Unfinished Business

Check One Off the Goal List! I'm in Target!! June 22, 2016 20:42 1 Comment

 

You guys. It is finally time. I've been keeping this quiet for almost a year and now I'm excited to announce that my single mason jar wall planters are now in Chicago area Target stores! Target! It was a goal of mine to be in Target this year, but I originally thought it would be my art that would be in the stores, not my mason jar wall planter. But hey, something of mine is in Target, so I'm marking it off my goals list. :)

It all started with Scoutmob, an online store promoting independent makers and their products, asking me if I would like to sell my mason jar items on their website.  I did some research on the company and liked that they supported the handmade movement and artisans. They had curated a great collection of handmade products and thought it would be a good fit for my products. We have been in in business together since August 2013 and it's been a good relationship. Then, late last summer, one of their curators contacted me and told me about their Target partnership. Target wanted to create a handmade section in their stores in 5 major cities (Chicago, New York, Portland, Atlanta and San Francisco) and looked to Scoutmob to partner with. After Target reviewed the products/artisans on Scoutmob's website, they selected a grouping of potential items to offer in their stores and my mason jar wall planters were selected. You can imagine how excited I was! Holy cow, Target! Of course, at this time they were just gathering a selection of products and then would narrow them down to their final list, so I hadn't made the cut yet, but at least I was in the running. Of course a thousand questions began going through my mind. What if I can't make the quantity they need? What if I don't have enough reclaimed wood?  What if their turn-around time is faster than I can handle? I sent the requested samples to Scoutmob for their meetings with Target and, obviously, they selected my single jar wall planter, with plans to put the single and the triple jar planters online. Yes! Now panic ensues...

Thankfully Target has been requesting manageable quantities in batches and we've been able to keep up just fine so far. I say "we" because my husband has been helping a ton. Once I package up a shipment, I send it to Scoutmob where they assemble the jar onto the reclaimed wood and place it in the packaging they created to display it in. They also add a tag that has my picture on it, the Tickled Pink name, and my location. Once they're shelf ready, they ship them on to Target.

Now that all the products are on display in the stores and will be online this week, I'm not quite sure what to expect. I really have no idea how busy I will be with reorders and online orders. If it flops, heck, I'm still grateful for the experience and can now say I've had my products in Target. That, alone, I think is pretty cool.

Unfortunately, I live about 3-4 hours away from Chicago and am not sure I'll be able to see the display in person. I may have to make a road trip, but we're so busy with my youngest and baseball right now. So, if you're in the Chicago area and step into a Target store, I would SO appreciate some pictures. They'll be on an endcap.

 

 


Container Plants with Personality March 30, 2016 22:00 2 Comments

Ah, spring!  Put away your winter coat, get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Spring is my favorite time of year. It's a season of rebirth with the grass turning green, trees budding, daffodils and tulips popping up everywhere and thoughts of planting gardens and flower beds. I think everyone's mood is elevated when spring arrives.

When it comes to planting flowers, I like to repurpose household items as containers to add some personality to my home. Instead of using your normal flower pot you find in stores, why not use an old toy pickup or dump truck?

toy pickup truck used as a planter

Photo from toytrucktoys.com


Now, the bed of your truck will most likely be shallow, so it's best to plant something with a small root base. Succulents do well in shallow planting. You also need to be sure there's some drainage. Most often the beds of these old toy trucks will have holes in them anyway. If the holes are too big, line the bed with a piece of window screen.

I also like to use mason jars. Surprised? I have my 3 jar planter in my home planted with succulents. I've actually had a couple different plants in the jars over the years. You have to make sure you either don't over water them or place some rocks in the bottom of the jars for proper drainage. Also, the planter needs to be hung where the plants can get adequate sunlight. A lot of my customers use this planter for their herb gardens. And hey, if you don't exactly have a green thumb and the plants don't work out, you can always use the planter as an organizer of cotton balls/Qtips in your bathroom!


Mason jar wall planter from Tickled Pink

Another planter I want to try this year is a boot! I bought a pair of childrens cowboy boots at the Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace and plan to use them as planters. I'm going look for a plastic tray to fit inside the boots as a liner, but think I'll probably have to buy one that's too big and modify it some so it fits. I don't want the water to soak through the boots. That may not look so great.

Old boots as planters from The Cottage Market

I also use a galvanized tub on my back patio to plant in. Drilling holes in the bottom gives it proper drainage or I've seen some use air packets that are used for mailing placed in the bottom to allow for the drainage. Not sure if they'd eventually pop or not, but you could always use something else, like rocks. 

Galvanized planters from Pottery Barn


Here's some other unique planters I've found on the web:

 
a muffin tin

coffee mugs

recycled tires

 

Use your imagination this spring. Save money you would've paid for standard pots and find unique planters around your home! Happy planting!