I am not a very good step-by-step project person.
I want to be.
From the top of my head to the very tips of my Ripley’s Believe it or Not toes.
And if we had a giant blog yearbook and we could all vote on superlatives, I would want to be voted “Most Likely To Write a Step-By-Step Post.”
But I know that honor will always remain a distant dream.
You see, I have pin board after pin board of carefully detailed projects. Each step photographed, numbered and explained down to the most minute detail by people who know so much more about step-by-step-project writing than I could ever hope to learn if I blogged for the next 500 years. And when I pull up those projects on the pin boards and start to re-create them….my mind starts wandering, my eyes glaze over and I drift off for a moment to give a silent salute to the brilliant individual responsible for Christina Aguilar’s new make-over.
I can’t help it. I get overwhelmed because all of those steps feel like I’m at the base of the great wall of China and I’m 8,851.8 km away from ever reaching the top.
So I look at the “before” and study the “after.”
And hope against hope that somehow I figure out the all of the “in between.”
But not today.
Today we are concentrating on all of those pesky “in betweens.”
Today I am turning over a new leaf (pun absolutely, positively intended) and writing a step-by-step tutorial just for you.
How to Make a Topiary From a Coat Hanger
(I think we are off to a great start with such a clever title )
Step 1: Find some wire coat hangers. Straighten out the curved end to a point (this is the end you will put into the dirt).
Step 2: Take coat hanger and stretch the ends into a diamond.
Step 3: Re-form the diamond into a circle.
Step 4: Purchase ivy from local home improvement store and remove all questionable leaves (as shown in the perfect step-by-step photo).
Here’s the tag with the description of the ivy.
Step 6: Put ivy in an urn or other similar container.
Make sure the container is cute.
Unwritten step-by-step rule #146: Not-cute containers are not allowed in coat hanger topiary projects.
Step 7: Insert coat hanger into ivy.
Step 8: Wrap tendrils of ivy around coat hanger. Keep wrapping until coat hanger is covered.
Step 9: Stand back and admire your topiary…..
…..then take this moment to discuss the latest episode of Mad Men with the ivy.
PS What about you…..are you a step-by-stepper?