DIY Terrariums

Saturday, 20 August 2016

I have always loved nature and plants and have many, many plants in my room as it is. One day I came across an article in my newly favourite magazine/journal 'Ernest Journal'. The article was about two London botanists and their journey, and the science, of creating Terrariums.

I had seen many posts and pictures of terrariums before but had always thought I would buy one, not ever make one myself. So today I decided to be a bit crafty and make one myself! So I have made a step by step guide for you on how to make your own terrarium like the one's I've made in the picture below! Lets get started!


THINGS YOU'LL NEED:

  1. A jar or container of your choice! I've used some jars that I bought from a local shop for about £1 each and the larger jar (a demijohn) I got from my Grandad!
  2. Soil! I've used regular indoor plant soil. Try to buy soil without any peat or fertiliser in it as you don't want you terrarium to grow out of control!
  3. Stones. I've just used some tiny stone from my garden, but any garden shop will sell some!
  4. Activated charcoal! You can find this in most pet shops!
  5. And lastly, plants! I've used a variety of succulents and moss in mine, but you can use any slow growing plant you like!


INSTRUCTIONS


  1.  Firstly, get your jar and give it a good clean out; water will do just fine! Or if you've had something a little more grubby in there, use a little bit of washing up liquid to remove anything.
  2. Place about 1cm of stones in your jar. This is to help your terrarium drain the water. ou might want to save some for decoration later!
  3. Cover the layer of stones with a thin layer of the activated charcoal. This will help draw out any toxins from the water and will help purify the water cycle.
  4. Soil! You can put as much soil in as you like, but make sure to put enough in so the plants can re-root comfortably! I like my terrariums to have quite a bit of air space.
  5. Now place your plants! I found this quite tricky with my demijohn jar as the opening of the jar is very small, so I suggest you find some tools that will help you place the plants inside if you jar has a small opening. You can place the plants wherever you like, but I have tried to separate mine from each other so they have a little bit of space to grow.
  6. Time to decorate! I have decorated mine with some stones, but you can put anything you like in there! You could make themed terrariums and decorate with shells, pine-cones or even little ornaments!

Well done! You're all finished! I love having terrariums around the house, and they're a great idea if you haven't got any garden space!

The Victorians first started using Terrariums as a way to transport plants for examination on long voyages! They create their own microclimate and in turn their own little atmosphere, allowing plants to thrive in a man-made environment and in an environment not like their own!


I hope you have enjoyed this post! I would love to see the terrariums that you have made; make sure to leave a picture and a comment in the comments section below!

Love, K :)

Homemade Salt & Pepper Scones | Recipe

Friday, 12 August 2016

So, there I was spending a peaceful day at home, and was suddenly overcome with a need to bake something! I had originally wanted to bake some bread, as I think nothing smells or tastes better than freshly baked bread; but unfortunately didn't have the correct ingredients, so I settled for the next best thing: scones!


 I'm always up for diverting the usual course of action, so I decided to alter the recipe by adding some salt and pepper to give it a savory twist! Here is what you'll need!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 225g self raising flour
  • 50g cold butter, cut into pieces
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 120ml milk
  • 25g caster sugar

METHOD

  1. Measure out the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs!
  2.  Stir in the sugar! I used ordinary sugar, but casting sugar works best for this recipe.
  3. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C, gas mark 7. Grease a baking tray with butter or use non-stick baking parchment.
  4. Now add the milk to the mixture and stir everything together. Knead the mixture together with your hands until you have formed a stiff dough. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little dusting of flour to get the dough to a thicker consistency. Now add the salt and pepper! Add as much as you wish, but I recommend a pinch or two of each of the ingredients.
  5. Gently roll out the dough until it is 2 cms thick. Cut out shapes with biscuit cutters dipped in flour so the mixture doesn't stick.
  6. Place the scones on a baking tray, brush them with a dash of milk (this is what gives them that nice golden colour on top!) and cook them for 12-15 minutes. Then leave them on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.


How did ours turn out? Let me know in the comments below if you used this recipe! I really love the subtle hint of salt and pepper in these scones, which really do add a little twist into a classic recipe! You can add sultanas, chocolate chips, almonds, anything to make scones even more interesting! Let me know your deviations in the comments! Happy baking!

Love, K :)

A Tiny Paddle By The Sea

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Today I thought that I would have the smallest of adventures and go to my local beach and have a little stroll. I took my little Shitzu, Bruno, even though I call him many other names other than his own. Bruno is a little timid and one thing that he is not quite sure of is the sea. The area we live in has a bay which mostly consists of mud flats rather than an actual beach, so it's quite shallow, so I thought this would be a good starting point for him to ease his way in to actually going into the sea.


The picture above shows just about how much he would go in the water! One day he'll be swimming in the sea and having the time of his life! But for now, we're settling with paw-deep paddling.

Whilst Bruno was getting antiquated with the sea, I was on the look out for inspiration for a new project of mine! I'm taking up a personal photography/aesthetic/video/audio project and I'm super excited! I'll probably write more about it in another post when I've got more to work with, but the first theme of the project is sea mythology, so I thought I would capture some images I could use!

I'm still working on how to style the photographs and the overall tone for the project. I think I will have to get some more equipment for the shoot, but overall I'm very excited!


I might invest in something that I can use to take my DSLR underwater, as I think that will benefit me greatly in this project and for everyday! Photographs will definitely look AMAZING underwater! 


I can't wait to share more exciting stuff about this project! What do you love the most about the sea? Leave me a comment below!

Love, K:)

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