Plants in Pots on the Deck by Melody Fulone

Since moving to a solo apartment, I've expanded my plant collection quite a bit. I currently own three succulents, three string-of-pearls, a painted leaf plant, a pepperomia, two ivy plants, and a big sun-loving plant that I cannot remember the name of. I also have a few cherry tomato plants growing on my deck, along with lavender and rosemary. 

Plants in Pots on the Deck

My ivy plant was bought on clearance at Lowe's and came back to life quite satisfactorily. It is thriving in a big pot on my coffee table under the sunny window, but I wanted more ivy elsewhere in the house, and preferably in a smaller pot. So I chopped a few stems, stuck them in a glass of water, and waited for roots to grow. Now, I guess you can actually just plant the chopped stems right away if you want, but I neglected to Google this and just let them root in the water at first. This worked out, and I think gave them a stronger foundation. I spent some time doing this on Saturday after yet another trip to Lowe's expanded my plant collection to include a mini green succulent with red tips and a blue-green succulent called 'blue chalk tips'.

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I settled in on the deck and began re-potting. I used regular planting soil (regular in my mind -  there are so many types of soil!) for the ivy cuttings, and well-draining cactus soil for the succulents.

Plants in Pots on the Deck
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Plants in Pots on the Deck

Now I have a beautiful array of plants everywhere, that get moved at will. Poor things! Sometimes I can't decide where to put them. But there's something about green growing things around the house that make it a home. Have you ventured into the world of plants? Do you have a favorite plant? How about a favorite planting tip? Start the discussion below!

The Making of a Weaving by Melody Fulone

Creating fiber art that is beautiful, meaningful, and made from quality materials is a passion of mine. Before, I wanted to use all recycled yarn, but it's not always in the best shape or the best smell or color. I took some time to think about the types of pieces I wanted to create, and what I would need to make them a reality, and then I invested in some gorgeous materials. Among them are flax, linen, cotton, wool, and hemp.

The Making of a Weaving

I also gathered driftwood and shells from the shore last weekend. I was able to find shells with holes in them - perfect for threading into the weaving for a bit of oceanic detailing. A friend told me that these shells have such perfect round holes in them because in the ocean, a crab will bore into the shell to get at the shellfish meat inside. Then when the shell washes ashore, it gets washed over and over again in the water until the edges of the hole are soft and rounded, and it looks as though the hole has always been there. 

My friend Liz built my largest loom for me - a simple frame, with beautifully fitted corners. I recently decided to add nails along all four edges to create tapestry weavings with neat hems and easier warping. 

The Making of a Weaving

This past week I worked on this piece every night until finishing it today. Sometimes I love my pieces, and sometimes I'm less than impressed with my work, but this particular piece was so beautiful to create. The cotton tassels, the contrast of the blue, and the thick white roving - it all came together so wonderfully.

The Making of a Weaving
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The Making of a Weaving

It's not often that the colors and textures come together so wonderfully, but the neutrals paired with the muted aquamarine wool and the pale wooden beads perfectly. This piece is available in my shop - see more details below. 

'Aquamarine' Tapestry Wall Hanging

This lovely tapestry wall hanging is woven from a combination of wool, cotton, and roving. The wooden beads add a touch of retro bohemian, and the finished piece is hung from foraged driftwood. 

Measures approx. 7" wide by 17" long. Comes ready to hang.

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Apartment Living: Back Deck Project by Melody Fulone

When I moved into my apartment in November, I loved that it had its own entrance in the back of the house. A single flight of steps led up to a tiny square back deck, where my little red door opened into the entryway. Because it was close to winter, I didn't do very much with the deck, other than putting down a welcome mat and hanging a wreath on my front door (that continued to hang LONG after Christmas - yes, I became one of THOSE people, the holiday decor procrastinators...moving on). 

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This spring, however, I wanted to do something nice with the little space as soon as it grew warm enough outside (which took forever - thanks, New Hampshire). 

First, I went out on a bright and sunny Saturday to run some errands. I ended up at Walmart and Goodwill and Lowe's, not necessarily in that order. I was on the lookout for cheap outdoor pillows, a chair or bench of some kind, and a trellis for my cherry tomato plants to start twining up. 

I ended up finding a beautiful chair for $5 at Goodwill - it didn't rock, it was sturdy (for the most part), and it wasn't too big. Next, I visited Walmart and they were having a $5/each sale for their outdoor pillows. There was a giant 'cage' of them, in various patterns and colors. I chose two coral pillows with a white detailing, and two dark blue pillows. To finish up my errands, I ran to Lowe's and picked up a cedar trellis that I could put in the container with my tomato plants so they would have something to climb up over the summer.

I already had an outdoor-friendly rug to lay outside, and of course several plants. Look how lovely it came together!

All in all, I think I spent approximately $30 on this project. Worth it! Have you been inspired to make a space look nice lately? Where do you go for inspiration?