This Moss is Boss

April 28th, 2013

Marimo Terrarium

{My DIY marimo terrarium}

Shells{You will need shells and a glass vase…I got my vase from Target}


{Marimo balls from Etsy}

Ava and our DIY project

{Ava and our finished zen garden}

One of my fondest memories as a child is cooking in the kitchen with mama — I guess you could say that any one-on-one time with my mom was and still remains a treasured time for me. As Hallmark-y as this sounds, with two kiddos of my own, I try to make memories that will leaving lasting impressions with them. So while I’m not the greatest cook, arts and crafts are for us. When I spotted about Marimo ball terrariums on Pinterest, I knew it was an activity both Ava and I would love.

After a little Googling, we learned that the marimo is a living moss ball found growing in lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia. Each lake’s current swirls the little plant around and around so it grows naturally into a petite pom-pom shape. Its curious name is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, “mari,” meaning “bouncy ball,” and “mo,” a term for plants that grow underwater. 

This sweet, sphere-shaped creature is adored around the globe: the Japanese believe that it brings good luck, and in Iceland it is believed that a well-loved marimo makes wishes come true!

And you know I’m all about ushering a little good fortune into my home. Who isn’t?

So after some beach combing for seashells, a jaunt to Target for the vase and a little shopping for the marimo balls on Etsy, behold our marimo Zen garden. We placed ours atop the living room coffee table as it makes for a great conversation piece.

Here’s to hoping it brings good vibes our way and to you, too.


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Life is Short…Make it Pretty

March 4th, 2013


{A few of my favorite things}

It’s been a while since I created a style piece so here goes, kids. My inner Sanrio-loving child is still obsessed with personalized stationary, notebooks and the like so here are some of the latest and greatest discoveries I’ve made in the paper arena:

1) Falvorlope: In the “So wrong, yet so right department,” we’ve got the Flavorlope. Yes, as in chocolate-flavored envelopes. Available in apple, cherry, grape, orange and strawberry, too, you will never have to tongue another icky ‘lope again. Available here. Take a lick and let me know what you think, freaks.

2) Erin Condren Life Planner: Aside from being able to upload a flattering picture of myself to this planner, I adore the inside just as much. Open this puppy up and there’s plenty of space to write, loads of stickers, tabs, inspiring quotes and more. These also make great gifts and are available here.

3) Washi tape: Sayonara, run-of-the-mill tape. I discovered Washi tape on Instagram (thanks, Michelle!) and am quite obsessed. I use it all over my planner, wrap presents with it, and even to adorn glass votive holders with Washi. Brillz! There are so many patterns to choose from on Etsy but I got my birdies-sitting-on-a-line one here.

4) Maybooks: Designer Mica was sick of ugly notebooks, so she made pretty ones in the shape of Maybooks. Notebook junkies like myself (and reader Romi) love this choose-your-own adventure line — the patterns, monograms and fonts are to die.  Availaible here. These also make for thoughtful prezzies.


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A Statement Necklace and Statement on Never Giving Up

September 19th, 2012

{Dolores Petunia necklace, Patterson J. Kincaid top}

{Getting ziggy with it in Missoni ballet flats}

As you can see, my face is visibly absent from this post because I was literally crying moments before these photos were snapped. Talk about embarrassing! In other words, I looked like a runny-mascara mess. You see, it was parent’s night out at my daughter’s new school and I was so excited and got all gussied up only to find out my sitter got a last-minute flat tire (or concocted a the-dog-ate-my-homework fabrication — you do the math).

So the tears poured down because I was sad. And pissed! I wouldn’t be able to chat with Ava’s new teacher, her new friends’ parents and all the fun stuff that comes with being a parent.

Luckily, the husband was able to leave work early and another sitter swooped in to save the day.

And all was rainbows-and-unicorns once again. I chose to wear my new bought-on-Etsy Dolores Petunia statement necklace (woohoo to first-time wears!) and some jazzy flats because I anticipated some walking around the picture-perfect campus.

The moral of the story? I was down. But the moment I was about to wash all the makeup off my face and slip into my PJs in defeat, the wonders transpired — the husband and backup sitter rolled into my driveway. You know, I read a quote on a special someone’s Facebook wall today that said, “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.” And yes, that sage nugget resonated with me today. I’m sure it will ring true with you one day, too.

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