Thursday, May 9, 2013

Donut Topiary Tutorial & a Feature

We got together last weekend for an early Mothers day and I wanted to have something for my daughter, so since I have been on a kick making topiaries, I thought I would make one for her.

A donut topiary in an urn is what I came up with.  She is always looking for tall skinny things to put on her mantel, so this will work beautifully.

Yes, I know as long as I've been blogging, you would think I would take before pictures, but really this is such a no brainer, there's not much to take a picture of.  I started with a small twig wreath and then simply hot glued some ivy to it.

I just took a small ivy bush I found at Michaels, cut the stems off with a wire cutter, then cut the stems into small sections so I could bend then and hot glue them to the twig wreath.  Find some sticks in the backyard and hot glue them to the wreath, place in some floral foam in your favorite container and surround with more ivy, and done.

There was enough ivy in that one bush to make another one, so I think I have one for me.

They look so pretty anywhere, I love to see the light shining through them.  They make a great present and so easy to do.

Also, I was surprised and featured on SheKnows.

You can check out the whole article

A Stroll Thru Life

A Stroll Thru Life
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A grandmother and retiree, Marty, author of the blog A Stroll Thru Life, and her husband made the decision to downsize their home. They chose their new home based on the neighborhood and workable floor plan, but it needed a few updates to feel like home. Marty decided to spruce up the dull cabinets and white walls in the basic builder kitchen with dark chocolate-brown paint and better lighting fixtures.
Marty's favorite part of her kitchen renovation is her island. Marty mentions that she loves the island not only for its beauty, but also for its functionality. Not only does she have the space to cook and entertain as she likes, but she can also relax and sip a cup of coffee. She mentions that her new kitchen represents her new casual and slower lifestyle.

This was a fun surprise.
I am linking to the following parties:

Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
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Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
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  1. Congrats on such a sweet feature! You sure know how to whip up some arrangements! Love this one especially and would be thrilled to receive it as a gift...great idea!! Happy Mother's Day to YOU...

  2. Your topiaries are amazing, Marty! I think that is so very thoughtful of you to think of your daughter in such a lovely way - something handmade is 100% nicer to receive, don't you agree?

    As for your feature, congrats- doesn't that feel great? It shows how much we love your decor and design ideas.


  3. Congratulations Marty on the article! Your topiaries look amazing! You make it look so easy. I'm going to have to try making one!

  4. Oh my Marty, what kind of topiary can you not do?! This looks as pretty as the others. Advance happy mother's day to you dear!!! Mwah!

  5. I have an obsession with topiaries, all kinds, artificial, real, it doesn't matter I love them all. The one you made her is simple and adorable. Thanks!

  6. Marty I've actually been looking for topiaries for my mantel and haven't found any that will fit and not cost a bunch. But this will work. Believe it or not, I've never made a topiary like this, thanks for sharing. It's perfect timing.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  7. Congrats on your feature!! What a pleasant surprise, I'm sure. Marty, I love this latest topiary you made. The shape of it is great!
    Mary Alice

  8. Pretty! sometimes it's the simple things that make a statement. I need two of these for my mantel :-)

  9. Very pretty! Your table looks spring like with the yellow gingham.

  10. Your topiaries are awesome. Looks beautiful in your kitchen.

  11. Hey Marty...the wanderer is home! Love that that it is a donut!

  12. I love both of them, Marty! What a great looking topiary. The urns you used are really pretty, too. I may have to do one of these! Congrats on your feature!

  13. I love this idea! You did a fabulous job! I'm sure your daughter will love it. P.S. This blog post is the second one I've read this morning that's mentioned the word "donut" and now I'm craving Krispy Kreme! Ha!

  14. Nice feature! You did a great job on the topiary. I should do something with my heart shaped one, as it has been put away for a couple of years now.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  15. So pretty, Marty and I'll bet your daughter loved it. Congratulations on your feature! Have a great weekend,

  16. Beautiful Marty! I love the look of topiaries, so I think it'll be a project for me! Lovely job, you are so talented! Have a wonderful Mother's Day, along with your hubby, handsome sons and beautiful daughter!

  17. What a great topiary. I know your daughter was thrilled. Love the little vases you put them in too. Congratulations on the well-deserved feature! laurie

  18. What part of topiaries is not LOVE ! ! Thia is perfect!

  19. Wow, Marty! You are good at that. By the time I got to "done" I would have had a mess!! Looks wonderful!

  20. Great topiary and relatively simple! ;)

  21. Love the topiary and made at such a bargain price! I saw one not nearly as pretty for lots of $$ recently and passed on it. I may just give this a try! Thanks for joining TTF this week!
    Linda & Diann

  22. I love this idea! That turned out so cute and it is so easy. I will definitely be making a few of these! I know Linda already visited but, I still had to come over and check this out!

  23. Marty,
    Congratulations on your featured post, dear friend!!!
    Love your topiary!!! I'm sure your daughter will be thrilled!!!