Jar Jar Plants

Renovations

I am one step closer to achieving one of this.

I put up a picture of it on social media , and I had a few people asking me how I made it. I wasn’t planning on doing a DIY article on it, so unfortunately I haven’t got step by step pictures. Having said that though, it is so easy to make and you can do it however you want to.

I started with a large jar / vase / glass container. You can create however big or small. I even made a teeny, weeny baby version of it.

Make sure the container is immaculately clean, because you will not have a chance to clean it again after.

I put a first layer of pebbles, so that it absorbs all the water. I topped it with some soil to the height I wanted it to be. You can add layers of stone and compost in turn if you want to as well. But make sure the top layer is compost and soil.

Plan out how you are going to layout the plants and any other decorations you may want to put in. I used to collect small figurines from old shops and they were just laying around like ‘clutter’ ( as husband likes to call it) so I decided to add them to my terrarium for aesthetic pleasure. You can buy a lot of fairy garden kits from amazon and eBay too. Or you can even make some of your own.

Once you have planned out your layout take a picture of it. Try various different layouts and take pictures of them all. You may want to discuss it with someone or just want to mull over it for a while. It will also help as visual aid when you start the planting.

Once you have decided what you want. Dig holes with a teaspoon. The depth depends on the size of the plant you have. For something quite tall, you may want the hole deeper, or for something small, just a tiny gap to make sure the roots are under.

Regarding plants, succulents are the best option as they are indoor friendly and do not need a lot of caring. You can also add bits and bobs of cacti in too. I have got a collection of succulents and cacti. Once you have planted the plants, push in the figurines or decoration in place , so that they do not move about and are ‘fixed’ in.

Once you are happy with everything, you can either layer it with small pebbles and gravel or sprinkle some colored stones on top, like I have.

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Camping in Scotland

Adventures

Towering mountains. Rugged hills. Shimmering waters. Thick woodlands. Dark Skies. Star gazing. Pleasant weather. Campfires. Wild dancing. Wild Swimming. Lush Meadows. I was very much looking forward to this camping trip. It was going to be magical.

It was not.

The clouds hovered over the skies, threatening a dreadful storm at any point. It rained all night. We were attacked. By tiny creatures. Our legs. Arms. Faces.

We saw towering mountains. We saw rugged hills. Clouds forming atop them. One day of good weather gave us beautiful views of the shimmering loch and a pleasant walk through thick forests and winding trails. Hovering clouds deterred any chances of star gazing and dark skies.

When did anything ever stop me from having fun?

We did build campfires. We roasted marshmallows. We wore nets on our faces. We danced wildly. We recited poems. We sang songs. We cooked fresh meat on the fire. We ran down lush meadows playing War with the bugs. We marveled at the vanilla sky. We pet dogs. We saw wild ponies.

When nature gave us lemons, we made lemonade!

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Shades of Pink

Adventures, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Two all-time friends on a mission to explore the pinkest of pink cocktail bar in London. It cannot get any girlier or pinker than this. They discover strong female bonds. Beautiful women empowering each other and having a brilliant time. Amazing looking and delicious tasting cocktails. Different shades of pink, sassy feminine / feminist quotes, and lots, and lots of picture taking, (with phones with shitty cameras and not very good  lighting).

Like this ….

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Good Housekeeping

Renovations

I have not done a renovation post in such a long time. Mostly because I have not really done much renovating. It has been about 5 years since we moved into our house and did everything up. It is starting to look a little untidy now, and it definitely needs a good refresh. Walls have some finger marks on it. The lining papers are coming off. The ceiling paint has started to peel off at random places. Unlike the last time, where we were so desperate to just get everything done and over with, this time I can actually take things slow and delve in properly with each room and each project. It definitely does not need to be done all in one go.

I have so many exciting ideas I want to work on. First things first; I need to stop being lazy and dedicate a certain amount of time each week to actually get them done. It is one thing to have ideas and another to physically start doing it. I generally tend to have so many ideas but I seldom put them to practice. The number of pins on my Pinterest is crazy, and I use it a lot for inspiration. Most of the time, putting my own personal touch to it.

Some of the few ideas I have and want to work on at present are:

Photo Frame Display

We have a large photo frame at home. It has been lying in the corner of my dressing table for some time now. I love the idea of putting in a bunch of Polaroid photos inside one large frame. However, I am not sure what pictures. Should I create a theme? Like only holiday pictures? Only Family? Only friends? Only exciting adventures? Shall I mix it all up? How do I choose pictures? There are so many and I hate choosing.  Is there anything that you would recommend? Not really thought of a room to display it in yet, but it will come. Once I finish it, I know I will make space somewhere to show off the work I put in.

Inspirations :  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/259027416042528787/

Plant Display

I love plants. However, I do not do a lot of planting or gardening. Thankfully, husband loves plants too and he loves planting. Every inch of the house that gets a good deal of sunlight is filled with little seedpods. Our home basically is one large greenhouse. Especially the dining room. We have a few collection of indoor plants, but they are not really placed in such a way so that it can be admired at. Most of it is quite hidden. I feel like they need to be displayed and shown a lot more love and glory.  The dining room is not large enough to have a showy plant display. We still need the space for the dining table. I am looking for inspirations for a tight  space that can also have an amazing plant display.

Inspirations :https://www.pinterest.co.uk/justinablakeney/plantastic/?lp=true

Terrarium

We have this large clear jar / vase because husband wanted to grow some indoor water plants. That never succeeded. Plants died quiet fast. Water went stale. The jar looks murky. Overall, it simply does not look good. I don’t want to get rid of the jar. It is large. It is beautiful.  It was expensive. My idea now is to create a terrarium with lots of indoor plants and pebbles and soil and make it a part of the indoor plant display as above.

Inspiration : https://www.pinterest.co.uk/harpmiss/terrarium-inspiration/?lp=true

White Walls

White  = bright, fresh and clean.  I find the color very stimulating and feel that it can play a big part in my creative side.  It’s also an instant room-brightener. I never noticed or realized the importance of a bright home until I recently went to someone’s house, where the light was lacking and everything looked so dull and dirty. I love the fact that white walls can make a small space look bigger . It can also put more focus on other objects around the room. Maybe a pop of color here and there. Ideas popping up already – maybe the frame display above bright and bold?  So exciting!

Inspirations: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nesters/white-walls/?lp=true

Doors

All our doors need to be changed. The one thing we left as it was when renovating 5 years ago, were the doors. So we definitely need new doors. Pine doors and wooden slab, barn style doors appeal so much to me. I also love the idea of half-and-half doors. I love brightly painted, doors. Yellow is a big hit right now for me. I am also keen on funky / boho doorknobs and handles. So much ideas to play around with.

Embroidery Hoop projects

I created about two of these in the past. I presently have so much fabric pieces. Good fabric pieces that I really do not want to throw out. I am keen on creating embroidery hoop projects. Maybe something just as a wall decoration. Or perhaps a stationery holder, or a make-up holder, or it can even act as a photo holder that can be mounted on the wall. These pins below are amazing. Not reached that level yet, but one day.

Inspirations: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/allreddesign/embroidery-hoop-art-inspiration/?lp=true

Bedroom layout

I love to change the layout of the rooms in the house. I have changed the living room around a few times, and definitely changed the bedroom around a few times too. One thing that really bugs me is that we have a chimney that goes through the bedroom wall, and so it limits me to how I can change the layout. I have a cupboard on either side of the chimney wall and they have always remained there since day one. I would love to be able to move the cupboards around and still have a comfortable space to move about and have it looking aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Inspirations : https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ashtreecottage/cottage-bedrooms/?lp=true

Garden ‘Den’ refresh

The small garden alcove outside definitely needs a refresh. Now that summer is here, BBQs and garden parties will be on the agenda. In fact, we are receiving request for a garden party already. Totally flattered by that, Thank you very much.  I love being the host. But before I start hosting any such event, the alcove needs to be refreshed. I would like to give it a more pretty, cosy, and traditional vibe.

Inspirations : https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/581879214329335474/

 

Bucket List Update

Adventures

Have I lived my life to the fullest?

A little reminder of all the things that I have ever wanted to do (travel wise) and all the ones that I would like to in my lifetime. I love, how having a travel bucket list, has been such a positive impact on me. I am due another stock check soon. It really does help to see where I am now, and, where I would like to be, and set in motion the things I dream of.

Sometimes I forget, but look at all the places I have been to and the fun that I have had. I must remember, this list is so limited compared to my actual life, there have been so many other adventures I have had before this list, some that are not even on the list, which have blown my mind. And others that I have just not had the time to write it up. Some that I probably felt so inspired by, but then forgotten about it, ( as you do with life getting in the way). 🙂

Do you have a travel bucket list?

Lets see what I have done to date 🙂

Live in San Fransisco

 

Go on a road trip in the States

 

Go camping in Yosemite

 

See the wild life in Alaska 

 

Go to a Jazz bar in New Orleans

 

Eat amazing food in New Orleans

 

Ann of Green Gables - Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

 

DisneyWorld Orlando

 

Stay at Flamingo Las Vegas 

 

Stay in tree house in Scotland

 

See seals

 

See otters

 

Stay in a cosy cottage

 

Bibury Village

 

Kenilworth castle

 

Wear Dutch clogs in Holland

 

Drink champagne in Champagne, France

 

James Bond style weekend in Monaco

 

See the fjords in Norway

 

Drink Guinness in an Irish Pub in Ireland

 

Oktoberfest

 

Moulin Rouge 

 

Visit Portumna castle in Ireland

 

Dracula’s castle

 

Visit a Turkish/public bath

 

Buy something from a Turkish market in Istanbul

 

Disneyland Paris

 

Eat octopus burger in Berlin

 

Drink at a medieval tavern in Prague

 

Dress up and attend Venice carnival

 

Drink wine and eat olives in Tuscany

 

Leaning tower of Pisa

 

Cheese tour in France

 

Plitvice National Lake – Croatia

 

French Wine road trip

 

Dead sea

 

Machu Picchu

 

Turtles in Galapagos

 

Cruise the Amazon

 

Drink Mojito in Cuba

 

Bathe in a Japanese Onsen

 

Stay in a traditional ryokan

 

Watch a sumo wrestling

 

Watch the sunrise in the Himalayas

 

Dandia in Rajasthan

 

Mesopotamian Ruins

 

Walk the Great wall of China

 

See the Terracotta army 

 

Ride a boat in Fewa Taal - Pokhara

 

Tea gardens of Darjeeling 

 

Eat Momo in Darjeeling

 

See Penguins/Polar bears - Antarctica / Arctic

 

Hobbitton in New Zealand

 

Dark forests - Night sky

 

Get stuck in a traffic of sheep

 

Northern Lights

 

Watch a live world cup match

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride

 

Bathe under a waterfall, ANY waterfall!

 

Skinny dip, on any body of water

 

Camp at a festival

 

See the lion king den

 

African safari and wildlife

 

Muse

He and I, Poetry

What is a muse?

“A person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.”

I like to think of myself as a muse. Maybe I am. Maybe I am not.

I saw some creative words on the internet today and I decided to mash them into my own thing and created a cryptic message for my friend:

  1. Because I am nice
  2. Because it is such wonderful statement
  3. Because it lifted her spirits and brought her some joy (I hope)
  4. Because I like spreading kindness around, especially to people I know. It is more real that way.

On the spot, I sent her this:

Foxtrot Romeo India echo November delta Lima Yankee  Romeo echo mike India November delta echo Romeo ~

Yankee Oscar uniform  alpha Romeo echo  golf Oscar Lima delta, golf India Romeo Lima.

Sierra Oscar Lima India delta  Golf Oscar Lima delta!

Norwegian wilderness

Adventures

I went in search of magical creatures. Why, of course they are real. Mermaids, nymphs, trolls, ogres, pixies, goblins, fairies, name them all and if you look hard enough, you just might find them.  Perhaps a quick glimpse, before they vanish right before your eyes. Perhaps they will seduce you with their intoxicating beauty and music. Perhaps you will live to tell the tale. Perhaps you will die.

I lived to tell the tale.

I set off on an incredible adventure in the Norwegian wilderness. Along the journey, I saw majestic waterfalls. So many that I lost count. I crossed the rocky, rugged cliffs. I delved deep into nature. Made friends with trolls, some scary, some friendly. I climbed high on blinding, snowy mountains, met some friendly goats.  The scenery and landscape took my breath away. I sailed on shimmering waters, violent rapids, and past magnificent fjords.

And then I heard it. The most beautiful sound ever. A song. A hum. It started slow and soothing. It got louder, and I knew I was closer, or was it closing in on me? Then, perched on the edge of a giant and powerful waterfall I saw her. A huldra! Dressed in a ravishing red dress, with flowing golden hair, she danced to her song. Drawing me and other humans alike towards her.

Had it not been for the clackety clack and a screechy stop of a train in the distant, perhaps …