Sunday, April 4, 2010

let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

poor $1 ikea plant in his poor $1 pot. not really, they totally rock for a dollar! this baby has made it to the ripe old age of three unscathed and unmaimed by me. he's been ferried back and forth from sunroom to office each winter, goes many a week or two or three without being watered, and is clearly being tortured by pot constraint. it's time to reward him with an upgrade, i think.
S's repeated attempts to grow a pineapple by plopping the top in this green pot have resulted in two failures, so now green pot gets to house ikea plant.

look how much happier he is! here you see the size difference....i am clearly a bad plant mother for squishing his growth. i was able to reuse the little pot for a fake succulent that i got on clearance last year at kohls. 3 fake succulents and 3 white ikea pots make for a nice centerpiece on my outdoor dining table.

i was trying to come up with an idea for a plant stand instead of what i used last year, which was lumping them all together on a fold up tray table. took up too much room and wasn't that attractive, plus i wanted to put the plants around the room, not all together. i have really been trying to look past the color something is, or what the thing IS itself, and see it for what it could become. when i saw this piece in kohls clearance aisle for $7, i was reminded of YHL's planter turned end table on their porch. i loved it for its celery green hue and its honeycombed pattern and texture. i thought i could place a large white plate on top, but couldn't find the one i was looking for. i opted for this candle tray that was a gift, so no extra cost there. Unfortunately it wouldn't work on the larger end, so i had to turn it upside down. it kinda works. And that's how ikea plant came to live on a bathroom trashcan in the sunroom.

look who else came home with his trashcan you see it?

it's a $4 toothbrush holder! same celery color, same honeycomb textured goodness. i thought no one would be able to tell if i put it on the top shelf. $8 total spent with coupons. boo to the yah. booyah!

i'm linking up to lots of good parties like funky junk interiors, met monday, asptl, diy show off, persimmon perch, room to inspire, show and tell at blue cricket designs, frugalicious friday, fingerprints on the fridge, its so very creative, penny pinching wednesdays, motivate me mondays, making the world cuter mondays, the shabby nest, my backyard eden.


Allison Shops said...

He likes living with you!

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Ann said...

Your plant looks very happy and I am sure is soon going to be having a growth spurt! Great deal on the trash can and the toothbrush holder, the color is lovely and your right, no one will ever know at that level exactly what it is. :)

Kaysi said...

Your plant looks great now!!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I wouldn't know that was a toothbrush holder unless you told me. Looks great!

Meg said...

I came over from the DIY party and thought this was a cute post. Awesome deal on the trash and toothbrush holder!

Room to Inspire said...

It looks like Ikea plant is super happy in his new digs! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Nice idea. I just love that beautiful celery color!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!