August is the February of summer. It is the time when you are ready for a new season but have another month at least of waiting. What to do for the monthly mantel during this nondescript month?
July was a month of wings and nests, soaring hopes and arranging messy twigs into a place of our own.
This year in our home I am living with roots and wings always in mind. Stronger wings so that when the time comes my children can swoop and soar with confidence and grace, but also established roots so that they are grounded deep with tendrils reaching oh so far, so deep, into the ever-giving aquifer of faith. In seasons of drought, storm, and freezing cold, those roots will be the life saving source that will carry us through.
(If you follow my monthly mantel board you already have a clue as to where this is going.)
hoarding gathering pretty glass bottles knowing that someday, somewhere, we would settle down and I would do something with them. It is a miracle they haven’t shattered in the moves.
Alright, as I described in detail in my first monthly mantel post, here are the steps I went through for August’s mantel:
1. I still don’t have a defined mantel so I used another tray. This dotted little gem was in the as is section in Ikea for less than a dollar. See that little crack, I’ll take it!
2. Don’t clutter. oooooooooh this was hard! I have so many pretty glass options and I wanted to use them all, but then the individuality of each piece would be lost in the jumble. These were the ones I picked.
I spent more time than usual on this step arranging and rearranging the pieces I wanted to use. That way I wouldn’t make too few or too many terrariums. (Who am I kidding, there is no such thing as too many terrariums!)
In addition to those three main large glasses I discovered this old juice glass, this amazing display of roots from a cutting I started a while ago, and this unpacked robin’s egg I used in the last monthly mantel.
3. Go with a theme. Roots. Got it. Sinking roots down deep.
4. Use a plant. Well…certainly have this one covered.
5. New eyes.
I drool over terrarium ideas such as this one, but again, I’m working on a budget of about nill here so I wandered around the yard.
I have seen this plant poking out between bricks all over and I think it is some kind of ground covered which may be a tiny remnant of years long ago when this patch of dirt was a garden. Any idea as to what it is?
I also gathered up some moss from shady spots in the yard.
My parents are up visiting this week and I knew my mom’s incredible garden had bits of this succulent tucked away willy nilly so I asked her to bring up a few for me.
Here is how I made the terrariums:
First put in a shallow layer of pebbles for drainage.
Next add a bit of damp soil. I had planting soil leftover from making the herb pots!
Then add in the main plant or plants and top with a nice layer of moss.
Mist lightly (since you already used damp soil). Leave uncovered in indirect light for about 24 hours before covering to make sure there isn’t too much moisture trapped inside.
Say hello the August mantel.
Oh yeah, I am in love with this one already.