What do you get when you cross two Christmas trees with an orchid?

Answer: Our front porch.

This weekend, I spent the bulk of my time working on refinishing the foyer cabinets.  So, our house currently looks like this…

Note:  I tried to get Lucas to smile, but he decided to pull a Joey instead (what with the silly-face).  Not kidding.  My attempts at smileage are as follows…

Heehee!  Boys.

Anyways, with all this chaos inside, I decided that a quick update outside was just the ticket to bring the front porch into spring.   Which was desperately needed, since, well… 

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Yeah.  We’re those neighbors.

Those neighbors who have fake poinsettias displayed on the porch until March. It could be worse, though. There could be an inflatable Santa in our rocker.  But, fortunately, there is not.  Mainly because I’d never buy one. Nothing against inflatable Santas. They just creep me out slightly. Something about watching Toy Story too many times.

Anyhoo, it was time to change it up.   And I had one goal:

Spend Zero Dollahs.
(Aka, Use Whatchya Got.)

And what I got was these…

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Two faux Christmas trees. I bought them on clearance for $3 a piece from Kroger a few months ago. I know. It sounds absurd.  DeChristmasing the porch with Christmas trees. I feel ridiculous typing this. Yet, I did it anyways….

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I’m hoping they look more like topiaries since I simply dropped them all the way into my planters. I *may* be kidding myself, though. I realize this. But, it’s okay. They’re better than the poinsettias, in my opinion.

As for the frame wreath, it’s now been adapted for Fall (read the full tutorial for how I made it here), jazzed up for Christmas, and now dressed up for Spring…

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I simply removed the previous burlap, secured a few fake orchid stalks using some floral wire that I had in my craft box. Then, I tied some more burlap ribbon around the base. Easy. And freeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I have to say, I love our frame wreath.  I’m cheap (as most of you know), and when it comes to our front porch, I’m pretty lazy as well.  It’s funny.  I’ll work my tush off for interior decor or for our back patio, but somehow our front porch seems to get neglected.  The frame wreath has proven versatile and easy to alter according to the season without a big to-do, which is exactly what I need.

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So, there you have my free, quickie (non-Christmasy?) porch makeover.  Wish me luck with the cabinets.  It may take me all week to scrape the excess paint from the plexiglass without causing scratches.  I need all the moral support I can get.  I hope everyone has a great Monday! 🙂

A little glitz outside

So, I finally threw out the squishy pumpkins on our doorstep. Ick. And now our porch is slightly more Santa-ready. Not that he uses the porch or anything. But if he wanted to, I wouldn’t be completely embarrassed. At least we’re in the right season now.

Remember my homemade frame wreath?

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I’ve been wanting to glitz it up for Christmas, well, practically since I made it. I originally had grander plans, but in the interest of time, I decided to simple it down somewhat.

I have to say… So far, my wreath has lasted pretty well. My only complaints are 1. It’s slightly crooked. We need to get some Command Velcro wall-hanging strips to keep the frame level since the burlap side tends to hang lower than the non-burlap side. But, honestly, I haven’t been bothered by it enough to have done it up to this point. And 2. Over time, the burlap began to droop a smidge. I could easily reloop the burlap to make it poofier since it’s simply tied on with twine, but I haven’t gotten around to that either.  I’ll do it eventually, though.  Actually, these are probably more observations than complaints now that I think about it.  Real complaints might prompt me to actually DO something about them.

So, anyways, here it is….

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…And now that I’m adding pictures to this post, I’m realizing just how much the burlap has drooped.  I’d better get on that soon.   Anyhoo, I found the glittery snowflake at Walmart for $3 (It’s the same as my window snowflakes), and simply tied it to the frame with some shiny red ribbon that I had on hand. Then, I added a few ornaments for a little zing. I flanked the door with our white Ikea pots filled with fake poinsettias and added some shimmery curly twigs for interest…

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Over by the rocker, I first filled a small ivory and green pot with red ornaments. Super simple and easy.

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Then, I realized that the live wreath sent to us by Joey’s sweet grandparents needed to be displayed prominently.  I LOVE the annual live wreaths they send us, but unfortunately, we can’t hang them inside (like I really want to) because I’m allergic.   That’s right.  I’m allergic to live Christmas trees and the like.  They give me crazy-intense, sharp sinus headaches which almost feel like migraines.  Weird, huh?    Anyways, since our frame wreath is already taking up residence on our door, I decided to use the live wreath here….

IMG_2879 IMG_2881 Who doesn’t like a little Oregon greenery to liven up their doorstep???   I love how the rustic greens really make the glittery red ornaments pop.   Thank you bunches, Annie and Poppo!!  We love our wreath, as always!!  🙂

We decided to forgo lights this year with everything that’s gone on.  Christmas shopping needs to be completed first.  And prep for Lucas’s birthday party (..which is tomorrow. Yikes!!).  I know. I’m behind.  Next year, I’ll be on it, though (Stop. Laughing).

So anyways, how is y’all’s Holiday shopping going? Anybody done?