Friday, April 2, 2010

Three Stacked Basket Display

A couple of weeks ago I saw this idea and couldn't believe my luck when I found three baskets at the thrift store that I thought would work wonderfully (for about a dollar for all three)! I neglected to note the blog where I saw this idea, but I just did some sleuthing and googling and I finally found it here on Cheap Chic Home. Yay!

Steve stayed home from work today and one of the things he really wanted to do was clean the carpets and sofas. That meant lots of noise, so I headed out of the house and stopped by Michaels. Ever since I saw the post about the baskets, I have been on the look out for some flowers that I thought would look appealing, but hadn't found any that grabbed me and were inexpensive enough for my budget. My little jaunt to Michaels ended my search. I found the flower bushes on sale for $2.49 a piece and I had a super saver coupon for an additional 15% off. Yay! I bought three bunches and another little bunch with the orange flowers for a dollar. After doing some more running around, I came home and worked on my baskets. Here's how it turned out:

I picked up some floral blocks at the dollar store and hot glued them into place to give the stand a little more stability. Then I snipped apart the stems and started poking them into the blocks. I ended up cutting some stems shorter as I thought the flowers were sticking out too far. I also pulled off a lot of those long green leaves as it was too overwhelming. I am SO not a floral arranger of any sort, but even I was pleased with how this looked when I was done. I even got a "cute" from Steve, too. LOL For now it's on the tv, until I clear off the table by the couch.

For the time being, here's the rest of the little scene. I found that white glass pitcher at the Salvation Army when I stopped by there first, as it's on the way to Michaels. Steve's had his eye on a sofa or two there and he wanted me to check them out. Not sure about the sofas he's eyeing, but when I saw the 45 cent price tag on the little pitcher, I couldn't resist.

Nice and cheery on a blustery spring day, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your encouraging thoughts about my recent decorating/crafty efforts. I am having a blast exploring all these different projects. I've never done any major decorating attempts in all the years I've lived here in Colorado. Mostly because I'm not creative enough to think up these neat ideas. However, once I see something I like or that appeals to me, I can usually recreate it to my satisfaction. It took my discovering the crafty blogs lately to set me off on wanting to make my home a little more welcoming and cheery.

I hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend! Steve and I are going to a 50th birthday party/retirement party for our friend Dave's wife Tracy. Yep, she just turned 50 and is retiring from the workforce after many, many years working for the Federal Reserve (most of the time we've known them, Tracy's worked the overnight shift, so she and I haven't seen each other much). I'm excited for her to be able to shift back to the land of living in daylight. The party should be fun. It's at a local hotel (about 5 minutes from our house) and I heard she might have them set up the Wii system they have. Maybe that will be the nudge to get Steve on-board for us getting one. (one can hope, right?) The girls are just hoping the Easter Bunny shows up and hides the eggs, so they can go a hunting. *Ü*


Kathi C. said...

OK. I've taken a couple of flower arranging courses and made more wedding arrangements and corsages that I care to think about, so I feel qualified to say you did a FANTASTIC job of putting those baskets together! Wow!

Enjoy the party! I've little doubt but what the bunny will show up, too! Have fun, sweet friend!

Sparkle said...

These are lovely! I wish I had sunshine. :) Have fun at the party!

Kim said...

So, so darling! I'm so delighted I could inspire you! Have a blessed Easter. Thank you for letting me know you replicated this.

Alanna said...

Your baskets with flowers are gorgeous. You arranged them very nicely. Sounds like a fun party. How great to be able to retire at 50. It sounds like you all have some catching up to do. Enjoy your weekend.

Sharli said...

Jeanne, I love your flower basket arrangement! It's just beautiful!

You make me so happy - every time I visit your blog you are full of good news, creativity, precious stories of good things shared with your family - Thank you! Enjoy your Easter, dear friend!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Looks great Jeanne! You sure are a bargain finder! Wish you lived closer and I could pay you to shop for me and save me some money! Ha!!

Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, your baskets are so pretty. I know I couldn't have made those look good. You are a master at decorating.

Laurel said...

Oh it is beautiful!

Carolyn Christie said...

Sooo pretty! Hope you had a wonderful time at the party! My Charlie is hoping to retire in 3-4 years. Oh I hope so! :)
Have a blessed day my friend!

Barb said...

Oh Jeanne, I just love it! It's just smacks of springtime! It looks like it smells wonderful too, you're doing a great job!

stampmonkey said...

Your tiered baskets/floral arrangement is beautiful! It looks so real, and I think you did a wonderful job arranging the flowers...not an easy job if you ask me! LOVE all your homey touches for each holiday/season!

Hope you had a blast at your "OLD" friend's party. ;) We finally got a Wii for Christmas (they've come down in price and you can even find them on Craigslist if you're looking for a steal), and my kids LOVE it --we use it primarily as a PE program for those cold-weather, but we're looking forward to being able to order/watch nearly all our Netflix movies on it in the very near future (i.e., no waiting for them to arrive in the mail). It's a very cool system if you ask me. ;)