Lately I have had wreaths on the brain. But I always think the ones I see at stores are a little bit unattractive. I still super love the boxwood wreath that I bought at Target at Christmastime. The sad news about a real boxwood wreath is that you have to keep it inside because if it gets too hot or cold, it will turn brown and that’s ugly. I was trying to think about how I could make one that wasn’t so sensitive. I debated using felt for leaves but that seemed too complicated so I thought I would see what I could do with paper. I determined this would work for me because my front door is behind a storm door so it doesn’t need to be waterproof.
What you’ll need:
1. Several colors of green paper
3. Tacky craft glue or hot glue gun
4. Wreath frame
What you’ll do:
1. Cut out a bunch of little leaf shapes of each color. Mine were less than an inch long for the most part. These do not have to be perfect at all. You will never even notice if you have wonky leaves.
2. Take your glue (I used Tacky glue) and start glueing the leaves to each row on the frame. I made mine fold up a bit to look more like tiny boxwood leaves and they were all aiming in the same direction for the most part.
3. Work your way all the way around each row, glueing them however you like. I will be truthful and tell you this will most likely take several hours all said and done. Make sure something good is on tv. Maybe watch through some “New Girl” that is saved on your DVR. Let glue dry.
You could totally stop here, I wanted to put a little message on mine. I drew a little scrolly shape on some pink paper and added a little “Welcome” and then hot glued it on.
I even glued some polka dot paper on to look like the back side of my scroll for a small accent of cuteness.
If you are putting this in a vulnerable spot, you may want to use some poly acrylic spray to protect the color on it. Also, it is slightly fragile so don’t go flinging it around. In case you had the urge to. That would be a little silly anyways but to each his own.
I have this relatively large tree in the middle of my smallish backyard. Each year at this time, the buds that formed in early March start to open up and become little white flowers. I know that this year, like every year, the delicate white flowers will promptly turn a blush pink and then they will too quickly fall to the ground with the abuse of wind and rain. Then my tree will be bare again until green leaves eventually come. I realize this is not earth shattering news as the same thing is happening right now in backyards across America. But in my world, the opening of the flowers always triggers a feeling of awakening and a breath of fresh air after the stillness and quiet of winter. And because of that, to me, it is a very important event.
It never fails that every year at this time, I start to form fancy ideas in my head about having an herb garden. It just seems like a fantastic thing to have access to and in my mind I would have a lovely little garden growing beside my barn/kitchen like Ina Garten. In reality, I would most likely have lots of weeds and not so many herbs. I came to a realization that perhaps the reason I wanted this garden is not so much for the produce as it is for the fabulous accessories I would obviously purchase for it.
A sign to welcome my garden guests so they don’t get confused about where they are seems completely necessary.
A copper rake for raking purposes. I would definitely rake my herb garden even though I have a feeling that isn’t standard garden protocol. No matter. By the way, don’t even think about buying this because you can’t afford it.
A garden chair for resting my rump and enjoying some lavender (from my garden) lemonade after all that tough work.
Markers for marking up my herbs so I don’t use mint in my spaghetti instead of parsley or basil. Don’t put it past me.
I can fake being an adult at a lot of things. I can bake things, clean things (sometimes), go to the bank, and I even did our taxes this year (which I really feel like I should get some awards for). However, one adult thing that completely boggles my mind is yardwork. I just really don’t know how to do any of it. Seeding, mowing, and weeding are all pretty lost on me. Combining this fact with the ridiculous guilt I feel whenever I let anyone or anything down makes me pretty darn nervous for the season that is upon us. We have quite a lovely lawn, with nicely trimmed bushes and assorted flowers including some roses (I don’t know the first thing to do with a rose !) and I don’t wanna screw it up. I actually called my parents a couple of weeks ago and said “there are flowers in my yard and I’m scared.” We have big plans for them to tutor me in hopes that my black thumb doesn’t completely ruin my yard. Although my plants (below) seem spring ready, I am not quite sure that I am. Do you guys have any “grown up” things that you are particularly terrified of?