DIY: Hanging Neon Moss Balls

So today I totally made these.

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My friend Reannon and I had a diy morning and had so much fun making these hanging neon moss balls. It’s a weird name for them but I can’t think of another way to describe them so I’m going with that.

I’ve seen these at few times on Pinterest and at some local markets and thought I’d give them a go. And they were so easy!

Have a go yourself! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Plant cuttings – we used succulents
Potting mix
Sphagnum moss
Neon string
A bowl of water
Gardening gloves

How To:

* Clump together some potting mix and wet it so it stays together – a bit like making a mud pie.
* Make a hole at the top to put your cutting in then re mould your soil ball if needed.
* Wet some sphagnum moss, wring out the water then wrap the moss around the soil ball. The moss expands quite a lot when wet so you won’t need much but make sure the moss covers all the soil. It will be tricky and crumbly and messy but it will all come together once you add the string.
* Grab your string and start wrapping! There’s no right or wrong way to do this and there’s no limit to how much string you’ll need. Just keep going until you have the desired effect. Tie it off to secure the string.
* Next, cut two lengths of string and cross them over underneath your moss ball then bring the strands together and tie with a knot.
* Voila, you’ve made your very own hanging neon moss ball! How clever are you?!

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I love the look of these. The neon really makes them pop and they’re very on trend. I think they give a current spin on a hanging pot.

Aimee x

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My Week on Instagram

A quickie blog to share my week on Instagram.

A blog about my love of beards.

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An after-dinner stroll around the block with the hubby and kids.

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Breakfast with the hubby at a local cafe.

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Sampling some make-your-own shakes at a new milk shake bar in Carousel.

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Falling in love with the Christmas trees in Myer.

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Inspirational words that I’m fond of.

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Another blog listing my top 10 favourite tv show theme songs.

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A nice way to greet us for Sunday morning brunch with my mum and sisters at George Street Garage, West Perth.

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I fell in love with this plaited doormat that I saw at Angove Street Collective, a gorgeous store in North Perth. However, for $65 it would definitely be an inside doormat.

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Inside Angove Street Collective. I die.

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Sweetly Baked cupcakes I just had to buy from the Angove Street Festival yesterday. My family and I enjoyed sharing these last night while watching the end of Telethon.

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Son of Jack was at the Angove Street Festival and I just had to buy some of this gorgeous smelling Beard Balm for my hubby’s manly face. He has put some on this morning and it smells heavenly.

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So that was my week on Instagram. How was your week?

Aimee x

My Top 10: TV Theme Songs

In my last blog I mentioned Grizzly Adams, a TV show from the late 70s that I loved watching when I was a little girl and what started my love of beards. Grizzly Adams had a beautiful theme song and its made me think of my favourite theme songs from some of my favourite TV shows. So here is my:

Top 10 List of Favourite TV Show Theme Songs

10. The Big Bang Theory – I love this show and the theme song is just as great. Not only are you being entertained, you’re learning stuff too.

9. Sesame Street – This show is still going strong with some of the same cast members as when I was little. And you know, I never did find out how to get to Sesame Street?

8. F.R.I.E.N.D.S – I was completely obsessed with this show in the 90s, so much so that I declined joining a netball team because the games were played when F.R.I.E.N.D.S was on. I watch reruns now on telly and still laugh as hard as when I first watched it.

7. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – You can’t help but sing along with this one. Will sang this on the Graham Norton show a while back and he’s still got it! Smell ya later!

6. The Flintstones – I spent many a Saturday morning growing up watching The Flintstones. I loved the friendship between Fred and Barney and how Wilma and Betty could rock their little outfits. The end of the closing credits was the best. Wiiiillllmmmaaaa!!

5. Beverly Hills, 90210 – Just hearing the beginning intro music takes me back to high school and being completely smitten with Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh. Although I did have a soft spot for Steve Sanders too. Watching the reruns now the show seems so completely daggy and I just want to punch Brenda in the throat!

4. The Golden Girls – These ladies were a hoot! My favourite was Rose and I loved Blanche. She was such a dirty bird! I imagine that my girlfriends and I will be like this when we’re seniors.

3. The Brady Bunch – Here’s the story … Everyone had a favourite Brady. Mine was Jan. Probably because I could relate to being the middle child. This is a theme song that kind of shits you but you secretly love it and before you know it you’re singing along with it.

2. The Wonder Years – “With a Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker was the perfect theme song for this show. Kevin and Winnie were the cutest and didn’t she just have the best hair? A fantastic series set in the 60s about a boy growing into an adult.

And my number 1 is …

1. Cheers – Who wouldn’t want to go where everybody knows your name? And there’s always glad you came? To be greeted when you walk in to a room just like Norm? Now that would be nice 🙂

What are some of your favourites?

Hi. My name’s Aimee and I’m a Pogonophile

I’m sitting here in the car with my son, waiting for my daughter who is dancing her little heart out in her jazz funk class. While I sit here, I thought I’d share with you my love of beards.

In the late 70s – I was about 3 or 4 years old – I remember watching The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Do you remember Grizzly? He was a bear of a man, an innocent fugitive running from the law who lived in the American wilderness with a grizzly bear, Ben. I just loved him. Can you blame me? Look at all that beard!

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

Then came Kenny Rogers. Oh Kenny, you look nothing like you did back in the good ol’ days but your voice is still gravelly and gorgeous and I love you! I remember my friend Tash bought me a Kenny CD for my 21st birthday and she hid it so no one could see (we both love Kenny). Now, I don’t care. I’ll tell anyone. I love Kenny!

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Beards are back in a big way – hipster, 70s, three day growth – anything goes. The best description I’ve heard for a beard style is a chin curtain. That just makes me giggle and giggle! And I couldn’t go past a guy with a good set of mutton chops! Bring that shit on! But my absolute no.1 preference is a full beard. I admire big bushy beards from afar however my hubby has the perfect beard for me. It’s just the right amount – not too little that he looks scruffy and not too much that it catches half of his dinner.

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A have a few girlfriends who also love beards and we quite often will share pics between us and swoon over their luscious manly faces. I think one of the coolest cats – who was way before his time – was no.1 hipster Ned Kelly. His beard, teamed with an awesome quiff, rocked the 1800s in a big way.

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Do you love a beard on a man? Or are you more a clean-shaven fan?

Aimee x

Aim and Shoot

The hubby and I bought a new camera a couple of months ago for our impending trip to America. We got a Nikon D3200. I follow withvintageandme‘s blog and I really liked the quality of her photos and found out that this is the camera that she uses. I wanted a camera that was easy to use, lightweight and not too cumbersome, and this camera fits the bill.

Since having the camera, I haven’t really paid any attention to it. I unpacked it and put it all together and then put it in a box and forgot about it. But our holiday is drawing nearer and nearer and before you know it we’ll be on that plane and I won’t have the foggiest idea on how to use it!

Today I packed the kids up along with two of my besties and their tribes and headed up to Churchman’s Brook. For those of you who don’t live in WA, Churchman’s Brook is about 30kms south-east of Perth and close to where I live, literally up the road. It’s filled with wildlife and open spaces, plus the reservoir is a water source for Perth. Today was a beautiful day weather-wise and perfect for some camera practice shots.

Here are some pics from today:

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We also stopped at Pioneer Village on the way home:

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I’m slowing getting the hang of it. I’ll be heading up to Kings Park in the next couple of weeks to test it out again.