I thought a little something different was in order for Saturday. So I am starting a Saturday's Tip of the Day!
I've always had to live "within" my means. Being married to a coach and being a teacher myself hasn't left me a lot of wiggle room for luxuries. I decided a LOOOOOG time ago that if I wanted something I was going to have to figure out an economical way to get it, thus was born the "Angela McInnis Inexpensive (ie CHEAP) Way" of decorating. Now if you are loaded, then this post will probably bore you to tears, but for all my economically challenged friends, you may want to try some of this stuff.. You others run to Pottery Barn and shop and rejoin us on Monday. We love you anyway!
I stalk Hobby Lobby and such places and find things that are 50-80% off. Things like out of season floral arrangements...they usually look pretty bedraggled by the end of that time. I will shop for an arrangement with an attractive container and "some" floral elements that are still usable. Then I will bring my little ugly duckling home and either use floral elements that I have or that I pick up while they are on sale and begin to transform. Pictured above is an arrangement that I purchased at Paul Michaels in Monroe, LA. I loved the pineapple-like container. (BTW: for my English teacher friends, I write like I talk...lots of commas, made up words. Please, forgive me. My writing papers would be one HOT mess to grade!) Anyhoo..
I couldn't afford the arrangement the first time I spied it, but when I went back at the end of the season...it was screaming my name. It wanted to move to Mississippi and besides it was 50% off. So I picked up a few "on sale" items...little grass things, the orangey berry clusters...it already had the feathers..and off we went. Another BTW: moss is a great filler..not Spanish, but the kind you can also buy at Michaels & HobLob..you know, the kind fairies and gnomes play in. Arrange it amongst your flowers to fill out the bottom and hide unsightly items. ALWAYS keep a spare bag of moss on the shelf. You never know when you will need it...watch for sales. Moss is the "tissue paper" of the floral world.
I think she turned out rather well, and she now resides in the middle of my dining room table. (Feathers blowing in the wind when the a/c turns on.) My point being, don't walk past a "bedraggled" thing. Adopt it and fix it up and it will become one of your all-time favorite purchases. You do NOT have to have everything from Pottery Barn (don't I wish!)