December frenzy!

What have I been up to so far in December?  A big highlight was visiting Oslo, Norway for a weekend, which was awesome btw.  A small highlight was being commissioned to make some Christmas decorations.  And finally, a SUPER highlight that is yet to happen is that I’m flying home for Christmas next week!

Rather than putting up Christmas lights, I like to light up candles around the apartment. With the left over glass balls that I had initially used for making hanging terrariums I decided to turn them into these Christmas decorations… I think they would look gorgeous if you hang them up by the window.

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S is for Sundays and Succulents – Hanging Terrarium Pt. 2

I’ve received quite some interest for my last post on making DIY hanging terrariums on my last post, and today I will be sharing with you some tips on making them.

2 Tips for making a hanging/floating terrarium with succulents – the do’s and don’ts

These hanging terrariums are very popular, no doubt because they look so elegant and adds such a nice touch as a simple decor to your home.

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My DIY hanging terrarium with succulents and cacti.

There are tons of DIY blogs and websites offering tutorials on how to make them, but today I want to highlight 2 do’s & don’ts that will save you from running into the same mishaps that I had.

Okay, to cover the basics, most tutorials will tell you to first fill the glass ball with a bottom layer of pebbles (for drainage), then some active charcoal (to keep whatever moisture contained in the ball “clean”), and finally another layer of cactus soil to actually plant the succulents.

Pretty simple right?  I thought so as well and before I know it I was at the gardening centre buying all different kinds of succulents and cacti.  I don’t know if you saw this coming but when I returned home I realized all of my newly bought succulents were too big for the glass balls.  The opening of the glass balls were too small for me to even fit the succulent inside their supposed home.  Therefore,

#1 Do! – Make sure the tenant fits the home!

When you go succulent shopping, making sure you bring the actual terrarium (glass ball) with you! This way you make sure the succulent will fit through the opening of the glass ball.

Hanging Terrarium with Cactus

This one is my favourite one. A happy cacti couple lives here.

#2 Don’t! – Go easy on the soil. 

Of course you need soil layer, but actually from experience I would use the existing soil that comes with the store-bought succulent plant (unlike most tutorials that suggest first preparing a soil bed in the glass ball).  After the succulent is inside the glass ball, THEN I would add extra soil to fill up the extra space around it to secure the succulent so it doesn’t wobble around.  If you do decide to have soil bed, don’t over do it!  Otherwise you always end up with too much (soil bed + existing soil from the succulent) and there is not enough height left over for the succulent itself to grow upwards.

I think what’s most elegant about these hanging terrariums is that there is a lot of air, light and space.  The DIY hanging terrariums I have made so far could really have improved on these 3 aspects… but hey, I had to learn from trial and error and that’s how I found about the do’s and don’ts that I’m sharing with you today.

Hanging Terrarium with a Succulent

Make sure there is enough space for the succulent to grow!

What do you think? What was your experience like making hanging these hanging terrariums?

** If you are interested in making these hanging terrariums, I have a lot of these glass globes leftover for sale. You can leave me a message in the contact page to enquire about purchasing them!

S is for Succulents & Sunday

Hello lovelies, Happy Monday!  What did you get up to this weekend?  I visited the garden center, came home and made a proper mess on my dinning table.  You like the end product?!

I think my little DIY succulent terrariums are looking pretty cute.  They are not “floating” just yet… still have to buy some twine to hang them.  Stay tuned for tips on how to make them & more photos of all the different designs I made from my green finger outburst!

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Easy Serrano Ham and Melon Salad

A bit ironic, but being lazy is sometimes actually lead to being productive. After getting off work on Monday, I went straight to the supermarket without a clue of what to buy for dinner, and simply asked myself what I can make that requires absolutely no effort. I was at the sandwich meat section at the time and I spotted Serrano ham.  I remember the last time I had Serrano ham it was with honeydew melon as an appetizer.  Bingo!

I quickly grabbed a pack of Serrano ham, a bag of arugula salad, a pack of mixed melon salad on-the-go (already diced, genius!) and some pine nuts.   And there you have it ladies and gentlemen – Melon Serrano Ham Salad.  Prep time – 0 minutes!

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Espresso Cup Terrariums

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Hello lovelies, I’m finally home after a week in sunny Cyprus where I’ve soaked up a full year’s worth of Vitamin D.  Before my trip I bought a few different baby succulents and today I finally have time to pot them.  Everyone is raving about succulents these days because they are very low-maintenance and easy to look after.  I travel quite a lot and succulents are just perfect since they do not require frequent watering.  Finally, plants that I won’t kill 😉

The expresso cups make a perfect-sized home for my plant babies.  See more pictures and simple instructions after the cut. Continue reading

Easy comes in three

Coming home from work on a regular weekday, I can’t say I’m really in the mood for cooking.  This is a summer salad that I love making because it’s easy, healthy, and super refreshing.  Not to mention that it hardly costs anything!  The best of all possible worlds.  There really isn’t a proper recipe as there are only three simple ingredients and you adjust accordingly depending on the number of people you are serving.

I usually go for 1/3 of a watermelon, 1 cucumber and a bunch of mint leaves.  Three steps: dice the watermelon into cubes, slice up the cucumbers, then sprinkle with mint leaves.  Mix & toss all the ingredients together, then you have a lovely watermelon and cucumber summer salad that costs nothing more than 5 minutes and 5 dollars.  Enjoy!

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