Remember how I told you that I kept pulling things out of my yard sale pile to keep? I had already priced a bunch of topiaries but decided to keep them at the last minute. I used them two Christmases ago on my mantle.

I was tired of my unnaturally green, unnaturally perfectly round topiaries.

Then I saw a girl cover a wreath form with moss on her blog. And I thought I added her to the Nest Files/tumblr but I can’t find it. If you know who it was, let me know. She was replicating a wreath she saw in Pottery Barn. And it sparked and idea to do the same to my topiaries. Thanks, Lettie, yes it was Carrie from Buzzings of a Queen Bee! . And, Get Your Martha On–that’s what gave me the topiary push!

A little hot glue and a bag and a half of moss, and arthritis in my thumb later.

See the difference in the before and after? I have twins. I like how organic and imperfect the made over topiary looks. Boy am I glad I kept these. I sure would be mad if I was reading one of your blogs and you bought my topiaries for $1 each and then made them all cute and happy.

I found that within a few days, the moss kind of dried out and shrunk a little. Which was fine. The fresher moss was fluffier and brighter. I like how the moss has yellow undertones instead of bright green. Remember how we’ve talked about what to look for with fake plants? Now I’m looking all over for stuff I can cover in moss. Wreath coming soon. What have you covered in moss?

Winners of the DaySpring giveaway:

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And ‘Tis the Season for giveaways!

Julie from My Fine Art is giving away a $50 gift card towards a lovely photo on canvas at her blog. What a fantastic gift for grandma! Click the link to enter–don’t try to enter here! And, don’t worry, you don’t win one with these people’s faces–you get to have your own people’s faces!