Being a desert child myself I have a love-hate relationship with our cactus plants. Nothing says home like a desert scene full of prickly pears, sage brush and creosote but let me just say that cactus spines are no joke! Here are a few ways to enjoy the charm of the desert southwest without getting stuck with the tiny spines of a jumping cactus!
1. Bloom Where You Are Planted Tank by The Branding Iron Trading Co.
This is the tank that inspired this post as a whole! I've seen the quote floating around for a while now but accompanied by tropical blossoms and other pretty blooms it just didn't represent home to me, so I HAD to design this top! I may or may not also have it on my Ozark Tumbler and as a art print on the wall of my craft room. I'm only a little obsessed! Shop Here!
2. DIY Cactus String Art by From Scratch
Feeling crafty? Try this super fun and funky cactus string art! You could keep it simple or dress it up with all sorts of embellishments too! Get the instructions here!
3. Shiner Prickly Pear Summer Ale
The prickly pear cactus is native to Texas as is Shiner Beer! The two come together in this citrusy and slightly tart ale brewed in Shiner, TX. The small town is where my sister and her family live and I've been fortunate to visit a few times! The brewery offers tours complete with beer samples!
4. Cactus Marquee Sign by Saw and Steel
How perfect is this handcrafted light-up cactus?! They are made in Gilbert, AZ so this lady knows cacti! Drop by her Etsy page to swoop one of them up or have one customized for yourself! Here's a link to her listing!
5. Cactus Print Stud Earrings by Auricula
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! (No really, please do, its hot in the AZ summers!) These 10mm studs are too stinkin' cute! They are only $9! The shop owner even runs a special when you get 3 pairs (mix and match styles!) Snag some here!
6. Cooking with Cacti by Garrett McCord
Jellies, mojitos, sweet candies and all sorts of other delish things can be made with the fruit of a prickly pear! This article from Simply Recipes tells you how to prepare the fruit to be used in all sorts of things! Read more here.
7. Hard to Handle Boots by Junk Gypsy
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Holy CUTE! A friend posted these because she ordered them for her wedding so I HAD to track them down and begin drooling! They are perfect to be paired with anything! Now the hardest part; do I need the brown ones or the retro pink?!
8. Cactus Dog Collar by Green Bean Dog
I've got 3 pups myself (Tucker Lee, Pancho & Beretta Lynn) and while I would never let them get tangled up with a live cactus I am in love with this super cute collar featuring cacti in bloom! Don't leave Fido out of the cactus love! Here's the Etsy link in case your pooch needs one too!
9. Cactus Pin Cushion by Sleepy Cactus
Still along the lines of being crafty but this time in the form of needle storage! My mom had the ever popular tomato pin cushion in her sewing box (pretty sure every seamstress has had that one at some point!) but how cute is this one?! Once I get the hang of my sewing machine I may need it! Get yours here!
10. Painted Cactus Garden by the WHOOT
Love the look of a cactus garden but don't have a green thumb or just not too sure about the little spikes? Here is a super cute alternative! I'm planning on trying this one myself, wish me luck! Want the full set of instructions? Follow this link!
Cute cacti are popping up all over the place (not just the desert!) Still want more? Follow my pinterest board Cacti Love, I'm sure I'll be adding more to it soon!
Be sure to keep up!