With the whole internet all abuzz about Mad Men coming back this weekend, I thought it timely to highlight the work of one of my favorite dollhouse artisans, Maryann Roy.
Maryann handcrafts original sets/dioramas, furniture and accessories in 1/6 scale (aka “playscale” [which is the scale Barbie dolls glamorously live in]), but from looking at photos of her staged rooms (albeit without dolls posed in them), you’d never know her designs aren’t made for humans. Her Neo Retro miniature interiors look like they could be the actual Hollywood sets of Mad Men. She’s so good, in fact, that her miniature interpretation of Joan Holloway’s apartment, “Flowers for Joan,” won 1st prize in 2010 for Mattel’s Mad Men photo contest, in conjunction with the release of their line of limited edition Mad Men character dolls.
Going on vacation and don’t want your plant friends to die? Here’s how to give your plants a vacation… from you!
This is what G and I do when we go away - from a weekend to a week - we create a sort-of mini greenhouse on our dining table.
We buy a bunch of those 99¢ aluminum pans from the dollar store, and place them atop the table. Fill the pans up with water and place the potted plants inside. The idea is for the water in the pan to get up into the plant from the bottom, via the little hole in the bottom of the pot. The other idea is, if your plants permanent residence is on a sunny windowsill, you gotta get them the hell out of there - being in direct sunlight when no one is there to water them regularly will cause them to wilt and feel bad about themselves. You have to get them all into the center of the room. They love this, BTW, because then they can all hang out together and talk shit about you while you are away. It’s really beneficial to give them this opportunity once in a while.
Then, depending on what kind of plant it is, it gets covered in plastic wrap, using skewers or bamboo to tent the plastic over the plant, leaves and all. This creates the mini greenhouse. Get that moisture on lock. Make sure to pop a few holes in the plastic so the plant can breathe. **Only do the plastic tent for regular plants tho - not succulents or cacti - they will die in these conditions. Succulents + moisture = death. Don’t believe me? Ask the Sill.** Alternatively, if you don’t want to cover the whole plant, you can put plastic wrap just over the soil. Really, the most important part is that those plants are sitting in a pan of water.
Be sure to give the plants a good soaking before you depart. While you are away, they are gonna slowly soak up all that water and let me tell you, when you come home and unveil the plastic wrap, your plants are going to be GREEN AS F**K. Like, organic farmers market grade Lacinato kale dark green. All the leaves will plump up like they had collagen injections. I am telling you.
This process will save your plants asses for over a week - maybe even longer. The longest we left them in this state was about nine days. When we came home, the plants looked better than they did when we left.
Another helpful tip on how to care for your plants when going on vacation is to ask your little sister to come over and chill with them. I recently tried that and it was super successful. She even did the dishes we left behind. If you don’t have a little sister, you can scan your contacts list to see if there is anyone else who would do basically anything for you and ask for nothing in return because you have an unbreakable bond and are allies for life.
Does anyone else have any other helpful tips on caring for houseplants while on vacation? Please let me know if you do, because I am all about sharing new experiences with my plants.
P.S. Sorry these pix are so bad - I snapped them on my cell phone in somewhat of a hurry on my way to the airport.
P.T.P.S. (PRO-TIP-POST-SCRIPT): These things blow. You cannot possibly imagine how difficult it is to get water into the teeeeeeny tiny little hole. And they are fragile as f**k, very breakable. Also, ugly. We have two of them but they are worthless. Do not leave your plants life in the hands of this product.