Martha. When you’re not hating her, you gotta love her




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Probably like many of you, I have a love-hate thing going with Martha Stewart.  But if you’re interested in food, crafts, interior design, or just about anything else, the woman is impossible to avoid.  Especially if you’ve got Martha’s blog feed on your homepage.
And I do occasionally buy Martha Stewart Living.  Mostly when I know I’ll be stuck on a plane for many hours, or when I’m on a particularly slow line at the supermarket and I’m forced to stare at the cover for so long that I can’t resist it.  That’s how I ended up with the August issue, and it has an interesting article in it about bringing the woodlands inside in the form of beautiful moss arrangements from the lush understory of the woods around her home in Maine.

She and her minions comb the surrounding woods for mosses, lichen, ferns and miniature saplings that then get arranged into living tableaux throughout her house.  Of course even the containers are gorgeous: she uses vintage faux-bois (fake wood) vases, antique birdbaths, and baskets.

She explains that since mosses have no roots, you can just gently dig or pick them right up and replace them on top of soil in a pot.  She puts a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container for drainage, then fills the rest with potting soil.  She says it all gets returned to the outdoors when the season is over.
I really like the look of these mossy planters, so I created one for myself.  I wasn’t sure where I was going to find the moss, but as soon as I started looking I spotted plenty of it.  I found it growing along the side of the road, and under bushes on the shady side of our house.  I soon realized there were many different varieties depending on where I looked.
Just as Martha said, these little emerald green balls of moss came right up off the ground, no roots at all.

I got a pretty green pot with a crackled glaze from the thrift store, and dug some dirt for the base.  Then I just arranged my moss and mini ferns around it, tucking them in.

I’m really happy with it, I think I’m going to look for other interesting shallow but wide mouth containers and make more.

How about you, love or hate?

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    August 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Love it. The mossy look in the pots has such a fall-like feeling. I do like the earthiness of her faux tree pots. You sure did find a great pot at the thrift store. Your arrangement looks like one of Martha’s. I do love her magazine. When you compare it to what else is on the market, it is a lovely read.

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    Mary
    August 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I really love it! We have all types of moss growing in our area, but I’ve never thought to do this. I think it’s a great idea and you did a really great job with your arrangement. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Judith
    August 26, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Nicely done, Sue!!!

    Few plants survived the heat here today (104f). For those of us in drier climates….. to duplicate your project, perhaps an aquarium tore might have some plants. I shall look into it when the weather breaks.

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    A Bigger Closet
    August 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I’m surrounded by concrete, so it’s unlikely I’d even find even a twig to garnish a pot, but this is lovely! You did a terrific job with your planter.

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    August 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    It’s a love and a hate for me. I just don’t “get” her, but I do enjoy some of her foods. I love my Everyday Foods cookbook, but her baking? For the most part, I don’t even bother with it. I’ve never been impressed.

    Crafting is so far removed from my abilities, I probably wouldn’t have even tried this. I am LOVING yours though. If only I had green moss or green anything near my home. I wonder how well a tumbleweed would transplant?

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    A Trifle Rushed
    August 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Gosh! What would I give for some minions! Martha is not that well known here in Europe, but I have to admit to getting her magazine on the iPad, and I do have loads of her books. (Most of which I can only aspire to!)

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    Lizzy
    August 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love Martha…wonder if she’d ship me some of her overflow planters???? I’d happily take any of her cast offs ;)

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    annie
    August 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    When we lived in CT I would gently dig up mosses to put around my plants in pots…mostly during the winter months. They last forever and of course I could not even water them because the pots would crack. I never brought any inside, but I would now if I had the chance. Your little arrangement looks so pretty. I’m jealous!

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    Jane and Lance Hattatt
    August 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Hello Sue:
    We have never had any success with house plants and fresh flowers, particularly in the daily temperatures of near 40C which we are experiencing, do not last more than a day or two. But this is a wonderful idea and your own arrangement is lovely and something which, as soon as it is cooler and we can be up in the hills gathering moss, we shall certainly copy.

    Martha Stewart is, alas, totally unknown with us.

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    themoveablefeasts
    August 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    This looks awesome! And I am definitely a fan of Martha… can’t help it! And look at what creative stuff she comes up with! ;)

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    hostess of the humble bungalow
    August 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Now that’s a great project. I like the crazing on the green pot too.

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    clare
    August 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    this looks so great and easy! I was just at a thrift store yesterday and I wish I had looked for something like this! I really want to make one

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