Friday, August 27, 2010

Sunflower Wreath and Porch & Garden Party #4

I am so glad August is nearly over. The dog days of August. Heat. Humidity. I am so over it. I'm ready for the crisp cool days of Fall.& I am so ready for it that I went out and bought cheap artificial sunflowers.

Truly I'm not a big fan of artificial flowers, but I totally went against that yesterday. I needed sunflowers. I needed a hint of fall in the air at my house, even if it wasn't the real thing.

The sunflowers were half off at Hobby Lobby. They came in bunches. I bought two bunches but only used one for this wreath. I'll show what I did with the rest in another post. My first project with the sunflowers was this wreath:

Before, the wreath was rather plain. I am embarrassed to say it spent all summer with a rather naked look. I like having a wreath that I can cheaply change the look by changing just the a few pieces.

I hung months ago thinking the naked look was temporary - just until I found something summery looking that would make it look wonderful. Next summer, someone remind me to hang something different. In the summer, I just don't get excited about wreathes.

Fall is a different story. I think there may be a law somewhere that a cottage must have a wreath (better yet, two or three) starting in the fall and lasting right through the holiday season.

I thought it would be rushing things a little too much to go with autumn leaves and pumpkins and so forth. But sunflowers are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall! I'm ready to transition - that's for sure!

The wreath is next to our side entrance.  One of these days I'll do something about that ugly bench, but for now, it's very useful and it doesn't horrify me enough to move it higher up on my to-do list.  Anyway, now that I have a sunflower wreath, I can easily ignore the bench.

Now that my wreath has a little autumn flavor, I'm starting to excited about bringing a bit of fall to the rest of the porch.  How about you? Have you been doing anything fun to your porch or garden? If so, please link up to my Porch and Garden Party!

But first, I have joined these fun parties:
100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence
Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville
Strut your Stuff at Fireflies and Jelly Beans
Hooking Up With HOH at House of Hepworths
Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Now on to the Party!


  1. Hi Nancy...

    My friend, I just read your sweet note and came right over! First of all, thank you so much for adding my "Sunflowers" post to your Porch and Garden party...I'm honored that you invited me!!! Secondly, I hope you don't mind...but I just did a post about a tea that I did on my veranda. I thought maybe it might be a nice to addition to your party as well! However, if you would like to remove the link...I certainly would understand...especially since I have one post there already! I am also adding your delightful blog to my list of blog follows! I'm sooo looking forward to your upcoming posts and hopefully to attend a few more of your Porch and Garden parties! Everyone loves a great party, right? Hehe! Anyway, it's so very nice to meet you, dear lady!!!

    Now...let's talk about this beautiful wreath that you created! Of course, you know that I love sunflowers! wink! It really makes a lovely and welcoming addition to your porch and entrance to your home! I actually thought that all the greenery that you had on the wreath was really pretty and perfect for the summer months! Now that you've added a few sunflowers into the's ready to see the autumn season in!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! By the way, I love your old, distressed looking bench! I think it's quite charming!

    Thank you again, Nancy!
    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  2. Hi Denise...

    It's just lil' ol' me again! My friend, I am sooo embaressed...when I wrote the first note, I was thinking that your name was Nancy! Eeeks...I'll blame it on my old age! Hehe! I do apologize, Denise...sooo sorry! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I at least added your party button to my sidebar...since I had already published both posts! Hope that will help a little!

    Thank you again, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  4. What a fun link up party! I love this idea and thank you for linking me up. I am excited to see everyone's porches and garden party ideas! I love how your wreath turned out...I can't wait for fall!

  5. I just did a post about your Porch party! Hope lots of people link up and show off their ideas.

    Karin :)

  6. Hi Denise. What a wonderful idea to transition into fall with your wreath. I have a couple of grapevine wreaths that I change out for every season and holiday for my porch. It is fun to change things up. Thank you so much for linking my blog to your Porch and Garden Party. What a fun idea! Have a terrific weekend!

  7. Great "transition" wreath! I love it! I've been enjoying your blog very much and I love the idea of the Porch and Garden Party!

  8. Just found this party and became a follower.
    I just came up from the beach a few minutes ago, so I am not thinking Fall yet! It will come, and your wreath is lovely!

  9. hi good day ! nice post you have . about this decors .they are beautiful . this decoration add attraction to our home . it depends only on how you put it or the arrangement in order to fit it in your interiors and theme . like me i have some home and garden decors which i contrast with my garden accessories and windspinners and they blend perfectly . lovely set up !



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