Right after fall decor started going on sale in stores- which would be early to mid-October, I spotted two gorgeous apple baskets on clearance at Pottery Barn. Yes, I am addicted to their store, more specifically to their discounted areas throughout their stores. I knew immediately that I could use them for sooo many different purposes. They are extremely sturdy and well-made, but in my experience, that is the type of quality one can expect from Pottery Barn.
For $1.97? I’ll take both, please.
On my way out the door, I was already contemplating whether I should leave them natural or whitewash the basket and give the handle a dark, walnut stain. Time got away from me…again – and I left them both natural. I may spice them up for spring. If I do, I will be sure to show you. 😉
I lined the baskets with plastic bags to protect it from spilled soil and/or moisture, either of which could stain. I always have plenty of bags on hand from the grocery store. I know that I should be more eco-friendly and use the re-usable bags, but I use the plastic store bags to line my bathroom wastebaskets and to tie up dirty diapers. I tucked the white Target bags as far down as I could while still protecting the wood of the basket and not seeing them from the outside.
For several weeks, I had been wanting to store something in them for fall. I was merely wanting to use them in some way, preferably a creative sort. I was desperate. By this point, I was willing to use , say,….apples in the apple baskets. How’s that for originality??!
Then I was in Home Depot on Black Friday with the family, enjoying hot chocolate, Krispy Creme glazed pumpkin donuts, and fresh popcorn. (On a side note, my kids now think that Home Depot always offers free food. Ha!) And I spotted the poinsettias for $0.99 (reg. $3.99) and it hit me. The traditional red poinsettias would be perfect.
As soon as I came home, I plopped those purty Christmas classics in my bushel baskets. Love.
The velvety bracts (as one reader informed me) of the poinsettias complimented the warm, wood tones of the basket. The splash of red really pops on my coffee table and fingers crossed, my lil’ dude, Pop, has kept his grubs off of the plants…so far. The Christmas tree, well,…not so much. The battle is still raging for that victory. And just so you know, Momma always wins. 😉
Who would have thought that I would have found the answer for my basket dilemma at a home improvement store? You just never know.
And in the end, I found out this…
apples are not necessary. Maybe next year.
Is your home all decked out for the holiday? Do you decorate with poinsettias? Use fruit in your holiday decor? Let’s share ideas. I’d love to maybe use fruit (apples and oranges) in a fresh, Christmas display sometime. I’m just not sure that it would last long or how I could prevent tiny, little teeth marks in the flesh of the fruit from “you know who”-only to be put back! Ha!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of my 2012 Christmas mantle decor. I love, love, love it. Hubs even gave it a thumbs up. This string of lights was free with a gift card at Target. I just have little bit more to add to the mantle this weekend before it’s finished.
Are you still following along with the “A Homemade Christmas” series? They just keep getting better and better. Be sure to hop over and see Laine’s project (It’s Just Laine) from yesterday! Genius, simply genius. And Christa (Brown Sugar Toast) is back with tremendous tips for the season. You don’t want to miss either one. Check them out.
Thanks for reading.
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