Inspire Bohemia at The Miami Flea: Cactus and Succulent Planters and Art

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A while back Inspire Bohemia made its debut at one of Miami's most popular flea markets, The Miami Flea.  Held in the vibrant artist's community of Wynwood, The Miami Flea is a curated event with a variety of one-of-a-kind handmade crafts, art, and food truck vendors.  

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Leading up to the event, I contemplated whether or not to include my paintings as part of my booth. At first I had only planned on selling my custom cactus and succulent planters, but ultimately I decided to take a leap of faith and produce some prints of my cactus watercolor paintings to sell alongside my home and garden planters.  In the end, I'm so glad I trusted my instincts and decided to sell my artwork because my paintings outsold my planters!  I was definitely thrilled, to say the least.

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Preparing a booth for a flea market is a lot of work!  Arriving early and setting everything up, staging your products, and making sure everything is clearly priced is a real mission.  Overall, I had a lot of great help from my amazing business partner and husband-to-be, along with lots of family and friends.  Aside from the hectic setup process and broiling hot weather, I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly my first Miami Flea market booth experience went. 


Staging was a lot of fun, in the months leading up to the big day I collected a few wood wine crates from my local wine store, and I borrowed a funky old vintage clothing rack made of metal pipes from my grandmother to display my hanging terrariums.  My biggest tip for creating a flea market booth is PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE!  My aunt helped me do a mock-up of the booth in my driveway the day before the actual flea market, so we could be sure of how we would arrange the tables and most of the planters, rather than leave it up to the last minute.  This was one of the best things I did to prepare!  Also, make sure you have a handy box full of pens, price tags, change, tangible receipts (if necessary for cash purchases), a calculator, and other necessities for your booth setup and transactions.  As far as payments go, I used to Square, Inc. to process most of my payments, and despite being intimidated by using the swiping mechanism and iphone app for the first time, it was a breeze!  


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Another bit of advice for making your booth vibrant and welcoming?  A bright beautiful floral arrangement!  My aunt is a master when it comes to making gorgeous floral arrangements, and she does it using clippings from her very own garden...  I asked her to help me out and make me a vase of flowers for my table and she graced me with this beauty full of palm fronds, orchids, birds of paradise, Kalanchoe succulents and variety of random flowers:


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Here are some shots of just a few of the cactus and succulent watercolor paintings I had for sale that day:


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How to Grow and Care for Huernia Succulents

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By far one of my favorite succulents of all, the Huernia genus of succulents is of the family Apocynaceae and subfamily Asclepiadoideae.  Huernia succulents are closely related to my other favorite succulent family, Stapelias. Basically, they all have one fascinating thing in common - breathtaking flowers!  However, unlike Stapelia flowers, I have yet to encounter a Huernia flower that stinks like a rotting dumpster, though some probably do.  But please, don't let that little tidbit deter you from falling in love too, I assure you the overall joy that Stapelias and Huernias bring far outweighs that small bad trait.  Besides, it's an evolutionary miracle aimed at achieving pollination, more on that later in this post.

Huernia succulents are low growing succulents native to the deserts of Southern and East Africa, all the way to Arabia, and are thus found growing mostly at the base of other plants in partial sun to bright light/shade.  Therefore, in order to maintain their healthy succulent sage green color, these beauties prefer bright light to partial shade, whereas in harsh full sun they can slightly shrivel and turn colors ranging from grey to red to bright purple - as a means of protection.  Extended periods of exposure to full sun can be harmful, causing parts of the plant to dry up completely and die.  On the other hand, too little light and Huernias grow weak and thin, leading to decreased flower production in the blooming periods of late Spring to late Fall.


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