Pinterest project- succulent hostess gifts

July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

The drought friendly symmetry of succulents is very much in vogue this year. Lots of trendy home decor stores have stocked them and I can not get enough of their blossomy shape. On our recent spring/summer wandering, we spent 52 days and over 7000 miles enjoying new places and people. I brought along planted cups of succulents to leave with some of our gracious hosts. Pinterest shows many images of the beautiful plants. I ordered a box of 36 assorted succulents from Amazon here. Though it arrived badly bashed, the plants were packed pretty well, and most survived transplanting and thrived.

I used a glass bit to drill holes in thrifted pots and dishes, and got the colorful mugs from Marshalls. Succulents are planted in special soil which I got at my local nursery and seems to be crushed rock. They must drain well. I covered the soil with gravel, which makes it look pretty and professional.

I carried them in a crate in the car and they traveled beautifully. They can take the heat of a hot car and only need to be watered about once a week! Here you see them in our car contents on the right.

Mail fun

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Mail is my favorite. Sending is the best, but receiving is pretty great too. I love old fashioned letters and hand wrapped goodies and postcards made of cereal boxes. I love the process of getting the mail from the box and sorting it and putting each bit in its place. I even love our grumpy and slow post office.

I thought this was a box of breath mints. But it was this little old tin…

…full of lovely old buttons! What a perfect surprise, thank you friend!

Real mail is completely wonderful; a way to send someone tangible love without having to buy a plane ticket. It is very personal to send and heartwarming to receive. Go drop a postcard in the mail and make someone’s day!

Alphabet cards

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted as a complete set, 226 fun alphabet flashcards with cute graphics and pithy sayings. Added to my etsy shop. Would be great with pieces in a gallery wall.

Mail Monday- box of pencils

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Real mail is completely wonderful; a way to send someone tangible love without having to buy a plane ticket. It is very personal to send and heartwarming to receive. Go drop a postcard in the mail and make someone’s day!

$.99 box of old Halmark cards. What a cute graphic!

Mail monday-pinhole camera

March 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Real mail is completely wonderful; a way to send someone tangible love without having to buy a plane ticket. It is very personal to send and heartwarming to receive. Go drop a postcard in the mail and make someone’s day!

A little while ago I found this packaged in my mailbox. Could it be? A paper camera?

We put it together…

And now to try it! How long does one expose film through a pinhole shutter? I’m excited.

Box of beauty

March 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Found in a box from Italy today, love from a friend I cherish.  Such richness! That’s a quote from Little Women. It is awesomeness colored green and the biggest thing I’ve ever picked up from the post office.

And to give you some sense of scale:

Its called a damigiana or demijohn.

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