The Holiday Madness Begins

I’ve been to Lowes five times in the last three days. Isn’t that always how it goes when you are working on projects? I never seem to be able to account for all the contingencies for which I will need materials.

This week was (is) kind of nutty. In addition to my own regular writing deadlines and ongoing book work, my daughter is the lead in the school play and it is tech week (for those of you – like me- who haven’t been through producing a play – this is the week when it all gets seriously-hardcore-insane right before the real show). My parents are visiting as well, which means two things – construction projects are getting done in record time and the bourbon in the liquor cabinet is just about gone.

I’m trying to navigate it all by keeping everyone on track, where they need to be, and with the right tools to get their jobs done. It’s part super-mom, part general contractor, part hostess with the mostess, top-chef and part writer. I’m taking moments of solace in my garden and reaping the last of the harvestable goodies for some seasonal decorations.

bark vase www.pithandvigor.com

I showed you this vase a couple weeks ago (here).  Want to know how it was made?  After a hike in the woods where my son (who has a habit of gathering so many ‘interesting’ things that he generally can’t carry them all by the end of the walk) I saved this coil of birch bark from the collection.   To make it into a vase, I wet it (softening it slightly) just enough to be able to slip a plastic water cup into the center.  I have been changing out the mix every few days adding something different to pair with the fake red berries.  This time, I gave it my best effort  ikebana effort by adding stems of Callicarpa.

I am obsessed with Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry) since the shrub I planted a couple years ago is mature and laden with gorgeous eye-catching purple berries.  I redressed the container by my front door with a combination of Callicarpa and other garden cuttings to include red-twig dogwood, boxwood, lavender, lighted branches.

I also added a couple inexpensive globe glass light covers (turned upside down) and stuffed with a string of lights to illuminate.

I can’t wait until this evening (hopefully amidst the madness) where I can set up the camera at twilight to capture a picture of how pretty these look when they are lit up.  I’ll post an update with those pictures as soon as I can.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

2 Comments

  1. Anna on January 8, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Such a great article and such nice decorating ideas… I’m looking forward to continue reading…

  2. Matt on September 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I know this is an older post but was searching around for holiday ideas. I always wondered how they use white birch bark in crafts. I’m so glad I found this article, thanks for the links and post for another great craft.

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