I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

You’ve all heard the overused quote, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I’m here to tell you that if you don’t have a mom to send flowers to this Mother’s Day, send them to yourself!

The ads for Mother’s Day gifts are everywhere, and since I’ve recently suffered loss, they make me feel lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.

I decided to overcompensate.

Instead of bemoaning the fact my mom isn’t here to receive flowers from me, I’m sending them to myself. I’m going to plant them everywhere and enjoy them all summer long.

Enter – old crummy pots…

While at a church rummage sale, I found these 5 huge outdoor planters.

Big Pot3

They were all stacked on one another, dirty and a bit ragged. Ah, but there was potential.

Big Pot2
At first I thought they were that heavy terra cotta material but found out when I picket one up that they were just cheap plastic painted to look “real.”

Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

I asked how much the lady wanted for ONE and she said, “How about the whole lot for $5?”

Since I only had $1.75 left in my pocket, I told her so and she said “Sold!… all 5 for $1.75.”

OK, I can do that!

I took them home, painted them, and voilà! If I hadn’t told you, you would think they were the “real thing.”

$1.75 for the planters, about $5.00 for 1.5 cans of spray paint.

Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

The satisfaction of having waited until I could find big outdoor planters for so little price? Priceless.

Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

Then, when I went in to work today, my boss gifted me with two beautiful plants that will go great in the planters. I also had a trellis that I bought on clearance last fall, so that will work great since these plants are vines that grow up to 12 feet.

Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

I’m done talking about me. Sorry. I didn’t know how to tell this story without a lot of “I” sentences. How about you?

Are you constantly looking a deal as you look to improve your home?

Do you have the confidence to experiment, look for deals and make your own home decor cheaper and more unique than the stores?

Before and After Outdoor Pots Revived! {Love My DIY Home}

I want to encourage you.

Take time.

Don’t just go out and buy it.

Look around. ]

Wait for the best deals.

Don’t give in to that, “Gotta have it now” mentality.

Even if you have a lot of money left over at the end of pay day, be frugal. Shop around. DIY.

And, BTW. If your mom is still on this earth – be grateful.

3 thoughts on “I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day”

  1. Oh Val, you inspire me – yet again! Your planters a beautiful! A can or two of paint can fix anything, can't it? 🙂

    Your flowers are gorgeous! I was gifted a madevilla (exact same color) for Mother's Day by one of my adult sons and his girlfriend. Maybe we can compare growing notes throughout the season? My collection of sentimental plants is quickly outpacing my regular "pick up from the garden center" plants, and I love it!

    Your attitiude is so precious, and continues to encourage me. Thank you for sharing – and enjoy those beautiful Mother's Day flowers!

  2. Great find on those pot's, Val!!  I totally agree with you on the 'wait for the best deal', advice!  This weekend we went to a few thrift stores, and I only came home with a basket for $1.99.  My hubby said it was really worth the trip-but I disagree.  Why spend money on things you won't use, or, that you might find on another trip-for less?  Besides-I needed a basket to carry all the lilacs into the house that I'm picking!!! 🙂

    • Sometimes the satisfaction is found in the hunt for a deal. Our husbands probably don’t understand our need to conquer the retail draw, but hopefully appreciate our desire to make our $ stretch. It’s so much better if we have fun while doing it!


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