A DIY Fabric Covered Garden

August 01, 2011   //  Posted in: Decor, DIY, Gardening   //  By: Emily   //  8 responses

My original intent in going to Home Depot last week was to find some new large plants to occupy terra cotta pots that I had given an overhaul. The updates to the old pots that were taking up space in the basement weren’t anything complex, just something that I had seen on Pinterest and decided it was worth trying for myself.

Pretty fabric covered planters via Pinterest.

After all, I still had some leftover pieces of Urban Outfitters blanket fabric from when I made Cody’s dog bed. May as well do something with them, right? Burlap or an ivory fabric would be pretty too, but I didn’t have any around the house.

Fabric scraps. Just enough for one more project.I made a DIY Modge Podge-like substance using a recipe I found online somewhere that called for a combo of Elmer’s Glue and water to form a loosened-but-still-sticky syrup, which I painted onto the pot before applying the fabric on top of it. And there was no “formal” recipe, it was just a little of this, a little of that until I was satisfied with the consistency and it held the fabric in place.

Fabric coating in progress.

I used lots of smaller pieces of the same fabric which gave it slightly more of a patchwork appearance and made it easier to apply and cover the pots smoothly. I have no idea what nips and tucks the makers of the pinned pots had to perform in order to get theirs looking so smooth and flawless.

A fabric covered pot.

I didn’t apply Modge Podge over the fabric, but left the surface soft. Anniversary Jade is right at home in the medium-sized pot. (Note: It’s still planted in it’s original terra cotta pot, just set inside the other pot. Because terra cotta pots absorb and hold so much water, I wouldn’t plant directly into the fabric covered pot in the chance that the saturated clay repels or disinigrates the modge podge glue.)

Anniversary Jade in a covered terra cotta pot.A little fern that I salvaged from a clearance rack is thriving in the smallest of the pots (again, the fern is not actually planted in the fabric-covered pot), and the largest pot , which I thought was going to end up being perfect for the 10″ potted Umbrella Tree turned out to be a smidgen too small (unless I wanted to reduce the pot size holding the tree) but perfect for the Wandering Jew I bought on-the-cheap from Wegmans over the winter. Potted like it is and trimmed back, it sort of looks like a curly-haired man but I’m still adoring it’s pretty leaves with purple undertones.

Wandering Jew looks like a man with curls, no?Coupled together, the matching pots will be cute moving around the house with the sunshine.

Be There: Hearts & Crafts

July 29, 2011   //  Posted in: Helping The Economy   //  By: Emily   //  Leave a comment

In the vein of handcrafted-awesomeness, I have a little unsolicited promo to sing about this afternoon.

It’s a small-but-amazing event that, if you’re local, or maybe in Syracuse, or maybe in Buffalo, or maybe in Ithaca (I could go on and on), you should consider attending this Saturday and/or Sunday.

Hearts & Crafts, this Saturday and Sunday!

Hearts & Crafts is hosted a few times a year, and each event has brought more and more attention to local artists, crafters, makers of our area. Pete and I are big fans and supporters of handmade goods, as well as local economy and the whole 3/50 project. We’re not even getting paid or perked to sing these praises, yo, we’re just friendly with the brain children (which is a word I’m not quite sure you can pluralize) behind the extravaganza and want to spread the love.

It’s so big this time around that it’ll be in two venues: 11a-5p each day, baby.

On Saturday: Starry Nites at 696 University Ave is host to Part 1 of the event, which features makers of wearable art. You know, I’m talkin’ the clothing, accessories, and jewelry that deserve a spot on you.

Photo courtesy of Hearts & Crafts and Beadwork By Amanda, who will be at the event!

On Sunday: You’ll be wanting more coffee + art, so go to Java’s Cafe at 16 Gibbs St for the more traditional Hearts and Crafts market that many people already all know and love, featuring the diverse wares of over 30 local makers, including (but not limited to!) paperie, ceramic goods, toys, and accessories.

Oh. Hell. Yes. And as my Mom reminded me this week… it’s not too early to begin your Christmas shopping. So why not add it to your agenda this weekend?

Photos courtesy of Hearts & Crafts and are the property of Beadwork by Amanda and Dock2 Letterpress, respectfully.

Houseplant Mania

July 29, 2011   //  Posted in: Gardening   //  By: Emily   //  10 responses

I picked up the Great Dane and Chihuahua of house plants at Home Depot yesterday because I couldn’t help myself; all of the plants in the store were looking so green and lush after the last few weeks of heat – full of new growth and chlorophyll. Plus, you know I can’t resist a baby succulent, which is that speck of dirt you see dwarfed on the step.

Big plant. Little plant.

Of course the succulent I really considered getting was this other one that looks oddly like a butt, or maybe a bad guy from Mario Bros., but is squishy and tiny and just made me smile. If you’re really wondering, I believe it’s name to be Split Rock, but I was sad to see that it would only grow about 2″ tall so back to the shelf it went. I wanted plants with serious growth potential.

Split Rock Succulent. Or a butt.

Speaking of butts when I shouldn’t be speaking of butts, what’s this about? (Caught my eye at Marshall’s. You try to walk by it and not laugh a little.)

Stainless spoon rest. Or a butt.

Back to the main, plant-intensive topic. I can’t turn down a good one when I see it, especially if it’s almost as big as me, only $13, and doesn’t look overly like something you’d find in Florida or the tropics, because vegetation like that always looks odd and out of place in NY homes, in my opinion.

The leafy greens I lugged home in my passenger’s seat measured about 52″ tall, even though the tag tells me I should expect to see it max out around 48″. Meaning it’s a superstar plant and I’m lucky to have it.

Tall plant. I'm 5'9" by the way.

It’s given name is the Umbrella Tree (or Schefflera arboricola if you’re a fanciful horticulturist), and it even towered over Cody, who’s almost knocked its precarious 10″ plastic base over on five separate occassions with a single swing of his tail. I also couldn’t take a photo of him not howling in a where’s-my-treat-for-staying-still fit. The doof.

The other plant I bought was one of the <$3 baby succulents, this one kindly named Elephant Bush, as in, this is the plant that elephants thrive off of on safari. Cool. I obviously picked the tallest one with the most stems to optimize my opportunity for success.

Elephant Bush beside starfish art.

And don’t be fooled, this baby only measures 5″ tall right now but has potential of reaching the same 48″ vertical of the Umbrella Tree.

I just hope it grows faster than the Anniversary Jade.