Hello Monday

Hello Monday and hello my lovely friends. Hope you had a good weekend. Did you do anything special? I hope some of you got to spend it with your mothers. My mommy is far away {Dubai} so I got her a book that I know she will enjoy and we chatted on the phone. I started to pack for BA, {2 more sleeps}, replanted hostas and ferns, among other things. Almost everyone in the neighborhood was out tending to their lawns. Dont you just love the smell of freshly cut grass?

A while back I found some moss in our garden that I decided to use to start a terrarium garden {miniature succulent and moss gardens in glass containers}. I first came across terrariums  in Domino magazine and have been fascinated with them ever since. Terrariums are fairly easy to maintain. Depending on the plant, they need indirect sunlight and are suitable for most corners of your home. My guest bath gets very little sunlight so a moss terrarium with a couple of succulents should work well there.

Glass jars make good terrarium containers. Try reusing empty food jars. Or look for assorted containers at Ikea like this and this. Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a mcmansion, a terrarium will add interest to unexpected corners of your home. You can also buy pre-grown moss terrariums from Viva Terra and Etsy store made by mavis.


Viva Terra
















Do you have a terrarium garden? Send me pictures of them. I would love to feature them here. Have a fantastic week ahead.

decorating tip: reuse glass jars and bottles as vases


Here’s an easy decorating tip from Better Homes and Garden magazine and stylist Donna Telley.


Cheer up dull spaces by adding fern fronts and single flower stems in assorted glass jars. Flea markets, thrift stores are good sources to score inexpensive jars and bottles. A more budget friendly source – your kitchen pantry. Recycle  daily use glass bottles and jars. Mix oil bottles with pasta sauce jars and clean wine bottles and milk bottles to create an assortment. A selection of varying shapes and sizes creates an attractive cluster.

I remove labels by immersing the jar/bottle in a pot of boiling water and soap. Scrub label and sticky residue away using a dish brush. For more stubborn spots BHG recommends using an adhesive remover, which can be found at your local hardware store. Let them air dry. 

Fill jars/ bottles with warm water and place flower stems and foliage. Viola!

images, MDH, BHG and Matthew Benson