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Hello all, welcome to My Design Corner.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect trendy essentials for my home and my rustic home decor online shop, Art Angels Market. You always wonder if your friends are telling you the truth when they say, “I love your home, you need to come help me with mine and give me some style ! “ And so after 30 years designing vignettes and buying for my retail stores, helping my husband with his commercial photography shoots and yes, actually helping friends design their homes, I guess it’s time to transfer all that energy to my new online store project.

Trying to find the right balance between a good design for your space, the right colors, the right style accessories and…at the right price is always a challenge. Exploring together I’ll bring you great ideas….find some awesome funky junk, create beautiful spaces and experience some fab adventures along the way. Here we go!

VW Bus Planter Gift

VW Bus Planter Gift

VW Bus planter gift idea I’d like to share with you and a little about my trip home.

Driving back from the mountains with Cupcake my Himalayan blue eyed baby was along for the ride. she’s always such a great traveler. So while driving for ten hours, yeah, I had the opportunity….ha…..to view various automobiles, old, new and some very unusual !  One in particular was this old classic VW Beetle Bus. A counterculture hippy van of the 60’s. I remember those retro vans painted up with peace signs and flower power, carrying various characters in colorful attire and long flowing hair. That was my decade and it was all about the music. My travel playlist is full of Beach Boys, Beatles and the Grateful Dead. Can’t believe they are making a new VW Microbus for 2020 and it’s electric!? I guess we’re coming back in style!

Even though purchasing a new one or old is not in my future, I can still enjoy all the memories it invokes with my new VW Bus Planter  for my porch. I was also thinking that I could plant some succulents in one and give it as a centerpiece gift to my friend Mary, a true barefoot flower child of the 60’s, at her birthday dinner.

Here’s What I Did…

Found some local succulents plant at a nearby nursery, set up my potting area on the kitchen counter and got started. Parchment or wax paper makes for great no mess easy clean up and used one of my large vintage enamel bowls as a mixing container. 

small succulents on parchment paper on kitchen counter for vw bus planter gift project

Don’t forget to use some rocks or gravel in the bottom of any container that doesn’t have drainage holes so your plants don’t get wet feet!

succulents inside vw bus planter gift sticking out the top with potting soil around them.

Also, a few well placed stones in the top of your arrangement is like icing on a cake In no time at all you’ve created a timeless vintage look and conversation piece for any spot in your home.

final product of vw bus planter gift with small rocks around the succulents on rustic tray and green sea glass rock next to it

Check out these hand painted VW Buses from the era!

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Industrial Centerpiece

Industrial Centerpiece

industrial centerpiece place setting on wicker table with license plate box as a planter

Industrial Centerpiece idea thought I might share with you using our License Plate Box.  Having some couples over for dinner next week and decided that I thought men might enjoy this rather than a fussy flower arrangement.. a little more industrial and rustic. Only needs a small fern or succulent and is the perfect touch for a small table-scape or use multiples for larger settings.   Great idea to celebrate getting a driver’s license or even use as the gift box for money, car keys or a teens party or celebration. Just reminded me to check my drivers license for expiration….oops time to renew !!! A trip to the tag office in my near future.

Here’s some other DIY ideas I found you can do using license plates.

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