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  1. DIY Friday (on Saturday). Paint Chip Art!

    March 24, 2012 by Jocelyn

    During my many hours spend surfing Pinterest, I came across a link for a great DIY project for creating paint chip art. Which doesn’t sound fancy, but end up looking like a pretty nice piece of framed art when on your walls. And seeing as it was nearly a free project, I had to try it. My results weren’t stellar, but I’m still pretty happy with my final piece of art.

    Now just so you know, I’m NOT very artistic. And it also turns out that I don’t have a lot of patience for tedious tasks.

    My DIY Paint Chip Art

    I am, however, a perfectionist, so those little spaces that you can see in between some of the triangles drove me bonkers. But after an hour of working on this, I had lost patience. I chalked it up to a test of my perfectionist tendencies, and decided that I would force myself to be okay with a little imprecision. I secretly saved my extra triangles, and intend on fixing it later.

    The full piece, completed.

    Anyway, here are the basic steps to having your own almost-free piece of art for your walls:
    Step 1: Go to your local home improvement shop and take a bunch of paint samples. If you like to plan ahead, you can check out Design Seeds and find a color palette ahead of time.
    Step 2: Cut your paint chips into equal sized triangles. Carefully. Otherwise you’ll be cursing yourself later.
    Step 3: I found that it was best for me to arrange them on the tabletop next to me, as it took me a little while to find an arrangement that I liked.
    Step 4: Get your backing, and some sticky stuff. I decided to use some sturdy photo backing board that I had laying around, and I’m glad I did. It kept things very sturdy the entire time I was working, so there were no accidental tears, bent papers, etc. I cut it to the size of my frame ahead of time. I also used some double sided scrapbook tape that I had, which worked really well. Carefully place your triangles onto your piece of paper/board in the pattern you previously made.
    Step 5: Trim the overhanging edges of your paint chips, and pop your completed project into a frame for instant fanciness!

    Paint chips

    Overall, it really was a simple project. I’ve decided that next time I should definitely have a triangle paper puncher, so as to avoid the annoyance of not being able to fit them together properly. Perfectionism aside, I think it looks pretty darn good!


  2. DIY Friday – Re-Growing Green Onions

    March 9, 2012 by Jocelyn

    Most people don’t realize that green onions can be easily re-grown; all you have to pay for is the first bunch! It’s a great way to be frugal while still using your green thumb (at least a little).
    Green Onions in a Jar
    Just stick them in a jar with water covering the white part of the ends. Place them in the fridge, or on a bright area in your kitchen- both will work.
    Re-Growing Green Onions
    Within a week or so, they’ll be ready again!
    Green Onions
    You can see in the last image where the onions were last cut. The new growth comes from the center of the onion; what you see here was grown in about a week. I’m a huge fan of doing this, especially in the winters when I don’t have an easy way of growing fresh onions.


  3. DIY Friday – How to Grow Your Own Sprouts!

    March 1, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I love sprouts. I eat them on eggs, sandwiches, salads, you name it. I’ve always wanted to grow my own sprouts from seeds, and finally got the chance to do it this winter! While browsing Etsy one day, I happened upon some sprouting seeds. I immediately knew that I had to give them a try!

    I purchased the French Salad Mix, which is a combination of clover, arugula, china rose radish, and fenugreek, from Moonlight Micro Farm, and thus my adventure began!

    I did not buy a fancy sprouting kit, but instead opted to create my own with supplies I had on hand. For this project you will need only 4 items, listed below.

    Supplies:
    Sprouting seeds
    1 or 2 quart jar or container
    Cheese cloth
    A rubber band

    Step 1: One Tablespoon of seeds will completely fill a 1 quart container with sprouts, so I recommend either a 1 or 2 quart container. To start, soak your seeds in water for about 8-10 hours.

    Soaking Sprout Seeds

    Step 2: After the soaking period is over, rinse your seeds with fresh water, then drain. Do this every 12 hours or so for a few days. I rinse them before work in the morning, and once again before heading to bed. I let them drain upside-down in my fancy colander inside of a plastic bowl.
    Rinse and Drain Sprout Seeds

    Around day 4, you’ll see that it’s time to de-hull!
    Hulls in your sprouts

    Step 3: The easiest way to de-hull your sprouts is to remove the cheese cloth from the top of your container and just fill it up with water. Push the sprouts down a bit, and the hulls will float to the top, making it easy to remove them.
    De-hulling your sprouts

    Step 4: Around the same time that you’re de-hulling your sprouts, you should move them to an area with a bit more light. This helps them green up a bit, and boosts their flavor!
    *Special Note-around this time, I also like to swap out the cheese cloth for a fresh piece. All of that upside-down draining makes for a bit of a mess after a few days.
    Place your sprouts in a bright area

    Step 5: Enjoy!! After about 6-7 days your sprouts will be ready to eat! Don’t rinse them before storing in the refrigerator. I like to keep them in a container with a piece of paper towel to discourage moisture build up, which helps them to keep longer! They should last up to a week once you put them in the fridge.
    Yummy Sprouts!

    DIY Fridays have officially begun! Have any DIY projects you’ve been curious about? Let me know, and I’ll see if I can throw a guide together!

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  4. Updated: How to Propagate Jade plants

    April 8, 2007 by Jocelyn

    Hello everyone! I’ve decided to update this post a bit. I’ve added some additional information, and hope to update with better images soon! Thanks for reading!

     

    Jade plants are my favorite houseplant, and are also one of the plants that I think I know the most about. I started with one or two of them, and over time that number has increased to the six Jades that I have now. Jade plant propagation is very easy!

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    When I first wanted to propagate my Jade plant, I thought that I could take a leaf or cutting and just put it in some water. That is what I had done with some of my Ivy plants, so I figured that the propagation would work the same way. Needless to say, no new roots appeared and the plant cutting just died after a while in the water.

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    After this happened, I talked to my mom (she is my gardening teacher) and she told me that all I needed to do was take a leaf or cutting and put it in soil.

    *Update: I’ve learned that a rooting hormone powder really helps with Jade plant propagation. My favorite is Green Light Organic. It’s pretty affordable, and seems to work well.

    So, all you do is take off a leaf and rest it against the side of the pot with the end of it just resting on the top of the soil. You don’t need to water it at all at first. I just water it sparingly about a week or so after sticking it in the dirt. You can start watering it more often once some roots start to develop.

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    Starting a new plant from a leaf does take some time, but if you would like to have a larger Jade plant in a shorter amount of time, you can use a cutting from a healthy Jade plant to put in the soil. You may want to use the rooting hormone (as mentioned above), then stick the cutting into the dirt at least an inch or so; however much it takes to get it to be stable. If you don’t have rooting hormone, then I would recommend letting the end of the cutting dry out for a week or so before putting it into dirt. Again, water sparingly at first, and increase waterings as the root system develops.

    It’s important to note that Jades are notoriously slow growers! My mom’s Jade is about 2.5 feet tall, but it’s over 30 years old. So, don’t get discouraged if your jade doesn’t shoot up as quickly as you’d like!

    This technique should work with most similar succulents as well! If you have any questions, just let me know and I will be glad to give/find the answer for you!

    Like this post? Check out my article on How to Propagate African Violets!

    Thanks for reading!