Ladies & Gentlemen, I happily announce that I’m back on the Creative Collective wagon!
What is the Creative Collective? Well, it’s an initiative started by Mel at the Nectar Collective, to encourage us all to take the time to be a little creative in our daily lives. It’s an initiative that really resonates with me, given my quest for rediscovering the magic in life, and remembering not to quash my imagination.
APRIL 16TH CHALLENGE: Go to a farmers market or large plant store. Buy one plant that inspires you, along with one plain pot. Decorate the pot however you’d like. Make it you. As for the plant, become an expert on how to take care of it. Do as much research on your plant species as you can. Then care for it and watch how your research gives it a full life. Alternatively, you could buy a bag of seeds instead. If you choose this route, I recommend researching your plant before purchasing it, to make sure you are equipped to give it the proper care (i.e. indoor vs. outdoor, light, pot size, etc).
This was the perfect challenge for me! As part of my market business, I often upcycle vintage cups and jugs into planters, or decorate plain terracotta pots and make them more beautiful. At the market I had a stall at this weekend, I almost sold out of them! They’re cheap, and fun to make. Plus, having something living in your room gives off a good vibe!
I get old teacups, kettles, jugs and things at Op Shops or charity stores. Often they’re just a dollar or two! I buy terracotta pots at Mitre 10 (the local hardware store) – the cute, little ones are usually about $1.75. Usually, vintage vessels don’t need much done to them, except maybe a coat of paint if they’re that ugly shade of brown that was so popular in the seventies! I think terracotta pots look nice in black or white, with gold accents, or unique decoupage like comic strips, old stamps, or cute fabric.
Then, you just need a succulent! You can buy them from hardware and plant stores too, but they’re quite expensive because of the boom in succulent popularity! It’s cheaper to take a cutting from a friend’s plant – or, if you’re as resourceful as my Nan, from the garden beds outside of an Italian food shop she frequents! You don’t need much, a small cutting will grow quickly! Plus, succulents are awesome because practically anyone can keep them alive with minimal attention!
I don’t have any photos of my painted pots, because I sold them all! Next time I make a batch, I’ll make sure I take some photos to show you. So there you have it! Simple to do, easy to personalise, hard to kill!