16 April 2018

Succulent Hanging Planter...❥

I have decided to start a succulent collection....
Many years ago (and I'm talking about 25!) succulent and cacti were a popular garden plant in rock gardens.
And all those many years ago I had one.
But as time and trends changed it went...I gave them all away.
And the cacti garden was removed when the a puppy I was babysitting ended up with a face of prickles.  I remember the hours spent removing them....and I think my children remember many a time meeting up with a cactus too.
But I met a cute little sedum...
And my succulent love was rekindled.
That was a year ago....

It was a tiny little plant then...
but look at it now!
This is Sedum morganianum.
It's commonly called Donkey or burrows tail.  
It is a native plant to Mexico and Honduras.

Here in New Zealand we call it the jellybean plant.

Because one little jellybean like piece will grow...

...into this!  And then you have a brand new plant!

Where I live it grows on my covered and sheltered deck year round.
It is also commonly grown as an indoor houseplant.
This plant does require sun or bright light.
Keep out of wind and handle with care as the little nodule leaves will fall off if knocked.
It has clusters of star shaped rose pink flowers in the summer.
And the trails will grow up to 60cm in length.
Finally - do not overwater it.
And it will look fabulous all year!

And if you would like step by step instructions on how to make the rope hanger,
you'll find it HERE.

If you are curious about the mosaic...
that is an old mirror that I upcycled into a mosaic artwork.
Just another idea for your covered patio or deck!

#Sedum morganianum #donkeytail #succulent #hangingplants

10 April 2018

'Reserved For The Cat' cushion...❥

Ever since I saw this cushion with words only on Etsy I wanted one.
But cos I am a DIY'er I had to create my own.
I found a stone coloured linen cushion by haven gallery at Farmers reduced to $20 from $70!
I just love the simplicity of the fabric weave.

The first step was to design the wording and I also added a crown image.
I printed this in black ink onto an A4 paper sheet.

Then cut a piece of cotton fabric to the same size.
The Fabric was sellotaped to the paper.

Onto a bright sunny window this was taped.

Then I used a fabric marker pen in black to copy the crown and wording.
Once dry, I removed it from the window and paper back, 
and I ironed the reverse side of the fabric to set the ink.

Fabric Marker Pens come in all colours but I used black for this project.

With the iron I pressed in place 5cm turned edges.
Then I removed the cushion inner from the cover.

Measured the centre placement and pined the fabric written wording onto the cushion cover.
It was really just a matter of a quick double stitched outline to keep it all in place, using a sewing machine.
Place the inner back into the cushion cover,

Reserved For The Cat Cushion
voila - I now have my own 'Reserved For The Cat' Cushion.

Lovely little Lola the Rescue Kitty looks so tiny behind it...
The Lola story is yet to be told...
Another day.  :)
Until then I am crushing on my cushion!

#diy #cushion #design #reservedforthecat #sewing

5 April 2018

Coffee Almond Kisses...❥

Coffee lover?
Almond Lover?
Well these delectable 'Coffee Almond Kiss' biscuits are just for you!

Using a cake mixer, the ingredients are a quick whip up, roll and squash...
From start to  baked finish approximately 30 minutes.

Once the biscuits are cooled, you make a creamy coffee icing in the cake mixer...

Then join them with the icing to create the Kisses.

Almond Coffee Kisses
SO good...
So sweet...
So nutty...
So Coffee!

Find the recipe HERE.

#coffee #almond #kisses #biscuits #homebaking

31 March 2018

Armeria - Potted Floral Balls of Pink!

Armeria flowers are the most delightful floral balls of bright pink!

The foliage is lush and grasslike.
The flowers grow on 20 cm stems and sit in all their floral ball delight above the grassy foilage.

I found an old terracotta squat pot and decided to add a painterly effect to the pot to before planting the Armeria...

  I used some old white paint.
And a dry brush
(Meaning no water is used at all)
Brush some paint onto the pot,
 and use a paper towel to spread it randomly.

Then I made crosshatch pattern
Brush this way...

Then the opposite way.

Do this all over the pot, softening the lines with the dry brush.

Once the pot was dry the Armeria was planted into a quality potting mix...

Armeria are a perennial that produce masses of long lasting, rich pink flowers.
They are fabulous for planting in pots, a rockery, or as a front of garden border plant.
The flowering season is from Spring throughout summer.
The other thing to note about these cute little plants are they are exactly that...small and compact!

I can't wait till it is a mass of stemmed pink flowers.
My potted plant is on a sunny deck.
And Armeria are full sun lovers!
So it should be very happy here.  :)
Well - until it outgrows the pot,
Because one plant will grow into a clump of 30 to 40cm width.
I probably should have just planted one in the pot, 
but as I wanted an instant full effect, I used all six.
I'm not worried about it as I have a plan to then plant them into the front of the garden border.
I'm the kind of gardener that is constantly changing whats in pots.

You can buy Armeria in a punnet of six from the Garden Centre.
I purchased mine from Mitre 10 here in New Zealand.

#armeria #pereninal #gardenplants #plantsforpots

27 March 2018

Be Sunshine Quote....

Isn't it nice to just brighten someones day...
with a little RANDOM KINDNESS.
We don't know what others are going through in their lives,
so that smile, compliment or a pay it forward moment might just be the gift they need. 

Today's quote is a reminder for us to:
Try to be SUNSHINE in someone's cloud...

You'll find more Mia Bella Quotes HERE

#positivity #quote 

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