As most of you know, the opening of the Kentucky Derby was two weeks ago. The long standing signature attire for opening day has always been elaborate head pieces. I enjoy watching just how creative these ladies get for this event. Its a spectacular show.
As a community of merchants here at Shab Row and Everedy Square, we also embarked on a friendly competition for the best Derby Hat creation. I really loved this activity, for me it wasn't about wining but more about creating something fun to show off on our May 1st Saturday event here in Downtown Frederick. Everyone had a great time and you get to really see the collection of creativity everyone around you possesses! If you didn't get to come out for our 1st Saturday event, here are my pics on the process of our "The Derby Horse Shoe Hat"...Enjoy!
If your like me and are trying to push winter and cold out of your mind... you plant! It's been really a chilly start to Spring, so here are tips to start your succulents indoors.
I've been planting succulents for a few years now. I think its become a bit of a hobby now that I've mastered not killing this hardy plant. Trust me, a mother of 2 toddlers and someone who works a full-time job and runs my shop - its a miracle I can grow anything. But these little guys are perfect for any novice to expert. There is just something so whimsy about succulent plants. Here are some basic tips for keep your new succulents or existing on the right path to flourish. Tried and true right from my home to yours. Check out my thriving beauties. They got a taste of last weekends warm weather.
Let the Sunshine In! Succulents are a dessert plant and need as much sun as possible. Plus the Vitamin D is good for you too!
Go for the basics first: Green plants do better indoors. The pink/purples and pastel shaded blues and greys are better suited outdoors. You have a better chance to get a good head start indoors if you stick to the green succulents. My gardenista/master gardener friend told me this little tidbit a few years ago.... and its been tried and true ever since. Save the more exotic colors when you've mastered the beginners.
Go for un-glazed pots... you have a better chance of full drainage if your pots are un-glazed. I've tried glazed pots and they seem to get waterlogged quickly. I've also used repurposed items such as vintage sieves, old tin cups and vintage storage tins which make for a lovely setting. If you do choose to use glazed vessels, make sure you use Succulent mix soils that are specially formulated for these desert beauties. They have a much lighter soil mix than your typical house plants. If you do use glazed, I usually place river rocks at the bottom to promote good drainage. If you see puckering in your succulent, it needs water. I water maybe once a week or a good mist is great too.
Food and Feeding: I use a cactus and succulent liquid fertilizer once a month that I mix into the water I typically would water my plants with. No special feeding required. The liquid fertilizer reminds me of liquid mud and the succulents LOVE it. When you see any dead or decaying growth, and it happens from time to time, remove it as soon as you can. Pest love to harbor in the decaying leaves and that could lead to a bigger problem down the road. Nutrients then can get the to good growth and help heal the plant.
These are just a few things I pass along and I hope you enjoy getting your succulent green thumb started or use these tips to help get your existing succulent project thriving.
Peace, Love and Pancakes...
Thanksgiving has come and gone and whose memories aren’t filled with turkey, stretchy pants and the entire guest list eating way too much pumpkin pie? With that said, the thoughts of "omg, I ate too much, I need to nap for 3 days” will once again approach us with the Christmas holiday! There is nothing like having the best intentions and then falling a little short of preparation. Here's a few survival tips for getting things done for the holidays. These aren't in any particular order but for me, this list is a sure way to get myself on the right track!
1. Charge the ipads! My kids love their ipads and without them its painful. I load my kids ipads up with educational games like ABC Mouse, PBS kids and the newest app I love, Homer (reading app). We also load them up with lots of holiday music and lots of FREE drawing apps. If you're worried about too much time on the ipads, not to fear, there is a timing limit app for that!
2. Have lots of wine. :) No further instruction needed. Seriously though, when in doubt, bring a bottle of wine to any holiday party. It really is a nice "thank you" gift for any host or hostess. I'm a firm believer that one must bring a gift to any get together you're invited to. I went to the dollar store and bought a cute tea towel and wrapped the bottle of wine with a ribbon and festive tea towel for an instant gift! It was a sure hit too. If they don't drink wine, no worries, you can do this with beer or go the non alcoholic route with a great sparkling cider. You really have a lot of choices for this option.
3. Ladies..... if you're a iphone user, ask Siri for help! Siri can make your lists and she'll make sure you're checking it twice. I have her make all sorts of lists for me and I make sure she sets them on alarms so that my calendar reminds me of what's next on my ever growing busy-bee agenda. Pretty neat if you're always on the go like me and forget everything.
4. Have a plan...... well, sort of? If you're running out of time and need last minute gifts, why not check out my shop? We have lots of fun items that are sure to please and for a limited time, we're offering FREE priority shipping on all online orders. Type FREESHIP during checkout @ www.lanicheboutique.com. We have a little something for everyone on your list.
Last but not least, Have some fun! With the ever crazy season approaching, let's not forget who we are and how fabulous it is to bring joy to those around us during this festive holiday season.
Happy Holidays...from my family to yours!