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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Redo for My Plant Shelf

It started with an idea and an urn and went down hill on that slippery slope from there, chicks. *Sigh*......

After buying some silver branches at Michaels and then cutting several off our apple and pear tree, it still looked very sad indeed.

The first sad attempt. Styrofoam and hot glue.

Okay, after some consulting with an online blogger who is a florist (and kind enough to help me) she said I needed to go straight up and not out to the sides. Fill in the center more. Sooooo, it was off to Joanns for more "fill-in" and this is what I have now. Yes, I like it much better.

Hmmmm, not too sure about the green grasses so painted some flora that came with one of the bundles pink:

Still not too keen on the green, brown, silver and beige colors in there all mixed together. So I decided to...
...paint it all pink.

So here I am before the dawn on the patio spraying the whole shebang with pink paint in 19° weather. (But it's a "dry" cold. *Smirk*) Love Bunny is still asleep, but last night he came home from a train club open house and complained that the pine cones I painted weren't smelling cinnamon-y but like paint fumes. I told him he was one paint job behind. It was the little flora I painted outside while he was gone.

So again at the first light before the sun was up, I was again outside photographing the display.

More tags, silk ribbon embroidery and cards I've received...

little fuchsia balls...

pink pine cones, clay roses by my friend, Lorena...

...RED berry sticks...

...and the little tree topper—a dress form swathed in tulle and red polka dots.

A banner of felt silk ribbon embroidery by another friend, Shirl.

A silk ribbon embroidered mitten by Katie peeking through all the "fluff" and a decorated cone from Ele. A card from Lynn.

Teapot ornaments by Rhea. Tags from Vickie, Steph and Judy. A little tussie mussie from Bertie. A blue Christmas ball painted by Jennifer.

Here it is on my plant shelf.

I love it up there and is quite a visible display for visitors.

This is my tribute to the women of my eBay group who have lasted the three and a half years with me. They deserve accolades and a standing ovation for their creativity and love. Thank you all!


  1. Just gorgeous Connie - I think you should call it the 'Freindship urn'. What a lovely way to remember all your creative friends everyday.
    Happy New Year,
    Kerryanne xx

  2. Hi Connie!!
    What a great post.... I really loved the progression of your urn!!
    I especially liked the way it turned out!!
    Happy New Year!!

  3. Wow Connie-
    You did a wonderful job. I love arrangements in urns. Did I miss you saying if the urn was something you had?
    There are so many great ideas here in blogland-
    Now I just need to get busy.
    I hope you have a Happy New Year!


    PS :I can relate to spray painting outside in bad weather
    That was hilarious!

  4. You have the most WONDERFUL style! I love this and the best part is spray paint! I get all giddy in the store over spray paint and act pure foolish when I find a new color I love :)

    You have now inspired me to do something with a small urn in my studio that has had nothing in it for a while. Thank you for the great idea!


  5. That turned out beautifully!

    It can last through Valentine's Day!

  6. I am in love with this! Connie, what an amazing creation - is there no stopping you? Wowie!


  7. I absolutely love it!! What a gorgeous arrangement.

  8. So much more festive than a bulletin board!! Very neat idea!!

  9. Looks great! I have been trying to make a new centerpiece for my dining table all morning!! It can be frustrating!

  10. Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Yup, it is.

    Please join me in my very first "Amour Valentine Swap". It's going to be easy, peezy and so much fun.

    Just drop on over to my blog for the details, then send me an email if you'd like to participate. The more the merrier.



  11. Oh Connie

    It turned out so beautifully! I love all of the little pretties that you added, so feminine!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  12. This turned out beautifully Connie. I'll bet you smile everytime you look at it! Hubs is so used to smelling paint fumes I think he thinks that's just how the whole state of Idaho smells.

  13. So lovely - a great tutorial on how to work thru a project.

  14. it turned out great! In the last picture, the urn looks like it is standing with its hands on its hips, and saying "hmmmph! what do you think now?"

  15. OH Connie;;;; How pretty it turned out... love it. from the beginning to end,was such fun to watch how you work....


  16. Love it! Have a super, fantabulous 2010!


  17. Connie, It turned out beautifully. Happy New Year to you and yours. Kathi

  18. Hi, Connie...Wow...this is amazing. It turned out really pretty and very unusual. You did a great job on it.
    Now, if snow is heading your way, build you up a big, roaring fire, hot cocoa, a great book...or your laptop...whichever may come first!! tee hee...
    Happiest New Year...
    xo bj

  19. Terrific!! What a big change you made as you worked through this project, love the idea!

  20. You've been a bit busy, Chick! So that's what you were up to with the urn and all the grassy stuff. Looks great; I'll have to see it in person... lucky me.


  21. That is just so pretty. Very festive and fun! The more you added the better it got.

  22. Connie thanks for the step by step laugh as you go tutorial!! It turned out great!! What a super idea for Valentines!! I am thinking of keeping up my little white tree for thanksgiving. At the rate I go getting Christmas down it might be up still anyways along with the other 4 or 5!!

    I am happy in this instance that my hubby's smeller is not very good! Though it doesn't help me out when I am trying to hunt out a peculiar smell going on!

    Have a wonderful New Year!!



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