Thursday, November 25, 2010

The first of many...

I hope everyone's thanksgiving was awesome!  Before I begin, I have to say thank you for all of the readers who leave me such sweet comments.  You make my day each time I read what you have to say, and I love every single one.  My husband gets to hear all about what you guys say each night, and knows so many of you by name!  Isn't that funny?  I don't deserve such delightful followers, because I can't seem to get around to you each like I used to, but life... it's just not the same pace it used to be! Anyway... speaking of hectic paced life... It's here.  It's officially here, and I'm so excited!! (It's not often I can get away with the double exclamation points, but when the occasion arises, I'm ready.)  I'll show you around once we get our tree up, (sometime tomorrow if the weather cooperates) but for now, check out this fun project.  I wanted something pretty and fragrant in my kitchen, so I made a trip to my potting shed area, and my local garden store.  I came home with a rosemary tree and some bulbs.  (They actually gave me this red bird ornament for free, "just because."  I didn't even have to do any eyelash batting!)
 This holiday season, I'm going for fun, red, and fun.  Did I mention fun?  Because my family is still in some serious need of fun, so my decorations are going to reflect that. I'm using things I've already got and only tweaking it slightly.  So happyyyyy!!  (I'm sorry, I get carried away.)  I already had the white pots, but I sweet talked Adrain into sanding them down more, and I painted the big pot bright, happy, red.  Then I got out my green, yellow, and white craft paints, and "aged" my pots, with the exception of the big red one. 
To age them, you'll want to mix green and yellow until you have sort of a mossy green color.  Then, working on the bottom half of the pot only, layer on the green paint a little at a time, blotting gently with a damp cloth.  Do the same thing with white, and if you need to add some more green, go for it.  Ya can't mess it up, I promise. Oh, and don't forget about the saucer!
 I gathered all my finished pots onto a tray, and planted  a paperwhite bulb, a fern, and a rosemary tree.  If I can keep these things alive throughout the holidays I'm going to treat myself to a day at a spa.  I'm just kidding... Truth is, I'm secretly betting on which one I'll kill first.  Which is why I gave myself at least one pot with nothing but moss and a bird ornament.  (Though I'm pretty sure I could kill that too.)  I wrapped some red and white twine around my big red pot, and tied an ornament to it.  (The platter on the wall isn't staying... I went back the plain white one after seeing this photo.)
Now I'm off to bed, after a nice Thanksgiving day... But I'll be back with photos of the rest of the house next week!

What are you doing in your home?  Tell me, I'm dying to hear!

16 comments:

  1. Cute! I love little pots like that. I am planning to get out my Christmas decor tomorrow and decorate throughout the weekend. I was thinking about doing a red and white theme this year. Hopefully I can do it without buying anything new. I can't wait to see what you do with your Christmas decor. :)

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  2. Great idea! Can't wait to see more :)

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  3. Love the rosemary tree!!! Rosemary hates wet feet so don't over water. That is the extent of my green thumb, I only keep ugly things alive (read: I've killed my rosemary TWICE now...)

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  4. We're currently decorating as I type this. Okay, I'm typing this, THEN I'm getting back to decorating :-)

    We just redid the entire dining room and it's GORGEOUS - and I have to keep reminding myself that not everything can go in there! There's still a whole house left! haha I wish I could spend all my time in there...

    Hope Thanksgiving was a great one for you and yours!

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  5. OH! and I love what you did with the lil tree! :-) Everything you do is so beautiful!

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  6. beautiful pictures..love the rosemary!

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  7. Adding more FUN into our lives is always GREAT! These turned out so cute for you! Love them!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kritin

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  8. I think I have a few clay pots that need some paint!!

    We decorate most of the inside of the house. (The outside was completed last week, but lights were not turned on until today.) We have to put up the snow village in the office on the hutch and greenery and lights on the banister and then we're done! I loooove Christmas, too!! *hugs*

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  9. love little pots of rosmeary in the kitchen...litte fragrant trees are so sweet. you are such a talented girl. can't wait to see more !!
    glad you thanksgiving was wonderful

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  10. love the red pot. I'm also putting some fun in our home. The chair covers had been changed and now I'm eyeing our throw pillows!! time--it's what I need.

    have a lovely weekend

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  11. Love it, Sasha! Red brings a smile to ervyine, I think. I am planning on being buried in Christmas decor today...I I'll shar if I survive! Continued Blessings.

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  12. well now all of that is just darling! I LOVE the pot painted red!!! So festive and fun!
    Something I'm doing this year? Well, I've added some "flair" to the top of my tree. You know the glittery curly crazy stuff(?)--and I LOVE it. :)

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  13. Look at you Martha! I have some bulbs that need planting. But there is complicated directions and I'm sure to kill them I just know it. I need you to do it for me:)

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  14. Such a neat project! I can't imagine what you would have been given if you batted those 2" long eyelashes at them! Cool!

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