My First Tattoo

More than ticking off an item on my bucket list, getting a tattoo meant getting a proof. A proof that 1) my skin won’t betray me and 2) I do have something to hold forever dear.

‘What is it?,’ ‘Where did you get it?,’ and ‘Did it hurt?’ are just few of the questions I often get asked. I am used to these ‘cos they are very much the same ones I get for my piercings. Just like my piercing stories, I will try to answer all these for you here.

So the artist I worked with for this piece is the wonderful Elysse Marcus, a Toronto-based handpoke artist. I honestly chose her for a number of reasons but mainly because I knew her style would fit the tattoo I like to get. She interpreted my design peg so well and she really captured the personal touch I wanted to incorporate into the piece.

So my tattoo is actually a vine. The leaves are inspired by one of my actual plants, which is my favorite part about it. I also think it has a perfect balance of dainty and unrefined making it a good curious piece.

I chose to have this tattoo because I absolutely love plants. At the time of writing, I have around 70 different kinds of cacti and succulents. My love for them is simple but the connection lies deep.

Everything that has inspired me during this time of my life were brought about by plants and nature. “Resilience” and “growth” are two of the words that best summarize the things I learned and these are the same words that I want to remember whenever I look at my tattoo.

I cannot tell for sure if I will be adding ink to my skin anytime soon; But I’m sure that this won’t be my last botanical tattoo in the future. After all, the process didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.

Well that’s about it, really. Leave comments if you are curious about anything else at all and I will be more than happy to discuss them with you. Talk to you soon!

My Lotus Plant

Before I totally dive into Fall, let me just tell you about one of the highlights of my summer: BUYING MYSELF A LOTUS PLANT!!

I must tell you that I have been wanting to get a lotus plant for a really long while now. You see, it is my spirit plant (if there is such a thing) and since I have been investing on my mini garden already, I figured I might as well get one. Luckily for me, I found a neighbor selling her lotus plant! Talk about luck, eh?!

Sooooo… I wanted to keep the plant on our balcony. Buuuuut… it was messed up. I kid you not, there were junk that had been there forever!!! Your girl gotta do what your girl gotta do! I cleaned it up and it managed to look decent enough for a photo.

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Did you think I’d stop there? Oh no! No! No! No! My DIY senses kept tingling so I knew I had to do something about the plain space I have. After all, only the best and beautiful for my favorite plant!

I scoured my city, day and night, to find the best materials for my lotus corner.. Actually I just went to the dollar store and to one of my local home&garden center after work. Somehow the universe has given me exactly what I needed.

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Could I please explain before I proceed why my photos suck? I didn’t intend to blog about this initially so I was just literally taking photos to show someone my stuff. But after all the work, I ended up wanting to write about it. So there. (Whew! I finally got that out of my chest!) No more judging my photos. Let’s proceed.

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I think this photo here is self-explanatory? Kind of? Well I went ahead and worked my magic. I love how green and terracotta go well together so I always find myself buying artificial turf to contrast my terracotta pots. My lotus corner is no exception.

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Don’t you think my tiki-looking pot is a conversation piece? I find it really cool, I just had to buy it! The mini fountain was offered to me for a really cheap price so I threw it in my cart as well. I put them together on a nice plant rack which we already had sitting around the house. Everything came out just fine. Of course I was very happy with my work! Now the “after” photo:

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I wanted to replace the basin where my lotus is planted but I seriously can’t find anything like it. I initially planned on putting it in a barrel planter but the one I bought ended up being too high. I will probably look for something else next spring. I know, it’s such an eyesore to my perfect corner. *sigh*

Maybe you’re now curious on how I take cake of my plant. Sorry to break it to you, but by now I have already prepared my lotus for dormancy; So this is not a good time to discuss that. I hope that wasn’t what you came here for. I will surely make a blogpost on lotus care next spring when it’s ready to actively grow again. Before that, let’s just pray my lotus survives the winter!!

You have reached the end of my blog. Thanks for stopping by and reading about my lotus. I will eventually introduce all my plants to you. My garden is filled with cute plants and interesting life stories. I will not have you missing out so be sure you’ll be here next time!