Ever So Clever…Ever So Pretty Friday, #3 {Spring Door Baskets}

Well, it’s Friday again..time flies.

And today I present you with a project that inspired me…

…..Oh that Mary, from Home Is Where The Boat Is was at it again with another gorgeous project.

Here is my inspiration:


Beautiful, isn’t it?

So I set forth and took these baskets out of the attic…

I got them from a friend at the yard sale…She gave them to me with the promise I visit her in her new home…

…..in Florida….and I did!


The baskets were not the same color…one had faded more than the other…

…..so I painted them with Annie Sloan Country Grey.


I placed a real ivy plant in the basket as the faux ivy fades so terribly on the front porch.

Added my Johnson Brothers Pomona plate, a bird’s nest and a “moss butterfly”


I bought these pretty moss/twig butterflies from my favorite garden center.




Bought the bird’s nests there too…oh, you can see my garage doors in the reflection…

…..and you can also see how pretty it was today…but cold and very, very windy!

So windy, that after I took my pictures, I had to take the baskets down temporarily…

…..as they were literally swaying in the wind!


I have double doors…I like the convenience of double doors, but always have to make double the wreaths, etc.



And while I was at it…I decided to “spiff” up the front porch a bit.


I placed some snapdragons in this very pretty bowl that I bought from Kristen.

Just love using the unexpected for plantings.


Placed a moss/twig butterfly in the bowl.


I love these butterflies, especially at $1.99..


Calla Lillies and these pretty petunias from Lowe’s add color ..

……the petunias are actually in a hanging bag, but works great placed on a table.


Burlap ribbon is at the base of the Calla Lillies.


Hope you enjoyed my Ever So Clever, Ever so Pretty Friday.

Thank you Mary for the inspiration!…

And at this time I would like to announce the winner of the $25.00 Pottery Barn Gift Card.

The question was, “what was one of the constants that you saw in quite a few rooms?”

Many guesses were fruit, orchids, wicker…but the answer is this:


These drapes!…These same drapes were in many of the rooms…I found that very interesting.

Two people guessed the correct answer and one them was my friend, Pam D.

When I told her that she was in the “hat” for the drawing, she graciously said to give it to the other reader…

So the the winner is: Kathleen Bolton…Congrats!!

Thanks to all of you who participated!! I truly appreciate it!!

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!

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  1. Your doors look great Shirley. I just love when we begin to see color in the spring.
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  2. I just read that I won! I’ve never won anything, I’m very excited. A big thank you to Pam B too. I found it very interesting that they used the same curtains through out the house, I would never think to do that.

    I love the baskets. I have a similar one, now I need to get busy and do a spring arrangement.
    Thank you.

  3. Linda Miller says

    The door baskets and all of the other arrangements on your front porch are so pretty. BUT, I am totally green with envy as it is supposed to snow here tonight and this weekends HIGH temps are only predicted to be in the 20’s. So, although this project may inspire me, I must abstain and follow the rule of waiting until Mother’s Day for any outside plants! But you enjoy and feel a little sorry for your BFF!

  4. The baskets look great. Very nice job on the arrangement, and I like the flowers you placed on the tabletop. The cala lilies look neat in that watering can with the burlap ribbon. I have one of those watering cans too- I should think about doing something with it this year.

  5. Hi Shirley~ I love your double baskets for your doors and especially the addition of the mossy butterfly and nest! I thwarted a bird’s nest building efforts in my door basket going in and out of my potting shed the other day, I need to check and see if if persevered 🙂 Congratulations to Kathleen, I didn’t even notice the drapes were repeated! Hope your weekend weather is better than ours, we’re going to be cold & wet!
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  6. Shirley, I love all your beautiful touches! That bowl looks great with the flowers in it…what a good idea! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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  7. Love the door baskets. That is some pretty ivy. I need to get some, but it is expensive and I don’t know why. Your porch is so pretty decked out in its spring finery. I haven’t done a thing out on my stoop yet, but it is cold with a threat of a mix here this weekend. Come back spring!
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  8. Shirley your door baskets are so pretty!!
    Love all the spring touches to your entryway!!
    Have a fantastic Weekend!!

  9. What a great project! And it turned out so pretty! I had a basket, and took it to my booth, hope it hasn’t sold! haha! If not, I’m going to make something similar to greet my Easter Guests! And I simply adore the pretty flowers in the vintage blue and white bowl. The callas are pretty too, ….I just love it all! 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  10. You always come up with the most unique wreaths for your front doors.
    These are no exception. I adore those moss butterflies too.
    Love all your touches of Spring. Congrats to the winner of the PB card and how nice of your friend.
    Safe travels on your trip to Florida.
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  11. These are such a neat idea I love it. I love the flowers and I am bit jealous that you can plant and it is still windy and cold in NJ with snow on the ground. I need spring!!Have a good time in Florida!!!

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  12. Really pretty Shirley. I love things planted in the unusual too. The ivy trailing down is beautiful and I love the nest.
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  13. Everything looks lovely my sweet friend. Big hugs and happy weekend wishes!
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  14. Congratulations to Kathleen and Pam for having such a keen eye! That was a toughie! They’d make good private detectives! 🙂

    Your baskets are beautiful! I really like the addition of the moss/twig butterflies…they really give it a spring look with a lot of charm! You did a great job of sprucing up the front porch area!!! I hope the winds calm down and it warms enough to put everything back out there soon!
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  15. Shirley, your front area looks so pretty, love the hanging baskets. We had double doors at our last house- it was always a challenge to put something on both doors without overpowering the area. You decorated yours perfectly.
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  16. You’ve taken an idea and made it your own which is I spiration for the rest of us. My front doors don’t lend themselves to hanging things, so I am always looking and enjoying what other people do.

  17. LOVE your baskets Shirley! You’ve inspired me to get my front door decorated! TGIF because I’m going to work on something this weekend! Beautiful!
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  18. Love the arrangements on your doors, Shirley. The plates tucked it are perfect! I never even noticed those curtains and I looked at all of those pictures so hard! Great contest and congrats to Kathleen.
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  19. Love your door decor! I have double doors too, and double screen doors…so, any ideas on how to make a couple of skinny wreaths? That’s been my problem for many, many years. Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  20. Wow-your creations look gorgeous! Love the butterfly (never seen anything like that)

  21. How gorgeous!! You know I love Paris Grey too!!! And omg, I never noticed those drapes were the same!! Congrats to Kathleen! and so sweet of Pam to pass up the giftcard. 🙂
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  22. Your front porch looks so bright and “springy”. Everything here is still dull and gray…
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  23. Hi Shirley, your entry and those baskets are just gorgeous! What a great inspiration you found. They really make a warm welcoming statement.
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  24. Shirley those baskets look GORGEOUS!!
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  25. Your outdoor decor is so pretty and inviting!

    Wishing you a Happy Easter!
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  26. Your doors are stunning. The front porch look so pretty with your colorful flowers.
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