Friday, January 31, 2014

DIY: Chalkboard Art on Serving Trays

Have you ever seen the potential of a thrifted item, purchased it with intentions of doing something wonderful with it and let it sit for years and years and years? I have done this more times than I'd like to remember!!

I purchased this wood tray at least 20 years ago! Putting a coat of chalkboard paint on the bottom of this tray was the perfect way to cover the ugly newsprint transfer. I love how I can write out a word or holiday message on it now. What's most fun for me about it is that I don't leave it in a cabinet or above my refrigerator anymore. It's now part of my living room decor!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY: Branch Bouquets

I was asked by someone recently about how I bring the beauty of the garden into my home. Since I don't have the budget to buy a fresh bouquet of flowers each week and my flowering garden plants are in their quiet winter mode, that answer is not among my multiple choice options right now.

When nature is fully clothed in its blossoms and green leaf shrouds we can miss the architectural beauty of the trees and plants that we walk by every day. We have over a dozen mature trees on our property and they drop a lot of branches. I like to collect them, like a freshly picked bouquet, and arrange them in my favorite vases.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY: Rustic Garden Tool Wreaths

Several years ago while out on a walk I noticed a "wreath" of garden tools hanging on a large side gate of a home just a few blocks from our neighborhood. I became intrigued by it and eventually went by to investigate how it was put together.