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Cute succulent arrangements in cups This past Sunday (March 30, 2014!), Whole Foods invited Fair Ivy owner Lucy (that’s me) to teach eager crafters about a fun way to personalize your dinner place settings.  The DIY Dinner event was connected with Whole Foods’ new online publication called Dark Rye. I decided to combine three of my favorite things to create this DIY class:
  1. Crafting
  2. Upcycling (definition: The process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.)
  3. Succulents!
So I headed to the art store, the thrift store, and my own garden to gather the materials.  Check out the photos from the successful event! Succulent planters Twigs for succulent name tags Succulent collection - how to plant succulents

Washi Tape collection

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

The main materials were:

  • Pots and cups that were upcycled with spray paint
  • Succulents snipped from my own garden as well as from generous friends (you can just put a clipping into the dirt and 90% of the time it will just grow its own roots!)
  • Paper scraps and twigs to create the name cards

Below are a few simple samples I brought to give participants an idea of how these succulent arrangements could be used as DIY dinner table settings—plus, as party favors that guests can take home at the end of the night!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Whole Foods presentation - Lucy from Fair Ivy

Above: Me in action, teaching the steps.  Below: Whole Foods was generous and provided us with delicious snacks and drinks that were perfect for the warm yet breezy afternoon outdoor event!

Whole Foods snacks

Whole Foods Dark Rye Recipes

Whole foods presentation from Fair Ivy

Succulents in cups

Make a succulent mini planter

Make a succulent mini planter

There were so many wonderful cute succulent arrangements created by all the participants!  Check out some of my favorites below:

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

DIY succulent planter

DIY succulent planter

Succulents in dishes

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Cute Succulent Arrangements Succulent how to It was a ton of fun—a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  A big thanks to Whole Foods for inviting me to teach, and to all the wonderful participants who were so enthusiastic and creative!

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February surprises here at Fair Ivy brought two wonderful handmade gifts—one of which was a gorgeous mini ceramic bowl from White Peach Pottery This has to be one of the most adorable packages we had the pleasure of receiving….and sending out to all of our surprise subscribers! White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic dish gift wrapping White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic dish gift wrapping White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic dish gift wrapping White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl gift wrapping White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl gift wrapping Arriving in the most adorable little polka-dot packaging, White Peach Pottery‘s gorgeous handmade ceramic bowl came in a variety of colors (an added surprise!).  The little “brighten-up-your-desk” kit even came with an air plant snuggled right inside. White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic dish gift wrapping Artist's Card As with all of our handmade monthly surprise gifts for women, this package included an Artist’s Card, with details about the artist, their background and inspiration.  In case it’s hard to read, the text says: White Peach Pottery Over at White Peach, artist Marianne Tolosa’s desire for the company is to create pottery that counters the widely available, mass-produced housewares on the market today.  She encourages everyone to invite the handmade into their daily life, as she believes it brings joy to the soul and communicates warmth to those who gather around you. The tillandsia planter is hand-crafted just for you, by her, at her studio in Virginia. To care for your Tillandsia, simply place it in an area with bright, filtered light.  Then soak it in water for 30 minutes every 2 weeks, and it should be with you for a long time! White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl White Peach Pottery - Handmade Ceramic Bowl  Love this item and want one for yourself?  Head on over to White Peach Pottery. Did you know?  We JUST opened up a new subscription option called The Mystery, which is only $16/month and allows you to receive this type of variety item every month! Check it out by clicking here!