Cactus Confessions

20140617-101451-36891345.jpg Confession: I’m a terrible gardener. It’s sad, but oh so true. I go so far beyond black thumb, it’s like the thumb that got frost-bite and fell off. My roommate made me an adorable succulent garden, and I killed them! Succulents! The plants that were around since the dinosaurs, I can kill. It’s like a twisted skill…

Anyway, this little cactus was one of two survivors. Brave souls. So, I replanted it and am hoping for the best. My course of action is really just leave it in the window in my office and try not to look at it too much with my plant-killing vibes. We’ll see how this goes…if I can keep this little guy alive, maybe cacti gardens will be in my future.

xo. Brie

Painted Pot Herb Garden

garden_done_ps Gardening is that one hobby I want to be good at and yet…never am. Seriously, I kill everything. If there was an opposite version of a green thumb, I have it. That said, I love gardens! I love the idea of going and picking fresh herbs and flowers you’ve grown yourself, and the pride and joy (I imagine) that comes with that.
garden_plants_ps So, today I am beginning again. I am officially starting a garden. An urban herb garden. Ok, so it’s three potted plants…gotta start somewhere, right? I cheated too and bought already sprouted herbs. Next time I’ll try starting from seeds, but this time I needed all the help I can get. garden_pots_ps
garden_painting_ps To make the clay pots prettier, I painted them with some yellow paint I had left over. And the bases I painted blue for some contrast. I painted the yellow down about halfway into the pot, so when the soil was added, no clay would be showing. garden_soil_ps
garden_post-done-angle_ps Then just got some top soil, planted and watered, and wala! Garden. Mini garden. I started with sweet basil, oregano, and rosemary – three of my favorite herbs.

Happy gardening!


Seeds for Smiles

If there’s one thing I wish I was good at and yet always fail while doing, it’s gardening. The last plant I owned, I started out watering it daily and caring for it…and then I started to forget water…and then I put it outside for some sun…and that was about a month ago. I guess I should retrieve it.

I tried a vegetable garden one time, I think one green bean plant peaked out above the soil, and once it realized I was its gardener, it gave up. Dying is a plant’s first choice over having me tend to it. I’m going to try a herb garden soon I think…stay tuned.

Anyway, I think gardening would be more of a priority if I depended on what I grew to feed myself and family. It would quickly move from a hobby to a necessity. As a non-green-thumb gardener, I’ve super excited about the campaign that I’m working on at Cross right now, which sends packets of seeds overseas to families living in rural areas. Isn’t that brilliant?

You can check out the video Adora made for the campaign here. What’s really cool about it is she used footage from actual projects we support, and the soundtrack is from a recording we did of Zambian children singing. I think it’s pretty awesome. I think you will too.