{terrarium} love

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yesterday was the first day of Spring!

We wore rubber boots, jumped in puddles, went without the rigmarole of mittens/toques/jackets...it was a proper first day of spring.

Today is the second day of Spring! Or, as I like to think of it, the twenty-eighth unnecessary comeback of Winter.

Today we are bundled back up in winter boots, toques, mittens, jackets. The snow is dumping down and the wind is a blowin'.

To say that I find this bipolar climate of ours frustrating would be a spectacular understatement.

Ah well, at least we had yesterday!

Today, to brighten up our home and spirits {well, my spirits, the wee men love the snow}, we made a trip to the greenhouse to load up on the supplies needed to make terrariums.

{our local greenhouse also has a pet section, so we were able to get all of the supplies there...NO trip to Michaels!}

If you want to create your own, here's what you'll need:
-a glass container
-succulents {number and size will depend on the size of container you've chosen}
-large-ish rocks
-smaller pebbles
-a bag of cactus soil
-any little decoration type items you may want {figurines, crystal, decorative rocks, drift wood...the possibilities are endless}

The process:
-spread a thin layer of charcoal on the bottom of your container {this helps with drainage and keeping the smell down}
-next place your large-ish rocks around on top of the charcoal...try and place some strategically against the walls of your container so that they will still be visible as you add the next layers
-the next layer is the smaller pebbles {we used the kind you buy for an aquarium}...pour them over the large-ish rocks and then give the container a gentle shake or twist to settle the pebbles into all the spaces
-then add your soil, patting it down to get rid of any air pockets...oh, and be sure to make the soil layer deep enough that it will cover your plants roots entirely
-lastly dig little spaces for your plants, tuck them in and pat the dirt back in around them and then add any decorative items you've chosen

That. Is. It.

The wee men and I really enjoyed the process, digging in the dirt, planting the plants...a little faux gardening for our winter smothered souls!

And, pat on the back, I think they turned out beautifully.

I am pretty certain I will be making one more for the wee men's up and coming shared room but this time using layers of the brightly coloured aquarium pebbles. And maybe a little tractor and cowboy in place of the Buddha and amethyst crystal!

{natural therapy} love

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

So, here's the thing about me. Whenever I am asked to describe who I am as a person or summarize my nature or any sort of thing where I have to put words to the "type" of person I am, it is like running smack dab into a wall. It is potentially the only time in life where I am ever truly at a loss for words.

And it's not because I'm all humble and don't want to come off as boastful.

And it's not because I'm all esoteric and "won't be put in a box, man".

At the very root of it, I feel it comes down to two main things:
1) I have a terrible memory and can't actually remember if I've always been a certain way.
2) I have commitment issues and zero sense of structure and can't make myself stick to one thing for too long.
and {sneaky third point that just came to mind}
3) I am a seeker and am therefore always seeking what is new and once you learn something or stretch your soul you don't get to unlearn or unstretch and therefore are continuously changing.

Those three points aside, I do know that I have always been a "sharer". If I find/learn/hear/see/read/discover/buy/make/you-name-it anything that is awesome? You will hear about it. I love to share anything and everything that I perceive to be amazing.

{this point may already be fairly obvious if you've spent any time reading my blog}

But, for the first time EVER, I have discovered the equivalent of a unicorn and have been hesitant, for completely selfish reasons, to share. And being selfish is not kind. Or loving. So today I share!

Her name is Shellan and she is a Natural Therapist and, no word of a lie, she has magic in her bones.

I don't even want to try to describe her or what she does as I truly won't be able to do her justice.

Here's her site: Modern Natural Therapy . And I would suggest if what she has on there at all peaks your interest then GO and see her. You will not regret it.

 B's first visit!


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