I can't remember when I started becoming obsessed with succulents. Their cute little forms. Nature's perfect patterns. And, I have a special love for this variety, Echeveria.
So it seems right that this month's #stylingtheseasons is dedicated to these little green, silver, grey and purple plant buddies, and that they find a more permanent home than December's wreath project.
February for me is about welcoming those first signs of spring into the home. Outside there is delicate pink blossom on the trees and of course the spring bulbs are all in bloom now. So I've brought some of the outdoor flowering plants inside to accompany a terrarium which I bought myself with my Christmas money.
A living wreath
I think out of all the months December is the time when people really love taking pictures of their home. Christmas decorating brings out the inner child and creativity and, let's face it, at least for me, it will probably be the only time this year when the whole house will look tidy - not just my little 'Instagram corner'.
However, far from doing an indoors shot I decided that for this month's #stylingtheseasons project I am going to give my front door a 'winter makeover', with an alternative wreath. I'm still very much a novice at this, but I find it a very absorbing and relaxing activity, just the antidote to the chaos of frenzied Christmas activity, when I was making like a crazy lady and attending fairs, Christmas parties and generally catching up with people, whilst trying to get all the festive jobs done too. This is my third wreath ever, my first and second ones (which was also a #stylingtheseasonsatmine project can be seen here and here).
I know that for most people it is the tree which gets them properly excited for Christmas. I love my tree too - but that is more of a family affair - dusting off the handmade decorations; placing each one on with my children so it becomes a celebration of us as a family (including all the little personalised decorations that I have made). But the WREATH - it's all mine! :)
Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I am a big fan of plants. So I knew for ages that the wreath I wanted to make this year would be a living wreath, and this week, already I've seen some amazing examples, including Katy's (from @apartmentapothecary) and @needlesandleaves.
This month Judith and Igor have asked us to get our plant gangs together for our monthly blog. I can't help wanting to call mine my plant family, as all my little succulents feel like my babies - so sweet and little, though less maintenance than their human counterparts!
So I got together some of my ceramics and succulents - which go together so nicely in my studio. I was particularly excited with a new purchase - my string of beads succulent from Grace and Thorn as it had been so difficult to find locally; and it complements my sea-foam vases too with its tendrils of pearls. I love my little crocheted hanging planted that I bought from Carolyn Carter too.
My string of beads/pearls did take my breath away, and I took a couple of close-ups of that one!
In this 'family' portrait you can also see the cutest little terrarium with my smallest 'baby' bought from Marimo Adrift.
There was a bit of rearranging which went on as more 'forever homes' / porcelain pots came out of the kiln. I particulary love the soft glow from this candle from Honest, the scent of which is heavenly.
My foraged cow parsley, in my glazed cup was so dainty, that I had to take a close-up of that too.
I also did a couple of shots of the extended family in my studio...
...as well as in my kitchen - where the vibe is a bit more colourful!
So loved putting this little blog together. And my love of plants is making me more creative with my ceramics - I have almost finished a hanging planter, but need to glaze it first and I am desperate to do some macrame too - have the perfect porcelain beads to add a pretty finishing touch.
If you are interested in my work and live in Birmingham I am exhibiting at the Botanical Gardens from 6-14 June, and I will also be at Moseley Arts Market on Saturday June 27. I also have an etsy shop so if you have seen something which I haven't listed just let me know and I can pop it on for you.
Do have a look at Happy Interior Blog and Joelix.com as well as the #urbanjunglebloggers hashtag for more gangs, families and plant inspiration.