Pot Roasts + House Plants .

We've all heard stories that go a little like this: 'I cut the ends off the pot roast because my mother did and her mother, too. ' And, in the end, we find out that grandma simply didn't have a large enough pan for her pot roast. No secret pot roast instructions to be had, just two generations worth of wasted pot roast ends. I have to admit, sometimes I feel like that third generation when I stop and think to myself, 'why haven't I tried this or done that?'. Anyone else?
So, last week, after finishing up a ginormous calligraphy project for an Etsy client, I rewarded myself by heading to Lowe's and piling not one but five house plants into my cart. I can't say exactly what came over me; I was like a child in a candy shop. And, if you follow the Cranny + Me facebook page,  you already know that Jobie was, speaking of an excited child, quite fascinated by our newest additions.  Turns out, plants can supply all the dirt a little boy and his tractor could ever hope for. (smile)

And turns out, even if you didn't grow up with house plants, most probably because your mother also didn't grow up with house plants, it's really thrilling to try something new. Everyone in our little home seems rather enthralled with these new leafy lovelies. (Jobie was fascinated by the new ones, house plants number six and seven, ahem, that appeared after his nap on Sunday afternoon!) Here's to keeping these beauties alive and well!

p.s. I'm hoping to add one more: a swiss cheese philodendron!
p.s.s. I chose plants that were labeled 'highly resilient'. Time will tell!


  1. Anonymous9:05 AM


  2. House plants DO bring so much life! Goodness. I need more. I have a plant that looks like the top left... also from Lowe's... also drawn to the "highly resilient" label.

    I want to be the kind of person who has a lemon tree in a pot, but I am 100% sure I would kill it.

  3. Shanna, thank you! Here's to keeping them beautiful! And keeping all of the dirt in the pots, ha!

    the domestic lady,
    thank you! Fingers crossed to keep them that way : )

    Oh boy. Me too. And, along those lines, I've always wanted to pot an avocado seed. But I've heard that it is a very long and specific process, which, for my 'highly resilient' type, most probably would not be a likely match, ha! Someday : )

  4. This totally inspires me to get some house plants. They're just so darn pretty! And you take amazing pictures, by the way. They're all so dreamy!


  5. So the swiss cheese philodendron...it REALLY has holes in the leaves!? I've never seen one before. Amazing! Well, I too, rank among the ones of trying this house plant thing out. And I can't believe it's taken me so long to jump on the wagon! We "inherited" a few last year when some friends moved and it was this instant BAM to the room. I even brought my rosemary plant in for the winter and it is doing marvelously. Oh. Have you named any yet? We have a tall, handsome fellow we call Herman. After Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick) who lived just across town from here. :) Happy life-keeping.

  6. Brittany,
    Yes! Go get some house plants! You will love it : ) Thank you for the kind words about my photos. You know how it is, here in the PNW, that little contrast/light button is our best friend, wink wink!

    I. KNOW! It really does have holes. Isn't that the craziest thing? Ever! And, you're so right about the BAM aspect. I was shocked. Okay-- tomorrow I am going to name the plants with Graemie. He will LOVE that. You always have the best ideas : )

    ps. Herman? Might have to steal that one : ) So much history in your neck of the woods!

  7. Love this! My mom always had vases of flowers in our house, but never green plants, and you're right -- I follow suit. What's funny is that I LOVE greens in a house. I need to head to Lowe's and grab some. They really do liven up any room.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  8. Loving these photos! Your blog is so lovely! Happy V-day! Xo, M&K at BT

  9. I just happened upon your blog and absolutely adore it! This is such a cute story, too -- love that some new plants are bringing such joy to your household.

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