Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is a great time of year to cut some fresh flowers and show them off in a unique container.
Recycle your glass vases with your own flowers, or return them to the florist if your flowers came from them. They will appreciate it and it's one less thing in our land fills.
- Mason jars
- Old crocks
- An old wash bucket
- An old boot or shoe
- Mini maple syrup jars
- jelly jars
- baby food jars
Get creative with your flowers.
First thing I did to prepare the boxes was:
- Drilled about 30 holes in the bottom of each box
- Sand the boxes before painting
- Primed the boxes
- Used exterior paint ( I used 2 coats of left over paint from the house trim)
- Re drill the holes (paint can clog the them)
- I cut huge holes in the plastic liners so they would drain easily
- Placed one layer of newspaper on the bottom of the liner.
- Fill with potting soil and compost.
- Fill with plants. ( Choose filler flowers( I used pink Becopia) Usually small buds, trailing flowers & vines( Vinca or Potato Leaf as an example) and then a main flower ( I used ruffled Petunia)
I placed the brackets on the house with the long side faced up. The window boxes sit right up to the end of the bracket. ( I wanted a 2 to 3 inch gap between the house and the window box. )Once the flowers fill in you really don't notice the gap. The window boxes were drilled to the bracket from underneath.
Notice the Whimsical bug. This was from the Kith & Kin Studios a few years back. My sister-n-law designed the wings and I designed and painted the body. We had them in all kinds of playful colors. Someday I'll post the Fat Fairies we made. They are adorable.
You can really change the look of your house with this project. Next month I'm going to replace the summer flowers with Mums and Decorative Cabbage, and this winter I will have Holly berry, mixture of greens and red berries.
Have fun with them.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Soon this Island will be gone and an old table will replace it.
- Paint the walls, because the rooms open up into each other, it means more rooms get painted.
- Floor trim has to come up and all the other trim has to get painted
- Island in the middle of the kitchen has to come out.
- Every thing in the Island has get packed up.
- Finish the large library reference table that will serve as the Island in the Kitchen. (Salvage yard burnt down a month ago, so now we have to find another place that sells old wood.)
- Need to match up old wood to make a few missing draws on the table.
- Try and match up old paint we liked. ( Didn't happen, so I had to rethink the colors in the hallway. Three trips to the paint store and a couple re dos on the walls. We finally ended up with a harmony of color we're happy with.
- We now have to add a chair rail because I wanted to use both the paint colors I picked for the hallway. (Hubby is a very Patience man. I love you Honey).
- And it all has to be done before Shorty goes back to school.
The floor goes in this weekend so I will not be blogging very much this week. A lot to do for just a floor! Has this happened to you? When I was doing Interior Design I would tell clients to be prepared for these headaches. I need to listen to my own advise now. We now are living out of one room . ARRGGGHH!
Here are a few pictures of my faux finish I did. The color is a happy accident. I wasn't sure how I would like it . This is about all the creating I'm going to get to do for a while. Though it was fun to play in the paint.
I had some glaze left over from a table I worked on a while ago. It was a dark brown. I used a rag. I had another rag that I used to blot up excess glaze. At the very end I got the rag damp and went over the wall. I didn't like it. Then I had a little paint left over from the original hallway color. I put this on with a damp rag. I feathered out any hard edges. I wasn't sure if I liked it yet. This is when Shorty and I went to the paint store to buy more paint. We bought two shades lighter from what we had put on the wall.
p>When we got home, the wall had dried. I Loved how it looked.
Then I moved on to the hallway. Two paint colors and a roll of painters tape later I was finished. That's when hubby came home and I told him we were going to have a chair rail. (Like I said , he is very patience.)
Have a great week & Have Fun!
Friday, August 1, 2008
The home is made out of stone. He had employed over a thousand stone masons, mostly from Italy. Thomas Plant requested that each stone be cut into a pentagram to represent the 5 major World Powers at that time. You can tell, when he wasn't around the stone didn't always get cut right. It would take 1 mason 1 whole day to carve out 3 stones. A lot of work, but the craftsmanship is wonderful.
Almost every window had these beautiful hand painted glass