There’s nothing quite like the mind of a 4 year old…
His understanding of my blog consists of approximately three concepts:
- Everything he finds or “creates” could be a “project” for the blog.
- Any person he sees on my computer screen (from pop-up ad models to Brad Pitt) is a “blog friend?”
- And any house that appears on my computer screen (even Buckingham Palace) is one my “blog friend’s houses?”
That last one kills me: his insistence that each photograph is a place where someone lives… He may be a bit confused, but he does “get” one thing: Home matters.
It’s personal, protective, important. It doesn’t matter how fancy or humble, whether you rent or own, where it’s located, or how much it cost…
It’s a place for you and your family to thrive. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that?
I recently had the opportunity to do just that when my brother moved into his new home. I wanted to give him something special to commemorate… enter a simple pot filled with a little love. 😉
I started with a basic terra cotta pot which I paint-washed according to this tutorial. I love the aged patina and character that produces. I then made a quick sign using a cedar scrap (which ages well outside), just like this anniversary sign I made for my husband.
You may have noticed that I oriented the pot with the “Made in Italy” stamp at the front… My brother lived in Italy for several years and misses it now that he’s back in the states. I knew he would appreciate the reference.
Now I am not a stellar gardener… So I kept it simple: two native plants – one tall but full, one low and flowy to spill out of the pot. I had some spanish moss which I used to make the pot look more complete, and I added the house numbers sign. I know it will be perfect on his new front porch.
And I know he’ll feel loved. Supported in my confidence that his new house will be a home – his own little Buckingham.
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