Wednesday, May 20, 2009

gardening and chia pets...

This is my husband's and daughter's idea of gardening...
planting beautiful delicious tomatoes. 
(They are fantastic those 2!)

I have a black thumb.
This is my idea of gardening...

A tree chia pet!!  (see below)

I was inspired by "Ordinary life magic" who made grass heads using old socks and buttons! (very cute)  
I decided to make ours a tree and used burlap instead and embroidered on top of it .
Lets see if it will actually sprout any greenery!!!  We'll have to wait and see.

If you'd like to make one too, here is what I did... 
You need embroidery thread, a piece of burlap 
(its good because it has wide holes for the grass to sprout through), and an embroidery needle.  You will also need potting soil and seeds.  We used grass seeds.

Draw your image on the burlap with a pencil or marker.  
Add a base to the bottom with more burlap,  so that the tree will stand. 
Sew the bottom closed

Embroider all around your image, 
BUT leaving a hole at the top open where you will put the soil and seeds.

Add soil all the way to the trunk top

Sprinkle some seeds around the perimeter of the tree and drop more soil in the middle.  
You will be layering soil then seeds till you reach the top.

 Sew the top closed.

Spray with water daily and leave in the sun!

Hopefully you will see buds soon and your chia tree will look green and lush with leaves!  
I'll keep posted on our progress....
Hopefully you do not need a green thumb to make these seeds grow!

Ahhhh... he is beginning to sprout!

In the mean time ... 
while we wait...

Always a beautiful beautiful book.

"Once there was a tree....
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk
and swing from her branches
and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired,
he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree....
very much.
And the tree was happy..."


  1. what a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Love this...and The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books:)

  3. thank you for sharing! this is a wonderful idea! i think this would be a perfect project/party favor to do with the kids at my daughter's next birthday party!

  4. I recently bought 'The Giving tree' at a local flea market for my little girl. I read it in the car and almost wept. I love that story it is just so...moving for lack of a better description.

    Also, I love your chia pets and whenever I happen upon some burlap I will definitely keep this in mind. :)

  5. Fabulous idea. I just love it! Thanks for sharing. Found you via Crafty Crow.

  6. what a great idea, i love love love it! i absolutely had to post it to my believing nature site
    i can't wait to do this project too :)

  7. This is too cute=) Thanks, going to do this with my preschoolers come spring=)

  8. Hi jennie!!
    Thanks for stopping by!!!
    It is a great project to do with kids yes. You can pre-sew simple shapes out of the burlap and have them fill and maybe even sew too! Good luck with it and if you take pictures ... i'd love to share them here at happy birdycake!! :)



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