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Saturday, August 27, 2011

thrifty find + succulents

Recently on Pinterest I have seen a lot of succulents.  They are awesome looking when planted in groups and sometimes come in really unique colors.  I saw some for sale at the Kansas City Rivermarket a few weeks ago for $1-2 each, which I thought was a pretty good price, so I bought a few.  I wasn't sure of what I was going to plant them in though.  They don't really need a traditional pot because they have a shallow root system.  I also wanted to plant them in an interesting container, preferably something antique-ish looking.  So I went on a thrift store hunt to find a container to plant mine plus some for a friend who enjoys them as well.  After several stores I finally came across these containers:
They were oval brass containers that had a bit of a worn down look, which is exactly what I wanted, and of course they were so reasonably priced at a couple dollars a piece!  I had read a tutorial for planting succulents before and so I follow the same steps it described.  First I added a layer of rock to the bottom of both containers.  Next, I took a coffee filter {which fit perfectly in the containers} to hold the soil above the rock so that it could drain well.  Too much water is bad for the succulents since they are cactus-like or in the same family or something like that...
So I added the plants and was happy with the way they turned out... One for me and one for my friend for her birthday!  Supposedly they are easy to care for too!
I also want to try putting them in flour sifter like this picture.  It would be so cute in a kitchen.
Have a good weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011

{summertime snapshots}

Here are some of my favorite photos and memories from this summer {which seems to be quickly coming to an end} :(

These are all from the city market

i love taking pics of food and then hanging them in my kitchen!
there are amazing flowers to be found at the market

not 100% sure what type of vegetable this is!

Caleb took this pic of me at the market with his phone :)

These pics are from the 4th of July which we spent at my sister's {Leanne - check out her blog} house.

the boys being boys

Lainey learning to be goofy... wonder where she is learning that from...?
making faces :P
Miss America! Made by Lee :)

These pics are from out trip to Tulsa to visit Caleb's brother Bryan, his wife Kristi, Kyler & Kamrin

Caleb & Kyler getting their morning read on

Sweet Kamrin :)

What would a summer be without some Royals' games?
Caleb & Lainey posing in front of the fountains

Last but not least, a long weekend trip to Las Vegas with the girls!

Before the first night out, L to R: me, Shelby, Dawn, Linsey, Kristin

Shelby & Linsey at Serendipity

Dawn & I about to dig in!

I will miss summer when it's gone but I also LOVE fall!