DIY : Terrarium

A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
A Bewitching “Terrorium”

When the days grow short and temperatures begin to dip we find special ways to bring nature’s influence indoors.

Making your own terrarium is surprisingly simple and you can create to your heart’s content! For this project I decided to create a Halloween-themed terrarium which was going to be a gift to my special friend Heather who loves the thrill of Halloween as much as we do. Let the terrific terror begin! 🎃

Tips:

  • The material quantities below are approximations; you’ll want to adjust them to meet the needs of your own project and the size of your terrarium.
  • I decided to purchase a terrarium that included a removable lid; with or without the lid the terrarium looked great and will provide flexibility to give the succulents a little air in between their steam baths.
  • I found my green moss matt (a thin sheet of green moss) and bunches of colorful red and green mosses at Michael’s. I found the terrarium at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. I was rather selective about finding just the proper size and creep-factor of my Halloween miniatures so I turned to Etsy and scored a trio of accents from The Little Hedgerow. You can see more of the minis I hand selected below. If you order from Kim at The Little Hedgerow, tell her the folks at Home Style Austin say howdy!
  • While we created the spooky terrarium shown in this post, you can transition the miniature decorations and plants throughout the year to coordinate with the seasons.
  • A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
    Materials:

    1  |  Glass Terrarium
    Assorted  |  Mosses, Unmoistened
    2-4  |  Succulents
    1-2 Cups  |  Succulent Soil
    To Decorate  |  Garden Accessories (Miniature Accessories, Stones From The Garden, etc.)
    Things To Have Handy  |  A Craft Table, Scissors, Magic Tape, A Spray Bottle Filled With Water
    How To Make Your Own Terrarium


    What To Do:

    1. Line The Terrarium.
    My moss matt was perfect for creating a green edge at the bottom of the terrarium. I trimmed it about 3 inches tall and formed it in a circle around the bottom of the terrarium. I used a couple pieces of Magic Tape to help keep the moss in place while I planted the succulents. I lined the bottom of the terrarium with more of the matt just to keep the soil well contained in my handmade moss bowl. Hint: You may think 4 hands are better than 2 here, but 4 hands likely won’t fit inside the terrarium! 🎃

    How To Make Your Own Terrarium

    2. Plant The Succulents.

    Place about a cup of soil in the bottom of the terrarium. If needed, gently separate your succulents to the desired size, placing them with some room to grow. Fill in any holes left by the plants with more soil until things are well planted.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
    3. Trick Your Treat.

    Place your mosses and chosen miniatures around your succulents. My miniatures came with small metal picks which helped keep them in place. I even decorated the terrarium lid, since this was a special gift.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    How to make your very own terrarium
    4. Care & Feed.
    Succulents thrive best in well-drained soil. So since your terrarium likely won’t have a drainage hole, don’t overwater the plants. I used a spray bottle and spritzed every few days, making sure to let the soil dry between waterings. You can wipe the inside and outside of your glass terrarium with a moist paper towel to remove any water spots or dirt. When your plants get too big for their tiny home you can transfer them into another pot or outside to enjoy the Texas sun.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    Stand back and marvel at your work of art! With a little care and feeding your terrarium will be a prized creation that will last you for years to come.

    Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

    ~ Joe Paul Reider

    Home Style Austin Founder
    Austin Realtor®
    Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
    JoePaul@KW.com
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style AustinA DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

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DIY : Succulent Planter

How To Make A Succulent Planter by Home Style Austin
One Excellent Succulent

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a lasting impression, make and gift one of these unique succulent plants.

Once you have the supplies, these “succulent hangers” are surprisingly simple to create. The end result is a one-of-a-kind handmade plant that will surely delight both you and the lucky recipient.

Tips:

  • The material quantities below are approximations; what you use will vary based on the size of your plants and the number of succulent planters you’re making. PS ~ While you’re making one you might as well make more!
  • You may find 4 hands are better than 2! Our friend Eileen lent us her 2 hands which were especially useful during the forming and wrapping stages shown below.
  • Most of the supplies are easy to find; we found plants, soil, sphagnum moss and the garden wire at Lowes, green moss and the rainbow-inspired decorative twine came from Michael’s. The clay soil was the hardest for us to locate but we scored a 40 pound bag of it for about $5 at Hill Country Water Gardens (it’s one of our favorite nurseries). PS ~ 40 pounds of clay soil is deceivingly small. 

Materials: 

1 – 2 Cups  |  Potting Soil
1 – 2 Cups  |  Clay Soil
About 1/4 cup (To Form)  |  Water
1 (or more)  |  Succulent Plants
Two Handfuls  |  Sphagnum Moss, Moistened
Two Handfuls  |  Green Moss, Unmoistened
10 – 15 Feet  |  Decorative Twine
To Hang  |  A Piece Of Driftwood Or A Found Stick (about 6 inches long)
To Hang  |  Some Green Garden Wire (available at most craft stores)

What To Do:

1. Make Dirt.
In a medium-sized bowl mix together equal parts of the potting and clay soil. Add water and combine until the mixture resembles a pliable dough. Set aside.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
2. Form Planter.

Remove your succulent plant from its container and wrap it with enough sphagnum moss to entirely encase the roots. Then wrap the moss-covered succulent with the prepared, wet, soil from Step 1 above, forming a ball. Wrap green moss around the succulent and trim any excess that rises above the edge of the succulent.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
3. Wrap Planter

Using your decorative twine, wrap the planter several times to secure the soil and moss to the plant. A few times I carefully wrapped the twine on top – and between – the succulent branches to help form a well-wrapped “ball.” Along the way test your wrap to ensure the plant hangs level. As we formed the wrapped planter we created 4 extra-long suspensions at each “corner” of the succulent planter and then wrapped the hanging stick (below) to help keep the plant stable in the breezy winds of Central Texas. Make sure and leave enough excess twine at the top of the plant for hanging.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
4. Prepare To Hang

Wrap the excess twine around your hanging stick (from Step 3) to your desired length and tie them off at the top of the stick or tie and tuck the twine along the bottom of your succulent planter. To suspend from a nail or hanger wrap the stick a few times with the garden wire and secure.

5. To Care & Feed
Hang your succulent in a semi-sunny place, indoors or out. Make sure to keep the plant happy and keep it moist by misting daily or by watering liberally or letting rest in a shallow bowl of water. Succulents don’t need to be over-watered but they do need a little love.

Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin

Fall 2014 Gardening Guide

Austin Fall Gardening GuideThe Fall Gardener’s Resource

This gardening guide has some great suggestions for Fall planting here in Central Texas. Inside there are:

  • 10 tips for a successful Texas garden and landscape
  • Gardening tips by month
  • Local gardening clubs and organizations
  • Local viewing gardens
  • And more

You can download a free .PDF of the guide hereThanks to our friends at Gracy Title for making the guide available to us all!

If you really, really love gardening make sure and download the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide by GrowGreen.org – we have found it to be the best staple for Central Texas year-round gardening.

The Home Style Austin Team wishes you the very best of Autumn … indoors and out!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

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Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Brushy Creek Lake Park
Oh, Brushy Creek

One of the best parts of living in Avery Ranch is the proximity to great golfing, amazing neighbors with Texas-sized Avery Ranch spirit and memorable vistas thanks to Brushy Creek.

I knew we lived a super-short drive to Brushy Creek Lake Park but it wasn’t until one day on my dog walk when we darted between two boulders near Rutledge Elementary that I realized we could pick-up the expansive Brushy Creek Regional Trail (BCRT) just a few minutes from our front door in The Landing – no car involved!

With cooler Texas weather on its way, why not grab the family, pack a picnic and make a day of nature’s greatness? Let’s take an online stroll of some of my favorite moments along the trail. Hint: click on the pics for a larger view!

Ready for big views and curvy curves, like this?Brushy Creek Regional Trail Curves

Even my Labs Boomer and Harley stop to smell the wildflowers.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail - Smell The Wildflowers

In the cooler months the lake’s rising fog can be surreal.

The Fog At Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Luckily, in Spring the bluebonnets of Brushy Creek awaken to remind us of their natural beauty. Don’t they look like a “sea of blue?”
Brushy Creek Regional Trail Bluebonnets

And then there are special bluebonnet moments like this!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Bluebonnets With Boomer And Harley

And unexpected moments like discovering the “Dino Dig” for the first time at Champion Park.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Dino DigAnd surprises like finding wild deer looking at you mere feet from the trail. Hello, dear deer!

Wild Deer At Brushy Creek Regional Trail

What’s that big rock doing here? Is this granite? 

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Granite And The Railroad Line

Oh, yes it is! And it has a magnificent story behind it!

Texas Historical Commission Granite Sign At Brushy Creek

When you finish reading the historical marker, why not admire the train trestle’s architecture?! This is the same Capitol Metro train line that runs through Avery Ranch into downtown Austin!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Train Trestle

Speaking of interesting shapes, look at this riverbed rock formation!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Rock Formation

And here’s another formation that’s several feet tall!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail - Another Rock Formation

Back on flat ground Boomer and Harley head full steam ahead for open ground…

Dogs Walking At Brushy Creek Regional Trail

 … In search of rippling waters like this watering hole. This spot cooled them down for sure!

Rippling Waters At Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Following the rippling waters will take you to a really, really big watering hole (a.k.a. Twin Lakes Park). We were glad the ducks and geese were willing to share the lake with us. 

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Twin Creek Lakes

Canoeing on Twin Lakes is always fun!

Canoeing At Twin Lakes Park

Gazing at wildflowers along the trail is also fun!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Wildflowers

“Sunset time” is probably my most fun-time … it makes the perfect ending to a great day at Brushy Creek!

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Sunset

I hope you enjoyed these pictures! Have some of your own you’d like to share? Post them on the Home Style Austin Facebook page – we’d love to see them!

I hope you enjoy all the best of Brushy Creek,

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

 

 

Wildseed Farms : One Amazing Adventure

An Adventure To Wildseed Farms By Home Style Austin
Texas Blooms

Any trip to the Hill Country must include a stop at Wildseed Farms. It’s the largest working wildflower farm in the nation and is located just east of Fredericksburg on 290.

We decided to make a brief stop here to see if anything was in bloom and we were blown away! The farm is over 200 acres largely decorated with colorful blooms that are changing throughout the year. Stepping out of our car we quickly discovered there was much more here than just the colorful fields:

  • Lantana Nursery – One of the largest plant nurseries in Central Texas – we scored some great succulents here. They also offer a large selection of pots in seemingly endless shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Specialty Foods – Salsas, preserves, hot sauces, pickled veggies – many of which were available for a free tasting. After devouring some complimentary golden caramel corn nuggets we left with an armful of stuff including Bread & Butter Jalapeño Dip Mix, Habanero Garlic Salsa and Five Amigos Fire Roasted Pepper Salsa. Score!
  • Apparel and Home Decor – There are tons of things to discover here – you can check out the virtual tour and have a look around.
  • Seed Packets – It was hard to narrow down our selection to just a few – you can even buy seeds by the pound for larger landscaping projects.

Blooms Of Plenty At Wildseed Farms © Home Style Austin

You can visit Wildseed Farms online in a click – their website is quite extensive and you can even save a tree or two by viewing their digital seed catalog instead of having one snail mailed to you. While the website and digital catalog will quickly please the armchair gardener in you, nothing beats an in-person visit to the farm to enjoy the foods, smells, colors and the countless surprises that await in full splendor.

Some Of The Amazing Pots At Wildseed Farms By Home Style Austin

We’re not surprised Lady Bird Johnson was a frequent visitor here; the farm and folks are incredibly inclusive and easy to get to know – they’re open 7 days a week throughout the year, dog friendly, encourage free photo taking and they even let you stroll among the flowers with your wine and beer from the Brewbonnet Biergarten! What’s not to love about that?

As they say at Wildseed Farms: “Come for the flowers, and stay for the atmosphere!”

Green thumbs up!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider




~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512.222.3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

The Patio At Wildseed Farms © Home Style Austin

Regional Wildflower Mixes At Wildseed Farms By Home Style Austin

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home On The Range

The Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent

Outdoor Home Living 

I have to say our team at Home Style Austin HQ was pretty much blown away when we saw these amazing tents!

Conceived as a treehouse that you can take with you anywhere, the tree tent hammock combines the versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent. “Because the world is not flat,” the makers of the tent say.

In addition to taking your spirits to a new level, the folks at Tentsile plant 3 trees for every tent you or I buy which I think is an awesome gift back to Mother Nature. High fives! Let’s watch this video to see this creative form of home living in action:

Whether you’re in your primary home or traveling in your home on the go, enjoy the very best of the great life; “Home” truly can be found wherever we hang our hearts … even in our hanging tents!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Free Guide For Central Texas Gardening

Texas Sage In Full Bloom By Home Style Austin
Our friends at GrowGreen.org recently updated their Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide which is a gardener’s staple for smart gardening here in Central Texas. The guide is only updated every few years and you can download your eco-friendly guide below!

The plant guide contains earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens including:

  • Beautiful native and adapted plants ideal for Central Texas
  • Pictures for easy to find/identify drought-tolerant plants
  • Useful plant info (including height, spread, water needs, wildlife friendliness, maintenance info and more).

Download your free copy of the 2013 Grow Green Central Texas Plant Guide at this link. In addition, you can search the Grow Green online plant database at this link.

Plants make our homes complete which is why landscape gardening is one of the valued principles behind the creation of Home Style Austin. We hope this plant guide will help you with happy, smart gardening … the Austin way!

Enjoy,

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Click Here To Download The New 2013 Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Grow Green Guide

DIY : Succulent Planter

A DIY Succulent Planter Project From Home Style AustinSucculents are to Austin as much as breakfast tacos and live music. So let’s amp-up the container presentation for our succulents by looking for some inspiration commonly found sitting on our pantry shelves … the good ole soup can!

Ingredients:

1  |  Succulent Plant (we found ours at our local Walmart)
1  |  Empty Soup or Tomato Sauce Tin Can (we repurposed ours from going into the trash)
To Fill  |  Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm and Citrus Soil (found at our local Austin Home Depot)
A Few Spoonfuls  |  Aquarium Rocks (also at Walmart)

What To Do: 

1. Remove the label from the soup can and rinse well. Punch a drainage hole in the bottom of the can using a hammer and nail.

2. Fill most of the can with the soil. Insert the succulent and pack well and add more dirt, leaving about 1/4″ of dirt from completely filling the soup can.

3. Top the soil with a few spoonfuls of aquarium rocks for a colorful splash.

You just made an artful, eco-friendly and dy-no-mite presentation for your succulent plant! Our total cost? Under $3. You can even root succulents yourself and save even more.

Tips: 

Image  Choose a from a wild assortment of different cans to accentuate the unique personality of your succulent … big cans, small cans, ribbed cans, smooth cans … silver or gold cans. Have fun unwrapping empty cans to find the style you like.

Image  These make great gifts for friends and family … you can even plant these ahead of time and enjoy them in your home for a few days before gifting them away.

Have fun gardening!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Free Guide To Central Texas Landscape Plants

The Indian Blanket Wildflower

One of the best happy gardener resources we’ve found for Central Texas Gardening is the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants guide.

The guide contains earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens including:

        • Beautiful native and adapted plants to CTX
        • Easy to find plants that are drought-tolerant
        • Plants that are resistant to pests and diseases
        • Plants that may be deer resistant
        • Useful plant info (including height, spread, light, features, maintenance info and more).

The Native and Adapted Landscape Plants GrowGreen Guide

Download your free copy of the Native-And-Adapted-Landscape-Plants-Grow-Green-Grow-Guide. Plus you can search the Grow Green online plant database at: GrowGreen.org.

Plants make our homes complete. 

Happy gardening!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.