*|...an elephant update...|*


Hello all,


Check out these snaps of my little white elephant planter {see the DIY tutorial here} from when I first planted him up & now - just 4 weeks!
I'm especially proud of my little bears paw over there on the right {he's my fave} but I am mildly concerned that the chappy in the middle is going to completely dwarf everything else - so might need to cut him back a bit...I get the fear when I have to chop bits off, like I'm going to kill the little things, but so far so good. 

I also recently beheaded {eep} one of my massive echeverias and then decided to pull all of the leaves off to try and grow new little plantlings - the bare stem even has what appears to be four little baby plants beginning to grow off of it - so I'll have to get a picture of that when they get a little bigger!

Don't forget - if you like the look of these little planters I'm posting, you can now pre-order your own little succulent kit which includes everything you'll need to get going, at a special introductory price from my Etsy shop here!

xo.

5 {simple} things

Hello all,

Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a really lovely weekend - I sadly worked all weekend, but I have Tuesday off, and it's set to be an exciting day indeed {so I'm sure it'll make up for a weekend of work!}. From Tuesday we will be doggy sitting two little canine pals - Titch & Benji - so expect some dogs based simple things next week {hopefully the dogs will stay still long enough for a good picture!!}.

Last week, as always I tried to look for those little things that made my week, so without further ado - here are last weeks five simple things:
1//. this amazing ice-cream constructed by the very lovely Katrina because it was naughty - but had fresh raspberries & blueberries inside!
2//. these scrambled eggs for starting Sunday off the right way!
3//. this little chap for continuing to blossom.
4//. this zine & accompanying envelope from Paul aka Alpha Wham which I won {yippee}. thanks Paul :)
5//.  & this little greedy bottom for knocking his food tin over whilst I wasn't looking & climbing in...he makes me laugh!
I hope you all had at least 5 little things that made you smile last week. So much happens every day its so easy to let it all pass you by as the days merge and you finish each week in much the same place you started. It's good to capture those fleeting moments that allow you to appreciate the small things.

Until tomorrow,
xo.

{DIY} indoor succulent planter | part //.1 |

Hello all!

HAPPY FRIDAY again! It was a real treat to have had two days off together this week, I made soup, completed my orders, re-painted all of the scuffs in the walls at the flat, made and photographed lots of upcoming {DIY}s - including this one - AND had time for a lovely long walk in the New Forest with Jack! Good times all round. Well, except for the dog bite/tetanus jab saga and Jack now having the flu that I had last week. In general though, an overarchingly wonderful week. I hope you all had a good one too!

So, on with the purpose of today's post...as those of you know who follow me on

Twitter

- 1//. I'm currently obsessed with succulents {see

here

}, and 2//. I bought

this

 AWESOME vintage elephant planter on eBay and so - I thought I'd share with you all the process of making an indoor succulent garden. I hope that's something you're interested in hearing about!! This one isn't enclosed, so it should be a really great starter planter to try!

I've only had part of my succulent order delivered currently so this will be part 1 of 2 about making yourself a little indoor succulent haven! If you like, I can also do a little post about 'terrarium' aftercare, as for some reason I seem to be green fingered when it comes to succulent care!

Here is what you will need:

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It's important when choosing your plants that you choose species that like the same conditions. 

i.e. make sure they all like lots of water, or very little water, not a mix, because that just complicated things in one big planter!

Most succulents and cacti enjoy nice dry soil between waterings so generally you can mix away with these sorts of plants. Ferns and creepers on the other hand like moist soil - but I'll talk about them another time!

To start off your little terrarium/planter, just fill your container about an inch or so deep with your gravel, like so:

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Then pile in your compost pretty much right to the top:

The cactus compost is really important because its a mix of peat and sand - which means that it'll drain really well. Normal compost holds too much moisture for succulents and cacti so you want to avoid that big time! {I also added in a layer of coconut husk soil, just for drainage shiggles}.

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Next, take your first little succulent gently from its pot and separate out the root ball. I sectioned off each individual plant really carefully so that I could spread them around a little bit:

Succulents like to be nice and snuggled together though, so although this first little plant I separated out a fair bit, the others I'll keep quite close together}.

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To plant each little seedling - all of which had surprisingly long roots - I used a paintbrush to poke a tiny deep hole and then nested each little pal in so that the base of his leaves were level with the soil:

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This little pile above is all of the eeny weeny little jelly beans I found amongst the succulent, too small to plant into my elephant, so I did a little IKEA hack for them which I shall show you later next week. Aren't they cute?

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Don't water for 2-3 days to let the plants settle, it's different to usual repotting - but you can spritz them with a fine mist of water if you fancy. 

Oh...and when you do water them, be sparing, to make sure you don't drench them! Then let the soil dry completely before you even think about watering again :)

I shall share the next installment next week {as long as my extra baby succulents arrive}!

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I hope you like him! I'm a little bit in love with that face...

Have a great weekend my lovelies, and as always, your input and suggestions is super appreciated...

xo.