A Valentine for Succulent Lovers

A Valentine for Succulent Lovers from Farmhouse38.com.I love cheesy Valentine’s Day heart-shaped candy boxes. I really, really do. It’s not even about the candy (I swear. No, that is not chocolate on my face. It’s probably chicken poop, can we continue?). I just love the, shall we call it: Hallmark-Chic, of it all. Haters gonna hate.

So clearly, I adore upcycling these things (see Valentine’s Candy Box Roses). And, since I have a whole slew of propagated succulent babies waiting to be transplanted, here goes nothing!

Using an upcycled heart-shaped candy box for a Valentine's Day craft, from farmhouse38.com

I especially love this box from Whitman’s–it’s tin, with a plastic candy tray, which makes it perfect for using as a decorative succulent planter!

Once you are done demolishing the candy, remove the plastic candy tray from the box. Poke a couple of small holes in the bottom of each little candy well (do this if you plan to leave the succulents planted in there for awhile–if you are just doing this for presentation and a quick replant, then don’t bother), place a real thin layer of aquarium gravel or some other fine gravel in the bottom of each candy well, and then fill each well with cactus/succulent potting mix.

Turning a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter, from Farmhouse38.com

Meanwhile, take your tin box and paint it however you like. I started with a good coat of white spray primer, let it dry, and then painted the top mint green. I wanted the bottom to be sparkly gold, so I then did a coat of gold spray paint. After this dried, I sprayed a thick layer of gold-sparkle spray paint and then immediately coated in gold glitter. When that had dried, I knocked off the loose glitter and coated the whole thing in another coat of glitter spray paint to ‘seal’ it. If you don’t have glitter spray paint, you can use ModgePodge or Elmer’s to adhere the gold glitter, and once it has dried, seal it with a spray paint clear coat.

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.com

To finish the lid of the box, I wanted to do a tailored, traditional bow and ribbon, kind of like what you might find on just this sort of box of candy (this is important because you gotta put something fancy on there to cover the “Whitman’s” embossed label. Sorry Whitman’s, it’s been real). I started by cutting a length of coral grosgrain ribbon to fit diagonally across the lid, and then hot-glued it into place. I did the same with an overlay of sparkly gold ribbon.

Upcycling a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by farmhouse38.com

 

Now, make your bow and adhere it. (Since I forgot to photograph this, please refer to this sloppily drawn instructional cartoon).

How to make a tuxedo bow from Farmhouse38.com

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.comSucculent planting time!

If you don’t have itty bitty propagated succulent bits laying around like I do, hopefully you can find some tiny potted succulents to buy somewhere. Or maybe you have mature succulents that you can take cuttings from (here is a great how-to on propagating succulents).

Propagating succulents and upcycling a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.comNow carefully plant your little baby plants in the individual candy wells. If you want to be able to place the lid on the box, you must be mindful of the finished height of the planted succulents. Succulents don’t like being squashed.

Upcycled Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box turned succulent planter from Farmhouse38.com

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by Farmhouse38.com

I heart succulents. Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by Farmhouse38.com

 

I heart succulents. Can you tell?

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Craftiness Round-Up

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, guys! So it just feels right to do a little rodeo round-up of my previous Valentine’s Day projects–put them all in one easy spot for your viewing pleasure:

Cupid's Arrow Heart Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

I have a thing for heart-tipped arrows. You’ll see. Learn how to make this wreath here.

DIY painted rocks from Farmhouse38.com

A couple of rocks, a little paint, a little glitter…adorable porch decor (or bookends, or door stops). See how to make these and more painted rocks here.

Valentine's Candy Box Roses from Farmhouse38.com

I’m all about the flowers. Here’s a fun spin on the traditional red rose bouquet, using an up-cycled heart-shaped candy box. For the full tutorial, click here.

Cupid's Arrow Garland from Farmhouse38.com

To go along with the Cupid’s Arrow Wreath, how about a pretty little garland? Here‘s the tutorial.

Primitive Egg Wreath DIY from Farmhouse38.com

This was an Easter project, but because it’s got a little red heart on it, it makes the Valentine’s Day cut. I do what I want. See the tutorial here.

DIY Coffee Filter Peonies from Farmhouse38.com

Everlasting peonies! Oh, these are so fun to make! And if you really super-saturate those colors, they look darned near real. Learn how here.

DIY Primitive Heart Wreath by farmhouse38.com

I adore the simplicity of primitive wreaths. How’s about one for V-day? Here you go.

DIY cupid's arrow doormat from Farmhouse38.com

I love, love, love making my own doormats. They could not be easier. Well, they could be easier, but for the sake of this post, let’s just not split hairs. See the full tutorial here.

Sour Cherry Margaritas from Farmhouse38.com

And just in case craft hour happens to coincide with cocktail hour…a Valentinesy margarita recipe to get your creative process going. I’m just looking out for you guys.

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Happy New Year from Farmhouse38.com

My poor dogs.

But…yanno…Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year from Farmhouse38.com

If looks could kill…

 

Happy New Year from Farmhouse38.com

Puppy loves.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2015!

A Little Christmas Joy

No Christmas cards this year, but how about a short holiday film about Phoebe and her favorite toy?

Who needs Christmas cards!!!

Accidental Bah-Humbuggery

Phoebe and the tree at Farmhouse38.com

 

I didn’t mean to not do Christmas this year. But it’s the 22nd. Christmas has officially gotten away from me. *Cue that sorta sad Peanuts Christmas song here*

We did put lights on the house. We did put up the tree. The tree also has lights on it. Huzzah! It’s the little things.

But everything else (Christmas cards *gasp*, holiday crafts, holiday baking) has fallen by the wayside as I work hard on some administrative odds and ends at good ol’ Farmhouse38. New things for the new year, people! But administrative stuff has a way of spongeing up one’s extra Christmas juices.

I did manage to get a shot of Phoebe in front of the tree again, just so that we can all look back and remember what an adorable nugget she was this time last year. It’s so funny to me how in both shots she has her tail tucked under her and it looks like she has a normal boxer nub. Trust me, it’s there, in all it’s shin-whipping glory. But I digress.

I love Christmas. I really do. And I’ve been feeling pretty sheepish about not being the blogger who put the Christmas decorations up in September to photograph (seriously! this is a freakish super-human power that I do not possess). And then even more sheepish when it appears that I’m not even that blogger who gets them up in December. Meh.

Whutteryagonna do. I, for one, am gonna eat some candy, drink some bourbon-laced nog, and put my feet up by the fire with my awkward lap dogs draped over me and snoring. I’ll watch my nephews open presents while my parrot chants her new favorite word in the background (“Weird! Weird! WEIRD!”)(she’s doing it right now as I type). I’ll get a little buzzed and envision all the bloggy Christmas magic I will perform next year. And forget it all by February.

 

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Farmhouse38.com

Hope it is a happy, safe, and filling one, my friends!

Ceiling Our Fate

It’s been awfully quiet around here lately. I apologize (or maybe you were enjoying the silence–in that case, you’re welcome. I do what I can.).

Excuses time!

First of all, a few weeks ago we went to Maui to watch our beautiful friends get married. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. More on that, soon!

And then, of course, Halloween happened.

And then, without skipping a beat, we dove into a very enormous house project. After six years, and countless excruciatingly high professional estimates, we are painting the 15 foot tall vaulted ceilings on the main floor of our house. Ourselves. Gulp.

Painting the 15 foot ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

Now, I know I’m gonna get a lot of hate about this. For painting over wood. And trust me, I love raw wood ceilings. I love stained wood ceilings. I love reclaimed wood ceilings. They have their place. Just not in this house, where every lick of trim is white. My design for this house always included white plank ceilings, and if we had had a hot second when this ceiling first went up, I would have painted everything while it was still on the ground. That would have been the smart thing to do. But things moved very fast in those days, and we always assumed that at some point we’d be able to afford to pay someone else to get up there and paint those damned tall ceilings. But, as it turns out, it’s super expensive for someone to risk life and limb over paint.

So, as usual, we are taking matters into our own hands. Scaffolding and all.

Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

That’s me. Up on the scaffolding. Hanging out with the ceiling fan. Holding on for dear life.

As usual, the dogs have been extremely helpful:

Sunhounds at Farmhouse38.com

When they’re not doing that, they’re standing under the scaffolding catching drips with their faces:

Paint puppy at Farmhouse38.com

And when they’re done with that they have to recover:

Resting pupfaces at Farmhouse38.com

Such hard workers.

Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

Because his reach is longer and his fear of heights is slightly less debilitating, the Texan gets all the really crappy shifts. Here he is perched on an 18″ wide ledge that hangs over the two story drop down our staircase. Such a relaxing weekend for him.

We’ve also chosen this opportunity to deepen the color on the walls, as well as tie up a whole bunch of missing molding and trim projects. In a nutshell, we are finally finishing the great room. Six years of staring at our main living space and wishing it was finished. It’s happening, people. I’m beside myself. And also very sore.

So stay tuned for after shots, coming really soon. Yes. Soon. I promise.

 

 

 

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