Yep, gates, folks.
You’ve seen them around, haven’t you? Big, beautiful, wrought iron gates decorated with a simple green wreath and a huge red bow.
Well, not on these gates, thank you very much!
I’ve done these gates for a few years now. The Homeowners Association hired me after one of the property managers saw this clubhouse I decorated for another one of their communities.
What’s cool about this job is one of the homeowners has become a great friend. She used to decorate the gates herself, on her own time, and her own dime. Finally, she got the board approval to hire someone . . . Me!
She and I agreed upon the initial style and colors of the decorations a couple years ago.
Pale gold, light bronze florals, and bronze netting.
Bronze netting? Yep! Now you see where I got the netting for this wreath, huh?
Pretty colors, a little different than the norm, and they blended in nicely with the gates and the homes in the community.
No big red bow here!
But after 3 years, they wanted it ‘spruced up’ a bit. Copper, as a matter of fact.
Cool, I thought. I love copper.
I actually love all colors for decorating, but I knew copper would work well and I wouldn’t have to redo all the garlands and wreaths – I could just add it in.
My first thought was to buy a couple cans of copper spray paint and spray some ivory flowers and ornaments.
But, noooo. I had to run around to 3 different stores, with BBH, oldest son & Grandson in tow.
Truth be told, BBH does most of the work.
He’s gotten so good at it, I think he could probably do the whole thing himself! Sshh, don’t tell anyone.
Anyhoo, I found some copper ribbon, poinsettias and picks @ Michael’s.
Before . . .
. . . and this.
Typically, I don’t use two colors of the same flower in arrangements. They start to compete with one another. I would’ve preferred copper ornaments, but I was lucky to find these flowers.
It’s a subtle difference, but Melody was happy!
And I think I’ll have another helper pretty soon!