Indoor Tulip Tutorial

Spring is right around the corner and soon flowers will be blooming!

Tulips are perennials, meaning they return year after year when planted into the ground but if you are not able to plant them in the ground and still would like to grow them, this is a perfect tutorial for you.

All you need is a vase, decorative gems or pebbles, water and of course tulip bulbs.

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Place a few gems or pebbles in your glass vase and set a few aside. Next take your bulbs and position them so that the pointy end is facing up.

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Take the rest of your gems or pebbles and align them around the bulbs to help set them in place.

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Take 1/2 a cup of water and pour into your vase until the water reaches right under the bottom of the bulbs. Try and keep the bulbs as dry as possible while pouring the water in the vase.

Place in a sunny location indoors and after a few days, you will notice the stem start to sprout and the bottom of the bulb will take root into the water. The roots will look like thin white strings so if you start to see this after a few days, your tulip is growing!

I will update pictures over the next few weeks but this easy tutorial will help you to get started!

With love,

– R. Vargas

 

DIY Flower Pot Pencil Cup

Recently I was offered a new job which  I’ll post about soon and to celebrate the good news, I did what any sensible mid-twenty year old would do, I went shopping for desk supplies!

I immediately went to Target to see what their dollar section had to offer and found the basic essentials like mouse notepads, post it notes, pencils, pens, paperclips, etc.
I chose to go with a floral theme.

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I looked for the perfect pencil cup but I didn’t find anything I liked, so I decided to make my own.

I wanted it to look like an actual flower pot.

 

Here is what I used:

  • Floral Tape
  • Pens
  • Artificial flowers
  • Dried beans or coffee beans (I used kidney beans since they look similar to dirt but coffee beans add a nice aroma.)
  • Craft scissors
  • Clay pot

All these items can be found at any dollar store.

I emptied the beans into the clay pot and I cut the flowers the length of the pen.

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I then began to wrap the floral tape around the pen and flower stem.

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I wrapped the whole pack of pens but you can use as much or as little as you would like obviously.

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Once complete, I put the caps on as far as they would go and I let them set  for a few hours.

Place them in the pot with the beans and arrange them to look like flowers sprouting up!

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It looks so real doesn’t it? I really loved the outcome!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

 

 

Quote of the Day:

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“Home is in my hair, my lips, my arms, my thighs, my feet and my hands. I am my own home. And when I wake up crying in the morning, thinking of how lonely I am, I pinch my skin, tug at my hair, remind myself that I am alive. Remind myself to step outside and greet the morning. Remind myself that it’s all about forward motion. It’s all about change. It’s all about that elusive state.
Freedom.”

– Diriye Osman, (Fairytales for Lost Children)

Out and About in the Garden:

If you know me personally, you know that I really enjoy gardening.
But that wasn’t always the case.

As a little girl, I constantly noticed my mother in her garden. I believe she spent most of her time in her garden and in the kitchen. But she existed in the garden.

It actually used to bother me that she preferred spending time with her flowers more than she would spend time inside with me.
I laughed at her year after year when she would skip around in the garden and not only talk to her flowers, but also sing to them.
I thought it was all so silly at the time.

Not until I got older did I realize all the hard work and dedication my mother put into her garden.
Now older and more appreciative of things, even small things, I really appreciate my mothers love for flowers and I carry that with me today.
Just like my mother, I now talk to my flowers while I plant new seeds, I sing to them, I even skip around our several rose bushes.

Gardening is a huge stress reliever and it has taught me so much about being patient.
It proves how your hard work pays off with time, effort, and a great amount of love.
Through patience, you watch something beautiful come to life.

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Xoxo,

-R. Vargas