I Need To Discuss Downton

February 25th, 2013

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the finale here in the States and I know most of us are caught up on the drama, but as an Official Downton Abbey Addict I must share some thoughts on Season Three.

Matt and I watched the first two seasons together but this time we watched it separately, me at first all by myself kept company by a bag of popcorn and with each episode awaiting every character’s lines and plot turns.

With him, I watched Season 3 the second time yes, the second time  while he was the one carefully listening for the brilliant lines and plot turns, I was eyeing the fashion and interiors and the subtleties uttering out loud things like “oooh, that writing desk” and “oh the beading on that dress” much to his annoyance.

So I have to get these thoughts off my 21st century chest since I love this show so much and I’ve been saving these snapshots for weeks and weeks, but first:

* SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER * alert 

Do not read this post if you’re not caught up on the entire season!!!

May I begin? First of all the hats! The hats this season were so amazing, my compliments to the milliners, I especially loved the plumes on Shirley’s head.

hats downton abbey

plumes on downton

downton abbey hats

edith and cora hats

downton abbey hats on ladies

 

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Terrariums Around the House

February 24th, 2013

We had the most wonderfully quiet weekend that seemed to go by far too quickly, one of those weekends where I tune out the noise of the world and focus on simple tasks like pruning the hedges and sorting paperwork. The weekend flew by in what felt like a few short hours, but I managed to do a little planting of the indoor variety.

Last year I made a miniature terrarium in a glass vessel and it still survives on very little maintenance. I was encouraged by that small miracle to create a few more succulent gardens in glass vessels around the house since I prefer the real over the faux when it comes to indoor plants.

Courtney wrote up a great article on secrets of a successful terrarium and I was inspired by the tips by those experts to create miniature shows of greenery to display around the house.

terrarium in apothecary jar

 

I had one apothecary jar (above) that I planned on using for this purpose without the lid, but I grabbed a few succulents at the local nursery and two more glass vessels at Michaels – they had a great selection this weekend.

succulents in glass vessel

 

Succulents in soil can thrive indoors in containers that don’t drain as long as they receive some light during the day and as long as you’re careful not to overwater them – a few drops of water once a week is really all they need and some liquid fertilizer twice a year. A little moss helps keep the soil moist and is a decorative element too.

soil and moss

 

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