A Day in the Life
Handmade Textiles, Design and Daily Inspiration
Today, I offer you a craft-based project from a workshop that I attended this weekend in Los Angeles. On weekends, I like to reserve some time for creative projects and workshops. Events that get the creativity flowing and set the tone for the week. Workshops can be simple crafts or include more in-depth classes that explore a traditional technique. It was a rare and rainy Sunday in Los Angeles, so spending time in a candle-lit garden store felt like the perfect activity. In this class, we potted a succulent of our choice. I love to visit local shop Rolling Greens on Beverly Blvd. They have another location in Culver City too. It's one of those well curated locales that you notice living on the westside that catches your eye from the street. In fact, I was always curious about it, until I stopped in.
As you can see, they already have some festive wreaths for sale. In the past, I've found a lot of great plants here and even had arrangements done. Below is how my pots looked when I prepped for potting the succulents. The blue one was recycled and the pink pot was new that I purchased in store. I prepped each pot by throwing out old soil and filling the bottom half of each with gravel that they provided.
Next, I picked out 2 succulents. Then, after removing them from their dish I loosened the root system by hand.
Next, I added the soil and white rocks on top of the soil.
Then, using spray adhesive, I dusted the leaves lightly before sprinkling on some white glitter.
I picked up a 3rd emerald green dish on my way out of the store. I liked how the color and texture complimented the other two.
Now, we have quite the mini-plant collection on our mantle at home. I'm hoping to keep these 3 new plants alive until my Christmas get-together with the girls. I hope these will make nice party gifts to- go!
The total project time was around 20 minutes and I spent about an hour total browsing local handmade gifts and soaking in all the inspiration around the store. Two artisans that I just discovered are: Local + Lejos- an artisan home goods shop that makes an impact, along with weaver Kellee Vopelak, who I would love to book for a future weaving class.
To get us ready for the holidays, I have lined-up a series of handmade events for December to get this blog off to a creative diy eco-conscious kinda start. Next up in this series, will be a Wreath making workshop, that I can't wait to dive into with you.
Hi, I'm Hilary.
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