Over a year into blogging I’m finding that while I have less time to do DIY projects, I also have less of a need for things. And I’m finding other bloggers in the same boat, like Jackie whose article I read today. Currently I do this blog for the pure joy…for free…so there’s not a lot of sense in spending money to do a project “just because” I need something to write about. I’ve done that at times in the past but even thrift and Dollar Tree supplies add up quickly when you’re trying to fill blog posts five days a week, most weeks of the year. I mean, how many holiday decorations can you really use? And where do you put all those wreaths?? But I was short on patriotic summer decorations so I wanted to update my faux “mantle” shelf and the living room wreath for the summer. I love that all the patriotic holidays are back-to-back, allowing us to decorate for Memorial Day and leave it up until Labor Day.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but a few weeks ago I headed to Hobby Lobby and wandered. I didn’t find much of what I had in mind, but that was probably good. When I came home with just a couple spools of ribbon, it challenged me to be creative and use more of what I already had. It all just needed one more thing, and I was so lucky to find it at a friend’s garage sale last weekend…and for $1!!!
As of this morning this shelf had everything you see here…except the star. That was my garage sale find. Before that addition, the shelf had an even number of accessories (BAD in decorating…gasp!), felt like it needed a little height and a little “something extra”. I had pulled the Mary & Martha pitcher with the silk flowers, the little watering can and the red lantern from the built-ins, changed the Blessings Blocks to say “summer”, and made the burlap covered canvases with stuff I had on hand and the new ribbon I got at Hobby Lobby.
When I saw the star…in a garage sale photo that my friend had posted online…I was all over it! She stashed it away for me, and for $1 I had the perfect accessory. It has a hole in the top so I debated using it in my wreath, but liked it on the shelf better…and it’s a little more unpredictable. The metal was scratched up, but nothing that a couple coats of my new favorite Rustoleum spray paint couldn’t fix!