How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray (plus BIG NEWS!)


NEWS ALERT: Don’t throw away your wilted roses! My husband gifted me 2 dozen red roses for my birthday last week ♥️ and when they began to wilt, I just couldn’t stop admiring their beauty. In fact…I think I prefer wilted roses more then fresh 😆. The darker, moody shades of red, the delicate wavy folding layers, and the tea scent are all so naturally captivating. I hope you enjoy this super simple idea I came up with using a thrift store tray, and yes, you guessed it, wilted roses. But, before we get to “How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray”, I have some really BIG NEWS to share with you…

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Redhead’s Big News: Why we are Selling our Home

I have some tender, personal news I would like to share with you all, today. Rick and I, and even the kiddos, recently came to the decision to sell our beloved home 😲! I’ve witnessed mixed reactions from folks, some shocked, others concerned, and a few excited. I assure you all, everything is on a positive note, it’s simply just time for some well deserved changes, even though it will be so sad to leave the home we poured our hearts into the last 13 years.

You see, our kiddos are now young adults, and as they complete college/work goals, and set out on their chosen paths- we must decided how best to help them, and how to best move on in our huge empty nest, and prepare for our future. With all of that in mind, the market is still quite favorable for sellers in Michigan. In addition, we don’t need all of the stuff or space this house provides.

So…our amazing kids have decided to get their own place to share, and Rick and I are also going to get our own “pad” not far from them. We have been able to locate brand new gorgeous modern apartments being built close by, and we have each reserved our own little nest there while we prepare to build (I can’t wait to show you).

As for the kiddos, they each have a fabulous plan in the works. Our daughter is finishing up her Environment Artist Degree, and has already been snatched up by a large company in LA (she will remain virtual). She is so excited to spread her wings and bake in her very own kitchen. In addition, our brave son begins Emergency Medical Technician training in August 🤭. He decided that art school wasn’t his jive, and instead he wants to help people. We couldn’t be prouder of them both.

As far as Rick and I, well…we are so excited to begin this new chapter in our lives where we can focus more on ourselves, and maybe even travel more. We will be renting the apartment for a couple years while we build our final dream home. Now, when I say dream home, that does not mean big. We are downsizing, and can’t wait to share it with you. So, stay tuned because I plan to share everything from the sale of this house (including the showings I stage), to the decorating of the “apartment”, to the building of our new home. There will still be lots of in-between projects and of course recipes. I hope you will stay tuned in because I’m also planning seasonal giveaways using some of the projects I have posted here. In fact, next week I’m giving away THIS!!!

I hope you can get excited with us, and I promise I am still going to be right here each week unless I pass out from all the stress 😆. All kidding aside…lets get to my most recent project the “Wilted Rose Tiered Tray”…

How I made a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Honestly, this wilted rose idea is probably the easiest project I’ve completed in many years. This idea struck me while I was admiring the 2 dozen red roses my husband gave me for my 53rd birthday. I just felt like snipping one of the heads off and putting them onto a plate, so I did. As soon as my husband saw me doing it, he joined me and we placed them all on a single paper plate not really knowing what we were doing 😆. I added the bright greens to it and it stayed there until the next day.

The next morning, inspiration struck while doing the dishes again. I ran downstairs into my storage stash and found my thrift store silver tray that I have used for a jewelry tray for many years until recently (when I started packing-see above for full story). I just knew the wilted roses would sit on this tray so easily.

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Boy was I right…I just couldn’t believe it. The wilted rose heads (with no water) looked even better sitting in the silver tray the older they became. Talk about getting better with age! This little idea prolonged the life of the roses my husband gave me which made them even more special, and I felt like we really got the most out of them. Just think of all the options of displaying the older rose heads…a fancy plate, or bowl…or even a cake plate.

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Before I get back to packing, I want to give a special shout-out to one of my long-time readers (and very special friends). Sometimes you connect with folks even though you’ve never met in person, and this is what has happened here. “B” sent me this photo of this breath taking painting her husband created from the photo of the sunrise I shared a few weeks ago from our vacation in Kure Beach, North Carolina. When I received the photo, I was immediately taken back to the morning my husband woke me to enjoy our first sunrise together. It was so powerful I had to have a little happy cry right there in bed before I woke my husband to share it with him. Stay tuned…I have big big plans with this photo and I will share it all very soon.

Our Sunrise Painting by a Special Reader’s Husband

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Thrift Store Silver Tray Turned Jewelry Storage

How to Create a Wilted Rose Tiered Tray

Thrift Store Tea Set Filled with Roses

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47 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Smart Move, Lets Relax for a change, you sure deserve it, love, Mom and Dad in NY.

  2. Connie Schmelzer Giancola says:

    Hi Julie. So excited for all of you. Can’t wait to see all these new changes. Getting out of one’s comfort zone can be challenging. I always say, “A house is just a building but a home is family”. We leave behind memories of many firsts but wherever we end up we carry them with us and add new ones. Enjoy this new adventure and journey you are all about to embark on. God Bless.

  3. sue says:

    aaaaaahhhhhh Julie the next chapter in “life’s journey” for you is beginning.
    Having been through it I can let you know that so long as you stay on an even keel this will be a fun and exciting time, the hardest thing is parting with possessions
    Enjoy the ride 🙂

    • Julie says:

      I am so ready… I think all the decorating has prepped me lol. Kind of like enough already 😂. Thank you, Sue! Stay tuned for the huge giveaways!!

  4. Anna Falat says:

    Beautiful painting! Good luck with your move. We relocated to North Carolina from NY last year and we couldn’t be happier. I get to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets almost every day! Again, enjoy the move. Anna

    • Julie says:

      You are a lucky lucky lady. My husband is licensed in MI (lawyer) so we are staying here for a while yet. NC is definitely my favorite RN!

  5. ColleenB.~Tx. says:

    Oh,how I love your dried rose arrangement on the silver tier. Gogeous.
    Congratulations on your new chapter in your lives

  6. LORRI says:

    Oh I’m excited for you. I have been following you for quite awhile. I first saw you I think in the Detroit Magazine your spread of your house. You are the 4 th blogger I follow that has moved to another home. You kids are lucky to have you both as parents and you are lucky that they are able to support themselves. Have fun and enjoy building your new home. So many decisions ..enjoy the ride!!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Lorri! We are helping our youngest still… it’s definitely a stepping stone for us all. Thank you for following I will be posting it all!

  7. Gail says:

    I was wondering if you will be listing with a realtor. I believe you live somewhere near my children in Oxford and we are always looking in that area to move closer to them. I absolutely adore your home! It would be a consideration. Hope you keep us followers posted!

  8. Nancy Porter says:

    Julie, I am excited for you and feel you have made the right decision. It will be particularly enjoyable to follow the downsize to the apartment. Fingers crossed for a quick sell!

  9. Renee says:

    Oh my goodness! I just ran out to my garage and found a very similar tiered tray I had from a recent estate sale haul. And I also have wilting flowers from my birthday! Serendipity! I love the look of dried flowers. Thank for the inspiration this morning!

  10. Caye Cooper says:

    Oh, such a HUGE change for all of you. But, the day must always come and it seems like you have a good solid plan under you for the future. God bless you and your children! Wishing you much success and happiness always.
    Thanks for having such a great site to visit. How will you keep it up in an apartment? I do so hope you will continue exciting our creativity for a long time!

    • Julie says:

      I have tons planned before, during, & after we build!!! New bedroom ideas, kitchen, walls, storage, balcony and lots of recipes, giveaways! It doesn’t take a big house to blog lucky for me. I am so excited to blog more actually!!

  11. Jane says:

    This IS exciting news! So smart to downsize while you’re still young and have the energy! Your beautiful home will sell quickly!

    • Julie says:

      I love that young part, my friend. We figured it’s inevitable so let’s do it now. You’re garden is beautiful! Stay cool down there!!

  12. Judy Inukai says:

    Wish I’d have seen this post last month when my husband bought me roses for our 50th anniversary. It would have been so nice to keep them a little longer. Good luck on your move.

  13. Bette says:

    Wow! Julie, I was shocked to read that you are selling your gorgeous home. In our emails you mentioned it was nice to have a friend at this time in your life, now I know what you meant. I am so happy for you and Rick, yet sad . It will be a wonderful change for you both and Joe and I wish nothing but the best for you. The painting looks great. I will send you an email later. I know the feeling when your kiddos spread their wings, some emptiness and some freedom to do all the different things and places you want to see.
    Hugs, Bette

    • Julie says:

      Absolutely you nailed it! Lots of emotions over here, and menopause doesn’t help 😂. I can’t wait until the canvas comes!!!

  14. Debbie Oneill says:

    How exciting for all of you! Can’t wait to see all the new upcoming posts! Wishing you well in your new adventure!
    From Debbie in NB Canada

  15. Tonia says:

    Oh how exciting!!! I love it!! We downsized as well and built our final home. We should have went a tad bigger but it’s all good. We are empty nesters too. Grandbabies have arrived. Should have built extra space for them to play when they come but I adjusted the amount of furniture I have and made space. Plus they have 30 acres to play on. Didn’t downsize on that aspect but the house is manageable now. If I could do over again, wouldn’t choose “open” floor plan. Too noisy, plus I like to decorate and don’t have much wall space.
    Good luck!! Following your new adventure!!!

    • Julie says:

      These are excellent tips to keep in mind, Tonia. We hope to have the living space & kitchen open, but the rest will be closed. I agree it’s noisy & hard to heat!

  16. Carolyn Meckley says:

    First I love the sunrise over the water painting. Best of luck on your move. Hang on to your favorite thing’s. You are one brave lady, selling your beautiful home that holds so many of your personal touches.

    Wherever you land pease make a place for THE DRESS, my absolute favorite wall hanging. You were kind to send me info on THE DRESS framed picture however I’ve been unable to find one. My husband passed July 13, 2021 and I’ve lost interest in decorating but I still love looking at your postes. Thanks for the wonderful posts and ideas.
    Good luck and God bless you.

    • Julie says:

      Carolyn, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Thank you for taking the time yo comment. I promise “the dress” is a top priority and is going to stay up for the showings! Please stay in touch!

  17. Cinda Rank says:

    Good luck Julie! Can’t wait to see your new endeavors! Love that everyone is staying close! Your Texas family, Cinda & Terry

  18. Ana Nizialek says:

    Julie! So many exciting things ahead for you all!! Always wishing you the very best! Lol forward to seeing all of your beautiful plans unfold!!

  19. Marcie says:

    I’ve never understood people who remain in one house for years and years! I’m always ready to move on to another decorating/designing challenge! We’ve lived in at least 15 homes in our 58 years…some for a very short time (1 year) but never more than 10. My favorites are the ones we’ve designed and built from the ground up and the one that got away…we were going to build in 2020, but we all know what happened then…and the costs have escalated so much that it became an impossible dream. We last lived in SE MI, and now live in SW MI! Good luck with you new build and hopefully, building costs will settle into reality rather than dreamland.

    • Julie says:

      I actually love the change, too! I remember moving as a kid and I lived setting everything up in a new space. I actually think I began to get bored here. Been there done that thinking. We are hoping to see prices come down within a year or 2. In the mean time we will plan 🤩

  20. Laurel M. says:

    I must say I have mixed feelings about your decision. I will miss your home and I don’t even live there!!
    All kidding aside, it’s a brave decision. We have talked about selling but nothing beyond that. Wishing you well as you navigate this transition. Glad you will keep blogging.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Laurel! It’s a mixed bag, for sure. I told the kids I am 80% happy and 20% sad. I do love change, though and I’ve lost interest in decorating the same rooms over & over. A clean slate can take me in so many different directions 🤩

  21. Darlene says:

    Wise but hard decision. At some point it’s smart to think down sizing.
    Oh the things we accumulate, good luck…start taking vitamins ASAP😬
    Congratulations on this wonderful journey.

  22. carol bittner says:

    Julie, Rick and kiddos,
    I’m excited for you all. I’m sure you are excited as well (with mixed emotions of leaving your home). Sounds like this was a family decision which has made it so much easier. ‘Home’ holds SO many memories when the kiddos are young. I’m happy for you two starting on a new adventure just as your children are doing the same. I will continue to follow you, as always. Looking forward to all the fun things you’ll be sharing!! God’s blessings on you all!! (and Mom n Dad in NY too)💖

    • Julie says:

      Thank you so much, Carol! You are very correct, it was a joint decision. We always like to include the kids on something that affects their future. They were actually more excited than I thought the would be, lol!

  23. Mary says:

    We moved to the NC coast from northern Va several years ago when my hubby retired. What we did is move to what had been out vacation beach house. Two of our kids are still single and have jobs in Va so they share the home they grew up in.
    I do love living at the beach and my hubby is an avid sailor. I have also found the very best veterinarian I’ve ever used here. That is extremely important to me as dogs own my heart. My hobby and my passion is dog rescue..most of it on line now.
    Although I love the area, the people here are a mixed bag. I find no community with a lot of them. That is something to consider,at least it is for me.

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