Save a vampire, plant garlic

It’s no lie that I can’t get enough of garlic.  I just found a garlic roaster at the thrift store for $1 and I’ve been using it almost daily now (thanks Costco for bulk garlic).  Once the garlic is nice and soft (350 in the oven for about an hour) I’ll squeeze it out and use as a cracker spread or even on a sandwich.  It’s also one of the best smelling things to cook!

I don’t have a lot of luck planting things (I mean, look at those pics of my dirt, it’s not even really dirt, it’s wood chunks and sand) but I thought I’d try to plant some garlic before it freezes.  All I did was peel off the layers and seperate the bulbs then plant the garlic pointy side up about 3 inches down.  Hopefully I’ll remember where I planted them;)  


DIY Magazine plant stand

I made this plant stand today when I brought my succulent inside before the weather freezes him outside and I couldn’t find anything to set him on so that he gets enough light.  I had seen these magazines folded up like this at anthropologie a few years ago and thought what a cool way to up-cycle and make something useful, hence the up-cycling part:)  All you need is 2-3 magazines and some hot glue.  I used Elle which is a thicker magazine so I only needed 2 for this project.Simply fold over 4-5 pages and tuck them into the center of the magazine, give it a light fold but don’t crease it.  Keep doing this until you’ve tucked in all the pages and it looks like the picture below.  Once you’ve done 2 magazines like that just hot glue the binded edges together and stand it up.  Place your plant on top and set it in the window.  Fun, easy, practically free project!  Are there any other ways you can think to use this as?  Happy crafting!

DIY Painted cacti pots

Hi! It’s project monday! In our home I’ve long found we can’t have leafy plants other than rubber plants, cacti, and succulents. Despite my efforts to research kitty friendly plants and place them high enough or have a nice pot of philodendron placed in a nice sunny window they eventually become victims to our 3 cats. I was feeling the need for more greenery for a while now since my 3+ year old rubber tree died (my (major) bad–I overwatered), maybe it has something to do with the changing seasons outside or maybe with my constant need to change up the decor.  That said, I stocked up on 6 of the cutest little cacti.

Here’s what I needed for the project: 6 ceramic pots in 2 different sizes, 6 ceramic saucers, potting soil, cacti, acrylic paints(I used 6 folk art brand for $1 each), paintbrush,*coffee. Total cost=$45

I potted the cacti before painting their pots which did not make a difference to me but if you try this you may want to paint the pots first so you don’t get dirt droppings onto your painting area*just a hint*!  I think they turned out really cute and now my kitchen window bench has lots of color (what about a cushion bench there you say?-how sweet would that be-but I’ve tried that and it becomes a cat bed/hair everywhere so you don’t want to sit and relax there bench) For now it’s a great home to my sweet little cacti!