Aug31

Basic Slime Recipe

basic slime recipe

Are you a slimer? Our entire household is a bit obsessed with slime. We’ve a mini factory set up in our kitchen and have made a few batches of different slimes. I had a friend ask me to explain the slime trend. It’s hard to say why, but I can feel it lowering my stress level after a few minutes. It’s also an easy way to create and inspire creativity.

The only problem I have is in finding good recipes. There aren’t any amounts, just a list of ingredients, and everyone has customized the combinations to their preferences or ingredient availability. I’ve a few combos saved on Instagram, but couldn’t find a basic slime recipe, so I decided to make my own. I hope you find it useful. Comment below and let me know your favorite slime recipes.

Basic Slime Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz white or clear glue
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Borax powder

Directions:

  1. Pour the glue into a large bowl. Add coloring as desired and mix together until color is evenly distributed.
  2. Mix together the borax and warm water in a glass. Add borax water into glue 1/2 teaspoon at a time, stirring afterwards. Keep adding 1/2 teaspoons until mixture pulls away from the bowl.
  3. Begin kneading with hands until mixture is smooth. If mixture is too sticky, add more water 1/2 teaspoon at a time. When mixture does not stick to hands but is still stretchy, it’s ready! Store in an airtight container.
  4. The mixture can become sticky again after about 24 hours, so keep the remaining borax water on hand and add more as needed.

To make clear slime, use clear glue and then keep it in a container for 5-7 days without touching it. Eventually the bubbles will come to the surface and clear up.

You can buy Borax in any grocery store. I found a giant box of it for $3 at Target. If you can’t find it locally, look for items with boric acid in them. Some that I’ve found are eye drops, contact solution, and powdered hand soap. While you can find it in many other products, keep in mind that you will be handling the slime often. So make sure it won’t irritate your hands.

Jun28

Long time no blog! Life is pretty busy right now between classes, work, and just life. I haven’t had time for creative projects that photograph well, and I’m 100% positive you don’t want to read about Microeconomics and Statistics.

Spring Bulbs via Honeysuckle Life

I have spent most of my extra time in the garden, creating and learning to design with plants. Learning how to garden in zone 9 has been a process of letting go of some loves (tulip, daffodil, peony) and finding new loves (plumbago, zinnia, dahlia).

I haven’t picked up my camera in over a year now. It’s been great to take a break from it. But now I find myself thinking about it more and more, especially as I create in the garden.

If you do need more of a regular fix of what I find interesting or noteworthy, I stay active on Pinterest, which has replaced a lot of blogging content. It’s easier to collect images there, and so many people are on it. Rather than spend hours finding images and doing roundups on things that inspire me.

Here’s to good intentions of future posts!

We keep a long list of future travel plans in our head. One of those places is Granada, where we lived for a year. It’s such a beautiful place, and we have so many friends there. When my husband sent over this link to Isleta El Espino, an island resort in Nicaragua, I immediately added it to the list of potential stays. We love the Isletas, and have wanted to stay there for a few nights on our next trip. Doesn’t it look amazing?

resort in nicaragua granada
island resort granada nicaragua
nicaragua resort sustainable
sustainable hotel granada nicaragua

For more images, information, and reservation, visit the website for Isleta El Espino.

The islands are about an hour from the Managua airport. The hotel offers transportation for $40 each way, but you can also hire a taxi at the airport for a bit cheaper. When they drop you off at the marina in Granada, you can then hire a water taxi. I would only attempt this if you know a least a little bit of Spanish and are up for an adventure.

While you’re in Granada, don’t miss market street, Iglesia Merced, and Garden Cafe.

Found via Huckberry.

May2

Last summer, I helped a friend photograph a wedding in the Dublin area. During a site visit, we stopped off at Powerscourt Estate to tour the gardens and have a cuppa at the Avoca cafe located on the grounds. I found out about Powerscourt Gardens in a gardening book, where it was listed as one of the top gardens in Ireland. So, off we went for a visit.

formal rose garden in bloom

Touring Powerscourt Gardens

We started with a cup of tea and small meal in the cafe before starting our walk. The gardens span a total of 47 acres and require five full-time gardeners to maintain them. They’re full of formal and informal gardens, woodland trails, fountains, waterfalls, and there are even rumors of a hobbit cave as well! They also have a rather large pet cemetery, where the estate owner’s beloved pets are laid to rest.

powerscourt gardens fountain
powerscourt gardens_-10round tower in garden
powerscourt gardens wicklow
powerscourt garden walkway

Somehow, accidentally, we were able to visit when the rose gardens at Powerscourt were in bloom. Of course, in Ireland roses bloom all summer because of the cool weather. So there is a much larger window of time to see the glory that is thousands of roses in bloom. There are over 50 varieties to enjoy!

yellow roses in gardenformal rose garden
white tea rose
korresia yellow rose

This is a yellow David Austin rose by the name of Korresia. It’s a disease resistant floribunda shrub rose.

whiskey mac hybrid tea rose

This is the Whiskey Mac hybrid tea rose. Apricot in color, it’s hardy from zones 6a to 11 and is classified as a shrub, repeat-bloomer.

white tea rose bloom
white tea rosebud

Before moving to Ireland, I assumed poppies only thrived in drier climates (hello California!), but they are prolific in Ireland. During the summer season, you’ll see patches of poppies crop up everywhere: in cow pastures, along the road, and wherever else the wind takes the seeds. This garden had a selection of beauty pageant worthy poppies, in all different colors, showing off their paper-thin petals.

pink poppy in garden
white poppy in garden
poppy bud
red poppies in garden

For more information, including directions and visiting hours, visit the Powerscourt Estate website.

I planted my very first vegetable garden this year. It’s not the first time I’ve grown vegetables, but it is the first time I’ve been responsible for the entire process of planning, planting, and feeding my own small vegetable garden. I’m having so much fun with it!

small cucumber on vine

Every morning I walk outside in pajama pants with bed head to water my gardens. And then two hours later I go out and stare at them. And then a few hours later I go out AGAIN and stare at them some more. I’m a bit obsessed, you can say.

cucumber blossom

I’ve really enjoyed not just the planning and planting, but watching how each flower turns into a tiny little baby vegetable that grows each day. Vegetable gardening can be a bit intimidating, but I’ve found myself learning so much just by trial and error. And the best part is popping a tomato into your mouth that is warm from the sun and bursting with fresh flavor. No store bought tomato will be better!

cherry tomatoes in hand

I picked my first cucumber this morning, and we’ve already had a few cherry tomatoes come in. We bought both of these as plants at Lowe’s. I didn’t want to start from seed for my first batch because I’m so impatient to see results. But I have a few more seedlings that I’m growing right now to plant for our fall season. Yes, zone 9 has multiple grow seasons. It’s amazing.

growing bell pepper

The bell peppers and jalapeno peppers are also coming in! They’re very small right now because both plants are slow growers compared to the cucumber and tomato. The bell is about half the size it needs to be, and the jalapeno are tiny little 1″ peppers right now.


If you’re interested in planting your own small vegetable garden, here are the details of mine:

I used a 4×4 raised garden bed kit of plastic boards from Lowe’s because wood rots so quickly here. I’m not a fan of it, but it will do for this first season until I decide where I want permanent beds. My husband and brother helped set it up, but it really could be done with one person. We just like hanging out in the dirt together.

I used a layering system to fill the bed, with cardboard as the bottom layer, enriched garden soil nearly to the top of the bed, and mulch as a top layer to retain moisture. The cardboard acts as a weed block, and it composts well as it ages. I chose vegetables that I use frequently, and I planted in a grid system of three squares in three rows.

Back row: Because the sun is south of the bed, I planted the tallest plants in the back. They are a Husky Cherry Red tomato, Bradley tomato (a gift from my dad), and a bell pepper.

Middle Row: In the middle row, I have a banana pepper, sweet basil, and then another bell pepper (planted a few weeks after the first to stagger the crop). I’m moving the basil into the front row this week because the tomato plant is growing over it and blocking the sun.

Front Row: In the front row, I have a jalapeno pepper, romaine (just harvested so I’ll put the basil here), and a watermelon vine. The watermelon vine won’t stay in the container. It will spill out into our yard for several feet, but the roots will be in the enriched soil and given a lot of water.

I wanted to try growing the cucumber on a trellis, so I planted my Bush Hybrid cucumber in my flower garden, against a trellis that also contains plumbago. But next time, I think I’ll plant it in my small vegetable garden and trellis it up the back. I also don’t have a lot of room between my trellis and fence, which makes it a bit difficult to squeeze back there and harvest or weed.

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