Pennies & sense

Thrifty how-to's & such by Corina Ross

#livingart happened today. I made a parasitic plant’s paradise in this old pine trunk.

- Stag horn ferns are not parasitic, but they do cling on to
other plants for support as they grow.

- I care for mine the same way one would care for an orchid. Little water, filtered indirect sunlight, and well draining potting medium.

- I took some coco planter liner and stapled it to the inside of my tree trunk. I made sure it was loose around the edges so the stag horn could latch on where ever it felt like it. I then put the two plants in the coco pouch and filled it loosely with orchid bark and some succulent soil to water.

- I’ll probably just mist it every other week and once a month- add a banana peel for ph balance and drench in the bathtub for a good soak and rinse the salt that builds up over time.

- as it grows and clings to the tree trunk, I’ll remove the orchid bark and coco liner.

Micro garden delayed update:

Organic sunflowers, heirloom bell pepper, cucumber, cantaloupe, and tomatoes. Yum! I can’t wait until next year. I hope to have a plot mapped out and ready to go in the spring.

I turned this lonely wooden clog into an airplant ‘planter’. I love it!

corinaross:

Floral workshop + Chattanooga,TN

I had the pleasure of attending a floral workshop yesterday evening.  I now know how to effectively make a flower crown!

Rethink: IKEA ‘s stainless utensil basket


I love these things! (They’re cheap, functional, and super versatile.)

I picked up a few of these at IKEA and initially thought they would make great bathroom organizer bins. Then, my wheels started spinning. “This thing is handy!” I dropped my orchid in one, as then a maiden-hair fern. I did end up utilizing one for utensils like it was intended, but shortly after placed another orchid in it. They’re durable, rust-resistant, and offer excellent air circulation and drainage. It adds a little metallic-ness through-out the house, and I dig it. Rethink labels!

:Mini restoration to cast iron enamelware:


I scored this Le Creuset Dutch oven for $12 at a local thrift store. I was worried about the condition of the enamel at the bottom. It had been scorched brown, and was pretty gross. I tried soap and scrubbing with no avail. 

I asked my mother in-law if she knew any tricks on how to clean it.

Here is her secret:

1. Soak in scalding hot water
2. Add a dishwasher tab and let is dissolve and soak over night
3. Scrub with scotch bright the next day and rinse.

It did the trick!

I wish I had a before photo- just imagine you melted a chocolate bar and let it sit for a while.  (Yuck)

:Mini restoration to cast iron enamelware:


I scored this Le Creuset Dutch oven for $12 at a local thrift store. I was worried about the condition of the enamel at the bottom. It had been scorched brown, and was pretty gross. I tried soap and scrubbing with no avail.

I asked my mother in-law if she knew any tricks on how to clean it.

Here is her secret:

1. Soak in scalding hot water
2. Add a dishwasher tab and let is dissolve and soak over night
3. Scrub with scotch bright the next day and rinse.

It did the trick!

I wish I had a before photo- just imagine you melted a chocolate bar and let it sit for a while. (Yuck)

Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!