Sunday, March 18, 2018

How I water all of my house plants

I have gotten a few questions about how I water all of my house plants so i decided to make a video about it. Now, this video is almost 30 minutes long, but it only takes me like 15 minutes at the most to water all of my plants. Anyway if you are interested in seeing how I water my plants watch the video below or click this link HERE to watch it. 

I have some plants that I watch for the water to drain fast, like for my succulents, and others I want to see the water drain slower. For my plants that need more water I give them more especially if the soil is pretty dry, and I water it until the water soaks down slower. Then I mist all my plants that need misted, and I run water over my orchids to water them. So I put them in the sink and run the water so that it drains out of course and helps to wash away mineral build up. My air plants get a mix of soaking and misting during the week.
My succulents that need more water like my sting of pearls usually get watered every week with my other plants and then also when I water all of my other succulents and cacti. My African violets get fertilized every week, but my venus fly trap on the other hand never gets any fertilizer except for bugs every few weeks in one of its traps.

My routine is pretty simple and takes very little time out of my week. Before I water my plants I go through them all and clean them up, dust around them and then clean the floors. (I usually do this on one of my floor cleaning days.) After that I water all of my plants that need a drink. Then a couple times a week I check on my water loving plants and water any that need it and mist all the plants that like extra humidity. I live in a dry climate so thats why they need a little extra care but that takes less than five minutes.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Repotting and feeding my house plants

Hey! Today I'm showing you a video of us repotting some plants that need some care and some extra compost and how I feed all my house plants excluding the sad, sad, poor little orchid and my succulents which I have yet to get fertilizer for since they don't usually need it (depending on the type) and also because no where in my town has it right now. Anyhoodles, I hope you enjoy it! 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

All the houseplants

I have quite a few house plants. I mean, I don't have near as many as I want, but I also have quite a few. Heck, this video is about thirty minutes long so obviously I have an obsession.

My mom and I were just talking about how if you were to have a hoarding problem then plants would be the best because its not really hoarding because they don't make things gross, and they don't really ruin your social life and when people come over to your house they think its awesome.
So, plants are definitely the best thing to have a lot of if your going to have way to many of something.

Anyway, here is my probably way to long video of my plants. Oh also the day after I filmed this I got more plants so thats the reason for this being my February 2018 tour because I bet I will do updates. Also, I actually enjoyed watching this video myself which is unusual so if you love houseplants then you will probably like this one.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How to use an oval makeup brush to apply powder foundation

I have been having the weirdest finish to my powder foundation lately. My skin has changed and so has the seasons so I needed a solution. This oval makeup brush is my solution! It buffs on the powder so well that I no longer have the weird finish that I was getting. It was cake-y and also showing all my dry skin and it was just no good no mater what brand of powder I tried. In this video I show you how I use a large oval makeup brush to apply my foundation and I have a little review on my new favorite mascara.

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This video and post is not sponsored or anything, I just wanted to share how this was working for me.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gluten Free Oat Flour Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes with you! These cookies are so yummy! They turn out so good! Always gooie, chewy, soft, and so, so very chocolaty. This recipe was adapted from my favorite chocolate chip recipe that uses oat flour. You can find that recipe HERE

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe uses oat flour and turns out absolutely perfect every time! I adapted it to have cocoa powder because I couldn't find a chocolate, chocolate chip recipe that uses oat flour. The oat flour doesn't make it taste like an oatmeal cookie, but gives a subtle sweetness and tenderness while still holding together nicely. So, so much better than any other gluten free flour. 

Anyway, All I did was replace a cup of the oat flour for cocoa powder, and I like to use pink Himalayan salt in these. I also use high quality chocolate chips and I like to use big ones and little tiny ones when I have them because it's more fun that way. 

Melt the butter, but not quite all the way then beat with the sugars. I like to add the vanilla in here. Then beat in the egg, but not all the way. Beating the egg to much can make the cookies a bit tough. 

Add in the dry ingredients Until just combined. You don't really need to worry about over mixing since their is no gluten, but I find them to stay a little softer when I don't over mix with the spoon. Instead I finish mixing it all the way when I add in the chocolate chips. 

 Usually when my son helps me though, the chocolate chips get added in with all the dry ingredients because that's his favorite part. 

 I always flatten them out. If I don't then I need to make sure they do so on their own while they bake, or I have to help them along by pressing them down with the back of a spoon. 
But I always have to do that with cookies, I used to not need to, but ever since I started using other ovens I've had to. Do you have to do that, or does dolling them out work just fine for you? 
I actually used to have the problem of them being to thin because I would always melt the butter (using a basic chocolate chip recipe) and changing nothing other than using a different oven they no longer do that. Except I've made cookies in that old oven again and I still had to flatten them out. So... I do not know. 

Anyway, they turn out so, so good! 

GF Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies

1 stick butter, partially melted
1/2 cup turbanado sugar
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 egg
1 tsp to 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1 1/4 cup oat flour 
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup chocolate chips 

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
Melt a bit over halfway then mix together with the sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until just incorporated.  Sift the flour and cocoa powder then mix in all the dry ingredients reserving the chocolate chips.  Mix until it just starts to come together then add in the chocolate chips. The dough will be a bit sticky and thats just fine. Bake on greased baking sheets for about 10 minutes or until the edges are just browning up. They need to still be soft on the inside so that they will stay gooie and have that brownie flavor.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Polymer Clay Bowl DIY

I haven't used polymer clay for a few years. The last time was when I was making things for terrariums and it wasn't quite what I wanted. Back then I thought you only used colored ones, I didn't know you could paint and glaze it! This was so much more fun! This is a very simple diy that I made for when I want to separate out some succulent and cactus starts. So I made  little echeveria to go on top to show kind of what it would look like with a real plant in it. But I suppose now I have a fake plant that I don't need to take care of. (It's very strange.) I made two bowls, the echeveria, and some beads for my weaving projects out of one package of clay. I was really surprised with the results and the quality, especially since I only somewhat new what to do. But when I was reading up on polymer clay it seemed to me that you could use it very easily with a multitude of mediums. I'm very interested to see how watercolors work on it. 

I used the sculpey brand, it was the cheapest on amazon with good reviews and I had a great experience with it. I hardly used any glaze so that should last me for a lot of projects. 
I also used basic metallic craft paints and some black craft paint (plus some greens and yellow for the echeveria.) And of course a few paintbrushes. I also needed a small sheet pan that I lined with wax paper just to protect the pan while I baked the clay.  

First I just took about three lines of the clay and broke it off. 

Then I just worked it all together until it was incorporated well. 

Then I smoothed it out into a nice ball.

Next I just used my thumb to push an indent in.

Then I used my thumb and forefinger to pinch around the sides. I mean, really I'm just making a small pinch pot. 

Here I am just smoothening out the edges and evening them up. I wanted them to have texture so I didn't make them fully smooth, but I didn't want any crevices for soil to get stuck in. 

Now in this picture I'm using my thumb to press down to make a wider bottom. 

I flipped it over to smoothen out the bottom and the lower sides. 

Last I took a paintbrush end and made a drainage hole. 

You can skip this step if you are using this for something other than a live plant. Or if you have an air plant, you can skip this step too. 

Now I'm starting on the Echeveria. 

First I made five balls of clay about the same size, then five more a bit smaller, then five more a bit smaller again. 

Then I formed the leaves.

I stuck them together doing the biggest five first. I used a paintbrush to help press down the ends together. 

Here is the last of the first fifteen that I made all pressed to the other two layers. 

Then I took three little bits and added them to the top. I used a stiff paintbrush (using the brush end this time) to push in the cracks and to smoothen out bumps.

I also made some beads by  rolling clay into balls and sticking a paintbrush through them. 
I set all the clay projects on a small baking pan lined with wax paper to protect the pan and baked them in the toaster oven. My directions said to bake for 1/4 in thickness, so I doubled the time since most everything was thicker than that. The echeveria did just fine in the spots that were thinner. 

After they were done baking and had cooled I drew designs on the bowls with a pencil, and then painted everything. I did use a few shades of green on the echeveria to mimic a real plant, but it would have been neat to use a different color like a purple with some red. 

After I painted everything I put them all on the tray to glaze them. Glazing the top first, letting it dry, then glazing the bottom and repeating. I put the beads on paintbrushes to glaze them. 

The second pot I made was just a bit smaller than the first one, but its still a good size for mini succulents to even get to be a decent size. 

Here you can see the difference in size between the small pot...

and the bigger pot. 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We got a farm cat!... Kind of.

About two, maybe three weeks ago, I was outside, and their was this cat! She was a bit skittish but she was soooo sweet! Now that she has been around awhile she has gotten even sweeter! She's kind of a dope too. And by dope I mean she falls off of things, and she will sit with one leg hanging of the table, and she will be totally fine with a three year old boy yelling and jumping and waving sticks around (attempting to impress her) but when he make a very quiet indescribable almost growling mucus noise with the hose to the ball pump, she flees is fear. Although, she does seem mildly and sometimes very impressed with Thomas' (the previously mentioned three year old) antics. Which is odd in and of itself. 

So basically she is perfect. Except she lives in our crawl space. Did I mention their is a mummified cat under our house too? My husband found it while working down there. Maybe she likes the company? I'm not sure, but what I'm sure of is that she needs to not go into heat and bring all her friends over to party down there. (We're getting her fixed soon.)

Also I made a cake this week and it was pretty so I took pictures. 

I made it with xylitol and maple syrup because I have been in a baking mood and I didn't want to get sick off of all the deliciousness. It turned out so pretty though! It's basically the hershey's special chocolate cake but with like 1/2 cup of xylitol and 1/2 cup maple syrup instead of 2 cups sugar. Oh, and with cream cheese frosting because I wanted it to be pretty. Also, I used natural sprinkles and they worked really well. They didn't bleed at all! They sure as heck did when I messed up on those cupcake bath bombs, oh man!!!! (I added glycerin to them and they exploded. [not like nitro glycerin explosion, more like a very slow volcano experiment.])

Did I mention this is the first cake I've ever made like this that turned out remotely good looking? Thats Why I'm making such a big deal about a not particularly spectacular cake.

We harvested our first carrots out of our garden! The aphids and the birds kept eating them so I had to plant them twice and still only ended up with six! They were so good, but probably not worth the effort, haha! Also they all ended up with legs. Obviously my soil needs a lot of work. (Rocks and compacted soil make them have multiple roots.)

 The cat again! Well and me. Thomas loves taking pictures so you get one with me in it for once!

Lastly, I've been getting into weaving. I need to make a loom but I wanted to try it out so I used an embroidery hoop. It was way more fun than I thought it would be. I'm really looking forward to trying some new stitches. Is it called stitches or weaves, or what?

Anyhoodles, I might have something more interesting next week, like a healthy ice-cream recipe or something. OOOOO! Or candles!! 

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