Such(culent) fun

Joey: “Wait, that plant’s REAL??”

Me: “Sure is.”

Joey: “Why is is still alive???”

That’s right, folks.   This conversation happened the other day.   Much to the amazement of… well… everyone, Pete is still healthy, alive, and tap-dancing after several months under my care.  Bona fide miracle if you ask me.  Remember Pete??   This spunky guy…


I originally purchased him to replace the sickly palm that I pretty much killed.    And I was scared.  Scared for Pete’s life.   But fortunately, the Home Depot lady was right when she said that he’d be a good catch.   He definitely has been, for sure.

What’s my point?  Well, Pete’s given me confidence.  Confidence to take more living beings into my charge.   Enter succulents…


…purchased at Home Depot for just under three bucks a piece.     But, wait.. I’m getting ahead of myself.  You see, it all started with these guys…


Four galvanized metal outlet boxes.  I found them at Goodwill for 50 cents a piece.   And they reminded me of a restaurant called Bolsa in the Bishop Arts district in Dallas.   They used them as succulent planters for their centerpieces.   My friend Ashley mentioned a while back that she’d followed their lead and DIYed some of the same.  So, I decided to copy both of them and make my own, preferably to display on our sofa table.  Remember how I mentioned that I needed to redecorate this area a smidge to allow our back door to shine?  I thought these would be perfect.  Industrial with a hint of nature and unobtrusive enough to play second fiddle to our newly painted door.

I remember Ashley mentioning that she needed to caulk the cracks in the metal boxes to keep the soil in, so I busted out some silicone caulk that I had on hand and did just that.  I covered the bottom holes with duck tape (mainly to give the caulk a supportive surface to stick to for the larger holes)…


And I caulked all of the nooks and crannies…


Next, I did some research on the proper planting method for succulents.  They recommended mixing the soil with gravel, so I stole a large handful of pea gravel from Lucas’s rock box and blended it with my soil.


Does my hand look weird here or is it just me?  And yes, that is tile-paint on my fingernail.  It loves me.  It refuses to leave.  Anyways, I planted my succulents in the metal boxes.  And here they are now.  Succulents, who are you wearing??


Well, Ryan, I’m wearing metal by Goodwill.  And I make this stuff look hot!  (Can you tell I’m watching the SAG awards while writing this post? And maybe drinking a glass of vino (ortwo)?)   Anyways, here are a few more red-carpet moments…

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Easy and cheap!  I love them.   Not too shabby for around $3.50 a pop ($3 for the plant and $0.50 for the box).   I’m currently working on something for below the sofa table which should help warm it up a tad.  And if you look closely, you can see our new centerpiece peeking through the crowd… 


I changed it up (again… It’s been morphing on a weekly basis lately.  What can I say? I like variety.)

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The sparkly vase was a $7 find at TJ Maxx.  Had to do it.   And the runner is actually a folded up tablecloth that I got on clearance from Target for $4.   The other stuff I already had.

So, I get oddly giddy when talking/writing about decorating.  I’m seriously typing with a goofy smile on my face right now.  It may be the wine.  But I think its the decorating chit-chat… does this happen to anybody else?    Or is this just me?