Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pickle Jars and Bubble Bowls

After Christmas I usually start to feel the winter doldrums. so to add a little green to the house and remind myself that spring is near I made a couple of terrariums.

I used an old pickle jar and a bubble bowl that I bought from Walmart.  I wanted the bubble bowl to look like a vintage fish bowl so I glued a candle holder to the bottom to act as a pedestal.

Since I have a problem keeping indoor plants alive I decided to use just one tiny fern and a variety of mosses, bark, stones, a bird and twigs.

I've always been fascinated by these little self contained worlds. When I was a tween my mom had a terrarium in our living room.  Since it was the groovy 60's it was on a white plastic pedestal and the terrarium was in a plastic bubble that sat on top. I loved that thing and used to imagine myself meandering around in that little world.

I like to buy giant jars of pickles from Sams and since I'm always saving jars and cans for crafting, I used one of those pickle jars to  make a second  terrarium. Again I only used one tiny fern, moss,stones, bark and twigs. I also added a couple of tiny eggs.

I also added moss and eggs to a vintage mason jar to add to the vignette, continuing the nature theme I was going for.

I popped a small plant in milk glass urn under a cloche to help round things out. I don't know how long the poor thing will last!

I like the look of books used  with the terrariums it kind of reminds me of a Victorian library or curiosity room. The vintage looking clock was bought at Big Lots. I added  an apothecary jar with corks another natural element.

Just a little winter pick me up! Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these parties this week,

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hunting and Gathering

We are in the process of prepping for a few major projects, so  I have  been measuring and shopping and tearing things apart. I bought a new sink and faucet for the kitchen from Ikea. I have something like this in mind for my kitchen makeover,


       I bought this sink,
and this faucet,
We ordered subway tiles in sheets for the back splash and since real soapstone is out of my budget I special ordered a laminate called oiled soapstone from Lowe's, here's a peek,

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Laminates are really good these days, they've come a long way since the old days. Here's a sample of the flooring that's going throughout the house, except for the bathroom,

    It's a floating vinyl flooring that looks like wood and comes in planks, it's waterproof and pet friendly. I wanted a light floor and this seemed the most practical and low maintenance, plus it's gorgeous and budget friendly.  I'm also replacing my wall oven with a free standing range, but I''m still looking for just the right one. I bought paint, misty gray by Benjamin Moore for the walls and distant gray for the ceilings and trim. Misty gray is a very light gray and distant gray is almost white with a hint of gray. Well that's what I've been up to. There's more on the to do list I'll keep you posted. I'll be back later with a little winter pick me up project. Thanks for stopping by!


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