Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My First Giveaway! A Lolita Pot!

So as you have seen in other posts I just love a cool face on a pot.  So I found a couple of really neat ones at Lowe's a while back and potted them up.  But I liked them so much I kept them!  LOL  But I decided that if I found another I would do a giveaway!  And just when I thought I would never find one I did!  So guess what?  Whoo hoo, here we go!

Here are the rules:
  • 1.  I will only mail the package to someone in the continental United States.  I am sorry!
  • 2.  You are only eligible if you comment on this blog post.  Facebook does not count.
  • 3.  You need to comment as to what plant would look best in this pot.
  • 4.  The contest ends on Midnight September 13th 2013.
  • 5.  I will have my husband draw entries from a bowl when the contest ends.
  • 6.  Please leave contact information or name.
Here is the pot up for grabs!  The little zip lock bags will stay on the earrings until you receive it!


Isn't she cool!


I added Crassula muscosa to this pot.  I thought it made the perfect hair.  I added purple glass as top dressing!


Here is one of my face pots made by amazing pottery artist Connie Esquiel.  She is a local artist.


I bet a few of you have this pot.  I found a bunch of them at Rite Aide.  Don't you love the dyckia hairdo?


Don't you love Goldie!  She's another Connie pot!


I fell in love with this pot of Connie's first!  I actually went up to her house to get one!


Here is another Lolita pot planted with Senecio Scaposus 'Silver coral'.


And last another Connie pot planted with Crassula brevifolia.

So let the games begin!!!!  Make sure you check out the rules above!

And remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Speeches and Succulents

For the last few weeks I have been preparing for something that has been pretty frightening for me my whole life.  Pulic speaking.  Ack!!!  A nightmare for me since speech class in Junior High.  A sweet gal from a women's group in Rocklin, CA had been trying to get a hold of me after seeing my article in The Sacramento Bee newspaper.   She contacted the paper and it took them a couple of months to get her the phone number.  When she finally got a hold of me I didn't hesitate and said yes to her request to speak.

Succulent purses

I put together these moss purses to sell.  Only sold the one in front.  The other two are left.

I was also told that I would be able to sell some succulent containers after the lunch and program.  Woohoo!  So for weeks I have been collecting and potting.   And then the night before the presentation I put the 15 minute talk together.  What a procrastinator right?  Three minutes telling about myself and how I got into succulents and what I could help them with.  The next five showing some cool succulents and talking about their care.  Then I had a potting demonstration where I potted up an small ocean scene.  Questions and I should be set.

Pretty old boot

This pretty ceramic boot sold pretty quick.

 The night before the event my sweetie helped me load all the potted succulents up in my car so I was ready to go in the morning.   Thank goodness I asked my wonderful friend Jennifer to go along with me and help.  She was extremely helpful and it was good to have someone there I knew.  It was held at Whitney Oaks Golf Club clubhouse.  What a beautiful place.  They had a luncheon scheduled before my talk and a table all set up in the front of the room.  Beautiful tablecloths and place settings.  And what a view! It was so nice.

Small and dainty

Found this little white planter at a thrift shop.

We set up the succulent containers on a table then put one on each table as a centerpiece.  I put out business cards and also my succulent care sheets.  Then set up my potting area and we were ready.  The ladies started coming in and they were all so nice.  Some of them started asking me questions right away and wanted first pick on the succulents.

Dip dish with spreader

This container looks like a half of watermelon.  I did not drill a hole so that they could easily take the succulents out, put in another pot and have a cute dip bowl.  The spreader I stuck in the pot (the stacked watermelon slices).

Jennifer and I got to sit at the head table and they made some announcements and started serving lunch.  Whitney Oaks has a wonderful chef because the food was fantastic.  Then I was introduced.

Yes this cutting will grow

This Graptoveria 'Ghosty' cutting in a pretty vintage glass dish with blue recycled glass.  And yes it will grow.  It already has some roots.

Instead of speaking for 15 minutes I went on for 30 minutes.  Wow, I couldn't believe it.  The potting came out really cute and the whole thing was raffled off to a really sweet lady.  It was actually rather exhilarating!  I didn't sell a lot of succulents but I think it was because they didn't know there would be anything to buy

Sea scape

This is my favorite!

All in all it was a great experience and I can't wait to do it again!

Until later remember:
It's Another Beautiful Day!


Friday, August 2, 2013

The Fairy's Crown

A Sweet Succulent Story
By Candice Suter

Fairy's Crown

The fairy Queen lays her crown gently on the open flower of the succulent plant. She turns to her King and says, "It is such a hot day my love. But I am glad that we can have refuge and safety among this human's beautiful garden. I am so happy that we found her so that our kind have such a wonderful place to live!" "Yes", said her King, "This is a glorious place, this human has so many blooming succulents with there golden nectar. And her cactus provide us with protection from those that would mean us harm." Overhead a yellow butterfly flew from flower to flower sharing in the feast. The Queen waved at her friend and the butterfly tipped his wings in a sign of respect. "We must do something for this human." said the Queen. "I agree", said the King, "We will have a meeting of the court." "How wonderfull!", said the Queen, "The echeveria's and sempervivum's are still blooming so we will have plenty of nectar for the party, oops I mean meeting." The King scowled at her. "I know, I know but our meeting's always end up being so fun!" The King smiled, "Yes dear they do! So we should get started!" The Queen went to get her crown when her King said, "My love, why don't you leave your crown on that flower as it looks so beautiful! That is one thing that we can do right now. I will make you another." "Yes" she said "Great idea my sweet" And they flew off behind the Yucca tree to make their plans.

Have a great weekend and remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!