Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Starts at the Front Door

I recently spiffed up my front entrance with a new door mat,

and have been keeping flowers and plants in that little corner too (I guess I forgot to post my purple mums, ornamental cabbage, burgundy pansy arrangement, but it was lovely, trust me), so when I spied a cute white enamel bucket with red trim on a recent thrift outing, I knew just where it would go.

I tucked my Christmas tree trimmings into a plastic container (cut off a plastic bottle from the recycling bin) to keep them watered and then stuffed some plastic bags down in to fill in the space and then added my giant (and some normal sized) pine cones to the top. For sparkle, I strung a small string of battery operated white lights from Target around the pine branches and I now have a nice, full, twinkly bit of cheer at my door. 

Ideally I'd like some birch logs or some other pieces of fire wood in there too, but Lowe's didn't have the birch logs and I didn't want to run all over town for them (or pay online prices) and the packs of fire wood were heavy and I just wasn't in the mood to deal with slogging them along with the tree. I was going to borrow some from work, but wanted to get the arrangement done before I'd be back there, so for this year it is just the greens and cones. I like the rustic messiness of it and am enamored of enamel. Ha.

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