Easy, peasy Springtime urn

I managed to get my exterior Spring urn done this past weekend and thought I’d share my easy, peasy steps on how to do it.

Boy, it has been awhile since I’ve written a post. It has been a very busy spring for me and there just hasn’t been any time to blog.  But I’m back at it now.  I hope you are having a great Spring and had a wonderful Easter weekend.

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Now back to the urn.  To do this arrangement, you’ll need:

A container; floral foam; floral wire and cutters; faux wreath (a great way to use an old tired wreath); dried moss; birch branches; tall branches or dried grass; secondary faux branches (in this case, pussy willows, 3 of them); focal faux branches (1 of them); grapevine ball; small decorative object (tiny bird’s nest, in this case).

So my easy, peasy steps are:

1. Tie the three birch branches together with floral wire and place them in the center of the container. Then cut the floral foam (you can just use a bread knife to cut the blocks) to fit between the branches and the edge of the container, to keep them from shifting.  The foam will secure all the stems and keeps everything from moving around.

2. I then placed an old wreath with faux pussy willows (that has seen better days) on the rim. It helps to fill in the base of the arrangement. If you don’t want to do this you can just fill in the area with the dried moss.

3. Pop in some dried moss between the wreath and the container if you have any bare spots, like I did here.

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4. The long dried branches/grasses at the back, were from Ikea, bought many, many years ago.  I find they help to fill in the background and are a great neutral against the logs.

5. I then added in a few faux pussy willow branches spaced fairly evenly around the birch branches. Repetition is a great way to make an urn cohesive, in this case the faux pussy willows.

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6. Next, your focal branch(es) can be added in. I used a faux forsythia branch. I recommend either one or three of these and since I only had one, I placed it a little off center.

7.  A grapevine ball is a great piece to add some weight to the bottom of the urn and I’ve used this one constantly since I bought it. It holds up really well and I just wire it in place.

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8. Adding in a little up close interest, is a fun thing to do. This time, I’ve tucked in a cute little bird’s nest a little off center, again.  A bird or butterfly ornament would also work especially well here.

Hint: If some of your flowers fall off, like mine have, I just tuck them into the base as a little hit of colour. If your urn is placed where it will get some wind and exposure, be sure to either wire or hot glue your pieces in well.

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Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see yours.

 

Lisa

 

Rustic country decor with a touch of sparkle

I was  a busy Christmas elf this past weekend getting my log home into shape for the holidays.  Inside and out it’s ready for the season to begin, minus the fresh tree, of course.

Hope you enjoy!

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Now onto the house!

Lisa

Floors…beautiful floors

Now back to France and Italy. :-)

When I’m travelling, I am always looking up at the beautiful ceilings and down at the floors.  And I was certainly captivated by some of the beautiful and painstakingly crafted floors that we saw in France and Italy.

Here is just a few:

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This one above is actually terra cotta tile, it’s a local type only found in the Lake Como area.

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I don’t know about you, but my floors are BOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGG!

Lisa

 

Doors of Italy

Today is all about the doors of Italy.

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I love how so many of these huge doors have smaller doors within them…for the regular sized people.   :-)

 

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Next up, alleyways, streets and architecture.

Lisa

 

Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!

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I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.

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I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!

Adieu!

Lisa