|UPDATE ::: Flowers opening up nicely -- even Happier Tuesday :)|
|Corner of Mantel with Fresh Flowers = Monday Happy ☼|
Here is the Santorini Planter (it's official name) playing happily in our Den at Christmas . . .
|I add small Santa hats randomly to prints, pictures and characters in our house (I use Simply Tacky to tack them on). |
Our Maribel Tabletop Clock counts down the time to Santa's arrival. Here the Santorini Planter with Innsbrook ornaments, berries & juniper sprigs.)
I started by giving it 2 quick coats of chalk paint (Annie Sloan's Old White -- giving it rather an eggshell appearance), letting it dry . . .
. . . then adding a coat of clear wax . . . waiting a wee bit . . . then I distressed slightly, letting some of the red show through.
I then added a touch of dark wax . . . waited a bit and then buffed it with a soft cloth. So Easy! I really, really like the smooth finish and touch of shine, yet it still was a bit roughed up . . . Rustic Elegance if you will . . . perfect (for me anyway :).
The alstroemeria flowers -- which were flat as a pancake this morning -- are starting to fluff up thanks to trimming their stems and giving them a good long drink while the wet floral foam soaked in the sink.
I inserted a foil plant wrapper (left over from Christmas poinsettias -- I guess I am a bit frugal :)inside the newly painted planter . . .
. . . trimmed the floral foam to fit snuggly inside, and then start adding the flowers to their new home.
I already had a place in mind for the floral arrangement to go, so I knew I needed to go big. This one corner of the mantel in our den is within my line of sight anytime I am in our kitchen -- and it needed a little happy ☼.
I decided to make a tall fresh flower topiary with the alstroemerias (which are now less sad thanks to fresh air and water). I striped the leaves off the bottom 3/4 of the stems to make the topiary.
After I inserted 1 bunch of the trimmed flowers into the wet foam, I tied them together with a bit of green raffia, and added wet moss to the top (to hold moisture in -- and to hid the foam).
I snipped a few groupings of flowers and poked each into the wet foam -- until I had a nice covering.
It gives the corner of the mantel a bit of happy and it will easily last a week if I water it regularly.
I always seem to need something tall for this spot -- the ceiling is high and it is such a narrow space it is awkward to accessorize.
I am uber pleased with this mini-makeover. I really like the change a little dab of paint, wax and sandpaper were able to achieve. I can't wait to tackle some of the bigger chalkpaint projects I have lined up . . .
indoor shot . . . looks a bit dark . . .
. . . outdoor shot . . . more true to the color of the finish color of the planter.
. . . but for now, I am tickled with my Monday Happy!
I even had a few stems of flowers left to include in an Italian Ruffle Container on the books in the den . . . :) Hmmm . . . I should change this spot up more often, don't you think?
. . . and my lighting isn't the best indoors on overcast days. Psst . . . our mourning dove couple are the proud parents of two babies (that are growing fast!).
See what I mean!
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AND . . . I can't believe I ALMost Forgot! We Have a Winner of the French Wire Carousel Caddy Giveaway! Congratulations to Theresa J! Woo Hoo! So tickled for her :) Thank you to all of you who entered and shared how you would use the caddy!