Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Alabama Snowman

Bet ya didn't think Alabama had snowmen did ya?  Well now you know we do.  At least this is my version of an Alabama snowman.  So how did I come up with this little guy you ask? 


Well it all started with these.  I had bought these pumpkins to carve at Halloween, but then we forgot all about them were so busy we just didn't have time.  And here they sat on my back doorsteps because I just have not had time to get rid of them.  I was decorating around my back door the other day and I picked one up to throw in the trash, but I really hated to because they were still perfectly good pumpkins.  Then I had an idea (this is where Mr. Flowerchild says "OH NO!" but its okay because I have my own tools and I don't have to wait on Mr. Flowerchild - once again this is where he would say "OH NO!!"). 


So I pull the stems off (even though it pained me to do so after I had spent an hour picking out three pumpkins with really cool stems) and I turned them upside down and painted them white.


Then I got these little stick thingies...



I drilled holes (see I told ya I had my own tools!)...



to insert the little stick thingies into.


I did the same thing on the underside of the next pumpkin.



Then I stacked them on top of each other making sure the little stick thingies went into the drilled holes.  Then I used buttons, a Lego piece for his nose, Flowerbud's hat (although he protested like he wears the darn thing), drilled some more holes and inserted some stick arms and then put on a nice burlap scarf, because being from Alabama he HAD to have some burlap somewhere!


Turned out pretty cute huh?  Now, I did add some of that spray snow stuff, but I forgot to take another pic (sorry).  I will say it would have been much easier to add the snow BEFORE I decorated him.


Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Family Trunk

Remember the table I took from country to beachy?  You can read all about it here.  Well, my friend's mother was so impressed with the table she wanted to know if I could paint a trunk she had.  This is the end result:

But this is what how it looked when they dropped it off.  Just a plain ol' cedar trunk that was not very pretty!  My friend is so sweet, she drops it off and says:  "take your time and work your magic!"  As most of of you know, those are my DREAM words!  I did ask a few questions just to get an idea of what color I should use, I mean I most certainly didn't want to paint it sage green if the rest her home was done in hot pinks and fluorescent orange (although I really couldn't imagine my friend's mother decorating her home with these colors, but hey, you never know, I haven't seen her since we were in high school a VERY long time ago and you know people change over the years...) 

So the trunk sat under my carport for a while so I could come up with a plan of action.  As people were coming and going to pick up and drop off things soooooo many of them would say "you're going to paint a cedar trunk???"  you know like cedar is some kind of magical wood and I was going to destroy all of its magical ability by painting it, and I was soooooo glad to be able to blame it on tell people that it belonged to someone else and that THEY were the ones who wanted me to paint it.  But truth be known, I agreed with my friend's mother, that thang was just homely and it needed help!



So one day I get started.  I had asked my friend if it would be okay to change the legs and after getting the "hey, that's a GREAT idea" I ran to my favorite store Lowe's (yes, most girls like Macy's or Sak's, I prefer Lowe's, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby).  Got our girl some new legs and started painting.  I painted her a pretty mossy green.  Then I got stuck.  I had wanted to do one of those neat graphic transfers where it looks like a label off an old crate, but I just couldn't get my printer to cooperate.  (I will figure that out one day!)  So instead I did a graphic transfer using freezer paper and printed out the wreath.  After applying the wreath I created a stencil for the "B". 


Then I distressed her and added lots of dark wax.



Here's a side view.  (be sure to click on any of the pictures to get a larger view)



And a top view.



And check out those new legs!  aren't they much cuter than her old ones????  Wish I could go to Lowe's and get me some new legs...  long skinny ones!


So when I'm all done I text my friend.  THEN she tells me the story behind the trunk.  It was a wedding gift to her mother in 1957 from her in-laws. Over the years her mother stored the most wonderful treasures in it.  My friend and her sisters used to love to dig through the trunk going through all the wonderful things her mother stored there, the dance recital costumes, the Brownie uniform, baby blankets. That trunk held all those wonderful memories for all those years.  None of them ever knew that their mother had NEVER liked the look of the trunk until my friend found out this year.  She was was shocked because her mother had never said anything, she had never wanted to hurt her in-laws feelings so she had kept it all these years, all the while disliking the look. (ya know that's a really long time to keep something you think is ugly around the house, just sayin')  After hearing the story I was glad that I couldn't get the other graphic transfer to work, I think it was meant to have a "B" on there to stand for their family name.  I tell everyone that God guides my hands and my ideas, this is a prime example!  He knew what needed to be there! 
Well, after hearing this story I was scared to death!  What if her mother hated what I had done???  After all these years she was finally doing something about that homely trunk and what if I had just screwed it up royally?????  Thankfully, she LOVED it! YAAAAYYYY!!!! I can quit holding my breath and breathe now!  
She has refilled it with all the magical things her family loves!  You see the magic wasn't in the wood, it was what was inside the wood that held the magic and that is something I could never change...
Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Christmas Card Fun

Do you have a drawer or a box stuffed with Christmas cards from past years? What to do with them? You don't want to get rid of them because most of them contain photos of your friend's children, and if you're like me you enjoy seeing the changes from year to year. Well a few years ago I came up with this idea and my friend said I should share it with y'all.



You will need these items as well as several rolls of different kinds of ribbon (you know me, I always gotta include ribbon and you know I like to mix it up!):


I arrange all the cards from large to small, and starting with the largest one first I punch a hole in the corner, thread onto the ring and repeat until all the cards are on the ring. Next, I remove the string from the hang tag, write the year on the tag, then insert it in front of the first card, and close up the ring. Then I cut a length of ribbon (maybe 7 to 8 inches long) from each of the ribbons I'm using and I tie each one to the ring, either using a regular knot or a slip knot, alternating the different ribbons until the section between cards is full. When you're done it should look something like this:


Then every year I put them in a big basket.  I enjoy looking back over the years, especially seeing the ones containing the photographs of my friend's children!  My how they have all grown and changed!  They bring as many memories as my ornaments do! 

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dragonfly Wings

WOW! I can't believe I haven't posted since my Halloween post! So sorry guys, but life has been in full speed mode and probably won't slow down until after the holidays so just bear with me.

As y'all know I decorate a lot of doors. I don't always post about the doors I decorate, mainly because I'm so busy decorating the doors that I don't have time to post about them, but I did want to post about this one because it is about someone special. I've actually known about this lady for several years, but only recently had the pleasure of meeting her in person. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet, and I'm not the only one who says that, in fact anytime her name is mentioned it is always followed by "she is just the sweetest person." I promise, no exaggerating! So Elizabeth (that's the sweetest lady in the world's name) tells me she wants me to come decorate her door. So I go over to check out her digs and get the scoop on what she wants. She tells me she wants it to be "over the top!" and then she shows me all this stuff that she has, all kinds of fun, whimsical things (I'm thinking, Oh Yaaaayyyy!! right up my alley!!!) and then she says those magical words that every creative person wants to hear "just do whatever you want!" (oh yeah, dream job, because I can tell she actually means it - not like some who say "do whatever you want" but you can tell they really don't want you to do whatever you want because they don't quite trust you enough to believe that you know what you're talkin' about, know what I mean?). I'm tellin' ya the only thing that can top this is when they add the all-time magical words of "I don't care what it costs!" that's when I just die and go right up to heaven, and since I'm still here among the living with all you lovely people I guess you can tell that I haven't heard those magical words! But I do get the next best thing - "I'm going out of town next week so let me just give you a key" (and no, I'm not thinking "yaaaayy, I can raid her house" - how dare you think that!) - okay, I got three of the top dream job commodities: 1) really cool stuff to work with; 2) a real "do whatever you want" and 3) a "I'm not going to be here looking over your shoulder and changing my mind about letting you do whatever you want" - can I hear a Wooooooo Doggie! I mean I'm like on Cloud Nine!

So I go over one day last week and I get started. I put up all of the garland (ok, I have to be honest and say, that's not part of the dream job). Then I started putting all of the fun mesh she had, it was nice not having to worry about how much I was using, because remember she provided most of the materials and I could "do whatever I wanted" (I'm sorry, I just love being able to say that, can you tell???) Here's a picture of how it all turned out. I guess a really good blogger would have taken step-by-step pictures along the way, but hey, we already know I'm not a really good blogger - lol!



I did take a close-up of the center bow with all the fun stuff sticking out. Between her stuff and my stuff I was in stuff heaven!



She also had this huge teardrop that she was actually worried was too large, but once I reworked it (sorry, forgot that before pic, I'm a bad, bad blogger!) I think it worked great for the "over-the-top" look she was going after!



Now, there's part of the story that I haven't shared yet. You see, Elizabeth, the sweetest lady in the world, lost both her husband and her son in close proximity to one another. I only knew of Elizabeth at that time through several mutual friends, but I remember very clearly when it happened and how much everyone cared for Elizabeth and how heartbroken they were for her and her loss. When I went to meet with Elizabeth about her door decor I commented on her beautiful brass dragonfly door knocker (did I take a pic of it??? heck no because I'm a bad, bad blogger!) She replied that she loved dragonflies and that her husband had given her the doorknocker and when she moved from her other house she brought the doorknocker with her, and she touched it lovingly as she relayed the story. Well, having lost my daddy and I know how much my momma and I still miss him almost 30 years later I kinda knew how she felt. And, well, it bothered me that I was covering up that beautiful dragonfly (even it was with that pretty cool new reworked teardrop that I could do "whatever I wanted" to it) and then I remembered something I had at home. So I went home and dug through all my crap treasures and yaaaaayyyy, I found them, three beautiful dragonflies that I bought a couple of years ago because I just knew I was going to do something wonderful with them one day. And I did.





Here's to hoping dragonfly wings flutter in your heart this holiday season.

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

EEK!!!

I've been so busy decorating everyone else's door for Halloween I haven't had time to do my own.  So last night I asked my family if they'd mind ordering pizza so WE could decorate our door.  Flower Bud (who is 5'9" and 155 lbs.) was all for pizza, and would occasionally walk out to check the decorating progress. Mr. Flower Child helped stretch the spider web and then was pretty much done.  So I'm sure you can figure out who did the majority of the work.  That's usually how it goes at the Flower Child house of love.  Of course, I do enjoy it, but thought it'd be a fun FAMILY affair.  I should have known better.  They'll try to give you some story about me being a control freak and re-doing whatever they do so why bother - at least that's been their story in the past, but I really don't have a clue what they're talking about.  Well, enough about the Flower Child family.  So here's our front door this year.  They don't show up very well in the picture, but I found some dead tree branches in the yard (thank goodness Mr. Flower Child hasn't had time to clean the yard!). I spray painted them black and made an archway going onto the porch.  Mr. Flower Child got a little happy with the spider web so its a little hard to see the branches (but I did NOT redo the webbing, if I had you'd be able to see the branches!  lol!)

Here's another view.


I had painted this dead branch also, but it didn't look right with the other branches.  I thought it made a great witch's broom though.  

Here's a little closer view.


I dressed it up with a cute bow.


I had these two planters with topiary forms that flank each side of the door.  Unfortunately my plants died, and at first I was going to leave them that way, because hey, dead plants kind of go with the theme right???  but then I remembered I had this white mesh so I made these cute little ghosts.



Bad thing about selling what you make is you don't have anything for yourself, or at least not until the season is over and then you have the leftovers when you don't need them.  I was trying to come up with something different for the front door.  I happened to remember all these empty frames I've been picking up at yard sales and I got this idea.  I think it turned out pretty neat.  Even Flower Bud said it was pretty cool so it must be.


Here's a close-up of the cute bow.  Sorry, I didn't do a close-up of the spider, call me crazy, but I kinda thought y'all would rather see the bow???


Here's a night time view.

So that's it for now.  Hope y'all have a groovy Halloween! 

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kara's Table

My sweet high school buddy asked me if I could paint her table and chairs.  I said sure thang girlfriend!  She says she wants an earthy, beachy feel and she loves the rustic white stuff I had been doing, with maybe some blue peeking through. 

 Would you belive that this:


Started out like this:


So how did I get from country to beachy you ask?  Well, like this:

First I painted it with another "pretty blue," a more subtle blue than the other "pretty blue."


Then I painted it with the off white.


And then I started sanding.  As I sanded the blue would come through in some places.


See that drip?  Well, I stratigically place drips here and there.  My husband about freaked out because I had a "drip," until I explained that I had purposfully put it there.  I tried to explain that I wanted it to look like it had been in the family for generations and had been painted multiple times and that there would have been drips along the way.  He and his OCDism couldn't quite grasp the concept - lol!  Luckily, my friend loves drips and totally understood!  I LOVE the detail around the bottom of the table.  I really wanted it to stand out so I tried to sand down to the blue so that it showed it off a little better.


I wish I had gotten a better shot of the top so that you could see the blue peaking out here and there.



I think the detail on the chairs showed up nicely also.



My husband and son helped me sand the chairs.  I had to teach them how to sand the seats in places that get the most wear, like where your hiney goes.  Once they got the hang of it I had to slow them down because they got a little "happy" with the sanding.

As much as I HATE painting spindles on chairs (truly, they are the spawn of Satan!), I must admit that these are gorgeous!


I think it turned out beautifully, but the true beauty is the story behind it. See my friend could have gone out and bought a new table and chairs, but she had bought this table and chairs several years ago at a time when she really didn't have much money.  She had seen it and fallen in love with with it, but she had two babies and no money.   She saved, and saved and saved until she had the money to buy it.   It is a reminder to herself of what she can accomplish with a little hard work and determination.

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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