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.