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Let’s just be honest. I didn’t really know if I would be actually participating in this edition of the Pinterest Challenge. I thought maybe, just maybe, this baby would push his freakishly strong foot through my skin, thus putting me in the hospital. I’m not kidding. He’s that strong. And I do believe he’s gonna be born with weirdly long toenails.
So I have a confession…I started this project last night at 12:06am. That’s right. And it took me about five minutes to finish. It would have taken me less but I had to take the photos. I think this all goes to show that even last-minute-procrastinators like myself can still knock something off their to-do-list….or their Pinterest Try-This Boards…if they put the pedal to the metal and just knock it out.
Now that I’m done with my confessional, here’s what I’ve been eyeing for the last 6 months…
Those are magazine and catalog clippings that I taped to my giant white board in my office. And right there in the center is a huge succulent terrarium..
Yup. Total bandwagoner. That’s me. Just throw me a tuba and let me jump on board. I love me some succulents.
In fact, when I went to start pinning some ideas on how to actually make this plan happen, I realized that this is very ‘pinteresty’. Everyone and their foreign relatives are planting succulents and blogging about it or selling em on etsy.
Besides the awesome ones I’ve pinned, I’ve seen ones by Making It Lovely, Young House Love, Thrifty Decor Chick, The Plumed Nest, The Clean Slate and A Simple Kind of Life….all different and all really inspiring.
Now comes the part where you have to hear about how I decided that indeed-I-would-be-pinterest-challenging-a-succa….
enter the sales rack.
Doesn’t it always start there? So I was walking in Lowe’s….Will and I went there this afternoon because his special treat for the day was to see all the life-sized Santas and play with all the Christmas stuff. It’s our version of Disney World. And low and behold, I saw the little sales rack that boasted a sign “50% off”….and it was chock full of succulents.
Since I have been stalking this particular rack, I knew that it was a sign that indeed, I would still be pregnant and capable in the evening and that God wanted me to plant something. I take most sales signs as a message from God. So I threw a bunch into the cart and we headed home. I figured I would probably have something at home
from my hoarding stash that would work for the rest of the needed supplies.
I found the perfect glass jar just sitting neglected under our laundry room’s utility sink.
We used to throw Will’s cloth diapers in there before we got a wet bag. Now it does nothing…except feel lonliness.
I also went through my stash of rocks (yes I do have a drawer full of stones and rocks and other pebble type items) and pulled out a few collections that I thought would work for this particular project. And yes, I washed the brown ones…they smelled funny to me. Of course, everything smells funny to me right now (being pregnant does that to me). And yes, it is weird to think of me sniffing a rock.
Anyhoo. I put my biggest rocks in first….
followed by the smaller pebbles….I like to put them around the edges and then fill in the center to make sure it is even….
then a couple inches of soil. (I hear it’s a good idea to use Cactus soil and/or charcoal for drainage purposes…but like I said, pregnant…one week away)…
Then came time for my little baby succulents. I got all seven for under $11 total. So that makes this an $11 project because I used everything else from my stash.
I stuck with the ones that varied in height and were in the same color palette.
Then I started in the middle – planting the tallest first – then moved around the center planting a short one, then a medium tall one, then another short one, then medium….repeat till done.
On the very top, I put some black stones. I just liked the way they looked. No real reason.
Isn’t it pretty?!
So consider me officially seranading the succulents. And yes, I plan on putting them up in my master bedroom where I can see them every day while I nurse and recover and ooh and aww over the newest member of our family.
And if you are in the mood to see some non-slackers tackle some big things….you must check out the Pinterest Challenge co-hosts projects….
They went big and went home. Best of both worlds.
So have you guys jumped on the succulent bandwagon yet? Anyone making terrariums as we speak? Anyone else feel like their uterus is being clawed from the inside? Or perhaps you just wanna tell me how God speaks to you through amazing sales prices too….because if that ain’t a heavenly sign, I don’t know what is 🙂
Just as a reminder, Pinterest doesn’t know about this challenge (or endorse, sponsor, etc.)…they just simply supply the place for the awesome to gather.
Also, I’d love to see your projects if you played along too so here are the instructions if you are a linky-party newbie…
- click on the blue “Add Your Link” button at the bottom of this post – it has a blue frog head on it add a link to your PC project blog post in the url field (please do not link to your home page) for “name” write a short descriptive name for your project (e.g. “Halloween Felt Craft”)
- pretty pretty please remember to link in the body of your post to the Pinterest item and the original source of the photo on Pinterest as well as back to me and this editions hosts above – it’s just a big ole fashioned linky love fest! Love you forever & thanks.
- If you’d rather just link over to your project in the comment section, feel free to do that – or even add a link to a free photo sharing site like Flickr with your pics if you don’t have a blog (remember to set the gallery to public so we can all see it).
Now let’s get to the party!