Ever wish that you could just get something done? It didn’t matter what it was…just something?
I have that feeling pretty much 99% of my days. It’s the most frustrating because I know that nursing a baby is something, washing the dishes is something, and going to the bathroom (even if it is cut short) is also something. I just feel like we have lived here for so long (three years what?!) and the main living areas aren’t complete (or even near it). So celebrating some of the areas that ARE done is really important. Hence…this super quick and easy porch update.
I wanted to make some cute wreaths for the front doors and do something a little lighter for our plants. That was the plan. Other than that…the plan was to only spend about ten minutes to get it all done.
I began with the wreaths. Last summer I stocked up on some cheap pool noodles (they went on sale at the end of the year for ten cents at Walmart. The only color was pink but I knew that I could bang out some wreaths easily) and I used them to make my wreath form. First you cut off about six inches from the length and then tape it all together. I used the leftover exterior tape from this project and it held great.
I decided to go with chevron fabric in my stash. Who knows when the chevron trend will be over…better use it now, right?! Soon enough it will be the scrunchie of 1992. It didn’t take much…mine was about a half a yard. I just cut it in two inch strips.
I attached it to the wreath with straight pins. Nothing fancy. Just pin and wrap and pin and wrap.
I decided to embellish the entire thing with little parasol umbrellas. These are pretty old…I got them for a shower that I threw way back in the old house. It was actually one of the first things we did in that house – even before ripping out the kitchen, we threw a shower that was luau themed. It was the perfect theme because we didn’t have any furniture so we just threw beach towels down and set up some beach chairs.
Then came the fun part…the stabbing. Latent aggression meet your favorite craft.
Did I mention I had helping with the stabbing? Yup. When they grow up they are probably gonna think it is normal to tell their friends that they stab pool noodles with umbrellas. Sorry boys. I hope this keeps the girls away 🙂
After we had a healthy dose of parasols in a grouping, we hung these bad boys up.
I also popped some of the giant ferns I had bought at the Growers Outlet into large white pots. I don’t remember the type of fern they are but they are actually my new favorite because they tolerate the full sun or the shade. The pots I got at the end of the summer last year on clearance at Lowe’s. I stalk the clearance racks at the end of each season because I know that goodies will be had.
I still don’t love our front doors (I’d much rather have something with giant windows) but they work…so therefore they aren’t on the priority list. And also…I barely have time to make ten minute wreaths….nobody has time for new doors.
In the end, I love the fact that simple updates like this gets my kids excited. Will actually asked me to take his photo with the “pwetty doohs”. I asked him if it felt like summer now that our porch had these summer wreaths and he said “Yes. And because it’s hot out here.”
Hopefully we can accomplish a whole lot more this weekend. I have on the to-do list a console table to build, a room and trim to paint, a couple other contributor projects to finish and I need to switch out the boys clothing for the next sizes up. Plus, Jer is talking about helping my sister move and I have to attend one birthday party and a baby shower. Speaking of showers, I gotta buy some heavy duty Draino. Post partum hair loss is real y’all.
What are you doing this weekend?