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Succulent pumpkin

Sep 9, 2013

If you've been a reader of mine for sometime now, you know that beginning on September, all the holidays to come are my favorite ones. Fall is a season to cherish not because of the climate, but also because the color palette that it brings. I love the autumnal shades, and whether I see them in decoration or in nature, they make my heart feel warm and cozy specially around my family and friends.
Today I'm going to be sharing a special and kind of different approach to the common Halloween pumpkin. Because I've been having a succulent fever for sometime now, I'm going to do a pumpkin cover mostly by these plants.

Last year I bought a grapevine pumpkin (from Michaels Stores), which I'm going to adapt and use for this project. Besides this you'll also going to need some small succulents, a glue gun, charcoal fiberglass screen (which I had some leftover from one of my last projects) and potting soil (from Home Depot).
The first thing I did was to take away the pumpkin stem so I can have access to the inside. After this, I used a glue gun to attach the ribs that hold the vines together to the border of the opening (first small photo from left to right). Now using a pencil (second small photo), I placed inside the screen which was going to hold the soil. You can see on the last picture above how (with some pressing) the inside of the pumpkin looks with the soil inside. The idea is that when I plant the succulents, each one will have direct contact with this soil.

Before starting to plant, I divided the each by size. This way was easier for me when I placed them over the pumpkin. When planting I used the biggest succulents above and from there I decreases the sizes, ending with some medium or small and using the tiniest ones to fill the gaps. For the eyes I used a different colored succulent (this one is called "Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg") so that they stand out and to give a bit of reality, I used for the stem one that looked like wood (this one is callef "Portulaca Molokiniensis Hobdy" commonly known in Hawaii as "Ihi"). For the mouth some smaller leaves succulents were used (this are "October Daphne") and to finish it all I added some other types on the top and on the back of the pumpkin.
This project was so fun to do and definitely a different take on the traditional Halloween pumpkin. So what do you think? What other projects are you doing for Fall of perhaps for Halloween. I would love to read about them. Share them with me! Hope you like this easy and fun tutorial.

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Ideas on reusing Goodwill findings

Jun 11, 2013

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So finally I got to visit my nearest Goodwill Store last week and was so surprised with all the little treasures I found over there. Though this store has mainly a huge store department, I could find some interesting items. As you'll see from this photo, I got a great deal for only $6 in total. So what I got, you might be asking: a pewter vintage mug, a set of transparent teacups, a small etched flower vase and two old books. Here are some ideas that pretty soon I'll be trying on my new found items.

Reusing old teacups:

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These are some of the ideas one can try on old teacups. 1. Stacked cups can be used to place candles and placed them in  a safe area far away from little hands (Photo: Johanna Vintage).  2. Old cups can also be used to grow herbs on your kitchen area (Photo: BHG). 3. If you like to have your everyday jewelry at hand, a teacup is the perfect size to place your favorite earrings or your necklace (Photo: Pinterest).  

Playing with paper:

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Lately I have seen a tendency to use old books as decorative items. But not just over a coffee table; they are been use as accents by folding their pages in various very creative ways. 1. As you'll see on the first picture this book has its pages folded in a way it almost seems to be a carousel. For a complete tutorial you can visit A Whimsy Willow. 2. Old book pages can also be use to decorate your wall making a focal point of it. On this picture found on Pinterest you'll notice these pages have been printed with colorful illustrations. This idea can be an excellent option for a kids room. 3. Encasing old books with folded pages inside wooden boxes is another great example on how to reused them to decorate a wall. This piece of art was made by Keri Muller and is called "The form of things". 

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Getting the best of our patio transformation

Jan 20, 2016

When we bought our home, the patio was a mess; an Areca palm tree jungle mix with anything that will grow on them and with them. So we cut them all out and just left the mango tree to have a bigger area for the girls to play and where we can extend our house in a future. We replaced all the grass since what we had left from the previous owners were horrible patches of weed.
We were so happy with our green patio, our nirvana place; but then one day it began to grow circles of dry grass. We found out that what we had was an infestation of grubs and the worst part was that it seemed that no matter the treatments, it was all in vain. Those circles kept growing until once again I was left with what seemed to be a deserted patio.

Patio transformation
Patio transformation

Tired of searching for options (and of exploiting our pockets), we thought on building a wood deck and I proceeded to sketch what I had in my mind. The idea behind this was to eliminate at least a third of the grass problem and convert our patio into a gathering area for family and friends. But it seems like wood is an expensive commodity here in Miami, and after lots of quotes, we ended up making this area in concrete.

Patio transformation
Although the some materials and sizes changed, at the end the original concept evolved for the better. 
Patio transformation
Patio transformation
Creating an edge around this area served as another opportunity to plant more succulents and agave (both available from Costa Farms here in Miami) and to emphasize the minimalist look of the design. After planting these I carefully placed gravel in some areas and small white pebbles in other. 
This has been a project of constant evolution and we're not finished yet. There are lots of things we want to keep adding to this small paradise of us like a pergola, a new patio seating set and more stones just to name a few. It's a costly and time consuming plan but I know that at the end it will be all worth it. 

Patio transformation
Patio transformation
Rustic plant pots add a textural drama to this area. They have the perfect size so I could plant more than one succulent. 
Today I wanted to share what we've achieved so far and I must confess its a very exiting venture every time a new plant, gravel or succulent is added. I guess that some dreams are achievable and with time and patience they come true. 

Patio transformation
Chillaxing around this area is now our new hobby!
Let me know what you think of this area so far and if you have some ideas that had worked for you in your own patio, I would definitively love to read them. And remember you can always see more photos of this project and my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

Costa Farms has kindly sponsored the majority of the plants used for this project. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products, you can always follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.
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Succulent propagation

Aug 7, 2013

Though I might be new to the succulent world, I can definitively tell you that when transplanting some of these beauties, some leaves might fall. The way I've seen (and for me it has worked) they can be easily propagated is by leaving this small leaves lay over the same soil that you have the mother plant. Any dried soil might help and some sun too. In a while they will start to germinate from the side they were attach to the original plant. Here is prove that, without a lot of struggle, you can easily propagate your succulents. What has worked for you? Please share your advice.
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Succulents on a basket

Jul 25, 2013

I've always loved succulents in any of their forms. And for a time now I've been dreaming on doing something special with them. During one of my HomeGoods visits, I found a lovely basket on the Clearance section (only $10) and felt in love with it. With new basket at hand, I realized that this would be the perfect carrier for my new project: a Succulent Basket.

1. Materials 2. Remember to take a picture for remember the layout for later. 3. Pour the soil inside the screen
For this project I went to a succulent nursery here in South Florida called Isaac Farms (I'll later post pictures of this heavenly place). With a great selection of these types of plants, it was very difficult to just pick a few. Besides the succulents and the basket, I also used organic potting soil (available at Home Depot), some twine and a roll of charcoal fiberglass screen (also from Home Depot).
The first thing I did was to cut a big piece of the fiberglass screen to place inside the basket. The size will vary depending on the container you are using. This screen will prevent the soil from getting out of the basket but at the same time will help with the draining. Remember these plants don't like to be drown with water! Now, I layout the succulents (still on their original pots) inside the basket to get a better idea of how they will look once planted. Make sure to take a photo of this so you'll remember the placing for later. Now I filled the area of the screen with the soil and removed with scissors the excess at the top.

I secure the screen and soil for when this baby goes on my wall.
Now for the tricky part; in the future (when the succulents grow a bit more) I'm planning on hanging this basket on the wall. With this idea in mind, I have to secure the soil and the screen to the basket. The way I did this was by using some twine around the top part of the screen (sewing it to the border of the basket as shown on pictures 1 and 2). I also made some stitching on the bottom of the basket to really secure the screen (you can do this step before pouring the soil). Once the soil was in, I pressed it down to make sure it would stay firm and placed another layer of screen (picture 3) on top of the soil. I also sew this to the basket (pictures 4 and 5).

So many varieties of succulents available at the Isaac Fams. As you can see on this photo, I removed the soil they came with and added it to the one in the basket.
To plant my succulents I just snip some holes sparingly but according to my previous setting (the one I took the photo) and used a pencil to dig holes. As you'll see by the final picture, without even being at their top sizes, these beauties are making my basket look like a million dollar accent. I can't wait to see them all grown at their fullest. I'll keep you all posted for when this basket is ready to be hang on the wall but until then, let me know what you think of this project. What other container would you've used? What flowers of plants would you've preferred instead of succulents?

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Succulent cupcakes

May 18, 2013

Yes, you read correct! They taste good, look good and the best part is that they are very easy to do. I know, I know... these are not real succulents, though some might look as the real thing. I made this tutorial base on a great Pinterest finding a I did a while ago. You can check out my "Easy tutorial board"  here. For this tutorial all you'll need are some vellum paper, scissors, skewers or toothpicks and some cupcakes that can be store bought or you can make your own.

Here is the recipe I used. I have to say they came out perfectly moist and soft and the frosting was just perfect. Both recipes can be found on the Simply Sweet magazine but I'm putting here the cupcake recipe for easy access.
Butter cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose soft wheat flour (I used regular all purpose)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
3. Place paper baking cups in muffin pan (I used the aluminium one since with the black one time varies). Spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.
4. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes. (I waited around 6 minutes and then turned the pan around for the other half of the time. This way they cook evenly.) Take them out of the oven and leave them to rest for 10 minutes.
This recipe was way too easy and the results were spectacular. For the frosting I used the basic vanilla frosting but you can used any type of flavor and color.
While the cupcakes cooled down, I started preparing my succulents. I took some pictures and placed them all outlined on a Photoshop document. After they were all arranged, I printed them on vellum (available at Michael's) and started to cut them out. I'm sharing with you the hi-res one that I used for you to print it. Remember to adjust the size so it will fit in a letter size vellum paper.

When I was done cutting, I used a pin to make the hole on the center of each succulent so I could pass the skewer through them. To decorate each cupcake, I combine some small and the big plants to make a great mix. This is how they end up looking. These mini yumm-ariums (Yummy terrariums) are an attention grabber and a fun thing to do for a party. Hope you enjoy this easy tutorial and let me know your feedbacks. I really would love to read what is on your mind! I'm also posting this tutorial on Whipperberry so, join the fun and take a moment to say hi to her and others on her "Link party". She's got a terrific tutorial on chalkboard banners.

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Upgrade the look of your patio with these 5 tips

Jun 6, 2016

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

This is the first time we are living in a house as a family. Before this, we use to live on a condo where all we had to call outdoors was a 6'x3' balcony. Nevertheless, I used this area for my plants and even dare to create a succulent edge while living there (which I shared on the Home Depot blog as part of my Patio Style Challenge a while back).
Now that we have a a big green area we call patio, gardening hasn't come easy being first timers. Some trees have died, probably of too much or to little water (we really don't know); others have strive and succeeded in adapting to our backyard. But every little plant or seed we've planted, it's been with lots of love and hopes.
Beautifying this area also has been a journey full of learning and lots of great moments. And today I'm sharing 5 things that had made a great difference on our backyard.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

1. Hanging pots:
By creating a wall of long wood board we were able to elongate the look of this area. But if felt empty and boring all by itself. I found at Amazon some incredible hooks that allowed me to hang several small terracotta planters with my favorite plants, the succulents. Se other photos of this wall here.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

2. Concrete pavers:
I don't know why we I didn't think of using these before. We placed them in an area that used to be damp and where grass never grew. These concrete pavers besides making this area useful now, they look good and can be arranged in different patterns.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

3. Planters:
Not much to say here except that I prefer to make a statement with them by using big concrete planters with an old look.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

4. Plant edging:
Like the one that I made while living in the condo, plant edging has been to me a favorite way to enhance an area. I use several sizes of plants and rocks to add interest in the setting.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

5. Outdoor lighting:
By hanging around some string lights, we created an inviting atmosphere at nights. It sets a relaxed mood and brings in enough lighting to the conversation areas. To define the edges, we also used a low voltage path lighting very easy to install.
There are lots of other things we've done to make this outdoor area more inviting but for me, these are the ones that had created a big impact in the whole outdoor space. Still there are many projects we would like to start (one of them being a pergola), but for now this area makes us very happy but most of all, it makes our friends feel welcome and at home!

Hope you've enjoyed our patio photos and ideas; and remember you can always see more of this and other projects besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Make an Easter decor that works as a keepsake

Mar 23, 2016

Easter decor and keepsake

Creating a special table setting for Easter can sometimes be time consuming and expensive. But how about making something different for your guests so they can take it with them back home? Flowers and plants are always welcomed by many and giving them as presents makes it even more special.
Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial on how to create a succulent pot arrangement that doesn't only looks cute, but it carries back home a message of warmth and sharing.
All the products used for these tiny arrangements are available at +Michaels Stores and most in the $1+ section. The terracotta pots (I painted at home with spray paint), grapevine garland and butterflies are from the flower department.

Easter decor and keepsake
Easter decor and keepsake

After spray painting the flower pots and waiting for them to dry, I planted the small succulents and cut a piece of grapevine that will imitate a handle for the pot. Once set, I added the tiny garden metal pieces as an accent hanging from one of the sides of the grapevine handle. To finish it, I glued the tomato magnets (that read "Home Grown!")  to a wooden plant marker and this gave the arrangement the final perfect touch.

Easter decor and keepsake

Because +Michaels Stores $1+ section had so many great accessories to add to our table setting, I also bough small muslin bags that read "Food for Thought" and inside I placed the fabric napkins in the folded as rabbit ears and with it, the cutlery.

Easter decor and keepsake
Easter decor and keepsake

I love how simple yet fun this whole table setting ended up looking. It was an inexpensive option but one that I know my guests will love.
Have you planned on your table setting decor for Easter just yet?

Easter decor and keepsake

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Pocket wall planter

Jun 5, 2014

I must be turning into some sort of succulent hoarder, so much that I needed to create this wall pocket planters in order to keep up with the overstock of these type of plants. It's just that succulents are so forgiving and the best plants to have either inside or outside my apartment. The variety and colors are endless and they can be mix and match for a more interesting look.
Having justified myself said all this, now I can tell you about this little project which took no time to do. You'll need galvanized steel chicken wire, 28 gauge steel galvanized wire, some succulents, a pair of metal snip pliers (the ones I used are Wiss) and "coco liner" for the inside of the pockets (all materials are available at +The Home Depot).

I started by cutting a 10" by 10" square (if you are buying your galvanized steel chicken wire with 1/2" squares, you'll have to count 20 squares for the length and 20 for the width) and after this, I bend 3 of the corners toward the inside (just like the image below). To fasten them together, I used a 28 gauge steel galvanize wire which is a soft metal cable and very easy to bend. I later on cut the renaming corner so all I was left with was a steel wire pocket planter. Because I'm using them to plant my succulents, I filled the inside of these pockets with some coco liner. To finish this project I just planted and water my plants.

You can make these pockets as little or as big as you can. It will all depend of the purpose of the planter and the place you will be hanging them. I placed mine on the sliding windows in my balcony. Don't they look great!

To place these planter on my sliding doors, I used plastic glass suckers with small metal hangers.
Let me know what you think about this project; as always it gives me an immense pleasure to read your feedback. Have a great weekend!

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Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

Apr 15, 2014

Finally the big day has arrived for me to share some photos of my take on the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. I'm so excited to be one of the participants of this great challenge, and let me tell you that I still believe this this all a dream! Just the thought of being surrounded by so many great, is really a huge honor.

I'm taking this space today to post some of the final photos from my urban garden. You'll notice that, although my space is not big at all, I took advantage of all it's corners to make the best of a city apartment balcony. I also took in consideration that here in Miami we have a hot climate most of the time, so that is why I chose to use succulents as one of  my main components in the design.
Hope you'll like it and please visit my post on +The Home DepotThe Apron for more pics and a quick tutorial on how I did the succulent canal.

Besides succulents being one of the main elements in my design, the color green and squares were also fundamentals to the entire area. The floor, Naturesort Bamboo Composite Deck Tiles, gives you an idea on how the design evolved from the ground up.

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