i think i’ve finally achieved amateur indoor gardener status now, as opposed to the dreaded black thumb i was for the past few years. i’ve managed to keep a few large-scale plants going for more than a month and i’ve feeling like perhaps the curse of my over-watered-plants past is fading. with my good plant luck still fresh, i’m thinking about growing some of these tiny gardens from postcarden. sara at the daily grommet sent them my way, and i love how simple and cute they are, from packaging to final product. “poscardens” are basically a pop-up card that comes with seeds and instructions for growing within the paper box. each card comes with a theme (city, botanical, or allotment) and grows beautifully within the tiny scenery. i’m partial to the botanical layout, but you can pick up any of the scenes for a little under $12 right here. if you’ve got a friend who loves to grow things, but doesn’t have a lot of space, this would make for a great gift. thanks to sara for the tip!
in other homemade news, i really love this idea from former cookie magazine editor jenny rosenstrach at dinner: a love story. jenny decided to have an illustrator friend, gina triplett, paint some of jenny’s favorite family recipes on the inside of her kitchen cabinet doors. i don’t know why i’ve never thought of doing this- it’s such a great way to celebrate family recipes (especially those you make frequently) and decorate your cabinets at the same time. i’m going to have to get crafty with this over the weekend- and i know what’s going up first. my family’s mustard sauce recipe. it’s great on top of anything….