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Once. Again. Forever.

Joshua Tree

New Year’s Day 2015

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Valentine’s Day 2015

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May 1, 2015

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The last photo (above) was snapped with my iPhone in the very last moment of available light.

Joshua Tree has a way with me. The trees are truly alive. There can be no other human in sight yet you feel hundreds of distinctive lives around you. My hopes for each trip I’ve made to Joshua Tree have been to shoot an amazing sunset. While each trip has posed unique and individual weather and scenery offerings, May 1st was a trip to remember. I felt so privileged to be there in that moment, completely alone (my husband had gone for a sunset jog). I found myself shaking my head in awe, repeating thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to myself for being in the moment, thank you to my husband for always being willing to go the extra mile with me for an adventure, thank you to my dad for being up there somewhere in that sunset, and thank you God for a greatness and glory that is limitless. I always say, the sunset is God’s way of letting us know that it’s good down here but it’s great up there.

I went once. I traveled again. And with this memory I will stay forever.

Where have you seen your most amazing sunset? I’d love to know!

It’s All About the Little Things: A Collection of Little Things and Thoughts

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness – Dalai Lama

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For by Him all things were created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair- Khalil Gibran

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And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you           and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9: 12-13

 

Succulent Wreath DIY

For this 6 inch wreath project you will need:

  • Sphagnum moss (found at Lowe’s or a nursery)
  • Wire wreath frame (JoAnn’s or Michael’s Floral Supply) – these stores also carry                      many different sizes and shapes
  • Floral/greening pins (JoAnn’s or Michael’s Floral Supply)
  • Thin floral wire (JoAnn’s or Michael’s Floral Supply)
  • Scissors
  • Succulents (I used about 16 succulents of varying sizes to create a very full look)

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In a large bowl of water, soak about five handfuls of sphagnum moss until soft.

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Remove a few pinches of the moss and squeeze out excess water. Pack onto the wire         frame following the frame shape to create a thick base.

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Cut a sixteen inch (or so) piece of floral wire. It’s easier to handle the wire if cut rather than left on the wire roll. Tuck the end of the wire into the underneath of the wreath and tightly wrap the wire around the frame passing through the center and leaving about one inch between wraps. Continue this with as many pieces of wire as needed, for this wreath I used four pieces. The purpose of the wire is to adhere the moss to the frame once it dries. Use as much wire as you need while leaving room to tuck in the succulents. sim6     sim7

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This is my completed base.

Now for the creative part. You can do this however you desire. To keep this DIY simple I used all of the same type of succulent. For style, I like to use a “rule of thirds” when placing                    the succulents on the base. Choose either your three largest succulents or three focal point succulents and place them on the wreath as though they are the points of a triangle. With your fingers, create a small pit in the moss to place the succulent and its roots and fasten with two greening pins. Gently pinch the greening pins to close the ends so the pin fastens tightly on the roots of the succulent.

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Once you have fastened your focal point succulents in place, continue to fill in the wreath. Remember to hold the wreath up to eye-level to check the placement and fill in accordingly. Use the smallest succulents last to fill in empty spots on the edges.

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This is my finished product!

You can check out photos of other succulent wreaths and new succulent projects on my Instagram @rootedinmoss. Go out and create beauty!

There are always flowers for those who want to see them- Henri Matisse

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