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All For the Love of Fall- A Front Porch Adorned 

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All For the Love of Fall- A Front Porch Adorned 

After living in South Africa for 9 years (where there are two seasons: HOT and Brrrr) I have a new found appreciation for all four seasons.  And here in the Pacific Northwest we get a good taste of all of them.

But when autumn hits, there is something inside me that fires up.  Maybe it’s the sensory stimulation I get. Who can’t love the brilliant colors, the crunch-crunch of leaves and that wonderful fresh fall air?

My creative juices get flowing.
And it doesn’t take much to add a little bit of seasonal flair to a space.

This year I have paired a hand painted sign I made last year with an antique  water pump and crate on my front porch.


A couple rustic wreaths….


(Isn’t this one amazing? A sweet friend makes these for sale! If you are interested in buying one, leave a comment and I will contact you)

And an old ladder with orchard buckets full of herbs…..


Now my porch is a little bit of everything I love about fall.

Hand painted Ornaments for Sale! – Show Your Christmas Tree a Little Country Love

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Hand painted Ornaments for Sale! – Show Your Christmas Tree a Little Country Love

It doesn’t matter where I travel and what I see, there is nothing that makes my heart warm like country side pastures, humble farm houses and dusty barns.  For me, it symbolizes peace and tranquility. (I do, however, have a few memories of not so tranquil moments in my childhood chasing a pig down the road or running for my life from an angry rooster – but those are stories for another day!)

Not too long ago, I decided to venture into painting some of the scenes that make me so happy – and put them onto some great blown glass ornaments to hang on the tree. A few of these, a few burlap accents, red berries and some sparkly white lights, and it is country love at first sight.

I am offering these barn scenes for sale this year on a custom order basis.  Each is hand painted onto a 4″ glass ornament

$12.00/each plus shipping

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Orders are taken on a first come, first serve basis.  I am starting early this year – and hope to be able to fill all orders before November 25.  Please allow 7-10 days until shipping.

Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – A Family Tree for the wall

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Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – A Family Tree for the wall

I grew up listening to my grandmother recount all kinds of facts about her extended family – Great Aunt So and So who loved fine china and Great Uncle So and So who grew hops out in the country.  It was a blur of names combined with interesting stories of days gone by.  These days, it is my mom who is busy researching her family tree – and she has been pretty successful.  It certainly will make passing family history down a lot easier for me (Thanks Mom!)

This year, as a little token, I decided to make Mom a little family tree for her wall.  Not generations and generations, but just her offspring – because one day we will be not just a little sapling, but a grand old oak.

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I dug into my stash of salvaged cabinet doors.

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I loved that they easily convert to a “preframed” surface just waiting for something fun.

After a quick primer coat of paint on the front and back, it was a pretty simple process. (You can totally do this!)

Here are the items that are needed to complete this project:

  • 1 salvaged cabinet door  (mine was approximately 12″ x 24″)
  • Paint brush for base coat (1 1/2″ works well)
  • White primer spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Black chalkboard paint (or black paint with a flat finish)
  • Acrylic paint in your favorite color (for the “frame”)
  • White acrylic paint pen
  • Clear Matte finish coat

Step One:  Prepare surface by applying a thin coat of white primer spray paint to the front and back.  This makes any type of cabinet surface paint-able. Nothing is more disappointing that putting time into something to have it bubble up or slide off!)

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Step Two: Paint the frame and back. It doesn’t take much paint, so a small bottle of your favorite color purchased from a local craft supply store will give you more than enough to put down two good coats. (hint: prevent “oopsies” by taping off the “chalkboard area” with painters tape)

Step Three:  Base coat the “chalkboard”. Two coats will give you a good surface, but if you have a quality paint, one coat may just be all you need! Again, it helps to tape off the portion of the surface that you don’t want to paint – in this case, the freshly painted frame.  Make sure the paint on the frame is completely dry before you tape, or the tape may lift off the paint.

Step Four: Free hand draw, or transfer an outline of a tree.  There are many images online that work well – and you can follow a simple method such as the one used here- to transfer it onto your surface.  While you are at it, you can also free hand or transfer printed text – perhaps your family name, or “Family Tree” – or your favorite quote. (search “curly tree” for inspiration)

Step Five: Outline the transferred image with a medium tipped paint pen.  These pens work great if you are patient.  Shaking them, then pressing the tip onto a piece of scrap paper brings the paint to the tip.  Once wet, it flows pretty smoothly, giving a nice steady line. Add the names of each of the people that branch off the family “trunk” – children on the main branches, and grandchildren on the smaller branches.  Add a sweet pink heart to the trunk of the tree using either a small amount of acrylic paint, or a pink paint pen

 

Step Six: Top coat to protect the painted surface.  Make sure that your work is completely dry before application.  One or two coats of a matte finish varnish or acrylic top coat provides scratch protection as well as some moisture resistance.

Final Step: Attach hangers – such as the ones shown below –  to the back of the plaque.

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Display your Family Tree with pride, because one day, your great-great grandchildren will thank you!

A Sweet Bunny Who Totally Rocks! – a doll cradle (re)Done!

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A Sweet Bunny Who Totally Rocks! – a doll cradle (re)Done!

My grandson’s favorite book is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.  I think it is the illustrations that has captured his imagination, as well as the squeezes I give him as we read it. Capturing imagination is what it is all about!

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When I found a very tired, old cradle at a local thrift store, I couldn’t pass it up.  It brought back memories of me lovingly rocking my favorite doll and doing all the things loving mommies do.

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It wasn’t hard to decide what to do with this poor scratched doll cradle.

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Can’t you just imagine some sweet child leaning over this cradle, rocking the object of their adoration?

This item is currently available for sale! One of a kind and hand painted! $40.00 without mattress and pillow

Bed measures 23″ long and 13″ wide with cradle feet measuring 17″.

This would also make a great photo prop for newborn photos!