Hello, dear readers and welcome to 2016! What a wondrous year-- full of ups, downs and plenty of changes. My family moving to the southwest, getting accepted to and starting grad school, new roommates, new friends, and a new job just for starters! Whew. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
I don't do 'new year's resolutions', but I do feel like the new year seems like a good time to reflect on what's working, what isn't, and what you can do to make what's not working better. For me, of course, that always means looking at what I'm eating, how much activity I'm getting, and how well I'm paying attention to my self-care. You know, the usual.
Once the trappings of the holidays have come down and the drudgery of winter really sets in, something I like to do is perk up the greenery in my house. It helps to remind myself that spring will come and to add a bright spot in the house-- it can get pretty bleak in Seattle from January through March. One way I like to do this is by forcing Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs indoors.
- Vessel of any size, shape or color you like
- Decorative rocks
- Paperwhite bulbs (or other early bulb)
- Bulb food (1oz isopropyl alcohol, 10oz water, and a decanter-- this keeps their heads from becoming to heavy and drooping)
Fill the vessel with rocks, at least two inches deep
Sink the bulbs in the rocks a little less than half-way, snugly next to each other but not touching
Fill the vessel with water, not too much. Just enough so the bottom of the bulb is in the water but not totally submerged.
Place in a sunny spot and watch your Paperwhites grow! I like the clear vase so that you can see the roots do their thing and so that you know when it's time to water with the bulb food. This project is also relatively inexpensive, $12 for the vase at my local nursery (Swanson's), $20 for the bulbs and the white rocks (the larger river rocks are from Target ages ago...).
Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year-- filled with new crafts, delicious cookies, and grand adventures! As always, let me know how this projcet went & what you'd like me to test next! Keep up with all my adventuring on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter-- share your own with #bettybetatester.