Thursday, February 12, 2015

Some New Stuff and Some Lab Work

I got some cool new stuff fairly recently that I wanted to show off.

First, the earrings from BaubleBar.  They are the Cairo ear jackets in rose gold.

Here they are in action:

Pardon the hat hair.
I'm wearing Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Turn On and NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait on my lips.

Second, some Venus Fly Trap seeds.  Okay, these are both for me and my husband, but I had to share them.  We got a few different kinds that will hopefully grow into "Werewolf", "Moon Trap", "Kinchyaku", and "Master of Disaster".  Each variety has unusual looking traps.

Yep.  Those are Venus Fly Trap seeds.

And third, after several months of debate, I decided to buy the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette.

Yeah, that's the reflection of me taking a picture of it with my phone.

I am so glad I decided to get it.  Expect lots of looks with it in the future.  Lots.

In case you were wondering what we do with those Venus Fly Trap seeds, we don't just plant them in some dirt.  Venus Fly Traps are notoriously slow growing plants.  It can take a year or two to see a seedling grow out of the ground (or a pot).  So, in order to speed up the process, we are placing the seeds in tissue culture.  Doing this is kind of a laborious process, but well worth it in the end.  The seeds sprout and grow much more quickly, and in the span of a few months, the plants are about the size of a 2-3 year old plant.

Getting the "lab" ready.

Tissue culture requires lots of equipment and some space in which to work on it, but it is possible to do it all in your own kitchen, which is how we did it.  We bought the plant hormones and some of the lab equipment from a supplier who specializes in home tissue culture (in fact her website is ""), as well as a pressure cooker to sterilize all the media in which the plants grow.  I, of course, was terrified of the pressure cooker, and was convinced we were going to blow up the house, but we've used it successfully twice now with no house blowing up action.

You have to have a clean box or vent hood to keep out any contaminants that could get into the medium.  Otherwise, all you would grow would be mold.

The clean box.

We tint the media blue in order to distinguish it from the sterile water.

It looks so pretty before it's mixed up.

The blue stuff in the jars on the left is the growing medium.  The clear stuff is sterilized water (you rinse the seeds in alcohol, bleach, and sterile water before they go in the medium).

We (my husband) placed the seeds in the growing medium.

We are serious about our lab safety gear.

My husband does the work.  I just take the pictures.

After the seeds are in the jars and sealed up, we put them on top of the refrigerator with a bunch of bright lights.  We decided to put them on top of the fridge instead of the basement so we could check on them and enjoy them more easily.  Plus, they get a little indirect sunlight in the kitchen.

After about two months (we did our first round of tissue culture using some seeds from some unnamed red hybrids in December), we have some sprouted seedlings!

Look at those seeds grow!

So there you have it.  Some exciting new stuff!

What's new with you?


  1. The Vice 3 looks so pretty! Can't wait to see some looks. I enjoyed reading about the seeds. I hope you keep us updated on the plants. (:

  2. Love those earrings! That is a TON of work to grow a venus fly trap!

  3. How interesting! I'm terrified of pressure cookers and know next to nothing about growing plants, so I admire your home lab setup. Plus the gear is pretty darn cool.

  4. I will definitely give updates on the seedlings! Thank you for reading, Lupe!

  5. First off, those earrings are fantastic. Second, your lab work is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! That must take some skill and dedicated and it was incredible to learn more about your hobbies and interests and the work you do! Amazing!