I really love being in my home. It’s a passion, comfort zone and I want it to be a sanctuary, my place to be safe, happy and in love with. So here’s what I’ve been working on.
Round one. It’s all started with a plastic tub and my table top water fountain I found in a box.
If you know me at all, you know my love for my girls. They are spoiled, but not rotten.
I’ve had this glass bowl for their drinking water. They are so big I have to refill it at least two times a day. I’m lazy and so have been looking for something bigger. Here’s where the plastic tub comes in and the creative juices started flowing…kinda like my fountain. The girls LOVE running water, not sure… but probably the lab in them. The tub holds about 5 gallons-ish of water, but didn’t look pretty. I also needed an area to bring my plants into for the winter and so one thing lead to another and here is what I came up with.
in the beginning…
Luckily I let the fountain sit in the water over night, because the next day there was floating pieces in the water. It’s the bowl crumbling, not made to sit in water. The whole thing is a unit so out it came and is sitting on my counter now.
We had enjoyed the water sound during the night and the girls loved drinking from the tub right away. So this idea couldn’t get stopped…NO! After research and thinking about it, I went out and bought a fish tank pump to recycle the water and it also keeps it smelling fresh and healthier for them. I added the gravel and a grow light over the top, those came from my garage. I was so excited after setting it up and the girls still loved it, I ran back to the garage and started digging into my garden boxes. I picked out all the stuff I LOVE and boxed up the rest for donation…2 boxes down and out with no hesitation. I brought in my few plants I’ve had on my patio to make sure everything fits and it’s just beautiful. We now have in indoor pond I call, the watering hole.
All this is arranged on the floor under the counter. It fits perfectly so no one will trip, it’s out of the way, BUT kind of in the center of the house. For me being an air sign, the sound of running water really relaxes and comforts me and the girls just love it. I’ve noticed a lot more potty breaks are needed, LOL. I add about a gallon of water a night before going to bed and all is well in the world.
While working on the pond I started looking around my apartment and decided it’s not exactly what I want. It’s not fully me yet. With my new life style I am trying to adopt fresh and raw foods twice a day. In the evening I’ll have a cooked meal. So that meant I needed a counter top herb garden right! I’ve been playing with sprouting and dehydrating and it was as simple as hanging my grow light under the cabinet, some old garden items that I LOVE, arranging a few plants and planting some seeds. Here’s what I have now.
I am trying to use my most beloved things and donate what I’m not using anymore. I don’t want the clutter and memories of it anymore. I am new! Now this is where my Mom might have a cringe, but remember Mom…these are the things I love. Use it or donate it. I am making my home a home. One that makes me feel more than good.
First thing I did was lay down a door mat that I’ve never used. I love it though cause it says “live, love and laugh” on it. Three things I love to do. It will help protect the counter and although you can’t see the writing anymore, I know it’s there and bringing positive energy for my herbs.
Second thing I did was to find a “pot” for my herbs. I’m starting with seeds I had, if they don’t grow I’ll get some plants later. ANYWAY…I have this stack of glass bowls. I am a dish collector like my grandmother and mother. A lot of the dishes I have are from them (makes it hard to “donate), including this Princess House bowl…my mother may be having a heart attack now. This is the one bowl I can’t let go of. I’ve had it since I was young…like in my teens. My grandmother and mother started collecting Princess House for me and I still have some awesome pieces. However, I’ve actually only used this a couple times. Usually a huge holiday dinner, which I don’t see me having for a long time…so, use it or donate it. It is now my herb bowl which sits on a lazy suzan. Easy to spin! This makes me happy and it’s really beautiful! The tiny glasses behind are some fun glasses I’ve always loved and now growing avocados for me. We’ll give my Mom a minute to catch her breath.
So now I’ve added my sprouting dish (it’s under the dome) my wheat grass, which I need to get a new one because this one is pretty used up now, orchids (one of my fav flowers) and arranged everything to make sure it all fits nicely in the space.
All my plants were brought with me, ones I couldn’t leave behind for one reason or another. My chickadees are from my friend Anni, my christmas cactus blooms so beautiful and was huge. I still have my plumeria on the porch cause she’s just going crazy with blooms. I put my ti plant by the pond. I use it to make Hawaiian food for my boys at the holidays. These were plants that I couldn’t live without and prayed the snippets I took from the main plants would survive…they did and are doing so well. They are here to remind me I’m going to be ok.
I’ve hung some fun garden items to make it fun. It’s gotta be fun! You can see my dehydrator sure gets lots of action and just off to it’s side is my vita mix that also gets lots of action making my smoothies and now I’m learning soups. This is my happy, healthy counter. I LOVE this space. It makes me smile.
My girlfriend Gina runs a fun web site on up-cycling/recycling everyday items. I get a lot of great ideas and it’s fun sharing back and forth on her Facebook group. If you like to see what she does go to GinaZee.
Here is one of my projects I shared. During this sanctuary set up, I found an old container with candy sprinkles in it. I won’t be making cookies like that anymore and wanted a better way for my spices. Here is a simple up-cycle/recycle.
Basically I added some paper around the top…funny is about cupcakes. Wrote the spice name on top, and it now sits on the back of my stove. There are some really healthy spices out there and so I actually need another because I am a spice lover and this is just so handy. I have at least 6 more spices I would love to just grab and use.
I’ve asked Gina how I can get rid of all these belongings without dying inside and basically she said, love it or bless it to someone else. This project is really helping me in more ways than just getting my house the way I want it. It’s helping me grow, helping me part with cherished items of the past and giving me a chance to bless others, come out of some dark pain, and basically healing me from the inside out. This is my healing adventure. I’m far from done and I know this will take a couple more months and today… I’m ok with that.
Ah, the sound of the pond, deep breath and off for round three. I will get back to my office/art space. Hope you enjoyed the post. Usually they aren’t this long, but obviously I had a lot more to say, :) Here’s to our health, happiness and use it or donate it and recycle everything you can. Until next time, do something creative every day!