Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pottery Barn Inspiration

It all started with some second-hand greenery. Second hand nearly anything is right up my alley.

I brought home my artificial second-hand boxwood, that someone gave me, where it stayed in a bag for some time. I was flipping through PB Catalog and stumbled across a wreath made of live boxwood...and a light bulb went off, you know the kind, the kind that brings you up out of the chair , in a ever so slightly urgent frenzy, but not a totally crazy kind of frenzy, to find your second hand boxwood so you can make a wreath, kind of light bulb.

and so I did.I have a stash of small grapevine wreathes and I grabbed one, cut all the stems off the boxwood bushes and started gluing them into the grapevine wreath

I didn't know how much it would take, I only had 4 small bushes of boxwood, and it wasn't like I could go and buy more , so I just hoped I had enough

It filled out pretty nice and I was happy with it, but I wanted to hang something in the middle of the wreath like my inspiration picture.

I decided to take a stencil, cover it in vintage book paper, sparkle it up a bit tie some ribbon and hang it in the middle.

just like that.

...and then I was very happy

I hung the wreath right inside the front door, and it looks really wonderful with all the browns and silvers going on in the living room

E is for Edwards. I am a member of the Edwards Family.

Christmas will be here soon! I can't believe it! 2010 is on the way!

The Edwards Family wishes you and yours a wonderful Christmas! I hope it finds you surrounded with family and friends!

Thanks to Pottery Barn for such inspiration!

I hope to get a few more projects posted this week!

Blogged for

Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Cindy @ Cottage Instincts

Becca @ Blue Cricket Designs
BCD Show and tell

Thank you for hosting ladies!


  1. Love the wreath and the "E" was a great touch-very Pottery Barn. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well.


  2. Hi Michelle...Love that Pottery Barn for inspiration!!!! Your wreath looks just as cute if not even better! Love the E....Making your Edwards family proud!...Have the Merriest Christmas ever my friend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  3. Once again you inspire me. It looks gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas to you too!


  4. I adore your wreath! Merry Christmas!

  5. Hi Michelle :)

    That is so cute! So is your Christmas tablescape and the ornament you made!! I'm so glad I found your blog via the party, because you have the best ideas :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  6. Hey Michelle. It really turned out lovely.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family...Tracy

  7. It's just perfect Michelle! Don't you just love that kind of light bulb inspiration frenzy! I had a couple of those this week too. Your wreath turned out beautifully!

    Merry Christmas
    Karen @ Elderberry Street

  8. Oh, my goodness, you did a fabulous job! I love it! It's so unique, and so personal, I like it so much better than the usual run-of-the-mill wreath.
    Very pretty!
    Merry Christmas!
    All the best,

  9. Cute wreath, and the fact that you made it yourself for next to nothing was even better.

  10. i love it! it turned out perfect! i need one! thanks for sharing!

  11. I like yours even better! What a wonderful idea you came up with!

  12. Oh, my gosh! It's even better than PB's! You did a great job!!


  13. Oh my....scrumptiousness! Better than PB for sure, girl. I have boxwoods out front, and kept meaning to clip some branches for wreaths...but alas, I'll have to wait 'til next year 'cause I just plumb ran outta time. I'll live vicariously thru you :)

    Thanks for linking up again!

  14. Love the wreath it is so beautiful and thank you for showing us it, I will have to give it a try....

  15. Love, Love, Love this! It is so simple and classic...right up my alley! Great job it looks wonderful! Happy Holidays!

  16. Likr yours better than PB! Just beautiful and love the "E" stencil!

  17. Gorgeous! Boxwood and can not get much better than that...two of my favorite things!!! Thanks for being so inspiring:)

  18. Love the wreath and adding the "E" was a great idea.

    Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.


  19. This wreath is beautiful! I love boxwood and use it every year for the wreath on our font door. The clocks caught my eye in PB too. Thanks for visiting me also.

  20. The wreath you made looks stunning! It is so natural and wonderful, love it!!!
    Merry Christmas!

  21. Love your wreath and especially the "E" dangling from the center....I collect "E"s because I am a member of an Edwards' family too!
    So from one Edwards' family to another....Merry Christmas!!

  22. Hi Michelle,
    Wow - I really love this!!! From me to you, the Prettiest 2009 Christmas Wreath Award!!! :)
    Happy Holidays!

  23. The wreath is soooo gorgeous!!!
    Boxwood is my favorite too.
    What a fabulous job!

  24. I just adore your Christmas inspired metamorphosis.

    Be merry and bright!

  25. Your wreath turned out great. Love the "E" Stencil...great idea! Isn't it fun to have that instant inspiration, and to be able to create and execute a project which comes together easily, and that is totally awesome!

    Merry Christmas,

  26. This is really nice, Michelle! I love those "ah-ha" moments! Love the stenciled letter and that ribbon is gorgeous.

  27. It's so pretty! I have had boxwood on the brain lately. I don't have any in my yard, so I'm not sure where I'm going to get some branches from. Do they stay green like that? I would love to make some topiaries or a wreath.

    By the way, to answer your question...the attic was huge! I've brought home about 5-6 van loads of stuff out of there and we still filled a commercial sized dumpter with all of the trash and items that were too far gone.

  28. I love this, it is so personnel. I hope you and your family have a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  29. Michelle, I just had a chance to come by your Holiday tour & WOW, you knocked my socks off. You have a lot of talent, love this wreath and all of your beautiful pics. I'll be back!


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