Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Project: Neon Pink Aquarium Gravel Succulent Planter

DIY neon pink gravel succulent planter
Neon Pink Aquarium Gravel Succulent Planter

Neon Pink Aquarium Gravel Succulent Planter

I'm not going to lie -- I saw this on Pinterest and have been thinking about making these for weeks! I just love the pop of the neon pink pebbles against the green of these succulents. Plus, succulents are the only plants I seem to be able to keep alive! The thing to know about succulents is that they require a soil that drains really well. You can buy a bag of succulent soil, which is also good for cacti. I had a bag of it around from a previous project and I only needed a few handfuls for each of the pots I made.

I bought my craft supplies at Michael's and the past few times I've been there the receipt comes with a coupon for 40% off any one regular priced item, which is extremely useful if you're crafty!
Total Cost per Planter: around $10
Aloe Vera plant  = $2.98
aquarium gravel = $1.50
6" terracotta pot = $2.98
4" terracotta saucer = $ .89
acrylic paint = $1.99
foam brush = $ .49
You could easily make this project for next to nothing! Now, I already had succulent soil, so I didn't tally that up. Ask a friend for some free succulent clippings! Maybe you already have some terracotta pots lying around, and I bet if you're a crafty gal you already have acrylic paints and a brush or two. Really, the stand-out feature here is the GloFish brand neon pink aquarium gravel, which I purchased at a pet supply store for $5.99 a bag. You could easily stretch out the amount of gravel into four to six pots, depending on size. If you're not too keen on pink, don't worry, it comes in a variety of other colors!

How to Make Your Own: Gather your supplies and prepare to get messy! Painting will take multiple coats to be opaque, so be patient and let each layer dry for around an hour before continuing onto the next. Once your pots are completely dry,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

20% off Sale on Beauty Travel Bags in my Etsy shop this weekend only!

asoftblackstar Memorial Day Weekend SALE

Hello my beautiful readers! I wanted to let you lovelies know that I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. You can save 20% off when you use the coupon code "MEMORIALDAY2014" at checkout. Travel in style with a new hot iron travel case or a new makeup brush roll! Offer expires Monday, May 26th, at midnight.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Embroidering My Way Through March

Hello lovely readers. Have you noticed my absence?

Well, a few factors have kept me from posting new content -- mainly it's due to my needing a new computer. I think it's been about two weeks since I turned the damn thing on, but even when it's on it won't connect to the internet. I lose interest in blogging at lightning speed when I have to sit for an hour waiting with my fingers crossed that it will connect. Most things I need from the internet can easily be done on my iPhone, but posting blog content and creating visually pleasing photos are not among them! (I mean, have you even seen the Photoshop app? It's worthless in comparison to the real thing.)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Perfume Review: Lanvin Arpege

Lanvin Arpege glass deco perfume bottle

Lanvin Arpège

The scent of Arpège, for me, calls to memory plush, green velvet furniture; potted ferns and jades; Siamese cats; 1960's prints; colorful cloisonné bangles; red lipstick; red fingernail polish; and a general feeling of contentment. It's an elegant French classic, as was my maternal grandmother, for whom Lanvin Arpège was a signature scent. The sense of smell can evoke childhood memories, such as vivid scenes of enchanted holidays and weekends with our loved ones. So, naturally, what I associate with this perfume will be entirely different from that of anyone else.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jewelry Spotlight: Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collaboration

Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collaboration

It's been a few years since I ended my Jewelmint subscription. I only bought a few of their pieces before canceling because it wasn't really my style. Honestly, I joined just so I could buy the highly coveted, classy-yet-punk Silver Swan Bracelet. When the Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collection was announced in early February, I immediately fell in love with the rose gold kitty ring. I visited the website again and again to peek at it. I told myself I wasn't going to buy it...