Thursday, April 8, 2010

Better Blog Day and My First Topiary!

Today seems to be a “better blog day”…I’ve gotten by banner to cooperate! Yay! I am working on the rest of it! Instead of more complaining, I thought I’d show you something I never thought I’d make or like…a topiary!
The blogging world has caused me to grow in my ‘likes’. One of my new likes is a topiary, specifically this type:
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created by Miss Mustard Seed. I saw it and was hooked! So imagine my excitement when 2 days later I walked into a local thrift store and found this for only $1! blog pics 112
Yup, the whole thing was only one dollar! Do you think that no one saw the potential here? Well, six months ago I wouldn’t have either…I would have passed this up and wondered why they hadn’t just thrown this into the trash can! But after my education via blog land, I knew that underneath all that ‘80’s mauve hideousness was a foam ball waiting to be made over and a coat of ORB would do wonders for the urn!
After several trips to  Hobby Lobby and Joann’s and Michael’s with NO boxwood bushes, I gave in and bought two eucalyptus bushes at Michael’s. I wanted to make my topiary NOW! The eucalyptus may go better with in my bedroom anyway.
I pulled out all the old “stuff” and started putting in small pieces of the eucalyptus. Check out Miss Mustard Seed’s tutorial here. I followed it  and voila’:
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For some reason it looks a little more wild here than it really is…But I think it will look good in my made over bedroom IF I can ever get it completely made over!
I’m off to take five kiddos to the dentist/orthodontist….Yay!
Why am I excited about an hour and a half trip to the dentist? Because of all the thrift stores on the way…AND a well stocked Dollar Tree! (My 11 year old son is snickering as he reads over my shoulder…)
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Posting my finds later!

13 comments :

  1. Pretty ! I'm doing bamboo gardens in my bedroom. What did you paint the urn with ? It's gorgeous !!

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  2. Steph, I used Oil Rubbed Bronze, what else? lol

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  3. That is really cute! I haven't made one yet, I am a little intimidated by them, but you give me hope! I love it. If you are interested, I would love you to post this on my Favorite Things Friday party!

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  4. This turned out great! I love it!

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  5. Awesome header!!! Yay! I'm glad to see your site looking great again.

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  6. I love this! I'm not sure I would have seen the potential from the before shot, good eye!

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  7. wow Mom! I was never a topiary fan either but you made this one look great! I like your new blog header too!!

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  8. Visiting you from New Friend Friday at the girl Creative (: Your topiary looks great! I love taking my kids thrifting with me, too - usually in the summer when we can dig thru stuff to our heart's content, then eat lunch out with money saved! It's a win-win!

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  9. Sharon! I love this. Being big fans of eucalyptus at our house, I think I like this better than the boxwood. Beautifully done!

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  10. I love this...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

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  11. Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!

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