Here’s another grocery store fruit growing experiment! I love pomegranate and usually end up buying some when I can find them at the grocery store. I recently bought one, and after eating some of it, I decided I should try to grow some of the seeds. Pomegranates have a lot of seeds so unlike the mango and sapote I could plant quite a few of them and if some don’t grow or some die off it won’t be such a big deal.
So here we go! First, obviously I cut up my pomegranate. I highly suggest watching this video to see how to cut up a pomegranate correctly. No water necessary and it doesn’t make your kitchen counter look like the scene of a crime afterwards. Read More →
When I was at the grocery store the other day I noticed some huge rocks among the mangoes and pineapples in the fruit section. These things were actually a fruit called mamey sapote. My fiance and I like to try weird new fruit, so I grabbed one and continued on with my shopping. When I got home I researched a bit about this weird fruit and found out it’s supposed to taste like a mix between a sweet potato and pumpkin. Interesting. I also found out that you’re supposed to let it sit on the counter for a week or so to let it get good and ripe before you eat it. I’m impatient so right when the week mark hit I cut this guy open. I probably should have waited longer. Read More →
Oh gosh, this is going to be a good one.
So I’m currently planning my wedding, which will be at the end of March. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to help keep the cost down, and being an avid crafter I’m planning on doing a lot of diy (but hopefully still nice-looking) stuff. Surprisingly (to me anyway) a big expense would be flowers. In true fashion, I thought, “Psh, I could do that.” And a little while later, I was anxiously awaiting my package of assorted flower bulbs from easytogrowbulbs.com that I was totally going to grow.
If you read my first gardening post, you learned that I’m absolutely horrible at growing things. So why did I think I could do this? I have this weird cycle where somehow I start believing that I have a green thumb. I go and try to grow plants and then inevitably I end up killing the poor things. It happens every time.
I just so happened to be researching the cost of flowers while I was in the beginning of this cycle and everything came together to form the perfect storm. I’m trying to be optimistic about my chances this time and I made sure to so a lot of research for these flowers so hopefully I’ll finally break the cycle if not just for the wedding, for the rest of my life! Also, I totally sent a few backup bulbs to my mom and future mother-in-law because they’re much better at this whole plant growing thing then I am. So if I fail, it all falls on their shoulders! All joking aside, if this does fail spectacularly, best case scenario, I’ll have enough flowers to arrange a bouquet for myself and I’ll just have to diy some different center pieces for the tables. At the moment I’m thinking paper flowers (if done right they can be quite beautiful). Worst case scenario I’ll just have to buy some flowers and arrange my bouquet the day/night before.
But enough of all this silly back story, you’ve come for the good stuff, and here it is! My first, and main flower, the ranunculus:
These things are so weird looking.
I was scared of root rot while trying to germinate these suckers, and I read that you could soak them for 24 hours before planting, then after you plant them you begin to water after they start showing signs of growth.
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Yesterday I posted about the mango I decided to try to grow. There was about a weeks delay from when I took the pictures and when I made the post, so now it’s already time for a weekly update!
Let’s open this guy up and see what’s happening.
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I am terrible at growing things. I often reminisce about how, when I was growing up, we’d always have houseplants inside and I remember having to go around and water them for my mom and it was just nice to have some living, green plants in the house. It’s a regular occurrence where I’ll remember those times and I’ll go and try to have a green thumb, only to fail horribly and kill the poor plant.
I’m pretty sure the cycle is starting again, and I figured I could record me failing (or hopefully NOT failing!) Maybe this time will be different. 100th times a charm!
I’ve always seen instances where people plant the seeds from the fruit they bought at the grocery store and they grow houseplants from them. I thought that was a fun, good idea to try. You’re already buying the fruit to eat it, so now instead of just throwing the seed away, I started keeping select ones to attempt to grow! This leads to my first “experiment”: the mango.
I’m not the biggest fan of mangoes but my fiance LOVES them, and if you’re a mango fan like him, you’d know that a rather large, flat seed is housed in the center of the fruit. But how do you get it completely out? Let’s find out!
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I just wanted to make a quick update letting you all know that I’m actually stocking my store again. I was inspired by animals with these new pieces I started making. I started calling it my Fauna Collection and I’ll be adding more soon!
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Oh hey, it’s been a while. I made this a while ago, but surprise surprise, I’m just now getting around to posting it.
I’ve been wanting to make a cat tree for a while but I had been very wishy washy about actually getting off my butt and doing it. However, after I saw a picture of one made with tree branches that looked super cool, I finally got the fire under my butt to go and make one(and to force the fiance to help!)
Gremlin is spoiled.
This one is the tree that inspired me. I loved that it was made to look like an actual tree. However, it cost like $700. So of course immediately i thought, “Psh, I can make that.” And you get to see just how I did.
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So you probably remember my post about painting my loveseat and I mentioned how my plan was to reupholster the bigger couch. Well, I sort of halfway did that. While I was trying to decide what kind of fabric to cover it with, we were storing it in the bedroom because we didn’t have any other space for it. I started to think about how even after I did that project, where would I put the finished piece? The apartment could really only comfortably have one six foot couch in it and I didn’t feel like getting rid of the couch I so painstakingly recovered a few months ago. That’s when this new idea popped in my head. This whole time we’ve been in this apartment I knew I wanted to make myself a tufted headboard and after having the couch in our bedroom lined up perfectly with our bed for a while it finally clicked in my head to covert the couch into a headboard.
Here’s a photo of the couches I found at Goodwill. The one on the right is the one I used for this project. I hated that fabric, so it had to go.
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Here are my portraits for this week. #55 is my favorite one.
#53 Photoshop CS6
#54 watercolor, India ink and acrylic
#55 Photoshop CS6
#56 watercolor and India ink
#57 India ink
#58 Photoshop CS6
#59 watercolor and acrylic