7.27.2009

One Way To Conquer the Brown Thumb

What do you do when your mother-in-law gives you a beautiful terrarium for your birthday, but you have an uncanny ability to kill plants?

You go shopping at Michael's.

I snagged an adorable little bunch of fake plants this weekend (on clearance, no less!), and now I have the best of both worlds: a pretty terrarium that looks like I know how to grow things, but no watering required!

Just don't look at my weedy backyard garden. It would totally blow my cover.


51 comments:

Beth said...

So cute and lively looking :). And no worries on the weeds. Mine are the only thing currently thriving in my garden!

Stacey said...

Cute!!

motherof3fellows said...

That's my kind of plants too :)

Jboo said...

That turned out great -- think I need to do that with one I have too. Why is it that grass dies and the weeds go crazy growing? Have a good week!

janet

Queenmothermamaw said...

Weeds have a life of their own, I have decided. That was a neat idea.
QMM

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Love Michaels - you have an awesome ability to make everything you touch beautiful.

Sweet Simplicity said...

They look real! That is a beautitul present!

sarah m said...

Love the terrarium and GREAT finds for the plants to put in there...they look real!

Vintage Modern Girl said...

this terrarium is awesome- and the plants look great!

SoBella Creations said...

Great job!

I'm thinking about planting a herb garden. I had tomato plants for the beginning of summer. And did pretty well with that. So I want to try something new.

duchess said...

Those are the kind of plants I do best with too. I tend to forget to water. They seem to need that - go figure.
It looks beautiful.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, those are really "real" looking! My favorite kind of plants. I only have one real plant in my house, and amazingly I have kept it alive for more than a year.

mamajil said...

This is so funny to me!!! I am still laughing! Very clever way of having gorgeous plants!!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Love that look. I've been eyeing one of those terrariums for a while.

Joanna said...

Great gift I would have to go with the fake as well. I can't grow anything either. *smiles*

the undomesticated wife said...

Very cute!

Ally0005 said...

They look real to me, I would have never known.

Ally

Davene said...

Very nice!

jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

What a cute idea and they look so real too.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Such a cute arrangement in the terrarium! :) And too funny that we are both using the same Heather Chadduck photo as our master bedroom inspiration!! She just has incredible style, I see why her designs are so popular! Your bedroom is much further along than mine. We just moved into our new house last week. I love the way yours looks, so pretty :)!
Blessings,
Stacey

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Great minds think alike!!!
I too, am a plant killer-and am the very proud owner of those exact same little fakes-and I love them!!!
I think you did a great job with them!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Ohhhh...that terrarium is absolutely gorgeous! And from one brown thumb to another...those fake succulents look totally real! I need a trip to Michael's.

~Amanda

p.s. I found you through Mandi Shandi.

Lana said...

Very cute! I like those kinds of plants, too!

The Graves' House said...

good looking artificials! come on, we've all done it:)

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

LOL! Well that's a great idea! Love the terrarium!

Manuela

Amanda said...

that will look great at xmas, filled with balls, litle trees, etc...love it. hey, we are going to be in cincinatti this weekend, do you suggest any good antique or thrift stores, any of your favs. in the area? I think you are from there right?

Jodee Leader said...

I love it!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I love it. I am always sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to see what you write next. Thank you for inspiration.

Darlene said...

I LOVE your terrarium. I have one and have no problem growing ivy in mine and I don't have the greenest thumb...lol

Kim said...

Artificial is great! I was just thinking about purchasing an indoor plant, but I might reconsider!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

That's a good idea....my thumb isn't even brown...it's black. But I bet I could get fake plants to stick around for a while. ha!

Melanie said...

Love it! That would be my way of making it look real. Too cute.

sherri said...

Good idea! The succulent looks real!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Just beautiful! Do you know where she bought it...I would love to find one too~

Connie said...

I'm right there with you...no real plants for me. I love the fake ones. They look good and I don't have to remember to take care of them. Good job!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Brilliant!

Richella said...

Those are fake? Great choices! And you're right: that's a really pretty terrarium.

Oh, and weeds? Weeds. My goodness, I can hardly believe the weeds. I just give up there. Let's just look at your cool terrarium, shall we?

Cheri Peoples said...

try.

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Cheri

Barb said...

Very cute, and clever!!

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Thank you! I will keep my eyes peeled for one~

Genny said...

Those are fake? You fooled me. That is so pretty, Carrie! Love it.

Lisa & Gerald said...

That's a great idea..

Ms. Tee said...

what a great idea - I'll have to remember this! They do look real! :)

Sandy Toes said...

Wow...I think those look real! Looks perfect tome!
sandy toe

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

Gerat fix to your 'brown thumb'...and oh, so cute too!

Tricia Anne said...

I love your terrarium! Your plants look so real. I would never have guessed otherwise. :o)

Firefly Hill said...

I have given up on weeding around here...I am sick of them. They come back so fast. Love your terrarium...cute! I also really love your bedroom...curtains look great!

xo,

annie

Sunny said...

Love that little "house" thingy - can you spill where you got it?

p.s. my word verification is "goangus" - sounds like someone wants steak, eh? Excuse my weird sense of humor.

Jill said...

Cuuuuuute idea! They look real enough for me :)

Tamara Jansen said...

Good thinking! I have the same issues with live plants......so busy at the greenhouse that I don't keep my house plants alive :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh. What a great present from a mother in law : ) Wowzers!