You know that feeling when it’s finally time for Thanksgiving dinner?
You’ve been smelling the turkey roasting all day and you are positive that all of your favorite side dishes will be sitting right alongside good ol’ Tom.
The moment of truth arrives and you suddenly find your plate piled high with all of these wonderful concoctions that only make an appearance once a year. You dig in with gusto and barely come up for breath until that moment…the one where you start slowing down.
And you fully understand the meaning of the phrase “your eyes are bigger than your stomach“.
Well, I’ve decided that I suffer from something similar…it’s called “your plans are bigger than your energy level“.
It happens every year around this time. I get all of the Christmas decorations down and stored away. I take a look around my home and love how it suddenly feels more open, bright and fresh.
And then my mind starts racing…
Let’s overhaul the kids rooms and clean out their closets!
Let’s do a board and batten treatment on the playroom walls and while we’re at it why don’t we teach ourselves how to install crown molding!
Let’s transform our kitchen island by adding a built-in wine rack and bookshelf!
Let’s build a plate rack for that blank wall off of the dining room!
And then, I sit down. And I stay sitting for awhile. The post-Christmas-put-my-house-back-in-order adrenaline starts to disappear right along with my energy.
All of those plans sound so great…and I really do want to get around to making them happen. But I’m tired!
So, I start small and simple and easy. With something that doesn’t require a whole lot of thinking and definitely doesn’t require a whole lot of energy!
HOW TO MAKE A WINTER TERRARIUM
Supplies needed: bowl, florist foam, small wooden dowels, pine cones, moss and pebbles (optional).
Step 1: Begin by using your hot glue gun to attach the dowels to the bottom of the pine cones.
Step 2: Stick dowels with pine cones attached into foam inside bowl. Use different sized pine cones for visual interest. And so your daughter can tell you that the big one is the mama pine cone and the little one is the baby. 😉
Step 3: Cover the foam with moss and then add in extra details to your hearts content. I added pebbles from outside and sprinkled some “faux” snow on top.
Of course to be considered a true terrarium you must place it under glass. Doesn’t everything seem to look prettier when it’s under a glass dome?
But, you could also just leave it out in the open. I mean, maybe you don’t have the energy to go digging around for a glass dome.
You can just join me over here in the “your plans are bigger than your energy level” group!
There’s always room for one more!
Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods says
How sweet and simple is that? A pinecone terrarium would be perfect for my coffee table. Now… someone bring me another cup of coffee because I can’t get off the couch. 😉
Julie N says
I so enjoy these posts when I am too frozen here in southern Minnesota to get much of anything done. My heart though is warmed by your humor. Thanks for a great, if not energetic, start to my day.
What a great idea!!! And I am so with you on the after Christmas plans:-)
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Very pretty, Vanessa! I love this project, especially putting it under a cloche. I had to laugh because I feel the same way after the holidays. It’s like I have to slowly work myself up to projects. So far the only thing I’ve done in the new year is rearrange tabletop vignettes and do some sewing.
Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane says
It’s so sweet, Vanessa. I do have to ask where your bowl is from, though. Is it part of a set? I’ve been looking for something similar. Thanks, girl!
At The Picket Fence says
Hey Christy! I’m fairly certain that I got it at Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago…or TJ Maxx?? Or Marshalls?? Those are the only places I shop. LOL!
Deby Wine says
I too love the day after all the decorations go back in their boxes and get to storage. This year I got out the steam cleaner and scrubbed the carpet, and moved all the furniture for a good clean. Feels like I am revitalized….all fresh and uncluttered…
Pam @diydesignfanatic says
Cute little project Vanessa. Thinking aboutall the projects you’d like to do can be overwhelming. Getting something small done gives you motivation to keep going.
At The Picket Fence says
It definitely helps me to get motivated by starting out with something small! So true Pam! Thanks for stopping by friend. 🙂
I know how you feel, although one of my main goals this year was to get my living room painted. Last Saturday my husband randomly said”lets go look at paint” We went to the store and came home with the perfect color. Now I am sitting in my freshly painted living room making that list of things I know wont get done for awhile.
At The Picket Fence says
LOL Tanya!! At least if nothing else gets done for awhile you can always say you got that room painted! 😉
I LOVE IT Vanessa!! I kept all my pinecones out too…they’re perfect for winter displays!
Oh my lol , I still have projects I started before the holidays that I am finally able to work on.
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