Monday, May 9, 2011

Fresh and succulent...

I hope you all had a great weekend and if you're a mommy, I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

I had a beautiful day as my kiddies had made me feel loved and so very special with little homemade gifts they had worked so hard to make.

The most beautiful part of it all was at the end of the day when the kiddies sat me down on the couch and then 'performed'  a song they had written.  My Bella sang while Tristan played the piano, to the best of his abilities.
 
The words to the song - although simple - made me cry tears of joy because they get it.  They get what family and loving one another means and that is priceless...

I will share the words to the song and some pictures of their creations in a later post...so beautiful...sigh!

In the mean time, I want to show you the latest craftberry.  Isn't it fresh?

I love succulents and have been wanting to make a little terrarium...

But I wanted something different, and so I went to work...

I was inspired by this West Elm planter.  I couldn't find a direct link to it (sorry), but I had saved the picture on my computer.

A couple of months ago, I was honoured by being 'crowned' the DIY monthly winner (you can find the winning project here).  One of the prizes was a box full of Gorilla glue products.

Oh my!  The possibilities.  For this particular project, I used the Gorilla Epoxy.

I glued clear glasses in between dollar store ceramic bowls.  I decided not to spray paint the glasses because I knew they would not be visible once the plants were in.  I used different size bowls with an opening wide enough to insert plants.

Succulents are drought resistant and prefer drier soil.  In order to draw moist away from the soil, you need to place a layer of gravel or pumice rock at the bottom of the container.  I added a layer of sand on top of the gravel (although I'm not sure if this was necessary) and then a layer of potting soil.

As I am not an expert on this topic, you can find some more information here

I also bought a small bag of river rocks at the dollar store to place on top as decoration.  The moss I picked up from my yard.

Arrange the plants as desired, cover roots with potting soil and add some embellishments, such as rocks or pieces of driftwood.

Once you are happy with your arrangement, gently brush away any soil that  might have gotten caught in between the leafs of the succulent.

The entire project cost under $8.00...not too bad huh? 

And here is an extra tip: if you look  at the succulent on the right, you will notice that it is not a real one.  I purchased an artificial one at the dollar store.  It came in a tiny little terracotta pot and I just pulled it out and 'planted' it in its roomier home.

Here are the two versions, side by side....

She is so pretty sitting next to those gorgeous books, which I was lucky enough to find at our local second hand store. They are not very old per se, but I loved the color and I can't stop reading those beautiful poems. The green one is a compilation of all of Shakespeare's books.

Another week is yet again upon us, the days are getting warmer,  the trees outside our window are looking greener and the Craftberry Bush is blooming with creativity.

I look forward to sharing some of it's blooms with you.  Thank you for cultivating with me.

Much love,
Lucy



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54 comments:

  1. I love succulents, and the planter you created for yours is so beautiful!

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  2. Great job! I love the crispness of the white with the plants.
    'hugs from afar'

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  3. LOVE love love.. Funny I was just outside planting my succlents and pick some moss from the woods..

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  4. Love your planter, Lucy. I just planted a giant pot of hens and chicks this weekend. I think I may need to add some moss now.

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  5. Love your planter and all the photos!

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  6. Lucy, this is great! I like your piece better than the inspiration piece. ~ Sarah

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  7. Lucy- I love that planter you put together! It is wonderful. I have never grown succulents-I guess I always think of them as being deser plants! AND they look great next to those books!

    I will look forward to reading the song the kids performed for you- They "get it" because you are their Mom and YOU "get it". xxoo Diana

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  8. That turned out so good Lucy. I like yours better than the one from West Elm.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day with some very special children :)

    hugs ♥ tricia

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  9. LOVE this planter and the succulents you've got in there! The tastefully shot photographs add to the beauty of this post. Found yours through craftomaniac, glad I did :)

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  10. How pretty! I Love this idea

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  11. So creative, great book find, too!
    Blessings,
    Catherine

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  12. So pretty and fresh! Looks so much better than the West Elm version.

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  13. I love yours better. So pretty.

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  14. This looks great. I think it's better than the West Elm on too. You're very talented.

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  15. Love yours better than West Elm too! And whatevs! No way is this project wompwompwomp! You rocked this one! :) I love me some succulents in any way, shape or form!

    Thanks for the follow, and right back atcha!

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  16. Thank you for following my blog Lucy; I'm honoured :) I love reading your blog, your creations are adorable and you take such great photos! x

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  17. The Dollar Tree?
    Oh, thank God for that store!
    No, I couldn't tell that the succulent was fake!
    I have a collection of vintage white ironstone planters, wonder what messes I can make today?
    Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Hugs and blessings to you and your home!
    ~me

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  18. Oh my! Very beautiful......I think I may need to borrow your idea for my screened in porch! Love your photography, too;)!
    Beth

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  19. Great work! I love the gentle curves of the bowls you chose. I bet this would make a terrific thrift store project, as well.
    Kristina
    Sweetfer Handmade

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  20. That is so cute, and looks way better than the inspiration pic. I may have to make one of these, and then try to keep the plants alive even though I have a black thumb! :)

    Also, I have a great giveaway going on for some chalkboard labels and would love if you entered! http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/05/chalkboard-label-giveaway-from-ginger.html

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  21. These are so great! I just bought suculents and did a post about them! I have plans to plant them in the garden this weekend, but I might just have to save a few and do this idea for inside! So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. super cute. I am so excited to make one for my office and my husband's office. Both of us moved to new offices this month and I think this will be a great additon to our new workspaces. Thanks for sharing. I loved it.
    acupofsparkle.blogspot.com

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  23. This is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing! I just had to pin it to bookmark it!

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  24. What a great planter!!! I would love to share this on my blog with a link back to you if that would be ok with you.

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  25. I've been looking for a creative way to display my succulents. Think they are finally going to get a new home! Thanks for the idea.

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  26. oh this is wonderful!! i have so many succulents, i just love them!!

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  27. I like your version of the planter much better than the 'kitchen tool holder' look of the West Elm verson. So simple & I love the price. Thank you for sharing.
    ~C8>

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  28. I just love this. And your version is much more beautiful than the inspiration piece! Have a great weekend!!

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  29. This is gorgeous! Can't wait to make my own! ~Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  30. Great idea! I love succulents but I never have any success with them. I like that you shared how to plant because I am going to try this.

    Benita

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  31. This is AWESOME!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing :)

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  32. Wow. That is so creative! I would love to try this!

    Stephanie
    aka luluscottage.blogspot.com (I have a pretty giveaway)

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  33. brilliant my dear! thanks so much for partying with whipperberry!!
    kisses

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  34. absolutely brilliant. I'm reblogging on tumblr so you know that means it's going round and round and round. cheers and be sure to come see me too.

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  35. Oh I LOVE it! I thought maybe you drilled holes and used a dowel..that's how I did my tipsy pots...

    LOVE the glue...I'm gonna have to try that! I pinned it and now I'm gonna share on FB....

    New follower too:-)

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  36. totally gorgeous! LOVE this!!! I'm definitely doing this soon. :) New follower!

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  37. I MADE it! Thank you for the inspiration. I posted the pictures on my blog. Check out the link to se my version of it. My husband really liked it..
    http://acupofsparkle.blogspot.com/2011/05/handmade-modern-succulent-planter.html

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  38. I am your newest follower! Love this idea! Might be making one of these. :) Thanks for sharing.

    http://domesticcharm.blogspot.com

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  39. Your 3-tiered succulent planter is beautiful! And thank you for sharing the how-to.

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  40. This is beautiful! I think yours looks so much better than your inspiration! ;) I so want to do some kind of succulent home now!

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  41. I love this! I've been seeing it floating over the blogosphere and my first thought is, "I've seen that on Craftberry!" You're famous! :)

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  42. Lucy, that is absolutely gorgeous, and so clever! Sharing this on FB, what a fantastic project !!!

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  43. Great tutorial, my will like it very much. thanks for sharing

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  44. Изысканно и очень профессионально. Очень понравилось.

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  45. Your succulent planter is lovely, thanks for sharing your tutorial! I have this linked to my planters post as well today, nice job!

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  46. I love this!! I just came to visit from seeing your blog on Inspire Me Heather. Aren't succulents beautiful? It's the only plant in my house right now. Great blog BTW.

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  47. Love this planter!! So easy and cheap, I will have to try this! I've pinned this for reference, and will be following you now!!
    Debbie :)

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  48. Liiiindo! Parabens! Obrigada pela dica.
    Sonia Maria Leite, Sao Paulo - Brasil
    Leite Atelie- (face book)

    Kisses!

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    www.youthinkimreckless.blogspot.co.uk

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