DIY ~ Influenced by…

There are so many influences and inspirations out there… this series will be dedicated to what makes me want to give it a go… add my own spin.

~ This “influenced by” is from Sow & Dipity, you can find her blog HERE. She’s a real sweetie, her name is Shelly… you should check out her awesome gardening knowledge and her fab ideas! Dare you not to love her…

This is the project she posted, you can find it HERE, I was intrigued by what she said was her “jar fetish”… I had to look… adorable eh!?


This is my kind of project, nice and fast…

Let me just say, I have tons of twine and lots of bottles, but I do not have that many buttons, I adore buttons… why don’t I have more?… bad habit #1 in this post, I tend to keep all of the little plastic bags that are attached to garments with the buttons in them, I store them all at the bottom of my jewellery box… strange, I know!? I scrounged in my jewellery box and this is what I came up with.

Twine + buttons = <3 | Vin'yet Etc.

what I used: a bottle I had laying around, some jute and bakers twine (I have a twine fetish) and scrounged buttons (note to self, go buy some buttons), I really loved the way it looked but needed a little something, I had some fake lavender, wrapped the stem with twine and put that in the bottle… Easy and just the perfect thing to tuck in beside my rusty wheel…

~ And my second inspiration, succulents… who doesn’t love succulents? Okay there may be some of you who don’t love them, like Bud doesn’t love decorative pillows, I know crazy eh!? 😉

This little lady is a Marine wife {being an army wife, that drew me into her blog} I am glad I found it, because I really love the stuff she does… you can check her out HERE. She did this DIY succulent planter, the hook for me, a “black thumb”, was her tag, plants you can’t kill! Oh boy, this I had to do…

DIY Succulent Planter | Vin'yet Etc.

Adorable, right?  Another quick & easy project… off to Michaels I go… my little succulents weren’t 50% off like hers, just 40%, not too shabby… I also didn’t need to paint any new pots, I really just used what was laying around the house. Oh and I used dark coffee beans as the base filler… Here is my version of succulents you can’t kill… they aren’t glued down, I like to change things too much some would say, mostly Bud says this… 😉

Succulents and Coffee beans | Vin'yet Etc.

Succulents & Coffee beans | Vin'yet Etc.

how I did it: an old olive tray and a piece of pottery I’ve had forever, coffee beans and two stems of succulents, (3 on each stem), I took the little fakes off of the stems, simply filled the containers with coffee beans and just placed the plants in a grouping of 3 in each container. They are great for a pop of colour on a shelf or add to that vignette that is missing a little something, and like Liz Marie says, you can’t kill them! 

There are my spin-offs, let me know what you think, if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you!

~ Laurie

Please note that all images that are not my own link directly back to the originator, thanks so much ladies for letting me go on about you and for the inspiration to try my own version of your projects… Cheers xo

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  1. Beautiful projects Laurie! I love the lighting and styling on your photographs… just lovely!

    • Thank-you Cynthia! Trying to figure out what all of the settings mean… think I’m starting to get the hang of the camera, so much more to learn! Thanks for stopping in.

  2. They do look great – just beautiful!!

  3. Awww.Gorgeous projects. Oh, how I wish I was crafty.

  4. Gorgeous projects, can you come decorate my house.

  5. I keep button baggies in my jewelry box too! So funny. Love your little succulents. I must get some.

  6. I am a sucker for succulents! Really love the look with coffee beans.

  7. Your bottle turned out so cute, and I love any plant that won’t die on me!

    • Thanks Sheila! Me too, I love plants, but I get so distracted with things sometimes I either over love them or neglect them all together… a no kill plant that looks kinda real is my fave! Thank-you for stopping in!


  8. I love it! I might have to do something like this when it warms up a little. This reminds me, my aloe plant needs some love…

    • Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping in! I love aloe plants, are they hard to kill? One of my prerequisites! 😉


  9. Love quick and easy projects – and gorgeous too! Great styling and photography – very inspiring!

  10. Laurie, I love the way you put vignettes together. Your jar and plant look great, but I also love what you have displayed with them. Great photography too. laurie

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