Dealing with the post-storm mess outside? If your yard looks like mine, it’s covered with sticks, branches, leaves, and maybe the neighbor’s BBQ cover? That was quite a windstorm we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest this past week! I hope all of you are safe and your electricity has been restored. (shout-out to PUD – thank you!)
Charles was out of town on business during all the excitement, so the boys and I headed out to clean up some of the wreckage and find our driveway once again. But in my typical distracted style, I found myself finding all kinds of great uses for all of the beautiful evergreens! “Wait! that’s a good one, put it on the pile!” Soon the boys were holding up each branch for a thumbs up or down before it headed for the yard waste or my “holiday evergreen stash”.
So before you get too hasty in your clean up, be sure and save a little stash of your own. The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few I came across to get you inspired!
The timing couldn’t be more perfect to swap out sad looking remains of your summer annuals. Easiest project ever! Just stuff and tuck a variety of evergreens, sticks and pinecones! This beautiful arrangement and step by step instructions can be found on the beautiful blog The Art of Doing Stuff
Add a little winter touch to your front door by filling a basket or any container with greens. This birch basket would be lovely on a porch or right by the fireplace. Spotted this one on Lush Home
Adding evergreens can be as simple as popping in a few sprigs in a votive or surrounding a pillar candle or lantern for extra texture and color.
I love this idea of just a touch on the top of photo frames from Remodelaholic.com
And of course, don’t forget the evergreen wreath!
Photo by BHG.com
Now get out there and clean up! 🙂