A long cardboard box on the front porch, the zip of the box cutter, rose tissue paper crunching under anxious fingers as it’s pulled away from lush green branches, and awww . . . inhale the sweet scent of boxwood.
These are the little things that make me happy.
I don’t have boxwood bushes in my yard and the cost of buying preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries can be quite high. But I have found a great source for preserved boxwood in bulk and it is very reasonable considering how much comes in one box (4.4 pounds is a LOT of boxwood) and how long it lasts. I’ve had my miniature boxwood wreaths for 1-1/2 years now and they still look like they are fresh cut greens.
Bella Marie is my source for preserved boxwood and I’ve never been disappointed with their product or their service (this is not a paid post by the way).
I like touches of green around my house year round and since I’m not great with houseplants over the long haul (I kill them) (not on purpose) (I love them but they don’t love me), this is a wonderful option for me. Let me show you some of the different ways I decorate my home with preserved boxwood. I created this wreath with added wired silver balls for embellishment. I like the extra touch of color it adds to my display of blue plates in the kitchen.
Here I added a little green to a bouquet of roses purchased at the Charleston Farmer’s Market. They were handmade by Miz Laura, a Gullah craftsperson we met there.
This is a topiary I created with preserved boxwood (Tutorial HERE).
This large wreath was simple to make with a recycled grapevine wreath that was once adorned with brightly colored silk flowers.
As you may have noticed in some of my previous posts, I enjoy using touches of boxwood all over my house.
I have several small wreaths that I’ve used in various places.
I also like to use sprigs of boxwood here and there, even more so during the holidays.
I decorate with boxwood year round to add a fresh look of the outdoors to the inside of my home.
I’m so happy I bought boxwood in bulk. Even with all the things I’ve made, my box from Bella Marie still has quite a bit of boxwood left to work with, and I have a lot more ideas running around in my head. Maybe even some gifts for my friends (wink, wink).
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Thanks for stopping in today Beautiful Ones!
Blessings to you,