I saw this idea and had to try it. I had leftover hydreangas I had dried for a wreath I made. Someone suggested spraying them with metallic copper so….
I finally got some metallic copper spray paint. They are gorgeous. Every once in awhile a little of the green I missed peeks through. I decided I liked it like that. Even prettier in person.
I had two more containers. A copper coffee press from Starbucks I’ve had for years and this little ceramic pot I thrifted. It was some kind of an egg cooker. It had an orange silicone bottom. I put copper wax over the bottom. I also added a gold leaf rub on from Dollar Tree then used my finger and daubed copper wax over it.
We’ve been making birch tree risers. Leonard Butts, Robin Holmes Butts, and Kathy Strothcamp thanks for the contribution from your fallen trees and limbs. Leonard, your big branch we saved from your tree became the risers, and Kathy, your branches and Leonard and Robin’s smaller branches became the birch log bundle.
Danny cut them into the sizes I wanted and made me hold the saw down while he got the right measurements. Personally, I think he could have done that himself, but the couple that works together, stays together, right? 😂 Plus, I could make sure he was doing it correctly if I helped. 🤪
The resulting projects are all natural and beautiful just as they are. Some have peeling bark, some have bark that peeled off. Some bark may still peel, but that’s what birch trees do.
We made several sets of (1/2”, 1” and 1 1/2”) risers and several sets of (1”, 1/2”, and 2”) risers.
We also made a bundle of 10 birch logs. They fit perfectly on the MCM magazine rack we turned into a log holder.
I researched how bundles of logs are tied for carrying so gave Danny that task after I told him how they did it.
The look on Danny’s face in the first pic says, “Hurry up and take the picture, Pierre. These are freaking heavy.” 😂😂 The second one was a little better after I let him rest his arm. 🤪
The name Pierre is brought up every time there is a photo being taken around here. Ed Pierre was our local photographer for many, many years. He was meticulous with his photography and posing positions and it took forever it seemed until he was satisfied it was the perfect shot. And they always were.
Sometimes I will do anything to keep from cleaning the house…..so I went in search of projects on Pinterest.
One that caught my eye was using flowers to create art. I kept reading and knew I had to try this. it involved pounding the flowers with a hammer. 😳
I actually saw two different tutorials. One was to use watercolor paper and wax paper. The other was to use a piece of fabric and tape. They used a white paper-like tape. The only thing I had was wax paper and packing tape. And no watercolor paper or fabric that would work.
I started looking around and my eyes fell on some storage boxes I bought at Dollar Tree. Those collapsible fabric type ones. I’m not sure they are exactly fabric, but I figured they would work to practice with. I didn’t have white tape, but I did have some packing tape, so I thought I’d try it, too.
The storage container had two different weights of material, so I thought I would try both.
I have to say straight up, my practice became art. I am so amazed! I wish I had known about this at the beginning of summer. Anyway….on with the tutorial.
I gathered my supplies, including a hammer.
For my first try I used wax paper, the lighter weight material, and a bunch of flowers and stems.
I covered the flowers with the waxed paper and turned it over so I would be pounding on the material itself.
When finished, I removed the wax paper and the flowers and let it dry. It was like a beautiful, muted watercolor.
The photo above shows what it looked like when I turned it back over and started removing the tape. Beautiful!
So then I had to figure out what to do with them. I cut around the flowers on the first one and decoupaged it to a tile. When dry I sprayed it with a couple of coats of spray matte lacquer. I can display it or use it as a coaster. For the other one, I framed it in a vintage frame I had. It looks like it has always been in that frame. It looks so vintage!
My house is still not cleaned, but now my curiosity is satisfied, I am ready to tackle it ….. tomorrow.
One of those posts popped up on my facebook newsfeed last night showing an image of a color and asking, “What does this color say about you?” and “Is this color more Grey, Blue, or Green?”
This meme begs for my answer on that and any color I see ever since I started painting furniture with chalk-based paint, but especially since we started selling Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s paint. I see EVERYTHING around me as one of their colors. One day, there was a most unusual moth on our door leading to our deck. I had never seen one like it and took a pic. I immediately noticed he was the color of “Sour Green Apple” and “French Roast.” This happens all the time.
So when I saw this meme on my friend’s post, I couldn’t resist answering with this:
Not only do I see one of our color names, I knew exactly what I’d be painting as I have been busily painting the oak table set with this color in my head for about a week now.
Just curious……does anyone else think of paint color names when they see color around them or am I in a strange world of my own. Hmmm…maybe I shouldn’t ask that question. LOL
But, I must say it is is a lot of fun seeing colors this way, so if you’d like to join me, you might want to visit our color chart so you can start calling things you see around you by the proper color. : )