Last September, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into the vast land of blogging. I knew I wanted to share my creative side, as well as those who have inspired me. I have always been the creative type, even as a small child. I was constantly pretending and using my imagination. I had to, my sister didn’t come along until I was 7 and we lived in the country. I was very careful to not admit I was bored… for chores and not so fun suggestions would arise from that very statement. My mom was, and still is, one to encourage using my imagination. She would play along with me and help me create the world I was dreaming, and has done the same for our girls.
Blogging is simply that creative outlet. I was arranging and re-arranging, creating, and styling well before a year ago. Sharing my ideas in a public forum was something new to me, and it has turned out to be more than I ever dreamed. I happily discovered an entire community on social media that craved the same outlet. I had no idea it existed, but boy, am I grateful to have found it. I have met so many new friends, and it has been an amazing opportunity to encourage one another, all the while inspiring thousands of people just looking for how to style their mantle for the holidays. When I look back through my posts, it’s amazing to me the difference 12 months has made! I have pursued the art of photography, and the art of staging, and I think it’s paying off! I practice daily, and I am still learning, so it’s exciting to wonder the changes another year will bring.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for following along on this amazing journey with me. This is my 54th post. I have been so blessed to have been able to feature those who inspire me, simple DIY projects, decorating and organizing secrets, and home tours to have filled up an entire 52 weeks. It’s been a lot of FUN work, and I am thoroughly enjoying myself. With that being said, I have decided to change things a little this year moving forward.
I may not post every week. I am very much a creature of routine, so I am going to try to be a bit more spontaneous. My posts won’t primarily be on Mondays, they will just hit when I have something to share, whether that’s once a week, a few times a week, or every few weeks. I am going to focus more on featuring others. There are so many amazing ideas out there that need to be shared! So please, if you have something you would like me to share, email me! I would love to feature you! No doubt I will be approaching those that inspire me 😉
This past weekend, I decided to gather some succulents I have had scattered about this summer into my very first fresh arrangement.
Last year after my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding, I developed a love of succulents. However, they didn’t love me back throughout the winter months. I tried to keep them alive, but ended up purchasing a few in the spring and planted them in a bird bath. Turns out, they actually like being watered a lot more than I originally thought. I had great luck this summer, but have decided to pull some for this arrangement. I will try again to keep a few through the winter, but I have my doubts. I just don’t have the correct sun exposure, so why not enjoy them to their fullest now?
Before attempting this, I picked the brain of our local florist at Sheila’s Sunny Bloomers and, as promised, it was easy!
- Glue Gun – glue sticks
- Chicken Wire
- Sand and soil
I chose a small decorative urn and filled it with a mixture of sand and Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus potting soil. I cut some chicken wire to fit the circumference of the urn, and placed it just inside the top.
I used a mixture of 2 types of moss, and glued a few edges.
Then I just started placing the individual succulents, gently poking their stems through the moss and chicken wire. I did add small amounts of glue in a few areas, but mostly the moss was enough to adhere to.
As I layered them, I didn’t worry too much about the chicken wire. They don’t need much to get started, so hopefully the layers of moss do the trick. I don’t look for this arrangement to last but a few months at best. If they actually survive and produce, then added bonus!
I added some faux floral berries for a little more fall color.
I lost a few petals in the process and just stuck them in some pots with soil in hopes they propagate!
This is not spectacular, and it’s rather small for my liking, but I am happy overall with my first attempt. I only purchased the chicken wire, so with just using materials I had at home, it’s good by me 🙂 It was fun creating it, so purchasing succulents with an arrangement in mind will definitely be in the future!
Author and photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke