As I was planning to sell my home, I sort of let some maintenance go. But now that I have recommitted to my abode, I swept up the stoop the other day and noticed the two planters on my front stoop were rather bare.
I went to the local public park and found a couple of branches of evergreens (soft fluffy pine-needley things) on the ground, so I picked those up, trimmed some rhododendron leaves off a friend's bushes (with her permission), and clipped some branches of red berries from a bush in my back courtyard.
I stuck them all in the two terra-cotta pots I have on the stoop and they look lovely! So winter-y and full of green-ness. I don't know how long they'll last (at least a few months, I believe), but this was a delightful and FREE way to spruce up my little front stoop.
I had been thinking of buying wreaths at the community college where I teach (I normally buy two every Christmas), but I decided to save myself the $24 (even though it supports the landscaping program at the school), and decorate at no cost this year.
Now, every time I walk past my front stoop, I see something pretty and know it got there for nuthin' -- feels good!