Succulent Sunday: Checking in

Graptosedum

It’s been 12 days since I started the succulent propagation project.

So far, the Graptosedum (Vera Higgins) succulents are doing great! 

These are the baby succulents I inherited when I purchased a larger graptosedum earlier this month.

Unfortunately, the bulk of my leaves I started propagating haven’t sprouted roots or babies yet.

graptosedum

That is… except for the gratosedum!

graptosedum propagation

Succulent Propagating with leaves

 This past week I rescued a pot of succulents from a local greenhouse.

troubled succulents

When I came across this pot of mixed succulents, I knew it needed rescuing. In fact, when I took it to the checkout, I told the cashier to be careful with them. I told her, “They’re struggling. But don’t worry, I’m going to bring them back to life.”

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I’ll show you some more results of my rescued succulents project next week!

 

Succulent Sunday: Propagation

I’ll admit it. I have a problem. I am addicted to succulents. You may remember a few weeks ago, when I shared a tutorial on how to make a succulent container garden. In that post, I mentioned that I was going to attempt to propagate a leaf from one of the new succulents.

I decided to take a look around my ever-growing succulent collection to see if any of my plants would benefit from propagation. And then I found these babies at work.

Leggy Succulent

Can you say “leggy succulent”?! While I’m happy that these succulents survived the Sconnie winter, it’s obvious they had a serious lack of sunshine. Succulents thrive on sunlight and those gray, gloomy days of winter did not provide the needed sunlight. That said, the sedum succulent needed a little TLC.

I started by gently removing the leaves from the bottom of the plant. One of the best ways to do this is to gently move it left to right until the leaf pops off easily. If you damage the end of the leaf, it won’t propagate.

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Once you get to the head of the succulent, take a clean set of scissors and snip it off.

succulent leaves for propagation

succulent propagation

Lay the leaves and heads of the succulents out for 1-3 days or until the ends callous over. You’ll want them to get some sunlight but not be in direct sunlight or they will burn. Indirect sunlight is best.

propagating succulents with leaves

I checked on the leaves every day.

succulents callous

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Once the leaves callous over, it’s time to move them!  Since I had so many leaves, I prepped a large ceramic dish I made in college for propagating baby succulents.

laying out succulent leaves

I put a layer of small stones for drainage and then covered them with cactus soil. Then, I placed all the leaves in rows in the dish.

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You might have noticed that I also included the stems of the succulents I am propagating. I have done some reading and it’s possible to propagate from the stems, so I figured it was worth a shot! I’m checking the soil daily and if it’s dry, I am spraying lightly with water from a water bottle. 

The top cuttings from the succulents I’m propagating were placed into a small pot so they can begin rooting. 

succulent cuttings

I’ve done a lot of research on best practices for propagating succulents with leaves and cuttings. I’ve had success with cuttings in the past and am looking forward to trying out leaf propagation!

succulent terrarium

Luckily, I already know what to look for since I received some bonus baby succulents in one of the succulent pots I bought last weekend for new terrariums. I immediately put them in their own “pots” (mason jars – one of my other obsessions) and hope they survive!

babysucculents

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I’ve learned that succulent cuttings and leaves need lots of water in order to propagate, but once they get to be about the size of the photo below, you can start to withhold water and the new baby succulent will pull its moisture from the original leaf. Once it shrivels and falls off, you can treat the new plant as you would any other succulent.

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I have found some great resources for succulent propagation and care. One of my favorite resources is Succulents and Sunshine. Cassidy Tuttle has even written two eBooks (both of which I purchased and reference often). Click the images at the bottom of this post to check them out!

Another great resource is Needles & Leaves. I have often referenced the post about propagating leggy succulents.

I’ll be posting weekly updates on the progress of my propagation experiment. 

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Can we stop talking about the thigh gap already?!

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Unless you have been under a rock for the past year, you have probably heard of the “thigh gap.” Let me tell you, just hearing the words “thigh gap” makes me cringe. If you do have a thigh gap, I hope this is simply part of your natural genetics and you did not go on some crazy workout and diet to achieve the “thigh gap” or got on the “thinspo” movement. (Thinspo is a whole other can of worms that I won’t even begin to open. Francally, it is really crazy to me that Thinspo exists.) 

There are maybe five people in the entire world who naturally have a thigh gap and are healthy at the same time. Every one else is either photoshopped or achieved the thigh gap in an unhealthy way. The numbers could be off, but seriously the thigh gap is not attainable for A LOT of people.

Rather than focusing on achieving the thigh gap, I would prefer we focus our energy on being healthy, happy, and confident. While magazines and media are slowly getting on the strong, beautiful regardless of size woman bandwagon,  it is far from perfect.

Media and technology can be great, but it also puts out a lot of crap that sends messages saying skinny is beautiful. I grew up with friends who had eating disorders, and it sucked to see them go through that.  When I was younger, I struggled with my own body image, and I still do sometimes. When I look in the mirror, I often see my flaws. I don’t love that this happens, but honestly it does. I do know I am a beautiful woman, but I sometimes I just don’t see it. Media’s images get in my head. I do not want the “thigh gap.” But maybe I don’t like how my triceps are kind of jiggly or I am not as toned as I would like (maybe it’s because you can only look so tone as a pale Sconnie).  Long story short, there are things I don’t necessarily love about my body, however I am developing my own confidence. I may not be the skinniest person out there, but I don’t need to be or want to be.  I do know I am healthy, have an awesome life, and am happy. And I couldn’t ask for anything else.

Anyways, I am over the thigh gap. Let’s be done with it America.

Hopefully we can come to a place that focuses on beauty at any size. Be healthy. Be Beautiful.

That’s all, I’m off my soap box now.

A style change to help some kids

I’ve had long hair for a couple of years now. At first, I just wanted to have longer hair so I could braid it. Then, I wanted it long for a friend’s wedding. Then it became a game with my hair stylist – let’s find out how long my hair will grow!

Long Hair Don't Care

But, last month I just couldn’t take it anymore. I needed it gone. So, I made an appointment with Dawn last week.

After a bunch of research, I decided to donate my hair to Children With Hair Loss, a charity that helps children who have medically-related hair loss. Their mission is “to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.”

I chose this charity over others for a couple of reasons:

  1. They accept color treated hair
  2. They never charge recipients for wigs (yes, there is a charity out there that charges children with health issues for wigs)

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Time to chop the hair!

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Of course, I couldn’t JUST get my hair cut – I needed a vibrant red color for the summer!

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I was able to donate about 11 inches of hair – and, I still have enough hair for a pony tail! I love the new color, too. 

How to make a succulent container garden

How to make a succulent garden planter

Succulents are such hardy houseplants. I love the different varieties! I have a number of different plantings – both at work and at home. They’re easy to care for and come in so many different kinds of textures, shapes and sizes. 

Anyone can make a succulent garden. You don’t need a “green thumb” either!

Succulents are very cost-effective, too! I purchased everything for less than $30! It would have been cheaper if I had an available container at home for them, but I’ve propagated so many plants this winter, I’ve run out of extra containers!

For this planter, I chose four different succulents:

  • Senecio Serpens, aka “Blue Chalk Sticks”
  • Echeveria, aka “Black Prince”
  • Portulacaria afra variegata, aka “Elephant Plant” and not Crassula Perforata, aka “Necklace Vine” – as the plant info flag said
  • Plus, what I believe is part of the Sempervivum family

Supplies:

  • Container at least three-four inches deep (unless you are propagating)
  • Variety of succulents or cacti
  • Cactus soil mix*
  • Moss
  • Stones of varying sizes

* You can make your own mix by taking 1 part sand and 3 parts soil.

Making a succulent garden planter

See that dog cable in the photo? My dog, Beep, desperately wanted to be part of this blog post. She would not get out of the way and demanded I take her photo, too. 

Succulent Beep

Yes, she’s a diva.

Beep the Dog

To get started, add some small stones into your container. This is very important, as succulents require an environment that provides excellent draining.

How to Make a Succulent Garden Planter

Add your succulents one by one, making sure to break up the roots as you go. When you have all the succulents in the pot, fill in the open spots with the cactus soil or sand/soil mix.

Succulent Garden Fail

Whomp whomp. Whilst planting the succulents and adding the extra soil, I accidentally snapped off one of the leaves. I’m hoping to propagate it, but we will see what happens.

Once you have good soil cover, you can add decorative stones and moss. Give your succulents a couple days before you water them for the first time. This will help the plants establish their roots.

I’m pretty happy with how my succulent garden planter turned out!

Succulent garden planter

Caring for succulents

Most succulents require very little water. It’s okay to let the soil dry out completely between watering. I’ve found that watering them every 10 days or so works best. Succulents love sunlight, warmth and well-drained soil. Read more about caring for succulents at Go Garden Go.

Do you have succulents? What are your favorite varieties?

Graze

I recently came across an ad for graze, a subscription-based healthy snack delivery service. It was very unlike me to actually click an ad, but I was very intrigued. Besides, they were offering a free box of snacks. Free food? Yes please.

I explored the site (and the snack offerings) and realized that graze could be a great snack option for me! Each box is just $6 (including shipping) and is “nutritionally balanced with a great mix of sweet and savory, healthy and tasty food.”

After signing up for the service, I went through some of the snack options to rank things I knew I wouldn’t like. For example, I don’t like pistachios, so I “trashed” any snack that included them.

My first graze box arrived last week.

Graze box delivery

I love all the details on the packaging! I especially love that the box is made using wood from a sustainable forest and that it’s 100% recyclable! Even the plastics used for the snack packs is recyclable!

Graze Box

All the little details and personalizations were a nice touch.

graze box details

I was excited to see what surprises awaited me in my box!

graze box contents

I received the cheese board, sour cream & onion cashews, fruity mango chutney and toffee apple.

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My only complaint with the cheese board (above) was that I wanted seconds immediately.

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I also tried the fruity mango chutney (above), which I didn’t really care for. It’s spicy in a black pepper – savory kind of way and just didn’t appeal to me.

Oh, and did I mention you get a card detailing all of the nutritional information for your box? It even includes “best by” dates for each of the snacks.

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I brought the cashews in the car for last weekend’s road trip. They were AMAZING. I’m going to take the toffee apple to work this week for a snack!

Overall, I am very pleased with graze – for its variety of healthy-yet-tasty options, its sustainable practices and its value. There’s no way I could get a comparable variety of healthy snacks at the store for this cost!

Wanna try graze?

If you click the link below (or visit graze.com and use my friend code: AMYK1774P*), you’ll not only get your first box free – but your fifth box will also be free

https://www.graze.com/us/p/AMYK1774U

 * When you sign up using my friend code, I’ll get $1 off my next box, or the option to donate $1 to the graze school of farming. I’ve been doing a one-for-one with the referrals. So, if two people click the link and sign up, I’ll save $1 off my next box and I’ll donate the other $1 to the graze school of farming!

The problem with “No Show” socks

This weekend, I bought some new “no show” socks at Target. It was $5 for two pairs. I was excited to get a couple new pairs because I always seem to lose these things! I grabbed the black lacy ones and slipped on black ballet flats and ran out the door for work.

Then, as I walked from my car in my work’s parking lot, I looked down.

no show socks

Um… hey lady, your socks are showing.

These socks were promoted as “No Show Liners.” As in, they shouldn’t show. So I took to social media and asked friends if I was the only one who has this problem. Here’s a sampling of what my friends said:

Those things don’t work at all. They always show.

Always. Those never work.

Mine come off my ankle and get wadded up by my toes.

The lace ones are supposed to show! I love them! I have many that don’t show, but the lace ones are always bigger so they can peek out.

Yes!! When I wear black ones with black flats it’s ok. But my nude ones make me look like I’m 85.

Here’s my problem. These “no show socks” or, as I like to call them, “footies,” serve a purpose. I’ve found I cannot go barefoot in dress shoes. My feet get sweaty and gross and within a couple of weeks, the shoes are gross. And, while I agree that sometimes a little peek-a-boo from the lace footies is ok, I feel like this pair is pushing it. I mean, really. I might as well be wearing ankle-high socks.

No show socks

And let’s talk about the one on my left foot below. I have yet to find a single dress shoe that works with this “no show” sock. Now, the one on the right is actually working out pretty well. I think they are cotton Merona ones from Target. They have a little silicone strip on the ankle part which helps keep it from slipping off. Maybe I’ll just have to buy those in bulk and hope for the best. :/ So much for trying something new!

No Show Socks

 

Sconnie Pride

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It’s no secret that we have a deep-rooted love for Wisconsin. Why else would we call our blog “Sconnie Sisters”? I’ve even been thinking about getting a Wisconsin tattoo for years… just haven’t pulled the trigger because I can’t decide where to get inked. 

For years, I’ve been scouring the Internet, rummage sales and thrift shops for things that scream “Wisconsin”. I’ve collected some of my favorites here. You can see even more on my “Sconnie” Board on Pinterest.

Source: Drink Local Wisconsin Bottle Opener, $40 on Etsy
Drink Local Wisconsin Bottle Opener, $40 

I open all my beers with this bottle opener.

Drink Wisconsinably T-Shirt, $18
Drink Wisconsinably T-Shirt, $18

A truer shirt was never made.

Milwaukee is for beer lovers, $3.50
Milwaukee is for beer lovers, $3.50

Great card! I actually received this card for my birthday last year.

Wisconsin Coasters, $35
Wisconsin Coasters, $35
Laser cut Wisconsin coasters, $35
Laser cut Wisconsin coasters, $35

Both sets of coasters are pretty darn cool. I’d love to add them to my collection. *cough cough*

Wisconsin shaped cutting board, $48
Wisconsin shaped cutting board, $48

This cutting board is great! You might have seen it in my guacamole hummus recipe photos. The artist will customize the placement of the heart, too!

Wisconsin Cast Iron Skillet, $125
Wisconsin Cast Iron Skillet, $125

I want this if for no other reason than to make Wisconsin-shaped cornbread.

I Heart Wisconsin necklace, $55
I Heart Wisconsin necklace, $55

I have this necklace and wear it multiple times a week!

Wisconsin State, solid sterling silver necklace, $58
Wisconsin State, solid sterling silver necklace, $58

Here’s another variation of the state-shaped necklace.

Wooden Wisconsin HOME sign, $35
Wooden Wisconsin HOME sign, $35
Love Wisconsin, $39
Love Wisconsin, $39
Wisconsin State Map Home, $30
Wisconsin State Map Home, $30

I would love to have any of these signs hanging up in my apartment. I bet I could actually make something similar. Hmmm… future blog post?

Represent t-shirt, $25
Represent t-shirt, $25

This might have to be my next ‘Sconnie apparel purchase! REPRESENT.

Wisconsin Home T-shirt, $21.95
Wisconsin Home T-shirt, $21.95

This will have to be the next one purchased.

Made Locally, $15
Made Locally, $15

If I ever find myself pregnant, I will buy this onesie in every size. It’s hilarious. The shop also offers variations including “Native,” “Someone in Wisco <3’s Me,” and “Oh, Yah!”  

Wisconsin Cookie Cutter, $2.25
Wisconsin Cookie Cutter, $2.25

If you think I don’t already have one of these, you’re crazy.

Wisconsin Cloth Napkins, $28
Wisconsin Cloth Napkins, $28

These will have to join my ever-growing collection of cloth napkins soon!

Wisconsin State Pillow, $58.50
Wisconsin State Pillow, $58.50

This would be such a cute wedding gift!

Vintage cheese tin
Vintage cheese tin

Here’s an awesome vintage cheese wheel tin I found on Etsy. I have it on display on top of my dining room hutch. Speaking of cheese, here’s another Etsy find currently on display in my living room:

boxFor as many awesome Sconnie items I’ve found, there has been some equally un-awesome items as well. See what I mean on my “Bad Sconnie” Pinterest Board.

What’s your favorite state pride product? (Doesn’t have to be Wisconsin). Share links to your favorites in the comments below!

Grandma’s jewels mason jar home decor

Grandma's Jewels Mason Jar Home Decor by SconnieSisters.com

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have a slight major obsession with mason jars. I love mason jar crafts, activities, foods, home decor, etc. If I could, I would live in a house of mason jars.

Ok, maybe not, but you get my drift. I heart them. In fact, I’m currently rounding up my favorite mason jar activities for a future post. But before then, I have a quick and easy mason jar “craft” you could do in 10 minutes or less!

I recently inherited some of my grandmother’s jewelry. With the exception of her mother’s ring, I would say that most of her jewelry is costume, enamel and other “vintage” relatively inexpensive jewelry. There were broaches, clip-on earrings, necklaces and so on.

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I absolutely love each of these pieces. They embodied my grandmother’s style. Plus, OMG SPARKLES!

I could have always just packed these gems away in a jewelry box or storage for safe keeping, because they’re not items I would wear on a regular basis. But that seemed like such a shame because I would only rarely have the opportunity to enjoy them.

So I decided to put them out on display in my living room in – you guessed it – one of my vintage teal ball mason jars. This is an especially awesome way to not feel bad about only having one earring from a pair. In the jar, it doesn’t matter.

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I am pretty happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

Sisters matching tattoos

Once upon a time, Emily and I wanted to get matching tattoos. For quite awhile, we were considering variations of the “family infinity” tattoo you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest.

As we talked about the design more and more (and I sketched and re-sketched designs), we realized that we didn’t want the same tattoo as a bunch of people on Pinterest. And since it was just the two of us getting tattoos, we thought that some type of sisters tattoo would be a better idea.

So I started writing (and rewriting) “sisters” on scrap paper. I quickly realized that the way I drag my pen subtly makes the “S” look like infinity symbols.

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So we took this idea to our tattoo artist (Skully of Jedi Tattoo in Waukesha Wis.) who thickened up the lines a bit. We’re pretty happy with how they turned out.

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I love knowing that the only other person in the world with this exact tattoo is my sister. I also love knowing that she we have a little bit of each other with us at all times. All I have to do is look down at my wrist and I feel close to her.

 Photos: Amy | Tattoos by Skully of Jedi Tattoo