Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Grapevine Garland and an Old Rake

One of the sweet surprises I have enjoyed
in this home is a long stretch of grapevine
growing along a fence on one side of my house.

The first few falls I lived here, I made
garlands of the vines to wrap my archway.

I haven't done it in years. Thanks, blog friends,
for helping me want to do it again!


Yesterday, I snipped off vine - some of which was dead
from the past two years of drought. But amazingly,
some is still thriving in spite of the lack of water.

I left the leaves on it, which I should have done before!
I'd spend a good amount of time stripping the leaves.
It was the worst part of assembling the garland.

Yesterday, I decided the dead, brown leaves might be
a good thing this year with my neutral scheme.


 For today, though, they're nice and greenish.
You can see my green windows here, too.

They were brown when I moved here, and the 
brick was not painted. I painted the windows red
to go with my red door. I removed ugly storm windows.

The old glazing cracked and made the paint peel.
After several touch-ups, I decided to replace the
old glazing and a cracked pane. It was not the
easiest project I've ever done! But at that point,
I scraped, primed and painted the windows green.
That was about 3 years ago.

In the next few weekends, the green windows
will be painted gray to match my door.

Speaking of my door...


I wired some faux greenery and feathers together
and attached them to an old rusty rake head
to make a sort of wreath-esque thingy for my door.

Floral arranging is not my forte, obviously, but
it will do for now. I had the things at home,
so there was no money spent on it!


I may still add to my exterior...and if I do,
I'll probably post my updated looks.


By then, the leaves on the grape vine should be brown,
and the windows should be gray. 
And my neutral theme will be a reality...

Word for the Day:
John 15:1-2
 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, 
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful.



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9 comments:

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love the rake on your door! It looks like fall. Right now the ribbon plays off the window. I hope the weather holds out so you can get it painted.
I know you'll like that.
The outside of your home looks so ready for fall! I love it.

have a wonderful wrap-up to the rest of your week. Pat

lynn said...

i just love the grapevine, revi!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

what a great idea the rake on the door! and I like how you reused the grape vine! way to go!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

:D Wow, I love your pretty rake door hanging! Plus I really like your grapevine, too.

Anne said...

LOVE that vine! It looks so charming and welcoming over your door!
xx
Anne

To The Moon and Back said...

I love that rake on your front door, different from anything I've seen before. Thanks for sharing!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the vine, and your non-conventional wreath.

~ Liz ~ said...

Your home is adorable. I am envious of your little archway and front porch. Isn't that rake a great idea too! I can't wait to see the look with your window painted. Nice touches. And I see your great little wagon vignette is still holding its own. What fun!
Liz

Tammy said...

Love it! Very creative door decor. Your home is lovely too! Thank you so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!