Lately, I’ve really wanted a kid or a puppy. This is frightening considering I still think it’s appropriate to do keg stands, I buy new underwear on a monthly basis to avoid doing laundry, and I know more about the Real Housewives of New Jersey than I do about the current presidential campaigns.
Since I’d probably accidently kill a puppy or small child within a few weeks, I’m aiming my sights a little lower with this tiny little plant. Baby steps.
I named him (yes, I assigned the plant a gender) after True Blood’s always-fabulous Lafayette. And it would be doing LaLa a huge disservice if I didn’t dress my Lafayette as fiercely as he dresses on the show. A boring terra cotta pot just wasn’t going to cut it for any son of mine. *snaps fingers with a neck lean*
I found small tiles in various shades of blue at AC Moore, and knew they’d be perfect for jazzing up Lafayette’s pot. My bedroom is decorated in a blue, tan and white theme (beachy is the only look I know how to pull off when it comes to home décor), so the tiles would look great on Lafayette and in my room. Win win.
I used super glue to attach the tiles to the pot (I tried using hot glue but it wasn’t cutting it), and then decided to add some white to the exposed terra cotta remaining. The only problem? I hadn’t bought white paint or a white paint marker.
Once the white paint issue was resolved, I had to figure out where to get some extra soil. Lafayette is petite and there was just no way he was going to fit in that pot, regardless of how small it was. Like trying to put an Olsen twin in a pair of size 4 pants—she’d be swimming in ‘em.
I went on a little adventure around my apartment building until I spotted a flowerbed with some bright and alive-looking flora. Using…a spoon…I “borrowed” some soil and used it to fill out Lafayette’s pot. I also made sure to explain to him that after his freshman year of college, he wouldn’t need the extra soil and would fit into his pot (aka “fat pants”) juuuuust fine.
My little Lafayette (who I love so dearly now) looks small and alone on my gigantic windowsill, so it probably won’t be long until I give him some sisters and brothers. Truth be told, I’m now pretty much obsessed with taking care of plants and will feel a great void until I’ve stuffed my windows full of them. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the unnecessarily awesome outfits/pots that come with each new child of mine.
Image credit for the sassy pics of True Blood’s Lafayette: MamaPop.com