Thursday, June 23, 2011

Moss, chocolate, and Pottermore.

I spent this morning gardening. Ha.

Maybe I should say terrariuming? If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am not one of those people who has a green thumb. After my attempts at growing such supposedly indestructible plants like bamboo, I finally resorted to terrariums, which I fell in love with after watching Penelope.

I like plants and flowers- I really do. They're beautiful and fascinating. And there's something so charming and magical about little moss hills living behind glass walls. Like a lovely little world in a tiny jar.

And terrariums are so simple to make and to keep alive. Get a pretty jar. Put some nice rocks and some activated charcoal (if you have it. I don't) in the bottom for the drainage system. Add some dirt and arrange some bright green moss on top of the dirt. Keep the lid on it and spritz it once a month with some water. You can even get whimsical and add little items inside to make a scene (toadstools, gnomes, etc.- Etsy has some adorable things).

I bought two jars at Hobby Lobby the other day when they were 50% off...I think one was $3.50 and one was $2? This one is a small version of my previous terrarium.

This time instead of digging up moss at the creek, I just got some out of yard and the edge of the woods near our house. We have moss everywhere here. :)

My mom has some hen and chicks (hens and chickens? You know what I mean), and one was growing out of the container so I took it out and put it in this other jar. Since this is an actual plant and not moss, I'm honestly not counting on it living very long. :)

 My first terrarium was miraculously still alive, but pretty brown looking. So I took out the old moss and replaced it with some bright pretty moss. I also put in a small hen and chicks plant, but that probably won't work out because according to Wikipedia they don't like too much moisture.

I also picked some flowers from my mom's flower beds and put them in my antique blue Mason jar. Like I said, I don't know what it is, but flowers and glass go together.

{One of my lovely Black Apple prints shown.}

In other news, this is my second day without any chocolate. It's a little bit of a personal challenge for myself. The other day, after scarfing down approx. 6 of those chewy Target-brand chocolate chip cookies, it hit me that I might have a little bit of a problem. You think? I'm not cutting out chocolate for good. I'm just trying to take a little break and when I start eating it again, it definitely needs to be less than what I've been eating. It's probably all in my head, but I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I'm constantly hungry and I've even been craving fruit (I must be hungry!). Yesterday, I probably would have paid $5 for a Reese's cup (there are actually some downstairs in the candy drawer. Which I've been avoiding). Today I almost forgot about chocolate when I saw these.

In bigger news, Pottermore! It actually sounds pretty interesting, considering it's an online thing instead of a real book encyclopedia (which is what I was hoping for, but not expecting). What I want to know is, who decides which people get to try it on July 31st and which people have to wait until October?

Until next time,


  1. Those flowers are black-eyed susans:)

  2. oOOOoo, I like this idea with the plants in pots. I suck at gardening and I have no yard to do it in. Maybe I shall grown some pot moss :)

  3. I love your terrariums!They have an Alic In Wonderland feel.:)

    And chocolate....oh dear, need we discuss it? I am the addict, it is the addiction. I am the vampire(Sorry to all you no likey vampires people!) it is the blood. I am a plant, it is the sun....I NEED NEED NEED!:):):) Ok, not that badly, but I understand the cravings too.:) I fasted from ALL sugar for a month and it definitely was hard, especially when other people ate sweets in front of me. But I made it, and so can you!:)

  4. Awesome post, Kirstin!

    I know what you mean, I can never find a good dress that fits me well. I'm 5'9" and the dress bottoms always stop way too short. :(

    I find that Goodwill is the best place for people my height. They always have something modest and cute. But, if I can't find anything longer than my knee, I pair some shorts or leggings with the dress.

    Have a great weekend!

    Love ya,


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