At first I was determined to boycott the store in a (passive) effort to protest, but then I decided to make the most of it. After watching a few too many episodes of Nate Berkus, I began to think that all of life's treasures could be found in thrift stores - at least on the home decor front. So, with Heidi in tow (here's a tip - crowded thrift stores and jogging strollers DO NOT mix well), I perused the local Goodwill for hidden treasures.
My first visit yielded a white planter/pot for a cool 94 cents that looks similar (but slightly smaller) than this one for sale at Target:
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at the time, but at that price I couldn't resist! Then, I was at Michael's a couple of days later, when I stumbled across adorable mini green apple wire "bouquets" - the apples looked sort of like these,
I attached the styrofoam ball to the planter with some dry-clear craft glue, and then cut each apple stem down to a couple of inches and stuck them all around the ball so that no styrofoam was left showing, and here's what I ended up with:
I was pretty pleased with the result, and I think it looks right at home in Heidi's bathroom, with the white/apple green/blue/black color scheme going on in there now (I will save the story behind the bathroom color scheme for another day....):