Recently we were in the Bay, heading up to a certain Foothill Home to visit some beloved friends & chickens. I was trying to think of what I could bring as an offering, kinda chicken-related, that was even possible given our a 3-hour drive & so many little bodies to account for.
I am not a think-ahead crafter. Not yet. I am a mad-dash, do it while I get there with their help crafter. It's very fun for me to make things with friends, although I think I'd rather be somewhere in the middle.
I imagine Molly crocheting on the couch, in one of her relaxed sweaters while Aidan scales the back fence.
While I go, "Welcome! (kiss, hug) What shall we make now?" Avery once suggested chocolate, so it was "homemade Nutella:" organic cream + chocolate chips + Hazelnut oil.
On this particular day I had no idea.
In my mom's shower hangs the sweetest little succulent in a large snail shell. It's been there for a few years, & doesn't seem to need any watering outside of the shower steam. A thin piece of wire hooks from the inside of the shell over her shower wall.
I asked her if this is pretty easy ~ since I've not a green thumb of my own. She assured me it was, & donated some shells from her trip to Baja. We drove me up to the Peaceful Valley Nursery for some Hens + Chicks Succulents, & assembled it all at Molly's. The kids all made their own, with Aidan making 2 in about 2 minutes.
Since then it's become our favorite little gift project.
I like them near my kitchen sink.
baby conch shell gardens
1 pot succulents
several large sea shells
Gently separate the succulents & insert the spoon several inches below the plant. Ease a few flowers out with the roots. Spoon some soil into the shell, then place plants into shell, roots first. Water, then drain out the side. Name. I like naming things. And these just beg for little names. Like Harriet, Hendrick & Penny. Perfect names for Hens + Chicks.
I like this post on going from bogged to grateful.