Do you ever have one of those not so pretty days? When not only is it raining like crazy outside but most of the day is spent washing dirty socks, cleaning someone else’s spit off of faucets, picking up dog doo doo from the kitchen floor? I do. I mean, I love having a clean house so it’s worth the effort. But sometimes you do ALL THOSE THINGS and at the end of the day it’s like someone hit REPEAT and suddenly you turn around and HOORAY you get to do the same thing over again! It is like ground hog day. Only it’s not really. It’s just a regular day.
One of the ways I reward myself for dreary days and hard work is to reconnect to things I love doing, like finding a small but pretty project I can complete. And when I say small pretty project, I don’t mean whipping out the power tools to put together a barn wood wall before bed that night. RIGHT? I mean a LITTLE PROJECT you can do that doesn’t cause migraines or smashed fingers or any real possibility of failure.
I was running through World Market a couple of weekends ago and I found this adorable little faceted glass lantern. It was intended for a candle but I was thinking it would be really cute with a little plant. Of course as soon as I got home with it and revealed my plan my daughter told me they have these at West Elm and they are often used as terrariums. So, it’s trendy but WHO CARES? Not me. I just thought they were fun lanterns.
And yesterday when I had one of THOSE DAYS I remembered the lantern.
Instead of rewarding myself with a hot fudge sundae (which let’s be honest, that is what I REALLY wanted to do) I made a terrarium! Not as comforting as hot fudge, I know. The only plant I had was a little succulent but I think it would be really cute with any small plants. It wasn’t really a big deal and obviously required no creative talent what-so-ever, but it was my little accomplishment of prettiness for the day. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get me through.
If you really want to make this project easy, just put the succulent in a little dish or pot first. No need for all the dirt and rocks.
Hope your day is filled with pretty things!