Sunday, 29 January 2017

Indoor plants and vintage planters


It seems indoor plants, especially in interesting pots or planters are still one of the hottest interior home decor trends.

 I'm really enjoying the fact that the past few years have shown a world wide resurgence in the interest of indoor plants.
I think this renewed fashion has been helped along a great deal by environmental awareness, as well as the popularity of mid century and 70s trends in decor. As both of those styles were very big on  incorporating indoor plants or house plants into interior decor.
 
  
Indoor plants displayed in vintage planters


Indoor plants on vintage bar cart and artists painting above
Art piece by Natasha Gardos

 

 Indoor plant decor

Growing up with plant loving parents, our garden as well as our house was always filled with wonderful plants and flowers. I suppose it was from this lovely influence, that in my own homes, having not only a outdoor garden but an interior one, has always been an essential part of who I am.
Not only do I enjoy the look of plants, I absolutely love the feeling plants bring to a space, don't you?


 Indoor plant, with vintage home decor pieces and artists painting on the wall
Art piece by Natasha Gardos


Devils ivy indoor plant in vintage planter pot


 Phalaenopsis orchid  indoor plant with an artists painting
Art piece by Natasha Gardos


Phalenopsis orchid indoor plant in brass vintage planter on hall console


Phalenopsis orchid indoor plant in vintage brass  planter.


Plants bring life to any area, clean the air and make us feel good.
That isn't just my own opinion, it is scientific fact.
 Though most plant lovers, my self included, will tell you that they knew that already. Which is exactly why they loved having plants around them!


Sanservieria indoor plant on a tiger bamboo table


Now don't think that I have a glowing green thumb, because the truth unfortunately is very far from it!
 Inconsistency is probably my biggest fault (and not just with plants!)
 But that doesn't stop me from having an indoor garden.
 Even if I do have to relegate the occasional plant to the compost! I try not to feel too bad about that part. As I tell He, they may have died, but at least I environmentally recycled them!   
But I keep trying and I do learn along the way, and I have definitely improved over time.


Jade indoor plant in a  chinese style planter


Indoor plants displayed in vintage metal planters


 Indoor plants and their containers, vintage or contemporary, can add so much to your decor.
 You can rearrange them at anytime, by moving them around to different areas in your room or home. You can change the pot or planter or even replace the plants themselves. This can all be done seasonally or just randomly, when the mood takes you.


Indoor plants displayed in ceramic planters


Plants in vintage containers


Maiden hair fern indoor plant in a vintage planter


 I like to think of the plants and planters, as changeable accessories, just like cushions! My plants are a constantly evolving  display. Besides vessels designed for plants, I like to use cups and jugs, vases, compotes, baskets and sugar bowls or anything else that takes my fancy or matches the look I'm after. I also tend to keep my plants in the standard sized plastic pot that it grows in, then I display them inside another planter of some kind. Using this method I am then able to place a changing array of plants in the one planter. And of course it works the other way, you can keep your fave plants and just change their planter to get a different look.


Jade indoor plant in a vintage enamel planter


Succulent indoor plant in a vintage planter


Just as we extend our living space outdoors, having indoor plants as part of your decor brings the outdoors in!
Which brightens and lightens the feel of your home.
 This can be done in such a variety of ways, as there are plants and display styles to suit every individual and their space.
From elegant to colourful  and quirky, from earthy and environmental  to the latest mod style, boho chic  to  city glam, the choices are endless and all yours.
 You might even be able to come up with a new style of your own.


Indoor succulent plant in a vintage face jug


So if you haven't started creating an interior garden of your own as yet, my advise is
 "Get to it"
Start with just one plant in an interesting planter, and see how it makes you feel.
I will be posting some tips on caring for your indoor plant soon, so watch out for that one.
And if you are looking for indoor plant display ideas, I have collected quite a few interesting styles and various ideas on my - Interior Garden - Pinterest board, that you might like to check out.
You can find it here


Succulent and fern plants in vintage enamelware


If you are already an indoor gardener or lover of vintage planters and have any tips or tricks, please share with us, I'm sure we would all love to here from you.

Happy indoor gardening everyone!

Me.












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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Kawaii

Just had to share some Japanese cuteness with you, or Kawaii.
We were given these very sweet gifts from our Daughter T, on her return from a recent trip to Japan.

Kawaii Japanese dog and chic on match box and matches

First up are these Kawaii match boxes.
I just love the little face on each match.
So simple but sweet.

Kawaii dog and chic on matches
Kawaii dog and chick on Japanese packaging

Then we have Tokyo Banana!


Japanese sweet
Japanese packaged sweet Tokyo Banana

A souvenir sweet of Tokyo, lovely fluffy sponge cakes with a custard type banana flavoured filling. Mmmm!


Japanese  sweet

And last, but far from least, this box of cookie, of a very funny little character named Gudetama.
Gudetama is a little unusual because he is an egg! A very lazy egg.

Japanese box of cookies, Gudetama the lazy egg
 
Gudetama, pronounced (Goo-deh tama), is a character created by the same company ( Sanrio ) as
Hello Kitty.
 He has his own Twitter and Facebook accounts with very large followings!
 

Japanese cookies gudetama,side of box

Kawaii Japanese cookies of Gudetama

Most Sanrio characters are cute and sweet
 Gudetama is definitely cute, but he is also extremely lazy and depressed.

Some articles have reported the character is based on the way parents see their millennial children!
 Whatever ideas are behind his creation, I think he is a little weird, sweet and often funny.
(Be warned there is some grossness attached to him as well!)
 He is a big sensation in Japan, and his popularity is spreading across the world.
When I looked at a few gifs and clips staring Gudetama, I could see why.


Gudetama the lazy egg



Gudetama



I love the Japanese culture for many reason. One of the biggest has to be their wonderful products, whether food, utensils, decor or art, so much effort has gone into making them cute, beautiful or evocative.
Their products are never just something you eat or use.
 They often bring a smile to my face or twang my heart strings.
And that is something I can always have more of.

What about you?

I think I might go and watch... just a few more.... Gudetama clips!
Bye
She : D
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Dog Gone Cute - Vintage Post Cards


Whilst pocking around in the card and paper section of a local op shop, we came across a package of vintage postcards. The cards were wrapped in a see through plastic bag, that had been diligently sealed with quite a lot of tape! So only the top card was visible.
As you can see by the picture below, the top post card was a cute illustration of dogs on a street corner.
She fell instantly for the little sausage dog! And though I'm very partial to Scotty dogs, it was the style of the illustration and the colours used that I took a shine to.


Vintage Dog Post Card


We wondered what was likely to be in the rest of the package.We could see that all the cards were the same size, so we hoped they would be from the same set.The conclusion of the wondering was that it would be either, more of the same card (which is what I expected) or variations of the top one.

As I wrote in this post Easter Bunnies  I knew it would be futile to argue with She, about buying a package of unknown content.  
  And as we both thought the top card was just so - doggone cute!
And definitely worth the price,even if it the only nice card was the one we could see.
We purchased the little package of cards and tape. 

On our arrival home, She of course, attacked the plastic bag with hand and scissors in her excited impatience to see its contents!

Vintage cute dog Post Cards

And as you can see there were four different illustrations of cute canines, one even included a few friendly felines as well.
There were a number of repeats in the package, though unfortunately only one copy of the sausage dog and poodle together.

 poodle and sausage dog vintage post card


Vintage post card of cute dogs


Vintage illustrated post card of a group of cute dogs

 So we will be keeping the set of four to include in our own collection, and the spares will go into our Etsy store. 


vintage illustrated post card of a poodle and sausage dog


Cute and funny post card of dogs


Vintage illustrated post cards of cute dogs

Aren't they wonderful?

I have tried to research the artist Inge Scherer. So far I have found no information. The only thing I did find were some other postcards by the same artist. The post cards were of kittens and a lion.

So if you happen to know any information about the artist, please let us know.
Hope you enjoyed viewing our little ephemera find.

 Which one is your favourite?


Me.

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Free 2015 Calender of Vintage Fashion


Hello and Happy New Year 2015!

To start the year off, She & Me have put together this vintage fashion calender for all our readers to print for free!

I'm sure you will love the wonderful glam and elegance of the vintage illustrations, as much as we do. 
And of course, since She had a hand in finding the illustrations, there is a touch of humour in a few of them as well.
 Here are two of my personal favourites, so you can see an example of what you will find on the calender.


So as each new month arrives we hope our vintage fashion calender brings a smile to your face and a  spring to your step.
Lets get this fresh new year going.
With a touch of vintage style of course!

She and Me Vintage illustration calender

So click the link and print!
 You can choose to print the whole 12 months or print one or so and come back again when needed.
Enjoy.

Me
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Marimo Moss Ball



Hi everyone, hope you are all haveing a great day.
Today I would like to introduce you to my Marimo moss ball.

Everyone this is Mossy.
Mossy this is everyone.

Marimo moss ball

Isn't he cute?
He lives in this vintage Moccona coffee jar, on our kitchen bench. So you can imagine we get to see a lot of each other, especially as the kitchen is an open plan design.
 Every day Mossy and I have a little play. I keep a small bamboo stick with his glass house, and I twirl the water around and around with it. This makes Mossy lift up and spin around, then as I stop he floats back to the stone base and rolls around a bit.
 This keeps him nice and round.
I've read that if they don't get moved around much at all, then Marimo moss balls have a tendency to get flat or fat bottoms!

Marimo moss ball in a jar of water

 Mossy is very clever, as well as cute.
Occasionally he will make his own fun, and entertain me at the same time.
 On random days he floats up to the top of the water, and hangs out there! 

Close up of marimo moss ball floating in water with bubbles

How does he do it?
Well I'm not exactly sure, but I do notice that he does this when the water is a bit low or I have just changed his water. He seems to use air bubbles to float up.He usually does have a few air bubbles hanging onto him, but when he floats to the top I notice he has quite a few.

marimo moss ball floating with bubbles

I don't know where he gets the bubbles from. Id say he does release them from himself, as supposedly Marimo, or at least some of them, have a hollow center.
(But I'm sure its not bad gas emissions as some people have suggested!)
Most of the information I've seen, reason the floating is for photosynthesis, and its to do with light streams,which would make sense.
But I have wondered if it has something to do with  getting more oxygen.
However he does it, its really cool.

Marimo moss ball floating in  a jar of water

As you can see Mossy receives lots of light, but Marimo definitely don't like direct sun.
I have read a number of times that they don't like much light, but I have found this to be incorrect. 
And not only from my own experience.
Last Christmas we gifted two much larger Marimo to our daughter T and son in law M . They found that after a few months of keeping theirs on the darker side of their living room, that their Marimo weren't looking as healthy as Mossy. And that they had become a very dull dark green. So they moved them closer to the window and after a few weeks they were wonderfully glowing green again. 

Marimo moss ball terrarium

Another thing Ive read is that Marimo need cool water.
  Well I'm not saying that they don't, but I don't get to worried about keeping Mossy's water at a constant temperature. Mossy lives with us in Queensland Australia, and we get quite hot summers, and we do not have air conditioning. 
Mossy lives in a little jar, eleven and a half cm by eight cm. And if we have a run of very hot days in the high thirties or low forties, Celsius that is. Then I will add some fridge water to Mossy's jar or occasionally a little ice block. And he has been just as gorgeous and green as when he first came to live with me.
 Well actually even greener and more gorgeous, because.....
(well he doesn't like me to remind him of it so I'll have to whisper)
 but when he arrived by mail, he not only had to deal with being shoved in a plastic bag and posted - but by the time I received him, he was squashed flat! He still has a little tuft of hair that sticks up from where he nearly split in half : {


Close up of marimo moss ball  terrariam

To keep him fresh, about once a fortnight or less I give Mossy a change of water.
And a little rinse to get the old water out of him, and keep him fresh and smelling good.
 With filtered water of course!
I have a bowl of fresh water,which I dunk him in, then I give him a gentle little squeeze and dunk again and squeeze. I do this a few times, then I change the water in the bowl again for a last rinse.
 I then roll him between my hands and lightly press any lumpy bits, just to make him nice and round and to make sure I haven't swished him out of shape.
No helping that tuft though!
He really does love all the attention and seems to thrive on it.

marimo moss ball


A few other interesting little tid bits about Marimo moss balls you might like to know.

I might whisper this bit as well..... ( Because I'm not sure how Mossy will take it, he might be a bit young to know the truth yet.)

(Moss balls aren't actually moss! They are a water plant.In fact they are a rare green algae!)

In Japanese Marimo means - ball seaweed - or some variation of that.

There is a wonderful Japanese legend about Marimo.

Its about two lovers kept apart by their families, that is well worth looking up.

The Japanese believe that Marimo bring you luck.

They are found naturally in a few lakes around the world.

They grow very slowly, about 5mm per year.

Marimo are great for interior decor!



If you feel inspired to have a Mossy of your own, you might like to visit this link for some really good information by Wendi Phan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIdWEaXfHWE




marimo moss ball terrarium

Well I cant say Mossy has brought me any luck.
 But he has definitely given me lots of enjoyment. 
And happiness.
I don't know what it is, but whenever I look at that cute little green ball, I just feel happy.

Close up of Marimo Moss Ball

Bye for now.
 See you round.
Like a moss ball!

She :)

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The fresh, the fried and the fallow!

fresh vegetables on a plate arranged to look like a face


The Fresh



cacon and eggs in a frying pan that look like a face


The Fried


Potatoe with a funny face

And the Fallow


Have a great day!

She
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