Painted Rock – Garden Decor

We have had this half of a rock sitting at the edge of the rail ties in front of one of our gardens for a long time. It used to be one big rock but it broke in half one day… maybe because of age? I don’t know why it broke but it gave me 2 new surfaces to paint on. The first half I used to make my mother in law a faux pond for a gift when she had to remove her pond/koi so she could still have a few “fish” in the garden… the second one I painted over the last few days.

The faux Koi Pond rock I painted a few years ago… the other half of the broken rock.

There really wasn’t much to do, steps wise, to paint the rock. I took the hose and a scrub brush to the rock to prepare the surface… making sure there was no dirt or anything built up on it.

I started to base paint what I decided I wanted on the rock. I added some bees because the really big fat ones are all over one of my shrubs all the time lol….

The background and bees base painted.

Next I base painted the daisies and painted the other flowers I wanted in the bottom corner with the green background… and a few at the top of the rock.

I finished painting it… and had to wait for everything to dry….

All I had to do now was to give it a lot of coats of varethane so it could withstand the “elements” and then placed it where I wanted it in the garden!



Grandma’s Gallery

When “the kids” were up for Canada Day, Kim brought me a crayon drawing my granddaughter had made. I had it on the fridge with magnets but I thought my granddaughter’s art work deserved a special place to be displayed.

I remembered seeing different versions of ways to display art work from children/grandchildren and I decided I was going to make something out of a $2.32 piece of wood Dillon got for me when were at the lumber store.

(Dillon wasn’t going to let me go with him to the lumber store because I have a bad habit of sniffing the air… almost to the point of making myself hyperventilate because I love how the fresh cut wood smells but on a promise not to over sniff, I was allowed to go lol!)


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Recycled Plastic Bottle Vase

Dillon keeps buying Watermelon juice in plastic bottles. Personally I think it sounds kind of nasty lol, but he likes it.

One day I was putting one of the bottles in the recycling and thought it was a sort of cool shape. I decided I was going to do something with it!

I wasn’t sure at first what I was going to do… then I decided on a vase. I asked Chris to cut the top off for me and then got to work on it!


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Canada Day Project 2019 #2

Here is my other Canada Day project for this year. I decided I wanted to paint a sort of Canada Flag on a hand saw. I was going to go out and buy a new one for the project but Chris told me he had an old one that he couldn’t use… apparently he tried to cut something he shouldn’t have lol!


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Recycled Deck Decor

It was really windy here the other day. Enough so that the curtains were almost vertical at one point and knocked a cute dragonfly candle lamp I have/had right off of the desk and shattered the base of it. All I was left with was the “shade.” I really didn’t want to just throw the shade in the recycling with the many pieces of the base so I decided to recycle it!

I found a clear glass jar that the base of the shade fit into and seemed to be the right proportions so it wouldn’t look weird and thought I could finish it very quickly using a faux tinted glass method. I have done this before on other jars so I figured it should work for this as well. Not only will the light/candle show through the shade, it will also glow from the painted jar!

So, this is what I started with…. the shade, of course, a clean glass jar, some acrylic paint and some Modge Podge.

I poured a small amount of the paint and Modge Podge onto a plate and mixed it up with a brush.

And painted the jar with the mixture.

I let it fully dry and then gave it a coat of just the Modge Podge to seal it.

I added some cute butterfly stickers I bought a while back from the dollar store, put the shade on top and now I have a pretty candle lamp for the back deck made out of a jar and the recycled shade!


Fence Board “Home” Signs

I spent last night having grandma time with my granddaughter and it was wonderful but boy did she wear me out lol. How did we ever keep up with our own kids way back when lol? I did get a post done beforehand but apparently forgot to change it from just being a draft lol…. here it is….

These were fun to make… and easy… just time consuming because well, the whole waiting for paint to dry thing lol.  I made one for the front porch and one for the Craft Room and I am happy with how they turned out!


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