A Few Of My Favourite Things: Crystal Soil

In the spirit of giving,  I thought I’d share some of my favourite things with you this holiday season. I might write about them; I might photograph them–I’m not setting any rules. I hope you’ll also share some of your favourite things with me, by commenting and even starting your own blog posts on this theme. The idea is to find some good news, some hope, some beautiful things out there in the world–then pass the feeling on.

I bought these small grains called “Crystal Soil” from the florist this weekend. I think they’re both practical and beautiful. Why can’t high heel shoes be more like that?

Crystal Soil is a water absorbent polymer that is translucent, odourless, bio-degradable, 100% non-toxic, re-usable and environmentally friendly. It takes 24 hours soaked in water before the crystals can act as a topsoil for flowers. They start out the size of poppy seeds and eventually grow into soft, water-filled decorative beads.

I love to put floating candles and orchids in a rectangular vase.  I had the idea a few years ago to float candles in it along with seasonal flowers like carnations and orchids. Now, by adding the crystal soil, it glows brighter and lasts longer. I think that’s pretty cool.

Cheap too–the florist gave me the crystal seeds for $1.25, a branch of hepericum berries and the orchid for $7.00 total. I only used a few orchids and berries, so I ended up with a stem of yet-unopened orchid flowers and a berry branch to enjoy in a separate vase.

Next time, I’ll add more crystals, and perhaps purple orchids. I’d like to try it in a champagne-glass shaped vase. I’ll definitely be trying this favourite thing again this season.

Heather's Orchid & Floating Candles Arrangement, 2010

Christmas arrangement by HGS, 2010

Share more joy: Please check out my friend Kellie’s 25 Days of Christmas Wish List.

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5 thoughts on “A Few Of My Favourite Things: Crystal Soil

  1. Hello Heather,
    What a lovely idea, I was thinking along a similar line myself yesterday. I took some photos of my favourite things a while ago, and I was thinking of sharing them.
    I just love candles, I light candles everyday when I sit and pray. But I also love the light and fragrance my scented candles give in the evening after the kids have gone to bed and the house is quite.
    I look forward to hearing more about your favourite things.
    Love and hugs.
    Lisa. xx :)

  2. Wow – your floating candle arrangment looks AMAZING!! Simply stunning!! I hope lots of people take heed of this post and think of some of their favourite things in life…it’s far too easy to focus on the stuff that isn’t good, rather than all that is good! Thanks for that gentle reminder!

    I hope you have a great day and I look forward to reading more posts from you in the future.

    Cheers, Chloe xx

    1. Thanks so much Chloe, I love how it turned out, too. And it’s not always easy to focus on the positive, but I try, so thought I’d share and help keep up people’s spirits during what can be a stressful, lonely season. xx

  3. Hi Heather. I have been MIA today as my sister n law had her first baby :) Back to business as usual tomorrow. Hope you have had a wonderful day, and thanks for sharing this beautiful post! So pretty! Oh and for linking me, thank you as well. *hugs*
    Kellie

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