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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Threadless Entry

The Modern Elf - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Here is my tee-shirt on Threadless. I know it's not the best but hey! I'm not in this to win. It's just another experience.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Random photos

Yesterday was a terrific sunset as I waited for Stef to finish at the library. I took the photos on my phone so they don't do it any justice...however, I thought I'd put them here so I'd remember it.


And here are more photos cramming my phone taken a few months ago when spring made the cherry trees blossom. They were so beautiful.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Easter Plantlet

Easter Plantlet

I'm not particularly religious, however, I do like celebrations in which families and friends get together. The plant-in-an-egg idea is not completely original as I've seen it at Eggling, but I wanted to make my own version to give to my friends.

Yes, I've become "disgustingly" Martha Stuart as my family keep saying, but I enjoy crafting. If you're reading this post Stef: Keep your trap closed. I don't want to know what you "think" of my ideas. They're genius ^_~.

My Nana told me that when she was a little girl, they didn't get chocolate eggs, they got hard boiled eggs which they painted and rolled down hills until they cracked. It's an endearing thought. The point of my story is that Easter is more than chocolates and fluffy bunnies. It is the start of new life! The Egg represents creation and a little plant inside symbolises new life.

My version of this idea is to decoupage the shell to make it more treat-like. I also intend to make it 100% organic and dirt cheap (literally!).

So anyway, on to it.

Equipment

Egg shell: Use a egg-intensive recipe to get lots of eggs at once. Alternatively just collect them over time, but I prefer to have everything organised before I start. When you crack the egg, use the edge of a knife and give a hard tap---don't hesitate! I've found that multiple hits fracture and weaken the structure of the shell. Aim to remove one third of the shell or less if possible.

Something to stick on shell: I'm using these flower pictures which I cut out from cotton fabric. It is better to cut out small images opposed to using a single piece of fabric to cover the whole shell. By doing this the pictures are small enough to sit on the shell edge and not awkwardly bubble or crease. I think it's important to use either paper or cotton fabric because these can easily decompose.

PVA Wood Glue: This is excellent to use and I highly recommend it over any other glue for this project. I chose PVA because this version is non-toxic and water soluble so it's environmentally friendly.

Soil: I used good old potting mix.

An awl: to make hole in bottom for drainage.

Method

1. Use awl and put small hole in bottom of egg. I debated this for a while, unsure if I should or shouldn't. In the end, I decided the plants would be healthier with constant fresh water opposed to sitting in stagnant remains. It would also prolong the shells life.

2. Coat the egg in PVA and place cut-outs on.

3. Cover the cut-outs in glue as well so they're firmly attached. Another good thing with PVA: it dries clear!
5. Use a spoon and put potting mix in egg gently!

6. To keep this project cheap, I used plants that could easily grow their own roots from a cutting such as succulents; succulents are great because:
  • In two or three days they've got a root system.
  • They look fresh and trendy.
  • They grow slowly.
I also used Dizzy Lizzy a.k.a Impatients in my eggs. They do grow roots from cuttings but they're harder and 50% of my attempts died. That being said, the Impatients that survived looked terrific! (see image below). If you use Impatients snip off the flowers and only leave four to five leaves so that most of the plants energy goes into making a new root system. It takes about a week for an Impatient to "settle" in.

If you run out of time I'm sure a garden center has something small enough to use like Pansies.

When I give these away, I'll probably give my friends a segment of an egg carton so the egg remains up right while they get it home. From there they can use an egg cup or just rest the Plantlet on a shot glass.

These plants require little attention after they've settled in the egg---especially the succulents. All they need is literally a few drops of water every now and then. When they do eventually get too big for their "pots" just crack the egg a bit and put straight in the ground or a new plant pot. Because I've used natural ingredients they will just merge with nature and the egg shell will become a fertilising package for the plant---even nature needs calcium.

I can't wait to give them away!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Twinkles!

I have a feeling that I love my cat a bit too much. It's just that she is so adorable, cuddly and fluffy!

Wow. Those were astute comments.

I only just realised how bad my Twinkles obsession is when I encountered some babies who, despite being adorably cute, can't match Twinkles. Though I have to say for the Baby side they won't attack you when they've reached their irritation quota. Twinkles has a bit too much spunk (a.k.a violence) for me to ever comfortably lose myself in cuddling.

Another con with Twinkles is she gets a bit fishy after dinner as her favorite food is Whiskers "Oh So Fishy". Yeah. Like title suggests, it's Oh So Damn Fishy. Yuck.

Twinkles does all of her volunteer sleeping on my bed. The rest of the time Stef forces Twinkles to sleep on her bed. I don't take her choosing my bed as a compliment because it is the best cat napping place. Sometimes I wonder if Twinkles cares for anyone but herself...dumb cat.

THRILLER!
She honestly likes to sleep like this.

Snail Rider!
We got Twinkles Flea treatment and worm pills at the vet. While we were there, we saw a great collar with diamantes (you can't see them in this picture). Anyway, we also noticed that they were doing on-site name engraving so we totally got something made up for Twinky. We chose the heart because she looks stunning in pink and, to me and Stef she is our "baby". Needless to say we spent about $80.00 on medical supplies and her accessories. Pets will never be cheap.