Cactus cups

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Vintage cups planted up with mini cacti | H is for Home

We’ve got a box full of random pieces of vintage crockery – kept in store just in case we need them to make up sets. To be honest, this doesn’t happen that often so we decided to give them a new life in a different way.

Stack of vintage cups

Amongst the selection are a whole host of lovely cups – the perfect home for small plants. We did something similar with colourful tins some time ago.

Vintage cups and supplies to plant up with mini cacti

So it was off to our local garden centre where we bought small cacti, succulent compost and fine gravel.

Vintage floral cup with base layer of fine gravel

As there are no drainage holes, start with a good layer of gravel to prevent water-logging. You’ll still need to avoid over-watering though – especially in the winter.

Vintage floral cup with middle layer of special cactus compost

Certain cacti seem to suit certain cups – whether it’s the size, shape, form or colour.

Vintage floral cup with middle layer of special cactus compost

Surround with the succulent compost and firm in.

Vintage floral cup planted up with a mini cactus and top dressing of crushed shell

Finish with an attractive top layer – we chose this crushed shell mix that they had in the aquarium section of the garden centre.

Vintage floral cup planted with a mini cactus

And voilà – cactus in a cup!

Vintage cups planted up with mini cacti | H is for Home

We think they look gorgeous – especially in a small grouping. We kept a few for ourselves and took some to our antiques centre space, where they’ve found a nice home on a window sill.

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Green & white Staffordshire Pottery lidded mug set | H is for Home

We picked up a lovely little item this week that we wanted to share with you.

Green & white Staffordshire Pottery lidded mug set with carry tray | H is for Home Green & white Staffordshire Pottery lidded mug set | H is for Home

It’s a set of four vintage 60s/70s Staffordshire Potteries mugs… complete with original carrying tray & lids. Not only do we love the design & colours of this set, it’s the fact that all its bits are intact – a rare survivor!

Green & white Staffordshire Pottery lidded mug set with carry tray | H is for Home

They’re great for cups of tea when you’re working in the garden – the lids keep it warm until you’re ready to drink keep the flies out (and are the perfect place to put a biscuit or two!). They’d also be good for the office – you’ll need to use the whole set when it’s your turn to make a brew.

Bottom of a vintage Staffordshire Potteries Ltd mug | H is for Home

We normally come across these Staffordshire mugs singly – here are a few more examples that we’ve picked up.

Collection of various vintage Staffordshire Potteries mugs | H is for Home

Vintage Staffordshire Potteries mug | H is for Home

Vintage decimal currency Staffordshire Potteries mug | H is for Home

Vintage Staffordshire Potteries mug with orange & brown op-art pattern | H is for Home

They’re only humble everyday objects but wonderful all the same!