Sunday, May 17, 2015

Back from the Basement

Please excuse the lack of blog posts in recent weeks. I was sucked into the black hole that is my basement and, much like Kimmy Schmidt and the Indiana Mole Women, have only recently emerged back into the real world.
In my case, my subterranean exile was self-imposed; I was cleaning, sorting, purging and organizing 20 years worth of stuff that had piled up down there. 

I started at one end, where my husband built a huge 8-foot-long wall-o-shelves (which I blogged about here), and once I got into the cleaning groove, I just couldn't stop until I got clear across to the other end. 

The good news is: I'm (almost) done. (Just a couple small organizing projects left to deal with down there.) The even better news: I unearthed two decades worth of forgotten treasures and half-completed projects that should provide plenty of fodder for my blog in the coming days/weeks/months.

First up, a vintage green metal plant stand: 
I bought the stand, which had a white ceramic pot inside it, at an antique store 10 or 15 years ago. I loved its clean lines and industrial style. Unfortunately, the pot cracked, and then shattered, a few years ago, and the stand got moved down to the basement/dumping ground.
I could never find a replacement pot that was the right size and eventually I gave up looking.
But in the midst of my basement cleaning binge, I happened upon a big white vase that I had bought at a garage sale last summer, thinking at the time that it was the perfect size/shape/color to hold peonies. It hadn't occurred to me then that it might also be the perfect size/shape/color for my plant stand.
My brain finally made the connection between the two of them yesterday, and I was thrilled to discover the vase was indeed a perfect fit. The vase is much taller than the original pot was, but I actually like the proportions of it better.
I stopped at a greenhouse later in the day to pick up a few plants for my garden, and on a whim, I decided to buy a cute little oregano plant for my new/old plant stand.
Because the vase is taller than it needs to be to hold a potted plant, I placed an upside down plastic cup in the bottom to take up space without adding weight.
Since there are no holes in the vase, I poured a layer of gravel in for drainage.
Then I transplanted the oregano.
I'm not sure what I like best: the plant stand, the plant or the vase. They look like they were meant for each other, don't they?

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