Concrete Mushrooms

Working with concrete and hypertufa is by far my two of my favorite medias.

I wanted to make a few concrete mushrooms but I wanted them to be different. I knew I wanted to use the Hypertufa so they would have the rough appearance with holes, dips and scraggly looking edges. I even chipped off more edges to add to the appearance.

The tops were made with plastic bowls and the bottoms were made with large cardboard oatmeal containers. My favorite one is the yellow one because the top is tapered and to me it looks more like a real mushroom.

Painting them was fun the blending of colors, adding some metallics, adding stones and finally working on the stems and adding large fleck glitter to marine spar to get the look I wanted.

I ended up painting marine spar on the entire mushroom to weatherproof it and lessen the chance of the colors fading.

At first they would not sit up straight so I found some rocks I could glue to the base underneath and that helped.

These mushrooms took quite a few stones to get the look I wanted. I found the stones at my local Hobby Lobby and the At Home Store & I used E6000 to glue the stones on. I would say roughly I spent about $12.00 on all the stones and $5.00 on the glue.

Do I like everything I create that is a big NO but every project I create makes someone happy because I give away a lot of the stuff I create.

Creativity allows me to express myself, think of new challenges, find inspiration in everyday life and it allows me to use my imagintation for something artistic.

Creativity engages the mind and allows us to make a connection with ourself. Creative expression gives us a voice without words. It gives us confidence to know we can do anything we want to do.

It keeps our mind active which is very important as we get older noone wants a mushy mind.

Creative people are very happy people because they can breathe deeply and take in life one project at a time.

Fall is almost here

It is time to put out those fall wreaths and decor.

I love my clearance sales and last year I hit the jackpot when it came to fall clearance.

These white pumpkins were $5.99 each the orange one $7.99 that alone was about $45.00 in pumpkins. There are triple this many flowers the stems ranged from $2.00 to $7.99 and the small acorns were 2.99 each.

I would say I was able to pick up about $200.00 worth of fall decor for $20.00.

My favorite thing is the cattails.

The trick to this is do not rush out there when it first goes on clearance be patient and wait a few weeks that is when you SCORE big time. Go by the stores 1 x a week so you can keep an eye out.

I always store this stuff in the large vacume seal bags and there is 5 XL bags stuffed with flowers I have found on clearance for all the different seasons.

I hate using the same  wreath more than once I like to change things up. I always make my mother n law wreaths plus I take flowers to the cemetary for my dad.

The clearance stuff I buy always gets used & the stuff is high quality stuff.

I love C L E A R A N C E!

Thriller, Spiller and Filler

Thriller, Spiller, and Filler is a term used when you are planting plants in a container or a pot. This is the designer way to make a beautiful planter.

They say if you follow these simple rules you will not be disappointed in the way it turns out.

There are times I just want flowers or vines but I have learned to appreciate this method of planting.

This container was older & rusted metal I painted it with copper spray paint. It was meant to be used for a water hose storage & it had a hole we plugged up with a plastic cap using silicone.

In this metal tub, there is green and purple sweet potato vine for my spiller, pink polka dot plant, sword fern for my thriller, wandering jew, and vinca vine for my filler. I think I went a bit overboard but I love how it looks.

Try some designer planting in a container you want to repurpose & you will be surprised at the beauty you can create.

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Vintage Window

Vintage Windows are amazing I love the look of them and there are so many projects you can do with them.

I saw this project done on Pinterest many years ago and I saved it to one of my boards knowing that one day I would use this idea.

This project is so simple just hang an old window frame in a tree using some rope or chain then add a hook in the center of the frame up top and add your hanging basket of flowers.

I am a visual interest person I like to take areas of our yard that are sort of bland looking and wake them up.

This area gets some afternoon sun but it is filtered from the tree. I think the Vinca hanging basket and the window frame complement each other quite well.

Adding this small splash of color really made a big difference.

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DIY Concrete flower pot

This was my first large concrete flower pot.

I have already made the second one for my mother in law.

I used the same exercise ball from the orb but this time I left a larger hole and trimmed it out some to make it irregularly shaped on the top edge.

On the second coat, I added in some peat moss to give it texture. This was 3 coats total and then I let it dry and painted it.

Metallic green and copper paint accent the beauty of this flower pot. Then I clear coated it inside on the upper part and the entire outside.

I  planted a full pot of Petunias from one of my favorite places Joseph’s Nursery in Manvel, Texas. I have been shopping there since 1983 when they opened this place and they are super friendly and are always willing to tell you most anything about a plant.

This large pot of petunias was $19.00 what a deal.

These beautiful flowers will be accented with new decor on the lattice fence in the backyard.

More pics coming soon of the redecorated fence.

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DIY Yard Decor

I love crafting and lately I have been making these really cute flowers.

I have several different colors spread around the yard and they honestly look real.

All you need are rubber balls the old fashion kind, golf tees, zinc or steel rod and spray paint. I found the rubber balls at Walmart, I ordered the golf tees from Amazon and the spray paint and rod came from Lowes.

I painted the rubber balls first because mine looked like baseballs. Add the golf tees in a color of choice or spray paint the whole thing.

I tried leaving the ball a different color but they did not look as good. After many tries, I discovered painting them all the same color worked best. I painted the rods green to make them look real.

These are in our bog for the pond. Scatter them out and use different heights to make them look natural.

I love being creative and trying new things I find crafts are good for me & they keep me busy.

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Resin Planter Makeover

I had bought this resin planter at Big Lots about 4 years ago. I think it was about $25.00

Right off the back I painted it and added the letter L to it that was painted in an Aqua color to match the front door at the time.

I had grown tired of it and decided it needed a facelift.

We decided to redo this planter using cedar pickets. Jack did this part and I fell in love with the planter all over again.

We are adding pops of cedar everywhere since we added new cedar shutters to the house.

I stained it using Valspar Cedartone and it looks like a whole new planter. The pickets are $2.59 at Lowes and this project took about 4 of them.

This was a very cheap DIY makeover or repurpose of a planter we already had.

I love the way this turned out and I can not wait to add some wandering jew to this planter in the spring.

Use your imagination and see what you can repurpose into something new.

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DIY Dog Toy Box

Between Daisy and Zoee we had too many toys for the toy basket. I needed to figure out something that would help.

I happen to have a cabinet drawer in the shed I painted it with chalk paint.

My husband added the legs which were cut off some we had bought that were too long for another project.

I designed the writing in Paint Shop Pro and printed it out the size I needed. I transferred it using graphite paper and tracing it. I found a free dog print online and did the same thing to it. I painted the writing and outlined it in a sharpie. I painted the dog prints but sprinkled a Prisma glitter into the wet paint.

This would also work for children to have something in a den to put toys in.

They seem to like it but they have not grasped the fact they should put back the toys they drag out.

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Texas Star

I have had this Texas Star for at least 10 years.

We repaint it every few years to keep it from rusting away.

It goes on the front of the house on the add/ on side that is Hardiplank. I love it there because it shows up really good.

As you can see it needs a new paint job I normally use Rustoleum flat black on it.

At our house we are always doing projects right now we are repainting our house, adding the new cedar shutters Jack built and doing some minor repairs. It is a big job but it needed to be done.

I will post some pictures soon.

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