Category Archives: diy

Succulent Terrarium



succulent terrariumI made a succulent terrarium for our kitchen. I’m hoping I can keep it alive because I have a black thumb when it comes to succulents. Apparently they thrive on neglect, and I over watered them. I also never re-potted them in cactus soil and provided drainage, so maybe that had something to do with it?

I followed this succulent terrarium tutorial from Floral Verde from this pin on Pinterest.  My friend donated her glass bowl and I got to work. I made sure the roots would reach the pebbles so the excess water can drain, and I added the activated charcoal to make sure it won’t start stinking. I watered it with one shot glass of water this week, and I’ve left it alone. I hope I can keep them alive!

Paint Swatch Ornaments

Last year we used green paint swatch samples to make Christmas tree gift tags.

In sticking with the paint swatches idea, I grabbed some green, red and yellow cards to make paper ornaments. This year we used actual wrapping paper, but I loved the brown bags more. I think I’ll go back to that next year.

Here’s how they came out:

gift tags

DIY gift tagsIt took all of Ruby’s self control to watch and not “help.” She loves packing materials almost as much as tennis balls.
ruby helping

Titi Miriam

The main decorations for our wedding are lace covered jars and coffee filter peonies.

Andrés’ aunt has helped me SO much. I get a little teary-eyed when I think about how gracious she’s been — never complaining or backing out. She decorated dozens of jars, in detail (the simple ones above are my own), and she assembled over 60 paper peonies. She’s incredible, and I’m grateful to have her. Last night she called and asked if I needed her to make more. Bless you, Miriam.


Top: Yesterday, Andrés & I hosted a ladies brunch / wedding decor making party. We had lots of family and friends come over to help make lace wrapped jars and coffee filter peonies. It was such a good time — I love being surrounded by such generous, beautiful, talented women. So grateful to know these women.

Bottom: (this photo is by my little sister, Y) Me helping my mom compose a picture in Instagram of the table set with all of the brunch food. We had five people Instagraming the crafting and Ruby!