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Updating a Spring Wreath…

I don’t know about y’all, but I use the same wreaths over and over, year after year, with additions to make them look new. I don’t like spending a lot of money to make a brand new look for the front door, but I also get tired of the same old thing. Plus, birds and insects help my decision about refreshing every season!

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I’ve used this grapevine wreath for my spring and summer front door for the last couple of years. I added the cotton stems last year and the willow branches this year. I really like the “non-uniform” look of the greenery as it hangs on the door, and I like a larger wreath so it shows up well.  When I saw this wreath from On Sutton Place on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try since I had these little terra-cotta clay pots in my storage.

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I wanted the pots to add to the look I already had and got busy with the pots, wreath and twine.  It was so easy!  You literally just run the twine through the hole in the bottom of the pot and tie it onto the wreath (I tied with a double knot).  You can tie them on in a random up and down order or add as many or as few as you want.  Here are some pictures of the steps I took:

 

These pots are 1 1/2″ and 2″-3″ tall and can be purchased at Hobby Lobby,  JoAnn’s or my favorite online, Amazon (Set of 10 Small Terra Cotta Pots – Clay Flower Pots, Mini Flower Pot Planters for Indoor, Outdoor Plant, Succulent Display, Brown – 1 x 1.5 Inches).

Easy Peasy project that adds a different Spring touch. I may change out the burlap bow with cute gardening implements like the wreath above or just wait until next year🙂  Hope you try it out!

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Random Thoughts from Home….

Random thought #1:  I’ve been stuck with updating my blog lately. I blame it on the weather – 30’s one day, 70’s the next, cloudy, sunny, tornadoes, hail, snow – all within one week – literally all within one day!  While I love my Middle Tennessee home, Spring is NOT fun!  We get a taste of it with buttercups, forsythia, lilies and trees budding.  We get the first mow of the season, lay 30 bags of mulch to make the yard pretty (well, not me but a hard-working daughter), and then all the other stuff!   I’m not usually a complainer, but oh my!! I can’t even sit out on the porch! (Yes, that was just a huge self-absorbed problem I stated – I’m thankful for EVERY day!)

Random thought #2:  I just finished a great book, The Masterpiece,  by Francine Rivers for our book club.  I think I’ve read every book written by Francine Rivers and she never disappoints!

I also read Dispatches From Pluto, Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant that was recommended by a friend.  It is an enlightening, funny and very relevant non-fiction book that snuck up and made me think!

Random thought #3:  I love my little part-time job with WGU (Western Governor’s University).  Those of you who know me know how much I love retirement, but this little job (yep, it’s part-time but that is only a half day every two weeks) is coaching / supervising a student teacher after observing her six times during the semester.  I’ve been looking for something to make me feel productive in this season of life and fully believe that God would give me just what I need, and this little job fits my time and parameters so well!  Still wondering what else I’ll be when I grow up!

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Random thought #4:  Doggy love!  Mason is getting ever so finicky with his eating and the doctor has tried prescription dog food that is so vile smelling and so expensive and that worked for about five minutes!  We tried a couple of brands and now we’re trying a home-cooked recipe.  Bless him!  I don’t even like to cook for my own human children, but Mason is another story!

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Hope y’all enjoy this beautiful (even though it’s cold and partly cloudy) Friday and that you’re enjoying all the randomness in your life!

 

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Favorite Online Shopping from Home….

I’m not much of an in-person shopper anymore. There are a few places like Hobby Lobby (lamps and holiday stuff!), TJ Maxx (the BEST clearance!),  some local antique stores and cute little shops where I still actually park and shop, but after years of working and being too tired to hit the sidewalks, I became very proficient at online shopping.  I thought I’d share some wonderful online shops that I frequent – well, too frequently!

Decor Steals – Great prices and super daily deals.  Everyday at 10:00 they launch three new daily deals that are available for 24 hours unless they sell out. You pay a flat rate of $5.00 on each item and it ships within two weeks.  Here are a couple of things the girls and I have bought there, including the General Store sign and the scales.

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AntiqueFarmHouse – AntiqueFarmHouse features unique farmhouse style décor, vintage reproductions and home decor design sales up to 80% off retail. The two sisters who started this company offer multiple sales events that include furniture, design lines, décor and art products at incredible savings focused around industrial decor, farmhouse decor, shabby chic, industrial vintage and vintage reproductions.  I don’t really follow farmhouse design specifically, but I like their style.  I bought this window there:

 

Bits of Vintage – They focus on those treasures passed down from one hand to another and appreciate the details that speak of days gone by. It’s the patina, chippy-ness, and metal storage pieces that you can use throughout your house.  Here’s an example:

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Jane – Everybody knows and loves Jane – they have a little bit of everything from baby clothes, adult clothes, purses, totes, shoes to home decor!  You receive offerings daily and you can shop to your heart’s desire!  Here’s a few examples on that spectrum:

 

Sassy Steals – Sassy Steals was my original online daily deal marketplace where dealers and artisans can offer unique clothing, housewares, crafts and accessories in flash sales. You’ll find an outstanding assortment of products there.

And then there’s…….. Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn – These are my favorite go-to places for throw pillows, rugs, accessories and bedding.  I only buy things at these two that are on sale because they have such great sales and beautiful products.

Hope you can add these shops to your own list.  I like to get ideas and then share them with friends/family who are looking for accessories for their own homes, so I scroll through their mailings frequently.

Happy Online shopping!