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I have 27 rose bushes.
I knew there were a few when we bought our house, but I started finding more of them this spring.
We counted 27. I dug two up because I didn’t like their location. For a short period of time I was able to say we only had 25 rose bushes! Well, guess what? I just recently found two more! Two that started growing in random locations. One is in my vegetable garden! I’ll definitely be digging the two new ones up, but for now I am back to 27 rose bushes.
What’s a girl to do with so many roses?! I suppose they are pretty and add great color to our yard. I can’t say I’m a fan of the upkeep, though. I spent most of this spring covered in cuts and scratches from the thorns on the rose bushes. I think it’s safe to say that roses are slowly becoming my least favorite flower. But, for now, I am stuck with them.
I have never owned a vase. Never have I had the need. I’ve always seen bouquets of flowers to be pointless. I mean, you cut some flowers, throw them in a jar of water and just wait for them to die. What’s the point? And with the cost of a flower arrangement these days, I view it as a waste of money. Due to my inability to understand the need for flowers in the home, I’m sure my husband will never buy them for me!
So, when my roses started blooming this spring, I was torn. Being so anti-flower arrangement, I didn’t want to go out and make a bouquet. But, at the same time, it almost seemed like a waste to leave them out in the yard.
Eventually I opened up to the idea of trying to bring some flowers inside, throwing them in a jar of water and waiting for them to die. I’d never done it before, so why not?
I didn’t have a standard vase… and I still don’t. I did, however, have a giant pickle jar that was empty. That would work, right?
It did work. It wasn’t very attractive, though. After the roses died, I was back to square one: what’s the point in live flower arrangements?
And I still had this giant pickle jar:
I don’t have a problem with fake flower arrangements. Spend $20 to build it and it NEVER dies. Sounds like a better investment than buying flowers from your florist!
So, that’s what I decided to do.
I started by covering the pickle jar with a Pewter Grey acrylic paint.
It wasn’t really the look I was going for once it was completely dry.
Soooo I added two very thin coats of “Light Buttermilk” acrylic paint and ended up with this:
Not horrible, but still not quite right. I was wanting an old, weathered sort of look. So I grabbed some sand paper and went to town sanding it. Here’s where that got me:
I like it a lot more this way! I wanted to add a bow or something to it, but every time I tried I was disappointed with the result.
I threw a coat of my buddy, Krylon Cover Maxx, over it to protect the paint and put some pretty flowers in it!
I think it’s cute, but I sort of feel like it’s still missing something. If I ever figure out what that something is, I’ll let you know. Until then, this is what my very first vase looks like!
Any ideas of what I could add to the vase? I can’t help but wonder if different paint colors would have made it look better.