Check out my piece on the importance of color, breaking habits and doing things we really want to - especially this time a year! It's the perfect time for accomplishing your goals. Guestblogging at the great source of inspiration, one of my favourite blogs
And while you're at it, remember to browse their online store, Nordic Design Collective for design goodies! Maybe you'll find some Christmas gifts or the perfect decorations.. for yourself or someone else?? Their selection of cards are beautiful and fun! Or create your own, with their cute stamps!? I'm loving the one called "Ekollon" (Acorn - in English), that's definitely my favourite. Perfect for making small cards and putting them as a finishing touch, while gift wrapping.
For the moment, I'm coloring up for the jolly season ahead!
Yes, I do believe in putting orchids in glass pots and vases.
It's a good concept (if you want them to bloom), at least that´s my experience.
As you can see, one of the orchids was growing "out of"..up, up and away from its current pot!
If the barch or the so called "orchid soil" is like the picture on the left, and has disintegrated so much. You need to transplant and get some new, whole and fresh barch for your plant(like the picture, on the right).
That way, your orchid will get proper air circulation to dry their roots.
If not, there is a higher risk for your orchid's roots to rot.
Make sure you cut the plant clean from dry, old stems, air roots or flowers.. before transplanting.
I always place the orchid's roots in a bowl or bucket filled with water.
I leave it there, while I'm preparing the pot/vase or at least until the roots stop making bubbles.
That way the roots get softer and "well-fed"
before moving to a new or slightly refreshed place.
Less risk of breaking any roots during your transplanting.
When you plant in glass,you can see the roots growing
and when/if they´re in need of humidity!
Besides the more common orchids you see everywhere, Phalaenopsis, this was one of the first "different" orchids I ever bought. This one in particular, I got for it's incredible scent and delicate flowers. Then when the blooming was over, it was just a green plant in my window. It has followed me wherever I moved, but no new flowers, for 10 years! Even my future-husband hasn't been present in my life for that long..!
The orchid has always looked green and healthy, and I just never could bring myself to give up on it. This summer before we went on vacation, I put it in a glas pot and soaked it with a fair amount of water. And after that I just kept giving it a lot more water, than before.. I just thought, I must change my stategy for something to happen. That was the key.. As you can see, small buds slowly appeared! Now it's here, in all it's glory, spreading a lovely scent of vanilla in the whole appartment. A good vanilla scent, not the kind you feel sick from..haha.. That's what I call a 10 year-anniversary!
Here you have them, our wedding invitations by yours truly. They have been sent out, a while ago, but it took some hours to finalize it all. Drawing, coloring, composing, typing, cutting, arranging, rearranging, glueing, writing.. that is what they call D-I-Y, my friends! A bit old school, with our grey and greens-theme(as the rest of the wedding decor). Also the hearts and pretty snowflakes in the pattern, to go with the chosen season for the event. It's getting closer, in a few days - it will be just 3 months left..!!
I got kidnapped this weekend and it was time for my bachelorette/hen party. Among other things, I got to go parachuting! My lovely friends, family and fiancé, tricked me.. Not cool and very scary not to know what's awaiting you, but it was awesome! Although it was a fun day, it was a very long and eventful day. I think the drinks and the bad dance moves got the best out of me and my energy at the end of the evening.. But as they have told me, you're allowed to act a little when you're wearing a crown/hat and a tutu,haha.. I had a extraordinary great day, and a great headache the day after.
The parachuting part was amazing, and it was kind of unsettling how good it felt throwing yourself out of a plane. I have scheduled to do a skydive three times before, but everytime they had to cancel due to bad weather. So I got a bit spooked, felt like I wasn't supposed to do it. So when it finally happened now, I felt extremely happy and could cross that off the bucketlist!
The part I feel the most humble and honoured about, is the way people really had put in the effort, time, planning, travel and heart to be there for me. It was really touching and fantastic, you guys are the best! The whole day, weekend really became a beautiful emotional rollercoaster!
In between seasons, I'll say..! Summer, autumn, now winter..?! The usual change of seasons has passed by in warp speed!! It was apparently too fast for some plants as well! I had just got that autumn feeling, and realized that summer was over for the year. Summer and it's warm temperature lasted for a very long time this year. But it seems that the current season, fall/autumn, is getting shorter..?! With less than four months until the wedding, I don't mind.
I'm really into old table cloths for the moment(not all types though, not you're typical floral and over-decorated ones..). I want them crochet in bright colours or my favourite for the time being, soft colour tones with some sparkle thread in it..! Perfect for autumn and winter!
My mother is really good at crochet and knitting, super creative. As was my grandmother, and her mother and generations before.. Unfortunatelly it stopped with me, I never really learned it properly. It's not too late to learn it yet, I know, and I really would like to. I have done it with metal thread a few times, with different results.
But I guess I get a bit lazy because I get provided for with various knits and nice things, by my lovely mother. My latest "order", two big and round table cloths - crochet in black and grey! A lot of people have white as their "safe colour" at home and in interior design, I love black! Can't wait until it's finished..! Another order has been placed as well, (not to my mother).. bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses are in the making! But it will take a few weeks before they're ready.
Sometimes a little green touch, can do so much. This little fellow will probably survive as eye-candy, without water for weeks. Yes..the plant from where it's coming from, is that good! A real calm to the guilty conscience, when you decide to go on vacation. And speaking about vacation, I left for three weeks and nearly drowned my orchids before leaving. They were really dry, when we came back. But I think they needed that soaked boost! Now each and every plant has new buds and flowers on the way.. so shock and ignorance is the key!