Reduce, Reuse, Re-wreath

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!  I have decided I am kicking off the Year of Jubilee as I begin to celebrate the big 50.  Crow's feet shall henceforth be known as laugh lines; and aches and pains attributed to a well-spent youth.  I will continue to color and highlight my hair, whiten my teeth, pass on the simple carbs, and walk as much as I can, but I've come to terms with the fact that no one is going to mistake me for a young woman.  And that's okay, I had my time to sparkle; now it's my time to glow.

I still like a little sparkle around the house, however. (And on my ears, occasionally, of course.) And, surely, everyone who's 50 has learned that there is no sense in wasting time re-inventing the wheel, or wreath, in this case.  The wreaths at the T and C House were looking a little care worn.


It was time for an update, but I wasn't sure what I wanted. For years, I've been a stickler--green wreaths, red bows, white candles.  Maybe, just maybe, you could still be a respectable person if you used plaid bows.  Gold?  Clearly, a person that would decorate outside with gold bows, well, I don't think I have to tell you what's going on inside that house!  Why, it's probably just full of things like boxed cake mixes and People magazines and paper napkins!  (Clearly, I cannot have coffee after four in the afternoon.  None of this will be funny in the morning.)   Live greens are great, but in our weather, they tend to look a little worse for wear after a week or two.  A wide range of good-looking faux greens are available, but I wasn't sure what I wanted--white pine, mixed evergreens, boxwood?  (Well, actually, I wanted boxwood, but the preserved boxwood doesn't last more than one season, and the plastic boxwood doesn't hold up that well either.  And I don't have enough real boxwood to make a single fresh wreath, and I need nine!)  And then, I happened to click on one of my favorite blogs Abnormally Normal, where the hilarious Mom on the Run had decided to be a little crafty.   She took her inspiration from the ubiquitous Pottery Barn, and I took mine from her.


So, after a quick stop at Target, I was in business transforming my scraggly greens into shiny red and silver-enhanced wreaths.  They still need to be replaced, but for about $20 spent on shatterproof ornaments and three hours of my time, I was able to keep them looking good for at least one more season.


I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere, but I'm not going to think about that right now.


It's time to apply my wrinkle cream.

6 comments:

  1. Definitely a metaphor in there but reflective and shiny comes to mind. That doesn't come without a lot of polish. ;)

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  2. Great job! Your house is even more gorgeous now!

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  3. I love it! Wish I could use red, but my blasted orangy brick house just doesn't match. Yours look fabulous!

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  4. So incredibly beautiful and so very funny!
    The two on our gates are on their last legs, I came in last night and they are literally falling to bits but they can live out the season before they're consigned to the bin.

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  5. Hi - just found your blog. I need to revamp some of my wreaths also...so thanks for the great ideas. I had a fairly large wreath last year for the front door - and I decorated it further than Target did...but for some reason I can't find it! So - I may take 3 smaller wreaths that I have and place them all in a row on my front door - connected by a gold ribbon underneath. If it comes out beautiful, I will let you know.

    If you get a chance - head over to one of my blogs.

    Merry Christmas

    Linda

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  6. Looks fabulous! Your house makes me breathe a swooning sigh.
    This was the first year I did wreaths on every single window. I have 2 large picture windows in the front and the larger center wreath on each was decorated with a plaid ribbon while all the others were red. (I assure you I am respectable ;)
    Happy Belated...and you certainly do glow!

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