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I want to start off by saying I do not have green fingers. Or at least I wouldn’t know if I did because the closest I’ve come to any type of gardening is watering the plants when someone is away for a week. I love a cactus as much as the next person so I decided I wanted to plant some terrariums. I had a quick look on Pinterest and it looked pretty simple to me so I went to the garden centre to buy the materials.

I already had the glass vases and  had been using them for candles but decided to change it up. I bought the cacti and succulents  (between IKEA and my local garden centre. IKEA was considerable cheaper), soil and stones.

The process was pretty easy and enjoyable. I covered the table in plastic sheets (it was raining outside!!) and got to work. I put some white and some black stones in the bottom of the vases for the water to have somewhere to drain to. Next I added the soil almost to the top. The most difficult part was planting the cacti because there wasn’t a lot of room but I wanted to fit three in each vase. Once they were in, I put a few more stones on top to cover the soil and make it look better. 

I enjoyed it so much I decided to plant a larger succulent in a plant pot and some more in a wooden box that was supposed to be used for an indoor herb garden. I waited a while to write this post because I wanted to see if they’d survive…and they have! 

I love that cacti and succulents don’t require a lot of looking after. Any tips for easy to care for plants?

Hamper Lorenzo & I

1) The hamper,  2) Lorenzo & I on his christening day

My beautiful godson Lorenzo was christened last month and I put together this hamper as part of his christening gift. I think it’s a nice idea and you can put it together at a reasonable price depending on where you buy the items to put into it. I added some things he can use now and some things my friend Steph will need for him soon such as socket covers. I bought the L for Lorenzo in a craft shop, sanded it down and painted it so she can frame it, hang it on his door or put it in his bedroom.

I think it would be a great gift idea for parents of a new baby. Can I suggest putting things that a baby will need down the line such as corner covers and sippy cups. Any new mother will tell you they receive plenty of 0-3 month clothes.

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I know I said I’d be sharing my Project Life spreads at the end of each month but I’m a newbie and I didn’t realise how long it would take for me to complete it and be happy with each week.  So  naturally, I’m a little behind. I’ll be sharing January’s spread today. I was very impressed with myself today telling my Dad that I had up to week 6 complete and that once I got up to date  it would be fine because then I could just do it every week. He looked at me like I was crazy and said it reminded him of a college assignment and that it sounded like something I was ‘getting out of the way’. It made me realise how much I really love the idea of Project Life. A couple of times over the last few weeks I wondered if it was really for me. I was kind of overwhelmed by it. Now that it’s well under way I have a great feeling of satisfaction which is the exact opposite of how I felt at the end of a college assignment. I must have looked back over it 50 times. The truth is I love scrapbooking and I love the idea of documenting the day to day things that would eventually be forgotten. I look forward to this challenge and I can’t wait to finish February and share it.

purchases

(Okay okay, none of them are plastic…)

I found a shop called Cotton On, which I assume is an american brand, in one of the malls in Dubai. I went in looking for something completely different (It’s a clothes shop) but I stumbled upon a section with Typo products (another america brand, I think).

I got all four items for €20 so I reckon it was a bargain. I don’t need any of this stuff but I’m thrilled with them all. The ‘Love is the New Black’ sign is actually a paper tablet cover. I’ll be using it on the wall. It cost €4. The Eiffel Tower  scissors, which I’m extremely excited about, was the most expensive item at €9. I love all things ombre and I’ve also got a thing for anything I cant write in so the notebook was a must at €4. The wooden @ sign was the biggest bargain of all at €3 and will go perfectly in the bedroom. I’m not sure if I’ll hang it on the wall yet. 

Anyway, they’re my purchases for the week. Dane also bought me LOADS of scrap-booking stuff for Valentine’s Day but the less said about that the better. It is not a cheap hobby.

 

Oops. I’ve since learned both Cotton On and Typo are in fact Australian brands. Thanks Nikki. Keep up the good work Australia.

Stephen, Chris & Mam Mam, Hepsiba & I Guinness Brewers Taste test Dublin City Dublin Mountains

1) Stephen, Chris & Mam enjoying a pint  & watching the football,  2) Enjoying a drink with Mam & Hepsiba. I was pretty excited that Hepsiba loved Irish Cider,  3) Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease for St. James’ Gate Brewery,  4) I love that they haven’t tried to completely modernise the building on the inside,  5) The mini Guinness you receive for the taste test. I now know how to properly drink Guinness, I still hate how it tastes,  6) Dublin City,  7) The Dublin Mountains

I know I’m not the only one who feels like they could know more about their own city but because it’s so familiar you rarely get to really see it. Every now and then I get to do the tourist thing in Dublin. I must admit it’s mostly when we have family or friends visiting from other countries. Last week my second cousin Chris from Canada came to visit along with his Chilean fiancée Hepsiba. They stayed with us for a few days and mostly found their own way around Dublin while we all worked. On the Saturday we brought them to our local pub to watch the football and sample a few Irish drinks before going into the Guinness Storehouse. As I say, it’s rare I get to do the tourist thing but I’ve done the Guinness tour at least 5 times. It’s always enjoyable and I hadn’t been in a while so It was fun to go and remind myself of the story behind ‘the black stuff’. You get some information on how it’s made as well as the history of Guinness. A new to me section included learning how to properly taste a Guinness or any beer really. Unfortunately it still hasn’t converted me. The grand finale is the Gravity Bar on the top floor with a nice view of Dublin City where you can sample a free pint of Guinness.

It was great to show Chris and Hepsiba a bit of the village we live in as well as a bit of the history of Ireland. After all, the Guinness is the most important reason to visit. 

iPad

iPad

While I was in Dubai with all the time in the world this summer, I read blogs constantly. I would check in for any updates every other day while eating my breakfast. As the summer went on, I would add more and more to my bookmarks list as I discovered them. Since I got home, and especially since I went back to work, I’ve hardly had a chance to look at my own, let alone any other blogs. Yesterday I sat down with my breakfast for a good hour reading away. It was lovely to check out what I had missed (which was a lot) but I also realised it was really relaxing to just flick through them at my leisure without rushing off to do something else. My new plan is to do this for an hour every Sunday morning. After all, isn’t that what Sundays are for?

I say it’s a plan but I seem to be make a lot of plans in September (back to work, all go go go with work plans, you see?) My other Autumn plans include; not working in the evenings or on weekends and taking an hour every week to lie on my bed listening to music. We’ll see how they work out. I’m feeling optimistic. Anyway, just in case anyone is looking for some new blogs to read, i’ll list the ones I have bookmarked below. I have different reasons for liking each one. Some make me laugh, I enjoy the style of writing some bloggers use, some draw me in with amazing photographs and some I just find the topics interesting. Here goes: