Miniature Gardens: Shell-Potted Succulents

Last year swirled around me like a wind storm.  Like every year before it, 2011 was filled with great, joyous highs, somber lows, proud accomplishments, times of growth, moments of extreme challenge, constant learning, and lots of appreciation for the things I have.
Every new year, I tend to make resolutions that fizzle out after a few weeks. So this year, instead of making firm resolutions that I will inevitably end up letting go of, I just want take each day and make the most of it.
One way for me to do this, is by crafting, gardening, writing and staying inspired. When too many days pass and I haven't made something by hand, I start to feel uneasy... So over the weekend, I potted up these little snail shell succulent gardens. It's such a small, simple garden- but because of the tiny size, these shell-potted succulents will need more watering and observation than normal succulent gardens- hopefully forcing me to slow down and really take stock of each day.


To make your own shell-potted succulents, you will only need:

- some small-growing succulents
- large snail shells
- potting soil
- water 

I selected some succulents cuttings that had begun to root, and pushed a few small plants into each of the shells. Then, I filled the shells with damp potting soil.


As I potted them up, each shell immediately transformed into a miniature world.


I now have them arranged around the house, as well as in the garden. The need water only about once a week or so- just drizzle a bit over the opening of the shell, or stack the shells in a shallow bowl, add a bit of water, and let them soak for a few minutes. 

Whether my little shells will help me slow down and take in each moment will remain to be seen, but I sure love the way they look in my kitchen and appreciate that these small, simple gardens have given me inspiration for additional plant-based crafts...
Hope you enjoy!


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