: Succulent Wreath DIY: Succulent Centerpiece DIY: Brick Succulent Planter/Candle Holder DIY: Succulent Wall Art For more succulent inspiration and loveliness, visit my Succulent Love Pinterest Pinboard!
Many of you may already know about Pinterest. I, frankly, ignored it initially thinking it was another web obsession and time waster. I suppose it can be, but now I’m discovering that it is a fantastic and fun way to keep your web findings and interests catalogued and at your fingertips. It’s really quite an ingenious time saver, really. Remember when you used to rip out pages of magazines and save them in a binder as inspiration for a redecorating project, dinner party, or places you wanted to visit? Well, this is the way it’s done now. Aren’t we modern. I played around a bit, and gathered some of my favorite inspirations for grey/neutral interiors…which you know I so adore. You can find this board here. I also started pinning some recipes I want to remember to make this summer…I love having them catalogued by photos. You can find this […]
A grocery store arrangement of cut flowers can be a lot bang for your buck, but can also lack in sophistication and charm. Yours truly forgot to take a “before” photo, but here’s how a bouquet goes from motley to marvelous with a few simple adjustments: Remove fillers that are pretty on their own, but perhaps unfavorably ubiquitous and overused… I decide to focus on one main color scheme: yellow-orange with its complement, blue-violet. Hot pink carnations, therefore, don’t make the cut, so I pull them out… …as I do with the red carnations, …and the sprays of mini green mums. After all the superfluous colors and textures are removed to be enjoyed elsewhere… …I (nervously) lop off a foot of the leggy stems for a more balanced arrangement. That’s how these flowers went from Mardi Gras to Mother’s Day.
“In friendship’s fragrant garden, There are flowers of every hue. Each with its own fair beauty And its gift of joy for you.” Flowers can be special friends…that grow and bloom year after year. New friends come along… …and are unique and different in their own way. And, most recently, a glorious new member of the circle was given as a parting gift from a true friend who will be residing oceans away for a time. But when it comes to a flower as loyal as a phalaenopsis, good friends can be remembered for a long, long time. PHALAENOPSIS CARE BASICS Light Phalaenopsis love bright, indirect sunlight. Water Water a phalaenopsis thoroughly, soaking all surrounding planting medium. Drain completely, and don’t water again until nearly dry…about every 2-3 weeks. Flowering After the phalaenopsis has finished blooming, cut off stem right about the node where the first flower bloomed. A new […]
It feels good to simplify. To organize. Clear out. To make the most of the space you have. That’s what this nesting challenge is all about, isn’t it? How did you do this week? I’d love to hear about whatever cleaning/nesting project you accomplished, even if it wasn’t your laundry room! And though I struggled to find time to actually complete the project this week, I’m so glad that I made it happen. If I’ve learned anything in these last three weeks, it’s that you can only take on one space at a time…one day at a time. Stewardship of our resources and our homes isn’t something you arrive at perfectly; it’s a process you work at perfecting day by day. Feel free to link up! I’d love to know how you simplified and organized your life this week! <div align=”center”><a href=”http://www.gracelaced.com/category/simplynesting” title=”Simply Nesting”><img src=”http://www.gracelaced.com/uploads/2011/03/Simply-Nesting-Button1.jpg” alt=”Simply Nesting” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> […]
Two weeks down and two weeks to go of our Simply Nesting project! If you are new here, Welcome! I’m doing a nesting challenge for myself and anyone who cares to join me in the remaining weeks of this pregnancy, hoping to stay motivated to simplify, clean-out, and organize the spaces in my life I use the most, but seem to maintain the least! We link up on Friday, when I and those who choose to participate reveal the before and after pics of this week’s challenge. *************************************************** Laundry is just a part of life. Everyone does laundry…either in a hallway, utility room, in the garage, in a bathroom, or at the laundromat down the street. Laundry’s not a glamorous, but can be oh so satisfying. Do you agree? Don’t you love the smell of fresh towels? Do you love to fold and sort? Do you look forward to hanging […]
Congratulations! We’ve completed Week 2 of my Simply Nesting Challenge! This week, we’ve simplified, organized, and cleaned out our linen closets. I’m loving the fact that when I pull one set of towels out, two more do not come tumbling after. Now it’s your turn! Just like last week’s Before and After post, you can link up at the bottom of today’s post. Don’t forget to link your blog post address, not your blog. I’m so looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor. You’ll have all weekend to link up! Thanks for nesting with me. Only two more to go…come by Monday to get the scoop on Week 3′s Simply Nesting project! <div align=”center”><a href=”http://www.gracelaced.com/category/simplynesting” title=”Simply Nesting”><img src=”http://www.gracelaced.com/uploads/2011/03/Simply-Nesting-Button1.jpg” alt=”Simply Nesting” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> InLinkz