Fall is my favorite time to fluff the nest! The shorter days means less daylight to work on projects, the cooler temperatures sure help. So let's get painting!
I'm sure the shop owners shop owners and workers were laughing as we walked out the door with the old frames. The frames looked really bad and didn't give much hope of looking better any time soon. The sellers must have thought what a stroke of luck to find anyone who would actually pay money for that old junk. But their junk was a perfect find for me.
This one was actually in two pieces. The inside needed to be reattached to the outside molding. And some of the original carving was missing. It was certainly past its prime in life. It made me so want to make it look good again. Here's how work with different colors and using a wet distressing technique.
The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween décor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving. One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save them from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe. It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for
this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is
made of an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type. It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying
out by when you store it for longer periods of time by keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.
Update: May 2016
The urn was painted 4 years ago. It has been on a covered step/porch area
out of the direct elements of sun, wind, etc., but it has also been outside with my other pots for months at a time. It looks exactly like it did when it was first done. The only changes have been keeping the plants to a nice size. Even succulents can get quite large. The aloe grew a lot and was cut back and some put in the ground or in other pots. The other succulents have been clipped as need, but all did very well. It is now about time to replant the whole thing, but it lasted for a few years with very little attention. The urn itself is doing a bit more aging with the rain and humidity, but the paint has held up very nicely.
After going without rain for some time and spending so much time watering to keep all the pretties alive, we had a few days of non-stop rain. Another downpour early this morning, before the plants could dry out even a little from the last few days. Mother Nature teaches us patience or why it's good to buy plants where there is a one year guarantee.
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Altered, decorated peat pots! Looking for a simple and inexpensive Easter decorating idea? You can paint these, and decorate them anyway that pleases you and goes with your decor. They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. I love the combination of rustic with a touch of elegant. No matter what you choose, they can be very inexpensive to make and
Now that it's the beginning of December, Christmas decorating will be in high gear for most of you. Here is a simple and pretty pillow that you can make for yourself, or it would make a wonderful gift as well. It is styled after a Pottery Barn pillow that is no longer available, but you can make your own!