Of course, in MY case, the issue is more a question of real or faux! When moving to the home which I now reside, I waved a sad good bye to what little lawn I had as it was, to come to an apartment building that sets on nothing but black tar. I have never been happy about it, but then I don't like to waste much time pouting about it either. There's a quote that's become one of my favorites, and this is how it goes...
"Become a possibilitarian.
No matter how dark things seem to be, or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities.
Always see them, for they are always there."
(Norman Vincent Peale)
I've been referred to as tenacious. Where there's a will, there's a way; and no doubt, I can certainly be strong-willed, depending upon the challenge. But I love the word "possibilitarian". It tells me I'm not a quitter. It tells me I'm tougher than I think, and I won't let anything or anyone drag me down. It tells me there's hope. It tells me if life hands me lemons, then make lemonade!...
And it says to me, if I can't grow a garden, then I'll just make my own! The Christmas Cactus on the left is real. It never flowers, but I just keep hoping maybe someday it will. The smaller plant on the right is an African Violet, and it too is real. It does flower occasionally, but one of our dear kitties knocked it over one day; and while it still looks fairly healthy, I fear it will be some time before it flowers again. The flowers in the middle are fake, but they still brighten up my tiny little window sill.
I crocheted the cozy for the jar that these flowers set in. It was a very quick and simple pattern, but it makes for a very pretty vase, in this case! If you'd like to try to make one yourself, you can find the pattern HERE. The only thing I did differently, was to crochet more rounds, so that I could gather a more ruffled looking top. The holes were already in the pattern, so it was easy to weave some satin ribbon and tie a bow. I added my flowers, and I can hardly remember even thinking about black tar!
My kitchen window gets absolutely no sun at all, let alone ANY kind of scenic view anyone would want to look at, but remember... I'm a possibilitarian now!
I went ahead and planted this little trio; and looking at them, they make me smile instantly! You can find the crochet pattern for the flowers HERE, and the crochet pattern for the ladybug HERE.
Another set of flowers can be made by recycling the bottoms of old plastic bottles!
You can find out how to make your own right HERE. Once I had the flowers painted, I just added some button centers, some wooden skewers, covered with florist tape, for stems, and voila!... I had another painted pot full of bright and cheery blooms! I love the little red bird who plays on my window sill, and keeps me company as I wash dishes! By the way, do you see that cute little butterfly? Debbie made that for me, when I first joined the Blissful ATC Swap! I think he looks very sweet in my kitchen window!
"Things turn out best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out."
Well, speaking of butterflies, I've found making them to be very addicting!
I made a third one recently, by crocheting some fun fur around the edge of its wings!
I just think they're so much fun, I'd love to make MORE! I may not find a lot of butterflies flitting about the pavement outside my door, but they certainly add a most welcome element of whimsy, I think, as they flit about the inside of my home!
Well, last but not least, I may not grow my own fresh tomatoes, but a true possibilitarian can still bake the store bought ones into one delicious Creamy Burrito Casserole!
I made this for the family, for dinner the other night, and it was agreed by all this recipe blew my old recipe right out of the water! We've found another family-favorite recipe that's a keeper! If it looks good to you too, you can find the recipe HERE, at One Crazy Cookie!