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28.4.15

0 DIY Desktop Water Garden

Contributor post by Emily and Erick of Heidi's Bridge


Lately, we've been exploring ways to make our workspace feel more relaxing. Like many small business owners, we clock a lot of hours in our office so it's important that we like hanging out here. In addition to small touches like burning candles, playing music, and adding throw blankets around the room, we've found that adding plants makes the space feel more inviting. Inspired by the simple beauty of outdoor water gardens, we wanted to translate the concept into a smaller version for the office. Read below for the tutorial!

You Will Need:
-Large bowl container (we found our ceramic bowl at thrift store and painted it black)
-Aquatic Plants -- Mixture of anchored plants (we bought "purple golden lantern" and "variegated golden candles" but grasses, canna lilies are other great options) and ones that will float on the surface (lotus, water lilies, water lettuce etc). You can always add floating flowers like we did with these purple hellebore.
-Small rocks
 

Sourcing note for aquatic plants: we found our aquatic plants at a local pond supply store. Call local garden centers or pond stores for availability. You can purchase them from stores like Lowes or Home Depot later in the season or online anytime here).



Directions:
1. Start by arranging your "anchored" plants to bottom of the bowl as desired.
2. Cover the rootball of the anchored plants with rocks completely. This will ensure they don't float to the top or move around and mess up your arrangement.
3. Fill your bowl 3/4 of the way full with water.
4. Add floating aquatic plants or flowers to the bowl. Place in light according to the sun preferences of your plants. If using floating flowers, replace flowers and water once a week.






Enjoy!

Heidi's Bridge
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27.4.15

2 Mother's Day DIY | Printed Photo Mug (3 Ways)



A few weeks ago I came across this sweet photo of my Mom (she's the one in the centre holding the baby) and her sisters and cousins on the family farm and thought I should make something for her using it for this coming Mother's Day.  Since she loves her morning coffee, a mug for her to use each day would be perfect and she'll be so surprised to get it!


1 Book Tour + Giveaway | The New Bohemians + Driftwood Wall Sconce DIY




Justina Blakeney's new book, "The New Bohemians, Cool & Collected Homes" launched this month and we are pleased to be a stop on the blogging book tour.  The LA-based designer's latest book explores 20 homes and interview's its' owners, all located primarily on the East and West coast of the US. Blakeney also created 12 DIY projects inspired by objects found in the homes, as well as a "Plant-O-Pedia" offering insight into achieving this aesthetic.


23.4.15

1 Happy Friday + The Macchina Mobile Cafe


Such a fun week we've had this week ever since we posted our Cutest Little Camper post.  We've been getting a few emails from readers about links to cute little campers (and food trucks) galore!  And we just couldn't resist posting this little vespacar via Debra Norton of the Paper Parade Co. Imagine this scooting by?


1 Weekend Project | 9 DIY Spring Planters + Ideas



Spring always sparks creativity for planting. Whether it's outdoors or bringing spring into the home in a beautiful planter, the annual ritual is here, and we've found some rad planter DIYs and planting ideas to be inspired by.