Friday, September 19, 2008

September Procrastination Challenge--And a New Wreath!

This is my gnarly front door.  I say gnarly because it has had the crap beat out of it by the former storm door.  

You think I'm kidding?  I am not.  I live in Idaho.  Idaho is windy.  Our old storm door opened out North and the wind comes from the South.  Well, duh.

In our defense, we were new to Idaho and didn't know about such things.  In California we had just the gentlest of breezes and paradise-like weather that became monotonous, day after day after day.  Well, maybe not that last part, but California doesn't get crazy, scary Idaho wind.

So, not like I need to finish with this story or anything, but the wind caught the door and slammed it up against the house repeatedly, BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!

We were left with a bent and broken door frame, shattered glass everywhere, and the door was hanging off its hinges.  I'm seriously not kidding.  It was a mess and it was sad because the storm door was maybe a year old, tops.

So, for our new storm door, Peanut Head was sure to install it so that it opened out South so the wind could only slam it shut instead of beating the house to death with it.  We do learn.

Then, as if my door wasn't sad enough, I bought a gorgeous purple wreath last spring that melted right off of its hangar and dripped all the way down the door.  The wax has been mostly scraped off, but it has left an unsightly snail trail of sorts.  Yes, it looks like dried snot. Disgusting.

So, back to my point, my front door is in need of some sprucing up.  I've been wanting to paint it red for quite some time, and Debbie over at Virtually Organized has posted a September Procrastination Challenge.

This is right up my alley.  Remember my self help book about Procrastinating.  The one I haven't read yet, but I'm going to someday?  Well, you can see where this is going.

Right now, I am officially declaring to the world and committing myself to paint my front door before the end of the month.  I marched into Lowe's today and bought the paint and primer so now I'm committed.

To motivate myself to follow-up on my procrastination challenge, I decided to make myself a fall wreath.

I got most of this stuff on sales at Michael's (50% off this week) and found some of it in my craft closet.

I started snipping leaves off.

And arranging them around the wreath.  Hot gluing them as I went.

There.  Isn't that pretty?

There's just one problem.  I accidentally glued the wreath to the table in my efforts to secure all the leaves.

That's okay, I have a putty knife and that sucker came right off.

I'm pretty happy with it, although it might disappear into my new red door.  We'll have to wait and see.

While eating dinner this evening we heard a strange noise. "PLINK!"

We looked up, alarmed, and I said "MY WREATH!"

One of the pine cones had popped right off.  I sure hope this wreath isn't going to rot off my door.


  1. Can't wait to see the "new" door! And I love the wreath!

    I'm so glad to hear this challenge is motivating you. Keep up the great progress!


  2. Once again, you are amazing. If you weren't so dang sweet, fun, talented I'd have to not like you for making me seem way to dull, non-talented and disorganized. Way to be! :) Really, thank goodness for creative people like you to share your ideas with people like me.

  3. If the wreath disappears into the red, just add another row in the back in brown leaves and I think it will pop! That's my 2 cents:-)

  4. It is beautiful! I love it!!! Hmmmm, I see another procrastination project in my future! lol... I have made SEVERAL Autumn wreaths and always give them to others saying .. I will make another for myself... yeah, right! Like that has happened. Maybe this is the year!

  5. The wreath is fabulous! I haven't crafted in such a while, but now I want to make one, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Ahahahahahahaha...
    you are such a comedian! lol.
    makes me lauph just reading about it i can so imagine you freaking out over the pine cone "plink"ing off.hahahahaha


  7. Pine cones are difficult little beasts, rebels they are. Crazy cute, talented no doubt!