POOPIE stands for: People Opposing Objectionable Pretend plants In the Environment
How could I skip this fun? The Nester is hosting a "P.O.O.P.I.E. Party" today (see above) and all sorts of folks are sharing their loved and not-so-loved fake flower/plant/greenery arrangements. I have to admit, if The Nester lived near-by I'd have a tough time not knocking on her door, begging her to make me an exact duplicate of the fall wreath she just made.
I don't have much in the way of fake flowers around my house. They always just look too... fake. I do have a few although I'm only sharing two. One of them is hanging on my front door and I'll have to take pictures of that one later but the others are in my living room. One proudly sits on the mantel, one fills a void next to the piano and another one I hide in a corner.
The one in the corner, though, I just can't get rid of or give away, no matter how tacky it may look. It is a piece I did in the late '80's (that should be obvious by the color...) and I painted it and filled it with flowers myself. I was 19, I think. I worked in a daycare center at the time and the other woman in my room (we were in charge of the babies), Rose, had a ceramics business on the side. I had always loved "big" stuff and wanted to paint one of these vases so... Rose helped me out. It was fun work and I believe it was one my last forays into the crafting world. I'm just not talented - or patient - enough to do much of this kind of thing. (I buy from others - I support America small businesses this way. :) )
Rose passed away in the early '90's. She was young, to me anyway, and I have always missed her. We worked together while I was still in New Jersey and my own family had moved to California. She became a combination Mom/Big Sister for me and her death hit me hard. So - the vase stays. No matter how tacky and fake it may look. However, I'm not above sharing it for a great cause such as this one!
Have a fun day, folks!