6/26/2014

When Is A Door Not a Door?

 
So you all know we have been busy in the yard.  I love to repurpose junk "found objects'.
(John says it isn't fair when you have to hunt them down to be called 'FOUND").
 
Last summer I painted two old doors that were part of our house since it was built back in the 50's and added planter boxes and loved them.
 
This year I wanted to add to my 'door' collection and whet my artist's soul as well as camouflage the car lot that went in next door after 40 years of garden and families there. (sighing big time).
 
The fence and landscaping will help but the arbor vitae will take a few years to grow together.
 
 I found these doors when I put out an ad for old doors on Freecycle.org.  We thought we were getting three but came home with four....SCORE.  Of course they were brown wood and grungy so I painted them with Krylon enamel.....like the outdoor furniture in the previous post.
 
 
                    

                                  I bought a variety of plants and pots and made baskets to hang
 
 
 
  
                         Went through more junk found objects and started attaching those on the doors.




                    I had fun picking out my own flower combinations as well as the junk stuff.
 

      This was part of a railing we had no use for so I had John turn it sideways and added pots.


 
One just never knows what you will find in the junk pile!
 
 
 
For some reason we have a large assortment of horse/oxen yoke harnesses but we love them.
 
 
 
I love the bright colors and the flowers.  John was skeptical at first but always loves the end product.
He is so sweet when I say   "Hey I have an idea........." He might roll his eyes when I am not looking but he is always my 'go to guy'.
 
Here is to 'bright ideas' in your neck of the woods.

6/14/2014

Working Hard Here at Home.

Oh My Gosh...I had no idea I hadn't been online in almost a month.  Thank you for those of you who emailed to inquire about me.  I am alive and well.  I appreciate your concern.
 
The weather has been very nice up until yesterday so John and I have been outside every day working in the yard.   We have put 2-3 hours into  weeding every day and  then worked on other projects. I have spent hours painting, sewing and planting. 
 
After three springs/summers of having one foot or the other in a cast or boot and surgeries in between, I have so enjoyed being able to wear a pair of MATCHING shoes for the first time.
I have also been able to work in my gardens and get something accomplished.  I finished my 3 months (2-3 days a week) of physical therapy two weeks ago  HOORAY.
 
Starting in one week, we will have some or all of our kids and grandkids home for various lengths of time and we want to have all the hard work out of the way so we can play in the pool and yard with them all.
 
So here is the first installment of what I have been doing.
 

 This is an old wringer washer that I bought for $20 from the man who put our sprinkler system in years ago.  It was ugly and starting to rust and I painted it mint green and bright pink.  It has sadly faded over the past five years.



                             You know how much I love COLOR.  This is wild plum and citrus green made by Krylon.  I was able to find it only at Wal Mart.  None of the major box hardware stores carried it around here. I hand painted this on in three coats. 


                    
                    I added a large planter and it sits in a place of honor on one side of the pool.


                                    
                                 We have several old wash tubs from John's great aunties.


                  
                 I filled them with wave petunia's and purple grass.  They also sit by the pool.


                                    
                                             I filled my Dad's back hoe bucket planter with Dahlias.



      Some friends gave us this table and chair set...much too blah for my taste but truly appreciated.



       I  painted the chairs and table with sunny yellow(again Krylon) and recovered the four chairs.


 
It now looks like this!!  Note the table in the left hand corner. It is about 12 years old and was an ugly tan.  I painted it purple.  I found these pink chairs last year at Rite Aid for $10 at the end of the season.
 
I have a lot more to show you so will try to post those over the next week or so.  I hope summer has come to your neck of the woods and you are enjoying happy days.  Put some color in your life!