I finished my air plant project! Here are all three together:
From left to right:
My first try – a beach rock on a slate tile with green air plant
My second piece – another slate tile, with a stone I picked up from the grounds of Chichen Itza in Mexico last year and a reddish purple air plant
My third and final (for now) – a limestone and coral clump I picked up in Key West that happened to have a perfectly sized hole in it, and a green spiky air plant.
Again, I can’t take credit for this idea. It was inspired by the artwork of the person I purchased the plants from. Check out her Etsy shop here.
I’ve had them for a few weeks now and have managed not to kill them, which is impressive for me. I spray them every few days and leave them in my window where they get sun for about half of the day. I can’t wait to hang up the tile pieces on the wall in the new apartment. The coral piece will go on the top shelf of my desk, where it will hopefully* be safe from the curious and deadly claws of Shep.
The total cost of this project was under $25, and that’s including the tiles which are repurposed. The only unnatural component is the silicone glue, but I don’t know if there’s any way around that other than mixing my own concrete.
Speaking of natural materials, I had a coupon from VivaTerra, so I splurged on two items: bath towels and place mats:
I looked everywhere before I bought these, but couldn’t find anything like them anywhere else. They are so simple and natural (just rocks glued on to black felt), but they also have a modern look that is not likely to go out of style or clash with any dishes I’d buy in the future. I photographed the placemat with one of the bamboo sushi plates I purchased from Etsy, but of course this will look a whole lot better set up on the counter rather than my bed!
I must confess though, I had jumped on the bamboo bandwagon without doing my research, and while this shouldn’t really be a surprise, some of the “eco friendly” marketing angles of bamboo products are deceptive. Wait! Now don’t go throwing away that bamboo cutting board quite yet! In my next entry, I will post the results of my research on the pros and cons of bamboo.
Happy Summer Solstice to all of you!