The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many.

Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @nininoes

I’ve been walking around with some thoughts about the Pilea. Was going to post about it on my Instagram account, but it would be way too long of a caption.
So here goes. Back to the old blog. If you don’t have a lot of time, let me start with the conclusion.

I think we will have an exuberant amount of Pilea plants to deal with in the near future. More than we can ever give away, or know what to do with.

First of all, I love the Pilea Peperomioides.
Its gorgeous perfectly round leafs, in combination with the strong lines of the stems.
And baby’s. Mature Pilea plants are very easy to propagate. If you take good care of them, and it’s not very difficult to keep a Pilea happy, they will shoot up babies like they’re giving away free diapers at the corner store.

You only have to look at a few plant loving Instagram feeds, and you’ll notice the Pilea is a hit. It has been on trend for awhile now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away soon.
The Pilea Peperomioides used to be very hard to come by. People referred to it as the pass-it-on-plant. You had to know someone, who knew someone, who lived next door to someone with the magic key. Someone with a Pilea plant who liked you enough to give you one of the babies.
There were no stores selling them, because there were no distributors distributing them.
Now that I’m thinking about that, that must come down to money. Everything comes down to money. If you are in the business of selling plants, you want to keep selling plants. You don’t want to sell one plant, which then easily turns itself into an unlimited stream of new plants.

Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @pine.and.birch

Photograph: @pine.and.birch Instagram

I love the Pilea. Also knows as the Pancake Plant, or UFO plant. Or the Chinese Money Plant. Many plant lovers are excited to get their hands on one. We take photos of our plants and share them on Instagram. The love spreads.
So now all of a sudden there’s this great demand for this obscure plant.
People who have one start selling the offspring on sites like Ebay and Etsy for ridiculously high amounts.

I recently moved back from the United States to the Netherlands. Over here the chain stores are really quick to pick up on trends.
So I wished I had this great story of how I got my plant. But all I did was walk into the garden center, and purchased one. A small, but mature Pilea with two babies already popping up.
It wasn’t long for those had grown to the point I could remove them from the mother plant, and put them in their own little planters. Soon I found myself carefully examining the soil all the time, looking for new babies to come up. Currently five new Pilea babies are starting to grow.
It feels slightly addictive. But now what? For two, three, maybe four I could find new plant-mama’s, to give them to. But not everyone is waiting around to get a plant. I do realize not everybody is as enthusiastic about plants as I am.

Currently five new Pilea babies are starting to grow. It feels slightly addictive. Click To Tweet

But then what to do with all the babies? I am not looking in to going into the plant selling or shipping business.
A few days ago I came across a photo of an amazing giant Pilea plant. I felt immediate #pileagoals. Studying that photo i noticed that this plant consisted of multiple main stems.
Light bulb moment. You don’t HAVE to remove the babies. You CAN also leave a few to grow together.

Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @mittgronajag

 

So that will slow down the Pilea wave in my house a little bit. But what about all those other beautiful Pilea plants, all those little Pilea babies out there?

If you have a Pilea Peperomioides plant, what do you do with all the babies?

A few notes on the photos.
That wonderful Pilea plantgang on the @nininoes Instagram account is heaven.
I want to have all of them in my house.
The babies from @pine.and.birch are looking perfect.
I need more terra cotta pots.
@mittgronajag, what can I say? You’re Pilea got insta-famous in a second. I completely understand why. I can’t stop looking at it.

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Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Review Roundup And Giveaway

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Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Tutorial Marker on Stationery Pencil Case

I am feeling very blessed and grateful to be receiving such wonderful write ups on the release of my second craft book, Your Sharpie Style.

To celebrate the release, the books publisher William Morrow Harper Collins, is currently running a sweepstakes to get you crafting with Sharpies right away. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Your Sharpie Style, plus a special prize pack of crafting materials including sharpies, blank gift tags, a blank canvas tote bag, and more. I know i would enter if i hadn’t wrote the book myself! Keeping my fingers crossed for you to win!

Hop over to CraftFoxes.com for an excerpt of the book, and work along to make your own Sharpie-fied glass bud vases.

POPSUGAR listed my book Your Sharpie Style in their roundup of craft books to fulfill your DIY dreams. I am honored to be among such wonderful books on such an amazing site.

MetroParent got their Sharpies flowing, and used their markers on a blank canvas tote bag using the dotting technique described in the book.

Sweet Bee Buzzings did a nice write up, and also shows you some sneak peak project photos from inside the book.

The review on the Momzinga blog calls Your Sharpie Style the Best Creative Craft Book of 2016. Insert my blushing, humbled face. Thank you.

Mommy’s Memorandum calls out to dig out your Sharpies and start doodling. I can’t agree more. What are you waiting for?

And for another change to win a free copy of the book, check out the Little Things Journal and enter your name in the hat!

 

Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book by Deborah Green

Order your own copy of Your Sharpie Style on Amazon right now.
Go Sharpie and Enjoy!

Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Tutorial Marker Paint on Glass

 

 

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8 Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s

Spring is here. And that makes it a perfect time for a fresh new look. New as in old. Old as in from 1970.

These eight shoulder, or shorter, length hair styles were designed by top stylists from leading New York salons back in the seventies. Hair Salon Kenneth, The Crimpers Salon and the Salon at Bergdorf Goodman.

These vintage hair cuts could just be that point of inspiration for reinventing yourself this coming season.

Mod and Mint: 8 Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s
1. Above style is called the Fluffy Flip. A shoulder length pageboy cut set on electric rollers. Ends are then lightly teased with a brush.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s - Medium short hair cut
2. La Belle Epoque is a turn-of-the-century style, an up swept medium-short cut. Curls are set on tiny rollers and pulled out with fingers.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s - The Coco Chanel Cut
3. Coco, the famous Chanel hairdo, so girlishly feminine with eyebrow length bangs, was revived by Katharine Hepburn in the musical comedy Coco in 1969.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s - The Chanel Cut
4. Chanel #2 is the same medium short cut as Coco. Set with hair swept back behind the ears and ends flipped forward.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s - Pageboy bob style cut
5. The Serf is a helmet bob hair cut to curve naturally into a smooth pageboy style.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s
6. Suzy is another version of the helmet cut, curls set and brushed into a swirly tousle once the hallmark of model Suzy Parker.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s - Bergdorf Goodman Top knot Hair
7. The Top-Knot is a Bergdorf Goodman style. A medium length cut partially knotted in a two-way ponytail for height without teasing.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Spring Hair Styles from the 1970s
8. Back Ringlets is the same cut as the top-knot, this time swept back behind the ears and pinned. Ends are covered at the nape with a curly wiglet.

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Moving back to the Netherlands

 

Mod and Mint: Moving abroad from New York to Amsterdam

One, two, three, take a deep breath and say the words.
Type them and make it real.
We are going to move back to the Netherlands.
Remigrating after almost a decade in New York we’ve made the decision.
It is time.

In all these years i never thought about moving back. NY was home. Not a temporary place to stay. I worked hard to get my green card. I did not do that to go back. There were many tough times. NY definitely makes you pay your dues. But i got through, and grew stronger.
New York molded me. When i got here, i had just turned 30. Now i’m facing my 40th, and will do the whole move again in reverse. Only this time i’m not going by myself. I’m with a husband, a cat, and a baby.
We signed the contract to sell our home, now it’s a matter of waiting for closing and getting our tickets to get on a plane back.

Starting over again. It scares me and excites me. I’m looking forward to it and i’m dreading it.
There are so many reasons to stay in NY. And so many reasons to leave.
There are so many things i long for in the Netherlands, and at the same time so many things i wish were different.
Different? Do i even know how it is there nowadays? Will i fall victim to reverse culture shock? Of course i know how the country was when i left it. I hear stories how it is now. I know things have changed.
I have changed too.
The main reason to jump into all of this is my little boy. It is true that when you have a baby you look at life different. I started looking at my life in a renewed way. I started missing my family and friends stronger than i had ever had. I started to feel selfish being here, while he has a large circle of people who love him on the other side of the world.

Ask me today and i’m scared senseless if this is the right thing to do. Ask me tomorrow and i’m excited and eager to go. This rollercoaster is moving and i’m breathing through it.
Wish me luck.

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