I deeply loved my Emma Bridgewater Great Britain teapot. It was a little bit of retail therapy one day shortly after my daughter was born when my hormones were particularly prone to large swings. Normally, I’m too cheap to buy a £50 teapot, but that day, I NEEDED it, and to hell with anyone who tried to stop me.
It was our beloved teapot for about 2 years until my husband dropped a glass on the pot. The lid shattered, so for a few months we were using a small plate over the top to keep the steam in. Then slowly we started noticing cracks in the teapot itself. First little ones, then great big swooping cracks that got stained by the tea inside. We tried to ignore the cracks, but eventually the cracks got too big and salts started leaching out of the outside. Lord only knows what leached out into our tea, but let’s not think about that! So, it sat empty on our counter for a while, as I just couldn’t bear the thought of throwing it in the bin.
After a looking at a few videos on how to drill a hole into pottery, I decided to just give it a go. I don’t have the fancy diamond bits talked about, but instead just used a regular masonry bit that I had already. It worked like a charm!
My lovely cousin Jodie gave me some mint cuttings when I crashed at her place for the Observer’s Ethical Awards earlier this month. No, I didn’t win, but the two of us had a really nice time at the ceremony and got to chat with some cool and amazing folks. The highlight of my night was talking to Anne (don’t call her Annie) Power. She is an amazing woman, and a total inspiration for never getting complaisant with one’s life. But back to the mint. After a week and half in water there were some nice roots sprouting. Sprouting roots? I’m not sure that’s the correct botanical term…
Anyhow, here’s the glorious transformation in its entirety, and now my kitchen windowsill basil has a little minty friend. The whole process from drilling to watering-in took about 15 minutes, and I am kicking myself for letting that little upcycling job sit and linger for so long.