Month: August 2013

Growing Succulents with Needles and Leaves

If you want to know how to grow succulents like a pro – than look no further, blogger Tawni of  Needles + Leaves, has the best tips.

(Her sister is her portrait photographer! Family of talented ladies)

As you may of seen from my Instagrams – I am a bit of succulent hoarder on my windowsill in the kitchen… so when I was having some trouble with a couple of them getting as Tawni says, ‘leggy’ I turned to her blog for help! See Tawni’s example below:leggysucculents
This means that the plants are not getting enough light – as she says in her post here. (Doesn’t Tawni take such beautiful photographs of her plants?)

“If your plants are not getting enough light they may become leggy and stretch toward the light. If your plants are stretching out or bending toward the light, you can move them to a brighter spot or rotate the pot from time to time to keep them growing straight up.”
Here is a little tid bit of Needle + Leaves,  ” 1. Soil. What kind of soil should I plant my succulents in? Succulents love well draining soil.  I’ve been buying a palm/cactus mix from Home Depot for sometime now and it has been great.  In the dryer summer months, I’ve found that my soil drys a little too quickly. If you feel like your soil is just not retaining water long enough, you can mix your cactus soil with a bit of regular potting soil to increase the water retention to your liking. Sometimes, I like to keep my plants in containers without drainage holes, such as tea cups, mason jars and baby food jars.  In this case, I will either layer the bottom of the container with pebbles or add sand to the soil to help with drainage issues.

To find out the rest of her tips – check out her blog here!

(Thanks Needles + Leaves for sharing your beautiful tips & photography with MSD)!

Oop’s I did it Again…. (DIY Tip)

Or I am about to! Remember when I made that WAY to tall coffee table? Well I am going to try again.


Instead of trying to bid on legs from Ebay (they’re all going for around $40-60 bucks). And that doesn’t include shipping. For some reason while I’m bidding on ebay – the shipping costs magically don’t seem to matter while trying to win the ‘fill-in-the-blank-probably-mid-century-modern-related’ item. I also end up with something that’s not exactly the right size or they are wobbly so – buying REAL vintage for table legs is not the route I’m going for.

I researched for an alternative. And I found this great website Modern Legs, and there are so many more options of a ‘modern leg’ on this site. There are tapered, (my new favorite), hair pin, bench supports and custom flatbar legs. It’s awesome! Aren’t these a beauty?


Here is the iron tapered leg, I am so into. Visualize a poplar wood coffee table with these legs, resting on my new (yet-to-be-purchased) faux cow hide rug….  with a small black dog trying to creep on my table, but she can’t reach it…. all my stars would be aligned.

For more information about Modern Legs check out their blog here!


Wicker DIY Part II

When I first introduced this wicked wicker chair, it was all white and naked. Mama Shea and I got it from Brimfield for $5! wickerchair

In my first post about this chair, I was thinking of spray painting it with some sort of ‘color-block’ scheme. And thats is exactly what I did in my back yard.  I cut up some trash bags and then used painters tape to keep everything covered.

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And now for the grand unveiling…


Instead of making a seat cushion, I grabbed some unused pillows from the guest bedroom that I picked up at Christmas Tree Shop for $2 each! Overall this chair was under $10 to purchase and make over – as for the finished results… I am not sure if I like the fossil color (middle color)… I might spray paint the entire bottom silver – any thoughts?

Quick & Easy DIY

I have come up with a quick and brainless make over!  I upgraded some $0.99 ceramic book ends! While out with my sister on Monday, we stopped by this discount store and I found these bad boys:


When I picked these up I thought they were cute, who doesn’t love ceramic animals? But the enamel was a gross-brown color, in the words of the Princesses of Long Island, “It was DIS-GUST-ING.
But for $0.99 I couldn’t refuse them! I bought Rust-Oleum spray paint in Satin Fossil, for my wicked wicker project (more to follow up on that later), and I thought the neutral calm color would sass these book ends up.


So much better right?