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Monday, February 13, 2012

Decorating with ivy {Newbie party started}

Decorating with Ivy
One blog you do not come to for Garden inspiration is Debbiedoo's! 
Now don't get me wrong, I can show you inspiring pictures, and on occasion have some pretty flowers of my own.  
Oh, and I can share my Mom's gorgeous gardens as I have in the past
With that being said...I can grow me some IVY! This is a new discovery for me.
It started last Spring when I planted a few small Ivy plants in these urns.
{I am probably bragging over nothing right?} We can all grow IVY..but flatter me would ya!

 Hard to believe it survived winter.  Grant you, we have had a mild one.

Yesterday I threw in some Viola's and we shall see how well they do.  

I decided I would bring more Ivy into the home.  I love the pop of color, texture and warmth it brings.
I found the cutest bright yellow metal colander at Marshals the other day.
I knew I wanted to keep it out for my Spring/Summer decor...
but what to put in it?

Cute idea, don't you think?

 It will get plenty of sunlight near our kitchen windows.
I added a little grass to the mix.
I am soooo ready for Spring in case you have not noticed.

Then while I was at it, I added another ivy plant to this silver ice bucket I bought at a garage sale for a buck or two last summer. 

Never cleaned it, and I have no intentions of cleaning it either. I like it yucked up like this.

And this live Ivy is also near our entry way and gets plenty of morning sunlight.

We will have to readdress this post in around 6 months, so we can track the progress of the indoor ivy.

Let's get this party started!


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Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the ivy in the colander and the ice bucket. I want to get some live plants and hopefully won't kill them.

February 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I have faith in you & don't think you'll kill them. I love the way the ivy looks in that bright, sunny colander.

February 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

I love using unusual containers for plants. Love the colander and ice bucket! Thanks for hosting a fun party. I've linked up again :)

February 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Oh, Debbie, the ivy looks fabby and I love the tarnished ice bucket. I got rid of most of my artificial plants a while ago and am trying to do more live plants, but alas, I, too, have never considered myself much of a green-thumb. Thanks so much for hosting this great party for us!

February 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Sorry, Debbie! I was having trouble linking up and now have three entries! You might want to delete two of them!

February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love ivy and yours look great Debbie! Love the silver ice bucket and I love it yucked up too:)

February 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Erin~Just*Grand said...

Thanks for hosting the Newbie Party!
I went to a fundraiser yesterday and got to bring home with the centerpiece and - guess what? It's a beautiful variegated ivy. My fingers are crossed for both of our plants!

February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

I love the ivy! It looks great, I planted some in the yard last year and I use it in my flower arrangements~makes me feel like a real florist, ha ha.
Have a great evening,

February 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

The ivy looks so cute in that strainer and ice bucket! Whenever I grow ivy indoors it lasts about 3 months and then the leaves fall off. Don't know what I am doing wrong.

February 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girl you are amazing, growing ivy! (WAs that flattering enough LOL) I honestly have never tried ivy...I love your colander, that is a great idea for outside too since it already has holes for drainage!


February 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I love ivy. I also love that urn! Thanks so much for hosting the newbie par-tay:-)

February 12, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Ivy has such a fresh look. I love all the creative ways you've displayed it.

February 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That looks so Springy Debbie, especially in the yellow colander. I can not grow a plant indoors to save my life, but outdoor gardening is a snap.

February 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Val said...

I'm officially going to get my green thumb ready and start buying some hoe plants.

February 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh Debbie how I would LOVE to be able to plant Violas ! Way to cold here :( Thanks for hosting us Newbies every week !

February 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
Thank you SO much for linking this up! I hope that if people go to visit who are new that they will link up in both places!!! I LOVE your ivy and especially love it with burlap!!! It's fabulous!!!

February 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

I bought an ivy plant last didn't survive! I'll give it a try again because I love how you have yours potted!

February 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Debbie, I can't even grow ivy! I have tried several times but it always dies within weeks. I like the outside urn of ivy and the containers you used inside. Hugs, Sherry

February 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Debbie,

I think you have a green thumb after all. :-)


February 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie, I love this post! Your photos are gorgeous and so happy! I love ivy too! I enjoy your blog and Newbie party! There are so many amazing new bloggers!

February 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Your ivy is lovely, Debbie! Thanks for sharing it with us, and thanks for hosting :)

February 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I love that bright yellow!!!! So pretty!

February 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Jen Lossing, Artistic Abode Designs said...

Hi Debbie,
Thanks so much for hosting the newbie party! I just love your planter idea! Especially the colander and the ice bucket!

February 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Http:// said...

I love the planter on your porch! The yellow looks great in your kitchen.
Thanks so much for sharing my FB page with your "likes" yesterday :) You are so sweet!!

February 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hey Debbie, I love ivy! I just put some more in a big urn near the kitchen sink/window. I love the one you have in the silver! Thanks so much for hosting!

February 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

They are looking great! Good luck! Joann

February 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I love all of the ivy Debbie! Especially in that great yellow colander...and the burlap wrapped pot. Awesome. Thanks so much for hosting.

February 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Rob Hunt said...

Well, your ivy (in all the many great containers) looks pretty healthy.

Thanks for hosting. I made home made chalk paint for my project this week. Thanks for featuring my clematis last week.


February 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Deserae said...

Love the ivy in your new collander...very pretty! I keep killing my Ivy's....but I am not giving up yet! LOL

February 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Great idea with the silver ice bucket! Ivy's a hard one to kill, Debbie, just don't let it out of that urn! he he he!

Thanks for another great opportunity to Link Up and make some new friends! I really appreciate the opportunity!


February 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Terriea Kwong said...

Your ways of putting the ivy are pretty, particularly in the ice cube holer. I love ivy, love the curve hanging down. I also have a few pots haning outside my patio. They're thriving.

February 13, 2012 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger andrea@townandprairie said...

I've always loved ivy. It's so traditional and comforting. The deep greens- leathery. I love how they spill out of their containers. andrea@townandprairie

February 13, 2012 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger Eclectically Vintage said...

I love ivy too - it's tough to kill! The yellow colander is so cute and of course I love the silver ice bucket! Linked up my kitchen and added your button to let everyone know Debbie's is the place to be!

February 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Moonbeam said...

I LOVE ivy, but have never tried to grow it myself. I LOVE the yellow violas peeking out from the ivy - so pretty!

February 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

i love ivy topiaries of all shapes and sizes. I have 2 large ivy topiaries on each side of my front porch. I have not had much luck with them in my house though, after a while, I have to move them outdoors as they get dry and shriveled..So let me know your secret to your indoor ivy plants..They look terrific!

February 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

I love ivy, too. Unfortunately, I can even kill ivy. It does take a lot more ignoring to kill, though. Love how it looks in the bright yellow colander! Great find! Thanks for sharing.

February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Love the ivy I never have any luck with ivy maybe you can tell me your secret. I love the colander.

February 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger linda said...

well it looks like you are on to something Deb .It looks great love the urn outside painted white .Thanks for posting my garden it was nice to see it now and have it to look forward to cant wait to smell the roses .another plant you can grow in the house is mother inlaws toung you just cant kill it everytime i would ask Grandma whats the name of that plant she would laugh so much .She would say its Mother in laws toung lol

February 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger The Tuscan Home said...

I enjoyed your post and pictures. I am going to be on an ivy hunt now, and a hunt for some pretty pots to put them in. Have a great day! xo ~Liz

February 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Shanee said...

I love your urns on the porch! The ivy is just perfect and your violas are the perfect pop of color. I too love ivy...although ah hemmm....I only use it in containers since my liberal use around our fish pond and in the landscaping got really out of hand! Thanks for sharing.

February 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

It is beautiful Debbie. Snip a few pieces of the ivy and place in water and when roots appear you will have more to put in another pot. I do it all the time. My outdoor ivy lasts through the even cold winters just fine and they are out in the garden uncovered. xoxo, olive

February 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Good for you! These plants look great...and I especially love the colander and the ice bucket. I can grow ivy easily ~ everything else seems to come to my house to die. I have friends that are miracle workers with plants but I've never had that talent.

I'm ready for spring too! Had snow last night with rain's very cold, too cold.


February 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger The Hell on Heels Housewife said...

Thank you for hosting this amazing party. I am new to your it! Loving the yellow collander with the ivy! Now following you. Have a great week.

February 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

Love the ivy Deb.. I'm gonna post soon about how I care for my plants in hopes it might help others who struggle with them.

February 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Debbie, you're truly a creative soul with so many fantastic ideas. I love all the choices you have here for the ivy!

February 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger  Nann said...

Oh Debbie you made me laugh. I am just like you. About the only thing I haven't killed off is the ivy. It must be indestructible. (smile) THANKYOU for hosting another great party. I love to participate and look forward to all the wonderful other link up peoples posts. I've made alot of new friends because of you!



February 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Yes the ivy in the colander looks great, and no not everyone can grow ivy, or I should say keep it growing!

Just stopping in to be a newbie party voyeur and visit some of your party linkers.


February 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

Debbie, the ivy looks so pretty! I love it in the colander! Thank you for hosting!

February 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Your Craft Book said...

Hello Debbie, Thanks again for the great link party. I have to say that I love real plants but they do not love me. I do not have a green finger and can kill a plant within 2 weeks. But I have to say I have over the years managed to grow some beautiful lush ivy plants. I just love these hardy little bits of green, they can survive me, Maureen.

February 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Starr said...

Thanks so much for the party! I love your idea with the colander and will be checking back to see it's progress!

February 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I want to go dig up ivy from my back yard, lol. I love the way it looks in the yellow colander...very cute! :)

February 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger said...

Your ivy looks great. I like the touch of the flowers mixed in with the ivy on the porch.Add something tall to the pot and you will have the perfect arrangement. Tall,round and trailing-these three things are the rule to great pots.

February 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love all of your ivy. I think that is super. I have one plant that I am really trying to keep alive, so I think you are a genius. Love all the containers, such great ideas. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

February 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thanks for the party! I got your comments under my link. I do have a Debbiedoo's linky party button on my sidebar, don't worry I will send as much love your way as possible! Thanks for hosting!

February 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I just love your ideas the ivy in the colonder...brilliant!!!! Catching up this a.m. and it takes me forever to get through your blog the pictures as so pretty and inspirational, I have a pad for Debbie ideas that I keep so had to write them down...great party going on too, wowzer so many folks are joining you...oh and LOVED what you and mike did to your e., so, so glad you didn't paint it, that little touch of black was brilliant!

February 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger 1CardCreator said...

This is very cool! So glad I saw you at Cindy's Woman Thing link party. ~Diane (I am #31)

February 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Love it all, especially the colander with ivy. So cute! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

March 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM  

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