Saturday, March 2, 2013

Focusing on Life Week 9: Knock, knock

I thought long and hard on the Focusing on Life prompt this week. "Knock, knock" definitely denotes a door, but the door to my house is so very boring and the sliding doors at Wal-mart (one of the few places I've been this week) are absolutely non-inspiring.

Then I realized what I've been constructing all week would be a fabulous subject. I got a bug up my butt for some reason to create some St. Patrick's Day decorations for my foyer. Problem was that I didn't own any St. Patty's decorations. No worries. . .Pintrest to the rescue. A quick trip to the dollar store and a few craft endeavors and I was all set. Now when you come a knock, knocking at my door you're greeted with this just inside.
I'm super pleased with how it all came together and would like to show you some of the details.

After seeing this pin with the colored vases, I picked up a few clear vases and started squirting acrylic paint inside them. It was a lot easier than I thought, though I did go through quite a bit of paint. The fake flowers and tinsel shamrock were both Dollar Tree purchases.

The subway art printable was another Pintrest find as was the idea of the split peas in the tall vase. The frame was one I happened to have hoarded in the craftroom. It had been black, but a few coats of white paint fixed that and gave it a little shabby look (which I love).

I really liked this Pintrest idea of hanging a small wreath on the mirror. I just added some clover wire stuff from the dollar store and knotted a ribbon.

The wreath looked a little plain, so I used this cute clothesline idea from Pintrest to fru-fru it a bit more. The tags are made from leftover scrapbook paper, dictionary text, and green letter stickers. I had the tiny clothespins on hand and used some green yarn for the line. Getting the yarn tied on so it would hang right was the hardest part of this project.

This is the most decorated my foyer has ever been and I LOVE IT! Feel free to come knocking at my door anytime over the next two weeks. Well, that is as long as you only want to visit the foyer. The rest of the house isn't ready to receive guests. Oh well. . .

Head over to Sally Russick's blog, The Studio Sublime to check out how the other participants interpreted the Knock, knock prompt for Focusing on Life Week 9.

21 comments:

  1. You did a fantastic job...how inviting and fun, and no pinches for you!

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  2. All ready and waiting to come in and share some soda bread!

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  3. Pretty!! What a great sight to be greated with when walking through your door for sure! I especially love the vase w/the split peas and white candle, that's so pretty! Great photos, too!!

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  4. may the luck of the irish be with all who enter! great photos of wonderful creations :)

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  5. You are so crafty! What a fun, festive way to greet people coming over! hope you have some fun festivities planned for St Patties!

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  6. How fun! My favorite is the wreath over the mirror. Love the way that looks. And the little clothesline. Sweet. And what a beautiful finish those vases have. You're too funny that we'd only get as far as the foyer. At my house, right now no one's coming over the threshold!

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  7. You gotta love Pinterest and all those fantastic ideas! I love what you created and your foyer is awesome!

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  8. Your foyer looks very inviting. Thanx for sharing. Now I know that I'm not the only one with a messy house. LOL!

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  9. My foyer is full of plants that I'm trying to keep over from last summer... Yours is much more creative!

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  10. Very inviting Hope, I love it!
    Therese

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  11. You definitely went from boring to beautiful! Nice work.

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  12. How wonderful! I love the peas in the candle vase the best I think. I guess I should get my you know what in gear!

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  13. The foyer inside your front door is very inviting. Love the decorating you've been doing for St. Patrick's Day.

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  14. Very nicely done! I have about a bazillion things pinned over on Pinterest and have used...mmmm...3 of them? I love that subway art stuff...your foyer looks great! Mine's covered in muddy boots LOL

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  15. Shel- It does make me smile everytime I go in or out of the house. The split pea one was so easy and since it's not exactly holiday specific, I might leave it there for some other decorating too. We'll see what I come up with later in the month! Thanks!

    Cynthia- I do try to live up to the name ;) We don't tend to plan much for St Patty's other than a beer and maybe a Shepherd's Pie, but I am loving the decorating. Thank you!

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  16. The foyer is gorgeous! I bet anyone who visits feels welcome. :)

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  17. Very festive for the holiday! I tend to forget about St Patty's day and go straight to Easter. You did a fantastic job!

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  18. Hahaha, you are certainly so very funny...sliding doors at walmart, and a bug up your butt :) lol :)

    And wow, you've been super busy too! Usually, when I have a bug up my butt about something, I will research it, decide its too much work, and go read a book.

    I LOVE what you have done!!!

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  19. I love your doorway! Love it! (don't you just love Pinterest?)

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  20. Wow-you did a spectacular job of creating beautiful and fun decorations for your entryway. I especially love the framed quote and the tags that spell LUCK! :)

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