spring sprucing

Monday, May 12, 2014

Today is a sad day, friends.

That's right, my maternity leave is officially over and I'm back at work.  Not that I don't like my job (I do!), I will just miss watching The Price is Right with my girlie everyday.  I'm so grateful I got to spend that time with her, but just hate that it's over so soon.

Onto more fun topics: our front stoop!  Have I mentioned before (or 1,000 times) that I wish we had a porch?  Oh, how I wish we had a porch!  But a stoop is what we've got so I make the best of it.

Here's what it has looked like since the Christmas decorations came down:

I love our monogram wreaths, but it was time for a little change.  And those empty urns?  That's what you get for being too pregnant to lift heavy pots, so you have your hubby do it, and instead of putting the empty urns in the garage for the winter, he just puts them back out front.  True, I could have moved empty pots, but why should I have to?  (In case my sarcasm font didn't show up, that was sarcasm.)

So anyway, here's our freshened stoop!

Freshened wreaths: $8!
New rug (Target): $28!
Flowers (Verbena): $20!

The flowers are way more pink and vibrant in real life.  It was super overcast when I took the "after" photos so everything seems a little blah.

Here's a close-up of our monogram wreaths and gross 7-year-old rug before...

And our new hydrangea wreaths and Target rubber rug after!

I've had these wreath forms for 3+ years now and they've lived many lives.  I usually like to wrap different colored ribbon through them for different seasons (green for spring, red/white/blue for the 4th of July, and black and gold for football season), but this time I thought I would change things up.

I was in Michael's the other day returning some picture frames when I happened to walk by the floral department and saw that all the stems were 50% off.  So I basically got two of these huge, pretty hydrangea steams for the price of one!  Total score.  (Oh, and in case you're wondering, the wreath forms came from A.C. Moore and were $5 each.)

I cut the stems 3-4 inches from the base of the flower (with regular scissors - the wire snaps super easy if you just bend it back and forth after cutting through the green rubbery outside casing), and hot glued the flower head and leaves onto the form.  It took 5 minutes per wreath maybe?  Piece of cake.

Oh, and just so you know, I did not edit the above photo at all, except for cropping it.  The pink flower is really THAT bright.  Love it.

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