Hearts and Pearls

     Ornaments aren't just for Christmas, at least the clear ones aren't. I thought I'd try keeping some marimo in them even if the glass is kind of fragile. The brand of ornament comes from the brand Darice which I bought off Amazon. The size is 60 mm.

Hearts and Pearls by Maridan Valor; If this inspires you to make your own project, marimo or not let me know. I'd love to see what you come up with. If you copy this look please give credit, thank you.
If this inspires you to make your own project, marimo or not let me know.
I'd love to see what you come up with.
If you copy this look please give credit, thank you.

     I kind of just made the "frosting" last night with the pearls and hearts last night on a whim while making another project. Since I didn't want to ruin the ornament if I failed, I first set down some cling wrap which it peeled right off when it dried.

    The "frosting" is off white sort of light tan silicone, I was trying to use up a small tube of it that I was given. Please use this in a well ventilated area or at least keep it across a large room. It stunk, bad but it's the bathroom kind so it won't mold when it gets soaked time after time which is perfect around a marimo ornament. Since it wasn't attached to the ornament, I just pressed it on and it stuck but in the future I might need to use double sided tape or hot glue if I don't decide to make interchanging frosting mounds, maybe I'll figure out how to do chocolate next time.

     The pearl heart cabochons I bought during a sale but you can probably find them anywhere. The little pearls are off an old strand I bought at a thrift shop, just painted beads off an old cotton strand I took apart to use for crafts. I just pressed them into the fresh silicone to dry in place.

     The little acrylic diamonds used inside the ornament I bought separately, each color. Sorry I don't have a link but I bought them a few years ago off Amazon in a pack of 1000 (I think) Size is 4 or 4.5 if I remember right.
pink  (baby pink)
honey  (probably my favorite, so soft and pretty and I think the real color name was Gold)
diamond  (clear, really nice quality acrylic, not foggy at all)

     Hey! Do I have your attention? I need help naming this marimo. I don't want names like Valentine even though I did create it on Valentines day. I like the theme hearts and pearls so maybe along those lines but if you have a good name I might use it.

     Disclaimer; the water looks a little foggy but it could be just that the water was really full of air since I filled it with a spray bottle. There are fine little hairs too from the marimo because I just formed it into a ball from a larger piece. after a while I'll change the water and those little marimo hairs that were shed during the forming process will stop coming off as the marimo begins to grow together. The hair is harmless, just tiny bits of marimo that came loose when I divided the pair and rolled it into a ball.

Fairy Lights, Buddha and Secret Project Revealed!

     I've been hinting a little while that I'm working on a secret project so if you've seen me say things here or on twitter or wherever about fairy lights and questions about them actually working in water or that I was waiting for my golden Buddha to arrive, well this is what I was talking about.

Fairy Lights, Buddha and Secret Project Revealed! Marimo tank #marimomossballs #marimo

     Tada! It was for none other than a marimo tank. I've had this glass bowl a while, a thrift shop find so it's a little scratched up but still perfectly usable and so heavy to carry. I need to invest in a water pitcher to fill it instead of carrying it around, so scary since it's so heavy and if I drop it would create such a mess and probably would break my toes or worse.

Fairy Lights, Buddha and Secret Project Revealed! Marimo tank #marimomossballs #marimo
Check out that crystal head vodka bottle for size comparison...
actually I don't know the exact measurements on that.
If you look carefully you can see a second Buddha in the short marimo bowl on the right.
The second bowl is below the battery pack of the lights which is resting on a brick behind the bowl.

     I've been wanting an aquarium for a while and to get my marimo out of their many, many jars. I'm still not done, I've just moved most of the newest marimo but I am in the process of thinking up new ideas for how to make my marimo look less junky in the tiny pickle jars they'd been in without their original smelly lids. I'm not saying it's bad to use pickle jars, it just doesn't suit me anymore.

     Here are the links of where I bought the fairy lights and the Buddha. I'm not getting anything from sharing these links with you.

Fairy lights.

Golden Buddha.

Golden Buddha; quick little review they arrived faster than claimed, just a couple of days which was amazing, fastest shipping ever without having Amazon Prime. They are ceramic or something, I thought they were resin but this is probably better. They came unbroken, one has a defect on the base but it was painted over and since it's going into a marimo tank I really don't mind since it's an aquarium decoration and even then it was the back of the base and not really all that noticeable unless you look from the bottom so I would buy these again if I ever need more golden Buddha statues.

Cool Light Fairy Lights; This was the best deal I could find that wasn't going to take ages being mailed out and ran off AA batteries which I think last longer than cell type batteries that you can find cheaper string lights. I can't remember at the moment but I think the AA battery type lasts longer between needing to change the batteries out. Bonus it was a double pack. I did have one problem with these, one of the lights would turn on but only if I fiddled with the switch so my brother fixed it saying that it just wasn't soldered right and he'd solder it later, it worked just fine after he bent the connectors to touch. It sounds like a small manufacturer's error which could happen to any sort of tech so these lights are awesome as far as I'm concerned and these are the first ones I've bought.

Disclaimer; this is my third color of Buddha but I only have two complete sets. I have two jade colored Buddha bought from a Chinese restaurant years ago and separately they each cost nearly as much as the sets I bought off Amazon and I'm pretty sure the "Jade" is resin not an actual stone.

Fairy lights and duckies

     Yay I finally bought myself some fairy lights. It took six days for shipping and cost me $6.99 for two! I'll leave the link below if you want to use it. There was just one problem with one light and my brother fixed it really fast, a part near the switch hadn't been soldered right but that's probably just one of those things that could happen to any electronic.

     I've only used the fairy lights for a couple of minutes but I love the cool light tone. Why is it there are so many more warm toned white lights then cool toned white lights? Anyway I wanted the lights for an underwater project and these are suppose to be waterproof but I haven't tested them yet because I'm waiting on a golden Buddha statue I just ordered.

Do you like my collection of over a hundred gummy colored plastic fish that are beneath the six rubber duckies in the vase?
Off to the left is a copper colored candlestick holder with crystals on it.

My marimo necklace pendant from Aquatherapylivingjewelry who you can find on Instagram.

A look at the marimo pendant without the weird lighting.
What do you think of my mini copper spirals?

     Since the lights looked so cool I wanted to see what taking photographs with them would look like. It looks like a festival, so cool. I think I need a rainbow of fairy lights. Do you own fairy lights? What color do you like the best?

Disclaimer; The marimo necklace was a Christmas present and it is amazing.

Five facts about me

     I just wanted to write something a little fun while I'm working on a project that's taking a lot of planning...it isn't a big deal but it has to do with fairy lights and putting them underwater which I have read that can be done but does anybody know if they will last underwater for a long time or will they corrode? I don't have much knowledge about fairy lights so any help would be great.


Fact #1 My favorite metal is copper, it has been for years but for jewelry I like silver or steel.


Fact #2 I have over a hundred tiny plastic gummy colored toy fish and no idea what to do with them after I bought them in bulk so they inhabit a vase with a few rubber duckies to keep them company.

Fact #3 Thanks to Instagram, I've been forgetting all other social media outlets...sorry but seriously there are too many amazing people on there who make awesome things that I want but can't afford but I still look anyway.

Fact #4 I use to sculpt with air clay but in the move a few years ago I lost the two or three boxes I had and to be honest they weren't the best but I regret not having pictures of some of the pieces I liked the most. I would love to sculpt again but not with air dry clay, maybe polymer but I'm not sure yet.

Fact #5 most of my jewelry I made myself, usually my earrings. What I haven't made is either older than six years or a few precious pieces were gifts or one piece bought by myself so long ago.

Fluorite and raw Montana copper.
I got the copper at Fifty Silver Dollar Bar and Grill,
it may have been a limited time thing, they always have different products.

Disclaimer; The fluorite was shown in a previous post. I just got something awesome that has fluorite in it, Soon to be shared since I'm taking photos today and hoping they turn out alright.

Photos of the new year

     This is my first photo post of the year and I really like these ones. Lots of snow, I think I'm getting better at photographing snowy scenes and editing them so they don't look all washed out.

Photos of the new year; Icicles
I am super happy about this icicle picture.
I love icicles so I'm excited to see them every year.


Photos of the new year; gazing ball
Gazing ball in the snow through a cyclone fence.
I gave this picture a warmer tone so the snow was softer
to blend with the gazing ball a bit more.

Photos of the new year; Snowy Idaho Mountain
The sun over the mountain, snow on everything.
I love the shadows from the trees on the snow.

Photos of the new year; Snowy Idaho
You can't really tell but in the middle of this picture is a river.

Photos of the new year; Snowy Idaho River
This is the middle of the picture above, can you see the river yet?
I love snow covered river rocks.

Photos of the new year; Snowy Idaho Mountain
One of my favorite pictures. The color, the contrast, the details turned out great.

Photos of the new year; Snowy Idaho River
Oh here's the river. It looks like a whirlpool in the center but it's just ice.

Disclaimer; While editing and writing this I'm listening to 'Mad World' sung by Jasmine Thompson. I l like the sound and it's easy to sing along with...even if I am probably so annoying to listen to. Lol, I think after I post this I'll switch to a new song...maybe 'Glowing in the Dark' by The Girl and the Dreamcatcher. 

Last Post of 2016!!!

     Wow, this year flew by. 2017 is tomorrow so I thought I'd do a favorite posts of 2016. This is a list of the top favorite posts of the year based on views and of my personal choices, hope you find something you might have missed.

Reader's favorite post #1 Lol the first is literally the first post of 2016! Baby moose on the loose.

Reader's favorite post #2 Wild Idaho Turkeys.

Reader's favorite post #3 My tarot card post was surprisingly popular. I'm thinking of doing another.

Reader's favorite post #4 DIY octopus beads. This one is super simple and fun to make.

Reader's favorite post #5 January Pinterest Challenge. Let me know if you want me to start this game back up. I use to put them up once a month at least and there's no time limit on them, you can complete them at any time if you want.

Recently popular. Marimo Summer Heat Warning. This one was surprising and it seems to be thanks to Pinterest but everyone seems to be interested in my post about marimo and temperature despite it being a 2015 post.

I really want to thank everyone for reading my posts. It means a lot to me that so many people are enjoying what I've written and pictures I've taken. Here's to hoping 2017 brings more creative inspiration towards future blog posts for me to share with you.

Last Post of 2016; This is what I got when messing with a photo of yesterday's sunset. I love it, it looks like a magical storm.
This is what I got when messing with a photo of yesterday's sunset.
I love it, it looks like a magical storm.

My favorite post #1
 Mike Wazowski Inspired DIY Marimo Jar. I still have this little guy although I liked him without the horns most so I took them off. I'm trying to come up with another mini jar inspired by a favorite movie of mine, still working on collecting the items and planning out how it should look. If you like Monsters' Inc. and you have marimo or maybe you don't, you can still make a character/show inspired jar. Let me know how it turns out.

My favorite post #2 Leap-year, the legend of the maro-frog. What, you've never heard of this legendary creature? Wow, I thought they were known throughout the world twice over, more famous than leprechauns but not quite as well known as unicorns.

My favorite post #3 Pinterest Etiquette #3, the things I've learned on Pinterest. If anyone is interested in knowing a little more about Pinterest let me know, feel free to suggest questions for me to try answering. I'm in the process of post #4 and it should be a little different.

My favorite post #4 A Slow Thief. Help someone just tried to steal my bracelet! Lol. I still think this post is pretty cute.

My favorite post #5 Celebrate! DIY plant hanger. I still have my purple and green one up and have never taken it down. It's the perfect pop of color, it even works for birthdays, parties, and holidays or just for fun. Choose your colors, make it to fit your planter and hang it. I wish I had some iridescent ribbon, it would look perfect!

Last year's last post if you liked this one.

Disclaimer; All these posts were written by a robot...on a robot...by a human on a computer...no a human writing on a computer. If I...if said human was on the computer the posts would all look like...

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Good thing I write with my fingers...I mean it's a good thing said human writes with their fingers!

End note; thank you for putting up with my humor. Happy New Year!

Christmas Snoop

     Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone. I just thought I'd share a couple of pictures of our Christmas snoop. I was actually worried she'd start opening gifts early.

Someone is trying to guess what's under the paper.
Someone got caught snooping so she's pretending to be after the ornament.

Disclaimer; She didn't get into any of the presents...I hope.

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