Thursday, January 7, 2010

a new year a new project

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! We did but what I think I loved most about it was just being home! Although we did some things, I loved not having to have to go anywhere...no obligations. No homework, no bedtimes, no baseball or basketball practices. Don't get me wrong...during the summer break after about a month I want to rip my hair out, but we could all use a week off once in a while! I also thought a lot about the new year and some changes. Changes that I will choose to make and some that I won't have a choice but to make! I also thought about whether or not I was going to keep this blog going. I love the idea of it but just never seem to have the time or anything all that interesting to blog about. Same with my etsy shop and just creating in general...where does it all fit in??? My head is always spinning with new ideas and inspiration and it bothers me that I don't act on it the way I should or want to. But what I've decided is that for now, I am going to just go with my gut and go with the flow and not worry about it and hopefully things will fall into place, and usually they do! So onto my first little project of 2010! After the holidays all the urns and planters in my house are empty! In the spring and summer they usually have hydrangeas or cut flowers in them. In the Fall, mums or gourds. During the holidays, cut greens, snowballs or pine cones. Then after all the decorations are put away and winter is officially here, everything is so plain again.
In my little dining area I have probably the biggest bay window you've ever seen...a little too big. But it lets in lots of great light and I have a big backyard that I love looking out into it. I remember the first morning I woke up in this house. I walked down the hallway and when I walked into this room and saw all the sunlight and the green backyard it made me feel so happy and content and I'll never forget that! I have this black urn that I usually find some plant to put in but it needs something big. Something to fill this space in. I thought about going into the backyard, grabbing some branches and see how it goes. People do it all the time right!?
So I did just that...picked branches up out of the snow and found some moss that I already had and got to work.



Ta-da! What do you think? Be honest! I added two sprigs with little white flowers that I got from Michael's but that was it. I will probably keep adding more as time goes on. Once the snow melts you never know what I might find but I am happy with it for now!


And you know who really loves it?....



25 comments:

Kelly Ballard said...

What a beautiful project for your urn! And the kitty likes it, too!

Kelly
Second Hand Chicks

www.eabdesigns.typepad.com said...

Love what you did with the urn Jennifer! I just emptied all of my (very) dry boxwood out of all of mine last night. You've inspired me to try something like yours. Which, by the way, is why I hope you do keep your blog. I would miss stopping in and sharing in all of your wonderful creations and ideas! Enjoy the upcoming weekend. We're on our way to NYC. (I'll be packing my long underwear!) - xo Julie

Gail said...

I'm loving your urn! For Valentine's day you could even hang some cute valentine's cards from it....
regarding your blog I know exactly where you're coming from, I feel the same way. When you have a family it's hard to find a chunk of time to create, blog, etc.
I've taken all pressure off myself and figure if I get to fine, if I don't, that's fine too. I don't have to account to anyone since I'm my own boss, right?
Just know that whatever you decide to do, it's o.k. Nothing is final except death...for some reason we bloggers feel so much responsibility...too much pressure to post often enough, get enough comments, join swaps, etc. Why we feel that obligation I don't know, but please know there are many of us out here who feel the same way!
Have fun whatever you decide to do!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

I just love your urns Jennifer!!! How cute is your sweet little kitty too, loving playing with the branches....xxoo, Dawn

Jen Kershner said...

It looks wonderful. Well done! And I'd take your kitty in a heartbeat.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I love it, Jennifer! Your urn is gorgeous!

beth said...

jennifer! how cool is that urn full of freshness! and your cat pic...ADORABLE! you have inspired me to dig out old containers and get my wheat grass going!

have a great weekend!
:) beth

Monica said...

I am so glad you decided to keep blogging, I know how it is you try and make it happen and the posts never happen. LIFE HAPPENS :)
I never realize all the free time I had until little Preston came along..lol!
Love what you did with the urn , beautiful girl!

My Yellow House said...

I hope you do keep your blog - I love checking in and seeing all your beautiful inspirations and creations. :) I just started one and am looking forward to sharing but I do see how it could overtake you. Do it as long as you really enjoy it and it's not a burden. I love the urn project. You can add to it for the different season-flowers, lights, pinecones, little pumpkins - perfect. :)
Sarah meandmyyellowhouse.blogspot.com

Sadie said...

I love the branches, and your kitty is just adorable. Sort of thing my cat Dudley would do!

:O)
glad you are keeping the blog.

Sadie

Wanda said...

Oh, wow! Be honest? It's stunning! Arranging flowers and... sticks... is a talent I envy. I promise you, if I'd done that it would just like like a bunch of sticks.

You're right, everything will fall into place as it's supposed to do. We just have to let it.

Drop by the blog this month. I'm having my first ever giveaway.

cindy said...

Jenn,
I think you did a fabulous job. It's pretty and airy and perfect for the season (and I love the chair and shoes next to it). I do hope you will keep your blog, just go with the flow. I always love to see what you are doing or one of your collections. I understand the pressure, totally. But I hope you will not give it up.

hugs,
c
yapping cat

The Decorating Diaries said...

I love this idea. And your kitty is so cute.

Janet

cammy @ freckledfarm said...

I know exactly how you feel about the blogging thing, Jennifer. I feel the same way, and I too have decided to (try) not to feel an obligation to post.

I love what you did with your urn. I do something similar around halloween with black birds perched among the branches.

Have a lovely weekend.
Cammy

Secondhandrose said...

I think that came out great and no trips to Hobby Lobby or Micheal's . Good for you. Come for a visit.

karen

red ticking said...

love the name of your blog... and your blog is very charming... have a great week... x pam

Jeanneoli said...

Stunning! It turned out gorgeous!!!

tara said...

Wow Jennifer I love what you did, it is just beautiful...I love the urn and the whimsy it created...and we have cats that look almost identical, I saw that photo and thought goodness that is my cat! lol! Hope you are well~

vignette design said...

I just discovered your blog so you have to keep it up! haha. Anyway, just blog about what you are passionate about and everything else will follow. You have a beautiful blog. --Delores

Andrea Villarreal said...

Great post. The kitty is too cute. I think that urn turned out perfect.

大拇指 said...

Gather roses while you may. ....................................................

Elyse said...

thanks for stopping by to say hello. i still love my box from you from last year's swap. so pretty.

happy february

xo
elyse

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Just came across your blog - what a great idea! We love anything to do with urns....cute!

Donna said...

Just stumbled across your blog. Love the project you did and what an adorable kitty.

Donna

Jeannies Bottle said...

I LOVE this picture!