The tale of two topiary

This fall I bought a real live topiary.
It was a myrtle topiary and cost about $25.00.
I loved that lil' tree and babied it and tried my best to keep it alive.
But I got really sick in January and it didn't get watered as it should and sadly it died.
I did everything I could to bring it back to life, but no dice.



So, for now I've decided to go the faux route.
I found this cute topiary at Marshall's.
It was half the price of my live topiary and this one will last.
From a distance it even looks real. :)



One thing that bugged me though was the small plastic pot that it came in.
I felt it wasn't in scale to the topiary.
But at the same store I found a larger pot for only $2.99.

p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor going to get his newspaper.
I really hope he didn't see me in my nightgown taking these photos.



I really like the texture and design on the pot, but not the color.
Now you can't tell so much in this photo because I took it next to a bright window,
 but the pot was a very dark charcoal color.
So dark you didn't really notice the lovely detail on the pot.



I brushed on some watered down light gray paint
 and used some watered down white on the raised detail.
I let in dry overnight and when I got up in the morning I was disappointed.
The pot still looked blah to me.
It's ok if you're rolling your eyes at me now.



~Slightly out of order photo~
Unfortunately the little plastic pot wouldn't fit inside my gray pot.
So I took a hammer to it.
My three year old son held the hammer with me and thought this was great fun!



 I ended up applying clear, then dark Annie Sloan wax to the pot and
I finally achieved the look I was going for.
I feel like the wax brought out the texture in the pot and highlights the different shades of gray.. 
Hopefully you can tell the difference and I don't sound like a crazy person.



I love the fake dirt they are using in so many faux plants these days.
It really gives the plants a more realistic look.
I just had to glue the base of the topiary into its new pot and it was complete.
I am loving it!
I may try another live topiary this summer if I find one for the right price, but for now I'm pretty happy with my fancy fake lady.
:)
p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor driving off to work.
 Boy, he is just determined to be in my topiary post.
What a diva!



I'm joining in at: Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here


25 comments:

  1. So funny about the neighbor!

    Love the topiary..real and fake. I'm with you, though, at least the fake won't die. The pot looks wonderful all dolled up. :)

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  2. I love the topiary!! It looks real. I think it looks so pretty.

    Kathy

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  3. How funny! The transformed faux topiary base was worth all your efforts, and neighborhood exposure. :)

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  4. I would never have thought it wasn't real! It looks great and the pot is beautiful now. xo

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  5. Love the neighbor story and the love topiary even more

    and the sign against the wall {swoon} Have a great weekend

    xoxo
    Kate

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  6. That's funny about your neighbor! I can only imagine what mine must think of me...LOL!! I love your faux topiary. I need to make me a trip to Marshall's. Enjoy your day, Gail

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  7. Just found your blog. This story is so funny, love how the pot turned out. New Follower.


    Jody

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  8. Love the topiary! So funny that your neighbor got in the story! I think your topiary looks real. I love real life ones...but can not keep houseplants alive inside. I can do it outside but not inside.

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  9. funny post! don't think you're crazy - I do things like that all the time!!! Love topiaries but have faux ones - just starting to experiment with live ones - indoors!! we'll see! thank you so much for the follow!

    Sharon :)

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  10. What a shame about the plant. I'm not that great with live plants either. I like your faux topiary because the dirt makes it look so real. And I love what you did with the pot!

    I hope your neighbor didn't get suspicious over your activities!! We bloggers are a strange bunch! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. I love your topiary. It turned out just beautiful. I can't even tell it isn't real. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Happy Wednesday!

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  12. Hi Lisa,
    It's been a while since I've been over! Most of my blogging time is spent with little Mason now so I don't make the rounds like I used to.
    I kept an ivy topiary alive for over a year, but I finally killed it last week!!!
    Faux is the way to go if you;re like me and don't want to spend a fortune replacing live plants!
    Your baby has grown up! He is so cute.
    Rhonda

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  13. YOur topiary looks so real. You found a perfect pot and a happy home for your pretty inexpensive topiary! I am a new follower.

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  14. Hi Lisa: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine.
    I grew up above you by the state line, I mean over the state line. Ok, I'm a cheese head. Nice to meet you!

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  15. Love the topiary and the pot. Gorgeous!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  16. Lisa, I'm totally with you...I have a black thumb. My hubby calls me Morticia Addams when it comes to plants. ;) I think the faux one looks very real and you did a great job on the pot!

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  17. Super cute Lisa... And yes you can see him walking up the drive way too.
    Have a great weekend

    Pattie

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  18. Hi Lisa, I love your header. I went the faux route as well, from TJ Maxx. I paired a large and small on my entry table. Somehow though, my Christmas ivy topiary is still alive. I guess it likes neglect! Michele

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  19. I love this new topiary!!! Looks totally real! I also love the pot! You are so talented!
    -Molly

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  20. i love this! You are so funny!!!!!

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  21. Love the faux topiary, but the pot definitely steels the show. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  22. Hi Lisa, I gave up on the real topiaries long ago! The artificial ones look very real now. Love your topiary and the cute pot.

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  23. It's simple and beautiful... I love the simplicity of your topiary. Its looks so real. I too would go for such one.

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