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} Patch

This weekend, I was looking at the Cargoh (a BC Canadian company) newsletter when I noticed the big banner on Patch (also a BC Canadian company).

How wonderful is this product, seriously! Patch is basically a year-round indoor herb gardening system. Obviously, other eatables can be grown in them (such as lettuce, for example), and obviously, you can also put them outside (everything is washable) on your small city balcony in the summer.

The system ” “self waters” by using a technique called sub irrigation, which allows the water to enter the soil through capillary action”, how practical!

Also eco-friendly, the “Patch herb planter body is made with Tyvek (a HDPE), which has all the properties of paper film and fabric. It’s fully recyclable, washable, and stain resistant. The interior components are made of PP #5. All of these components are fully recyclable.” They ship flat (simple assembly instructions are added to your package), so that is also cost and space efficient as far as shipping goes.

3 styles are offered, as well as a price for a 3-pack to make you save a little compared to a single planter purchase!

Also, customer service is totally top notch. I emailed a question, and within 4 hours, Kent Houston himself (the founder and CEO) replied to me with the info. How wonderfully great is that, right!?

Lightly said, I am in love with Patch already, hence, I will go order 3 right this second. ;)

(And I’ll make sure to update you guys on how it all unfolds in my actual home!)

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} My Indoor Gardening

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My plants taking basically a third of my dining table…

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My avocado tree, I started it from the pit (pretty proud!).

It’s down right mid-winter and I miss gardening outside already. Sheesh!

To compensate, I’ve been tending to my indoor plants. This is a somewhat new skill I’m trying to acquire, since I’ve always been much better tending for outdoor greenery (veggies and herbs mostly). I have no idea why, but that always seemed much easier to me.

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“Haworthia Attenuata” and “Haworthia Cooperi”.


My “Moon Valley” plant, when I first got it 2 years ago. Look at it now, in the 1st picture!

Some I have quite mastered, as far as caring for them goes. My avocado tree (started it from the pit) is looking quite good (altho it’s having falling leaves issues right now, but I’m guessing it’s only because of the winter season). My two “Haworthias” are growing slowly but surely. All my succulents are going crazy… And my “Moon Valley” plant is actually growing way too much, making it sparse… I will have to do cuttings soon and start another one to replace it.

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Out of control “Baby Tears” plant (porcelain planter I made in a class).

Others seem to just not want to cooperate… My friend Paule gave me (not once, but twice) cuttings from her “Elephant’s Food” plant, and both times they died on me… Now, I did a bit a of research on how to deal with those cuttings, hopefully next time I’ll get the hang of it! Also, my “Baby Tears” plant is a bit out of control, I will need to learn to trim it properly…

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“Spider” plant & terrarium by Crown Flora.

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Air plant and moss, a terrarium by Crown Flora.

Also, I recently purchased a terrarium, in a beautiful drop shaped glass globe, from Crown Flora. Paired with a “Spider” plant (made that ceramic pot in a pottery class!), and with added chains and metal links, it makes for a beautiful floating duo I think!

As you can see in the picture below (don’t mind the mess to the right, I have a work-supplies-storage-issue…), I kinda need to hide the cat litter box in some kind of way in that corner… Not quite the most beautiful thing to look at, to say the least! I was thinking of a plant ladder, but it’s going to be hard to find one larger in the bottom that the box, without a step on the bottom, and also, one that won’t crowd my hanging planters on top either… Any ideas for me perhaps?

That’s that for my home’s small indoor gardening tour! :)

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} ABJ




I love terrariums. Once, a few years back, I did a couple with moss, but then I over watered. Yeah, learning curve was too steep! lol! Now, I think I’m ready to try again!

These geometric glass containers by ABJ Glasswork are just the thing! (They could also be stylish pocket emptiers?) They are simple to let plants inside shine, yet have a definite presence in a room. Affordable, too! And we like that.

I might treat myself eventually. In the meantime, my aunt recently gave me my grandmother’s vintage faceted glass candy jar, with lid (see below). I think it could be just perfect to try my hand at terrariums once again! To be followed… ;)

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} Joey Roth




In the world of planters, you will find all kinds of pots and colors and shapes and sizes. No problem there.

If you’re a not-so-green thumb, and are one to forget to water your plants in a not-too-often-but-often-enough manner, you’re in trouble. Your plants might be pretty in their fabulous planters, but they just wont water themselves.

Sure, you can add a watering bulb, but it kills the overall aesthetics of your plants… (I’m sorry, but all the ones I’ve seen are just not cute. If anyone found some stylish ones, I’ll gladly discover them! Comment with a link!) ;)

So, Joey Roth created a planter that feeds itself (for a while, anyway). The unglazed earthenware used is porous, which means that the water you put in the middle will automatically transfer to the soil when needed. And since the planter is all the same material and color, it doesn’t destroy the look! WANT! ($45USD pre-order)

Check out his website for more pictures, and more products (like this fab teapot, seen under!).

Via } Design*Sponge

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} Raw Dezign




Raw Dezign makes sure that geometry is well represented! From decor items to gardening containers, the little resin triangles gather together to form bigger shapes that are just stunning to look at!

Look at those clocks. LOOK! Incredible! hehe ;)

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} Greenery Design





French architect Patrick Nadeau likes to work with greenery when designing. His pieces are a blend between useful object and artistic design. What he suggests enhances plants and living beings, while keeping the object very present in the mix. Loving it!

Via } Design For Mankind

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} Ingleside



Over at Ingleside, they create pottery pieces, while clearly thinking about nature. Suspended planters for moss and air plants, I like.

Contact the seller for out of the US shipping quotes! :)

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} Score+Solder



A friend had shared this on Facebook, and I fell in love instantly!

Handmade glass terrariums, check!
Geometric shapes, check!
Fabulously dreamy example photos, CHECK!

Score+Solder definitely knows how to entice me.
Even just with their logo (which is perfect).

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Shrooms, out in the open

So I’m blog browsing along in my RSS feeds when I stop dead on a Summer Discounts post on Decor8, just staring and wanting these wonderful porcelain mushrooms! I think shrooms are cool and cute, and I lurrrrve porcelain, so it’s like my name is written on them or something! They are designed by Roost, and can be found online on Velocity between $5 and $14 each!

What’s even more fun is that this Sunday I’ll be going up north in the Laurentians for some mushroom hunting! My first time and I’m so excited and thrilled!!! Thanks to my knowing friend Emilie, there’s no risk of me poisoning myself to death unknowingly. lol!

Turnip from the garden

Turnip tails

Oops! Ladybug!

Until then, I still have my community garden spot keeping me grounded. I picked up the turnips this morning (and some radishes last week), my first ones EVER! I’m such a beginner, it’s so great to see that something is actually growing in there! Very excited! :)

My first radishes!!!!

To top it all off, you may have noticed that my blogging has been slower recently… Well, it’s because I decided to dive in!

Yep, I dove into the full-time crafting world!

I’m soooo enjoying it, I’m super motivated and therefore I spend less time in front of the computer (which I actually enjoy a lot!) and more time in front of my work table making jewelry and stitching. I wanna learn so much new skills too, like sewing, I’ll keep you updated!

So there! Now you all know, now I’m out in the open and doing it 100%!

Wish me luck and come take a peek at my buzzzzing Shop!!! :)

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Rasberria Necklace

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Terrarium for sale

I found myself not able to stop putting pictures in here for this post! I just love terrariums, they seem so pretty and peaceful and from simply another world.

I’m planning on doing some terrariums for myself soon (try to, at the very least), with moss, in tiny glass candle jars (I’m addicted to ajscountrycottage‘s candles!! They actually smell a lot (love that!) and she has many fruity scents (I prefer fruity!)). The little jars are perfect for tiny worlds! Plus, I don’t want to reuse them only for bead storage, they are too cute (lol!).

With that said, if you don’t wanna try it yourself, but want a precious greenery, have a look at TheOakLeaves‘ shop! She offers plenty of already stable terrariums (a few months old), all tiny and all mossy. She has sold 12 of them in 2 months, so go choose yours now!

(The shop indicates shipping to the US only, but perhaps by asking it could be done in Canada? Try it, we never know!)

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Waiting for Spring

I used to LOVE winter.

But since successfully trying edible gardening last summer… Let’s just say that now, I just like winter.

With that said, this cute Trio Herb Pot by Sagaform is actually torturing me! I can’t wait so start my balcony garden!

Via } Design Crush

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Plantable Papers

I just found out about these oh-so-pretty plantable cards from Porridge Papers.

Apparently many people KNOW about plantable papers embedded with seeds, that are usually not good looking, but it’s the first time *I* ever even heard about it existing!

Plus these are oh-so-not ugly and letterpressed with a cute design and font. I would totally send these with a sweet note! A card that actually grows into something pretty and yummy, now that’s wonderful!

Via } Modish

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Plantes colorées

Après les accessoires pour oiseaux dont j’avais parlé ici il y a quelque temps, J Schatz offre maintenant des pièces pour plantes! Toujours aussi jolis et colorés que les autres items, ces pots sauront agrémenter vos pouces vertes!

Via } Decor8

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Basilic et persil, jour 9

Basil, day 9

Parsley, day 9

Jour 9

Le basilic devient fort! Quand je frotte le dessus des pousses, ça sent en plus! Youppi!

Et le persil fait son apparition, tranquillement! :)

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Basilic, jours 6 et 7

Basil tiny sprouts, day 6

^ Jour 6

Basil, day 7

^ Jour 7

Ce qu’une journée au soleil peut faire! :)

Oui, je sais, j’ai planté BEAUCOUP TROP de graines dans le pot…
*SVP ne pas oublier que je suis ultra débutante en jardinage!* haha

Je saurai pour la prochaine fois! :)

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