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    This was taken one year ago. It's hard to believe that she was so little. At 2.5 months old, I felt like I had already known her for years. Yet, I still had no idea what I was doing. I was a new mother, and I felt completely on my own. I told myself to take it day by day, and so I did. Somehow, she and I made it through and although she's still so young, our bond today is so unbelievably strong. 
If it's not yet apparent, I'm in an extraordinarily sentimental mood. This morning I found a notebook that I had purchased when @omgkersh and I were seriously considering adoption. I was planning on detailing our journey for our future child. Looking at the date of the receipt, it read 02/25/15. Little did I know that exactly one year later, my daughter would be born on 02/25/16. 
I truly believe that we are constantly being shown signs, we just don't always pay attention. I view what happened today as a reminder to stay strong during times of uncertainty. Things usually work out for the better. I just need to have faith. To say that she has a piece of my heart would be an understatement.
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clay cross planter: diy

I saw a hanging clay planter on Etsy awhile ago, and it’s been on my DIY list ever since. Actually, I’ve always wanted to learn how to throw pots on a wheel. It looks like so much fun! So until I can get my hands on one, here is my rendition of a clay planter. It’s still very fun to create.

Materials

Packaged molding clay
Acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Toothpicks
Succulent
River rocks
Rope
Rolling pin

Steps

1. Remove the clay from the packaging. Place it on a flat and clean surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten the clay so that it is roughly an inch thick.

2. Now it is time to form a pot. Start with the sides. Determine the height that you would like, then form one cohesive piece of clay that is that exact height. Use the rolling pin to make it smooth. Ensure that the length of this piece will be long enough so that when you bring the ends together, it forms a cylinder large enough to hold your succulent or plant.

3. Take another piece of clay and make it into a circular shape. This will be the base of the pot.

4. Now form a cylinder with the clay in step 3. Gently place it on the base. Attach the cylinder to the base with your fingers. Spend some time blending all of the visible lines on the pot.

5. Using the wooden ends of the paintbrushes, create a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, as well as two on either side and closer to the top. Make sure that they are wide enough for the rope, and are level with one another.

6. Using the toothpicks, carve crosses into the pot. Once you have completed this, set the pot aside. Let dry overnight.

7. After the clay is completely dry, you may begin to paint it. Start with the base color, covering the exterior and interior of the pot. Once dry, use a different color for the crosses. Let dry once again.

8. Add the succulent and river rocks to the pot. Then take the rope and string it through the two holes on either side of the pot. Knot the ends, and proceed to find a sunny place to hang your new and beautiful creation!

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let there be light! why your home needs more natural light

Natural light from the sun is something that many of us take for granted. But it’s something we cannot do without. It allows us to see clearly, which makes our homes safer and more comfortable for our families. The health benefits of natural light include boosting your immunity and strengthening your organs. It’s also been found to increase productivity and energy too. So if your home is not currently as well lit as you would like, you and your family could be missing out. To fill your property with more natural light, here are some improvement ideas you might want to consider.

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Tidy up your yard

It will be difficult for the light from the sun to reach your property if there are multiple obstacles in its way. These are often located within your yard and can include things like trees and hedges. The only way of dealing with these obstacles is to remove them. So assess your yard and start tidying it up. Cut back any tree branches or climbing plants which are blocking the sun. You should also reposition any ornaments or plants that are obstructing the light too. This will not only improve the look of your yard but will also encourage more light to enter your home.

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Install a roof window

The most obvious way of increasing your home’s natural light is by adding more windows to your property. While there are plenty to choose from, roof windows are often considered the most effective. They can help make even the darkest of rooms feel larger and more spacious. Roof windows come in an array of shapes, styles and sizes to suit any home. Glazing can also be added to them to make your home more cozy and energy efficient. If this sounds perfect for your home, search for roof window specialists online. Another addition you might want to add to your roof is solar panels. These panels can turn natural light into energy which can power your home in an eco-friendly way. For more information, see http://www.sempersolaris.com/.

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Use lighter colors when decorating

Redecorating your home is a simple but cost-effective way of boosting your property’s natural light. Using light colored paints and wallpapers can reflect the light that enters your home. This can make a room look instantly brighter, which can benefit your entire family. Paints with a metallic finish can also bounce more light around a room, making it feel larger. When painting your home, always make sure that there is plenty of ventilation. If you have young children, you should also check that your paint is safe to use. To learn more about toxic-free paints, visit http://www.popsugar.com/.

You should also use light colors when choosing which window treatments you wish to use. Dark and heavy curtains or blinds will absorb the light and prevent it from entering your home. Whereas thin and light options can maximize the light while still giving your family some privacy.

These ideas are just a handful of effective methods that can increase how much natural light enters your property. But there are plenty more. For further ideas and inspiration, visit  http://www.houzz.com/.

** This was a contributed post.

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cups and succ(ulent)s

IMG_0024The last time I published a post about our kitchen, we had installed new cabinets and had partially rearranged it. After all of that, I still had not yet achieved the light and airy look that I was hoping for. You know the one. I can usually be found in the IKEA catalogue. White walls. Open shelving. Exposed plates. Greenery. Minimalist. So, I rearranged things once again.

IMG_0043I dragged the massive wire storage unit that we purchased from Home Depot into the kitchen, switching out the antique wooden armoire. After I washed the rack down, I set about arranging all of our plates, cups, and succulents on it. 

IMG_0034IMG_0038I couldn’t have asked for a better fit. It blended in so beautifully. I love how it displays our plates and bowls from Crate & Barrel, our glassware from Anthropologie, our organizers from IKEA, and my collection of over thirty succulents that I have been carefully growing over the last few years.

IMG_0039IMG_0023This is now my favourite corner of The Little Barn

IMG_0059Have a great weekend!

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make this : tree stump succulent planter

WoodSucculentHolder0In the past, I have dedicated quite a number of posts towards DIY plant projects on Hello, Scarlett. You can view some of the results herehere, and here. I can’t help it. I take so much pride in seeing my little succulents grow, and finding new ways to display them is a hobby of mine.

I first came across these succulent planters on Pinterest. Having already made several do-it-yourself crafts out of tree stumps, as seen here for example, it was a natural decision to find wood, cut it, drill it, paint it, and ultimately turn it into yet another succulent project. These are probably my favourite planters to date.

Wood Succulent Holder 3Materials

Dead/fallen tree/branches
Saw
Drill 
Drill bits
Spray paint
Succulent(s)

Wood Succulent Holder 2Steps

1. Using a saw, cut the dead tree or branches into at least a 5″ x 5″ stump. Make sure the bottom of the soon-to-be planter rests firmly on a level surface.

2. Using a large drill bit, drill halfway down the centre of the stump, hollowing out a sizeable hole. This will hold the succulent.

3. Using a much smaller drill bit, flip the stump over, and repeat on the bottom. Drill until the bit passes through the entire stump. This is a drainage hole.

4. Once the stump has been hollowed out, it is time to paint it. Spray paint is the quickest and easiest paint to for the job. I prefer waterproof spray paint.

Wood Succulent Holder 65. After the planters are dry, it is time to fill them with succulents. Voila!

Wood Succulent Holder 5Wood Succulent Holder 4Another option is to use air plants. They were my first choice, until I remembered how easily I kill them. However, I think that they would look beautiful in these woodsy planters!

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magical cacti

POTD - Cactus 1“The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”

– Roald Dahl, The BFG

When we purchased our land for The Little Barn just over one year ago, I noticed that among the sand, rose bushes, and caragana trees, were naturally growing cacti. Given that we live in the prairies and experience a harsh climate, I was not aware that our environment could even support a cactus plant if it was not indoors. I quickly dug them up, making three pots in total. Then the machinery went to work and levelled our lot.

I placed the cacti in small, sandy containers and in west-facing windows. However, they did not grow. In fact, the more attention that I paid to them, the more they were shrivelling up and appearing unhealthy. Then Geoffrey and I went away on vacation, and I wasn’t able to water my cactus plants for almost two weeks. I thought that they would surely have died. To my surprise, they no longer looked sickly, but had filled out and began to sprout new growth! 

I was elated! I thought, ‘what funny little creatures. Just when I had almost given up hope, they turn around and come back to life in full force’. I think that my succulents teach me more life lessons than almost anything else in my life right now. They have taught me to slow down, be patient, and take a leap of faith when I’m feeling a need to.

POTD - Cactus 3Or, perhaps I am merely becoming a crazy ca(c)t(i) lady. Regardless, I feel as if there is a sprinkle of magic in my little plants. I only hope that they, among other things, come alive at night when everyone is asleep. Isn’t that a nice thought?

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