As sprint approaches, I spend a lot of time gazing about my back yard wondering what new flowers will adorn my flower beds, patio sets, and fire pit area. As I looked out in the yard today, I thought… color. So, I just wanted to post a thought photo of a volunteer project I participated in several summers ago, at a family recovery shelter. I painted, using basic exterior paint, in a variety of Caribbean inspired colors, to paint old, rusty wrought iron outdoor furniture pieces. The items were first sanded, they primed with egg-shell primer, and them painted in lively, beautiful colors, and lastly sealed with outdoor protector spray. I painted thirty pieces over two weeks, during my days off, and let me tell you… the sun was not my friend, but did help to shed tons of water weight… sixty pounds ago. 🙂
In any event, here is a sample. Pieces can be bought second-hand at flea markets, yard sales, Craigslist. Freecycle, or your local handy, dandy newspapers or free periodicals (yes, folks support literacy, sanity, and thought by browsing local free presses and hometown newspapers). This is a great way to recycle, re-use, and reduce trash in landfills as well.
Here’s to the old becoming new.
Earlier today, while taxing a break from preparing my families taxes (yes, another had to add to the overall task list that I accomplish for my family), I turned on the boob tube, and saw an amazing documentary via Netflix on African elephants. This program reminded me of my undergraduate years a few moons back (six years ago to be exact), as my college sororities mascot, was in fact an African elephant, and so I decided to show a blog viewing of some of the cuties/crafties/happies that I made during my undergraduate years.
What’s so great about undergraduate, sorority cuties/crafties/happies? I’m so glad you asked, cuties/crafties/happies are amazing as they tend to be budget friendly (most items came from the Dollar Tree and my imagination), easy to prepare in a short amount of time, contained items that could be re-used and deconstructed, etc. Simple touches like sponge painting characters on basket wrap, metallic pen designs with song lyrics on ribbons, cute or inspirational canvas prints, hand painted tote bags, all show a homemade touch and a personal flair. Though most of these items were created for my “little sisters,” the ideas could translate to many other areas and occasions. Looking back on these items, it reminds me that perhaps even today, it would be nice to create a small, cute gift basket, a handcrafted canvas print, or a nifty wooden-letter tag for a child or nursery room setting.
Of course, as a side note, the pictures also remind me of the sixty pounds I have lost, snaps! So, here’s to the African elephant and cuties/crafties/happies everywhere!
For this past Autumn, I decided that I was to start undertaking making pillow slip covers for my sun porch. The first set of pillow covers made were heather-ed tan base covers, with burnt caramel and yellow flower patterns adorning them. The original tutorial for the pillows followed a simpler pattern, which came from Sewing Gossip featured this craft tutorial, which they original saw created by Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew , who writes craft blogs for V and Co.. The tutorial was divine, but the more I began laying the flower petals out, the more that ended up on the final product. The end product for me was fantastic! I was greatly pleased, and this project was the inspiration for the other items of that season, such as the wreath above my hanging swing. The materials for the project, for me, cost under fifteen dollars for the four slips covers, and a little over two hours to make them; keep in mind that the pillow forms were already on hand for me, but cost nine dollars each, and were 18×18″ in size.
These were great pillow forms, and I was greatly pleased to make them!