Indoor Winter Gardening!

Winter Zen Garden

Winter Zen Garden

The perfect winter garden when it is frigid outside! A purple zen garden! The gardening tools are cut from leftover scraps of copper from an old roof in Connecticut. This sand is from a beach in Connecticut–it is naturally purple!The whole beach wasn’t purple but a large strip of it between some dunes and the top part of the beach was a mix of this purple, black and white grains of sand!

Winter Zen Garden

Winter Zen Garden

You could use other materials for the sand part of the zen garden or think of your seedlings as your own little zen garden!The wooden box is actually a shallow drawer from a wood box. You could use a lid or any shallow dish.You could also use other materials in place of the sand.

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   Eggplant varieties started in small pots indoors:”Little Fingers”, “Rosita”, “Fengyuan Purple” & “Thai Yellow Egg”

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The citrus mint in Spy Garden is still green and fragrant! Here is serves as orange peel carrots on carrot cake cupcakes!

Potato Stamp Art

Potato Stamp Art

Winter Produce Activity! Cut a potato in half then carve shapes out with a knife then use as a stamp. Stamp on a piece of cardstock for instant handmade greeting cards! As shown here stamped on cardstock and framed for fun art to hang in a dining room!

Kitchen Curtain

Kitchen Curtain

Sew a hem around a cheery piece of fabric then fold over top a hem wide enough to go over a curtain rod. This yellow floral fabric has a cute 50’s vibe and works as an everyday curtain that is durable enough to get thrown in the washer machine.

Pineapple Painting

Pineapple Painting

Pineapples symbolize hospitality! Paint on (or have your kids paint one!) on a white background for a bright addition to your dining or living space! Here are some more cheery indoor “gardening” ideas for a cold winter day:

Little indoor garden has bunnies, a pinwheel & tiny tea set!

Little indoor garden has bunnies, a pinwheel & tiny tea set!

Albrecht Durer Black and White Bunny II print purchased from http://www.allposters.com. You can find most any painting/print on their site and then custom order the print framed in any size/style of frame you choose and the quality is excellent. They often offer free shipping and coupon codes.

The Madonna of the Magnificat, Detail of the Virgin’s Face and Crown, 1482 Sandro Botticelli, framed print purchased from www.allposters.com

The Madonna of the Magnificat, Detail of the Virgin’s Face and Crown, 1482 Sandro Botticelli, framed print purchased from http://www.allposters.com

Botticelli's Birth of Venus framed print purchased from www.allposters.com

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus framed print purchased from http://www.allposters.com

"Baby Gaga" headband made by www.crissypenuel.com

“Baby Gaga” headband made by http://www.crissypenuel.com

 

Baby Gaga (haha)

Baby Gaga (haha)

Thai Red Roselle

Thai Red Roselle

 

Thai Red Roselle is one of the ingredients in Red Zinger tea! Here is the description from http://www.rareseeds.com:

“(Hibiscus sabdariffa) A valuable plant for making cranberry-flavored bright red beverages, jelly, pie and tea. Much grown in Asia and the mid-east as the flavor is wonderful. A tasty sauce can be made by boiling and sweetening the fleshy calyxes; the leaves are also used to make a drink. The entire plant of this Hibiscus is red and very beautiful. Start early, unless you live in the far-south. Citrus-flavored flowers are delicious on frozen deserts. This plant has too many uses to name here. Collected in Thailand.”

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