Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about my busy life with my husband of 30 years and our four sons and daughter-in-law. We are now empty nesters and my blog is helping me through the journey. I love the Lord and I love my family. I also love to decorate and go to thrift stores!
A few weeks ago I was putting on a baby shower for my good friend Sarah and her newly born baby girl, Savannah. At the last minute I decided I wanted a springy centerpiece for my dining room table. I was thinking of buying a bouquet of flowers or buying an Easter lily, but I didn't have any extra cash to spend.
So what does a smart and frugal girl do in a situation like this? Well, she drives to the local abandoned spooky house and cuts a few branches off of the gloriously blooming cheery trees!
We drive by this house every day and it's been abandoned since we moved in 18 years ago. Click here to read a blog post that I wrote two years ago about this house.
Wow, they are in full bloom and are just gorgeous!
I came prepared and brought tree trimmers.
I was a little nervous every time someone drove by.
They all slowed down and were wondering what I was up to!
I do weird stuff like this quite often and I think my neighbors are just used to it!
I will stop by an oak tree along the road and pick up acorns and my kids and I used to go to the mud puddles at the middle school to get pollywogs.
I also am not too proud to stop by a neighbor's house and go through a box of junk that they set out with the word "free" on it.
I have taken cuttings from these two trees for many years now and I started wondering.....
I wonder if I'm helping these trees to be so healthy? They are totally on their own, no one is taking care of them, but they are not all long and all sprawled out.
When I cut them I carefully cut around the tree in an even pattern so that I don't ruin the look of the tree.
I also want to make sure to leave plenty of blossoms for the rest of the neighborhood to enjoy.
I laid down a towel in the back of my car so the petals would not make a mess back there. I also brought my vase to make sure I was cutting the branches long enough.
What a beautiful haul!!!!
Wow! They look amazing!
They make my whole house feel fresh and renewed.
It's the perfect look that I wanted for the baby shower! They are so springy and beautiful!
So the next time you need a quick, easy and cheap centerpiece, drive around your neighborhood! Just make sure it really is an abandoned house though first!!!
Come back tomorrow to see pictures from the shower.
"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come." Song of Solomon 2:12a