Saturday, July 30, 2011

Before & After: A Quick Fix

PROBLEM:  The flowers I so carefully planted in the Spring died while we were away on vacation and it's too late to replant before guests arrive for our family reunion.

BEFORE...planted in May...

Blooming in June and early July...

AFTER: Deader than a Doornail in late July.

 With little time to spare, I decided to "shop the house" and try to see the planter in a new way. Here's what I came up with... 
Now driftwood and shells replace the flowers for a quick fix...just in time for guests to arrive.
Sometimes I just need to remind myself to look at things not for what they are but for what they could be. Necessity is truly the mother of invention!

What other ideas might you have come up with?


This post is happily linked to these creative blog parties:
Catch As Catch Can at My Repurposed Life
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House In The Roses

10 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

That was a great solution. I wouldn't have thought of that. It's so hot here that everything is about to croak. I am about to use faux flowers. Well not really, but it's a thought. Hugs, Marty

Delilah said...

My flowers have done the same thing! its so disappointing but what a great way to turn a negative into a positive!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Hey smart thinking! Great way to look at things also :) Thanks fro visiting FFL :)
Lina

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Yes, necessity is indeed the mother of invention. And guess what? Those lovely additions to your flower box won't die in this sweltering heat! ;)

By the way, you should link this post to TTT. We all need to be reminded that the answer to our problems is often right in front of us.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Betsy (BB) said...

This is great! I love it! It's so hot here that all the flowers are dying. This idea inspired me! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower. What a precious thing to do for your sister!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Cheryl,
WOW--you are So clever--this looks fantastic--I love it!!!

XO
Cindy

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Hi Cheryl!
I like the shells! You're quite resourceful! It was 103 today in central Arkansas with high humidity--really sweltering heat--the air feels thick and heavy!
Glad you stopped by and left a comment! I've enjoyed perusing your blog. My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer when she was 29 years old about 24 years ago. She was a physical therapist and just starting her career. They thought she developed it through the daily use of talcum powder in her undergarments. Apparently talc is an asbestos type material--makes one wonder why it is still so prevalent in cosmetics (eye shadow, etc.) if they know that! I know this must have been a difficult year for you--this blog is a wonderful tribute to your sister!

Effie's Sweet Home Designs said...

HI CHERYL! YOUR IDEA IS VERY CLEVER AND SO IN TO THE SUMMER DECORATION!!!!!!!!!! KISSES FROM GREECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy said...

terrific solution! We've been experiencing very hot dry days and my flowers have been hanging on! You've inspired me to add whimsy to fill in the bare spots!
Kathy

ain't for city gals said...

Hi Cheryl..thank you so much for stopping by...that way I was able to read all of your past blog about your sister Nancy..my heart goes out to you. I can only hope i will have the grace and the courage to take care of my dad the way you did with your sister...looking forward to reading your past and future posts on your new blog.