I Can Figure This Out!

Don’t you just love it when you get the perfect idea in your mind? …And have no idea how to make it work?! That would be me with my garden pot tree stand.  In my mind it was perfect and in fact it did turn out that way….after a bit!

First, I started with one of these. Remember the Funky Garden Pots? They’re 20 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall.

I had been collecting empty wire spools from work planning to make them into outdoor tables with torches for next summer….that might possibly still happen …..I just needed to redirect for a short time.

I had two sizes available and after playing around with them for a time minute or two, I came up with a plan.

Upside Down!

I took apart the 12″ diameter wire spool to get the two disks.  Next I found some scrap wood that would fit in the bottom of the pot and give a little extra height and secured them all together with some 2″ and 2 1/2″ screws I had available.

 Then I dropped it into the pot – disk side up.

The two disks together created a little indentation in the center for the metal base of the tree trunk to set in. I lined the hole with some 1/4 inch gasket that work was going to throw out. One man’s trash….

Next I placed the 18 inch diameter wire spool on top of the small one in the pot (maybe next year I’ll secure the two together). I used the gasket in the top hole as well.

Since there was still some space around the edges, I search for something to wedge in and found 8 very thick placemats. I folded two together until they were thick enough to wedge it in tight. Sorry no pic of that.

And this is what it looked like with the base of the tree set in. The rubber mallet easily removed the plastic fixture at the base of the tree trunk that the plastic feet slid into. No plastic was injured in the process.

I purchased some inexpensive red material to place over the top of the wood under the branches…because if I didn’t it would drive me nuts!

And here is the final result!

And here is my newest favorite ornament! (Thank you, Neen!)

Next year I might have to have two potted Christmas trees! Okay…truth….already planning it.

Oh, Happy Tree!

For many years, I’ve had the same decorations on my tree because I couldn’t figure out how to fill it up so you couldn’t see through it. I got it half done and the next morning when I walked into the living room, the first words out of my mouth were, “I HATE my tree!” Wasn’t expecting that to come out of my mouth!

So what’s a girl to do? Yep…I came up with an idea.  I decided I needed a “happy” tree and my fake and sparse tree needed to be potted! Remember these?

Oh, yes I did. And I ended up with this!
This is a Happy Tree
in a
Dr. Seuss pot!
Are you smiling yet?

Get ready, ’cause I just have to show some ornaments! There are heirloom ornaments crafted by my Mom 40 & 50 years ago, some that my son chose and a few recent ones!  Here are just a few!
Flashback Ornament from
my Christmas Ornament Yankee Swap this year!
   Let me tell you! There were several of us competing for this little VW Bus!



My Son’s “Baby’s 1st Christmas”





My Son is a Star!









Meet Tinkabella with the innocent “I wasn’t messing with the bird” look.
Like I believe THAT after raising a child!



Ode to Family & Friends in Florida!



And guess what?? I can’t see through my tree anymore! I’ll do a “how to” on potting a fake tree separately. It was interesting on the fly for sure.
Thank you for dropping in during the Christmas season and peeking into my home! I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday decorating, families and friends and wish you all the joy and wonder this season is about!
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Pine Cones and Trials

I love the bounty of Nature! And Fall is full of wonders…brightly colored leaves….gourds, pumpkins & squash! One of my favorites is the pine cone.

As I began to wire together a couple of pine cone wreaths, I became curious about them. Great to start fires … filler for crafts…food for animals…and that’s after they’ve opened and released their seeds to start new evergreens!  Tucked away inside each section is a seed capable of growing more 50-60 foot tall trees. It’s amazing when you think of it.

The closed cone keeps the new seeds safe from being eaten and completely protected from the rain (unless you crunch them underfoot). They stay shut tight and no seeds can come out. The cone has to be ready.  If it has not grown big enough and is not completely formed, the seeds will not make good trees.  To see if a cone is ready to open, drop it in a jar of water.  If it floats, it is ready to open. Such a simple test!

In the same way, Jesus makes sure we are ready for a trial when He sees our seeds are ready. During the trial, the heat is on and it causes us to open up and let out seeds. These seeds are a symbol of sharing our Christian experience. As we lean on Jesus during trials, we gather up the promises and comfort that God has given to us. Then we share our story with others. As we share, new trees are planted. Always something to learn from God’s creation!

As you can see in the 2nd picture (above), I had a photo of a wreath I wanted to create. Fortunately, at my work there are many evergreens and I was able to pick up enough pine cones to make this one large wreath and a smaller one for a cousin.





First ,I wired the cones on a 24″ wire wreath form going in one direction all the way around. Once all were wired on, I flipped it over and made sure all the pieces of wire were pushed into the wreath so they would not scratch the new paint on the front door. I also attached a wire loop to the wreath form as a hanger.

I spray painted the wreath with a light gray. When dry I added a layer of spray on fake snow and quickly dusted with white glitter. This combination allowed for a lot of definition and depth. I allowed it to dry for the night and then gave a coating of clear gloss spray. We had a wonderful, warm morning, so I set it outside one the steps to hopefully dry quickly! Patience, schmae-cents!

Then it was time for the fun stuff! I hot glued some cardinals, shatterproof balls, greenery with little red accents and sprigs of pearls.

Looking nice on the table!

Oh, yes! Just as I’d pictured and THAT is a miracle! My apologies for the cell phone photos…camera is having hurricane sand removed from it 🙂

The real test is coming up…what about when I shut the door? Will it look okay through the storm door?

Yes! Fist pump!  Nothing got crushed!
Let’s step back a bit and recheck…

OH yes, oh YES, OH YES IT WILL!  It will show up from the road 75′ away! Out by those trees in the reflection!  My neighbors only saw a crazy lady turning in circles with the occasional fist pump! Eh.

Best of all, it can stay up all winter if I so choose!

I then did a repeat on a 12″ wreath form for a cousin who has a hard time getting anything to show up on her brick red door.  Everything just kind of blends in.  Hers looks spectacular and  IT SHOWS UP! Even cooler – her door knocker is verdigris and adds just a bit of green to the center.

Now that the door has been dressed for Christmas and Winter, next up is planning the annual craft night I host at my home for some friends and relatives….always good for a lot of laughter!

I hope your Thanksgiving (for USA friends) was full of warmth, friends and family and may your Christmas (to all) be filled with peace (and patience), joy and the Wonder of Christmas!

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