In this instance, pictured above is our latest project. It's origins begin a few months ago when we were told that one of the trees in our yard is quite distructive to the native plants and should be *gasp* killed. I hate the idea of killing a tree just for the sake of it, but my local fauna knowledge is limited, at best. So, off we went to cut down this tree, which ended up becoming a task that took three weekends and to be honest is still not complete. In fact, the tree is thriving, loving life and thought that perhaps we were just giving it a healthy seasonal pruning.
Despite our original intentions falling through, we had a pile of wood in the back of the yard. Most Brisbanites will agree that this is an unecessary precaution to take for the hot, tropical winters here in QLD, so I took it upon myself to upcycle the wood into something practical and life giving. Hence, I give you an organic plant stand.
With the help of some photographic inspiration entitled Furniture Ideas I was able to communicate my idea for design and my husband quickly swept me off my feet with his sexy handle on maths and carrying timber through the aisles of Bunnings. (We did have to purchase new materials for the structure of the shelving) Four or five weekends later, after building and three separate coats of stain, I set out to align the reused wood for the shelves. This is when my father in law offered the brilliant idea of using twine and some fancy knotting to secure the shelving rather than an ugly old screw. Now we have a lovely plant stand, all the while paying homage to the little tree that could.