Frogs Strumming Bass


I have had these two frogs for a few years now sitting in my gardens. These frogs are in pretty sad shape, I really need to do something to spruce them up….but what??? hmm

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I told you they look pretty sad don’t they!?! Hmm…what to do.  I started by cleaning them up and scraping off the rust, then sealing with Rustoleum Stop Rust here . Now I don’t have to worry about rust again. Then I painted them with Rustoleum 2x Green Apple Spray Paint here.

I was really getting excited about this project, I had so many different ideas. I decided to make one a lady and the other a man. I used a red sharpie for the lips of the one lady frog. I decided to decorate the frogs with those vase fillers, or gems, you can buy at the Dollar Store. They come in so many pretty colors. I used Goop adhesive, I already had, because it’s great for the outdoors (heat and rain) and dries clear. I went to the Dollar Store and purchased a bunch of the vase fillers in different greens and blues. I then headed over to Walmart and purchased the small green packages with the black net have the plain (non shiny) kind of look like pale sea glass gems you see below.



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To give the gems (ones from Dollar Tree a crystallized look, I baked them on a cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. This is the same as we used to do with marbles…way back when.

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After 20 minutes, I carefully, (the gems and pan are very hot) let them drop into a bowl of ice water I had ready for them, and you can put the sheet on top of bowl with ice…just to be safe.

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A couple of them didn’t make the bowl…ouch, they were hot! You can hear them crack. Kids might want to watch this, but be careful that they don’t get to close……hot!!!This is what the round ones looked after baking:

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See how the insides are cracked…they sparkle so much more….aren’t they pretty!

I first started out by painting their bodies with a green spray paint from Rustoleum 2x. Great for outside, doesn’t lose its color. I used the darker round blue for the males guitar. I used the flat green gems for their bodies.

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For the mouth I used stones of same color that didn’t sparkle. I used the flat ones for the bodies and mouths of the frogs.

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I painted the girls tongue yellow….Put in the turquoise fillers for their eyes. I used the round gems for their guitars.

I didn’t have enough of the turquoise gems, dollar store only had the two packs. I plan to get more of the turquoise…10 bags….make a pond shape where they are standing in the roses and fill it in with the turquoise and green gems..I think that will look so pretty and sparkly…


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Above they are in rose garden, and look adorable!! What a difference a little paint and glass fillers can do!

A couple of days later, I was sitting outside sipping my coffee, looking at the froggies. They look so alone out there by themselves…now my brain is in overdrive….they deserve more…

I was thinking of a pond. Wouldn’t it look pretty where they are standing in the roses and fill it in with the turquoise and green gems..I think that will look so pretty and sparkly…I will need a lot of gems….hmmm. Now this is where my perfectionist brain comes in. They were all set up in the rose garden, but I couldn’t see them from the house the way they were situated. So back to the drawing board. Now in the meantime while I was trying to figure out a place for it, another idea struck. I remembered I had a pallet ….Now I was getting another idea. I painted a pallet in blues (my favorite color).


Don’t you just love those colors! Rustoleum 2x Green AppleOcean Mist , Aqua and Wildflower Blue. I was planning to make it a herb planter, but hopefully, I can always find another. Then a idea struck! since the frogs were ready, I could make this a neat backdrop for them. Then I thought of making it a billboard with their stage names on it. I made the letters with the glass gems from the Dollar Store.

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I remember seeing a sign in the dog section at a store, that I loved. It said’ Sandy Paws and Salty Kisses’. It reminds me of the beach and my doggies…so that’s their names. LOL Next week I am having a pool put in. I want the frogs by one area of the pool…this will look so cute by it, and warms up a corner. I decided to put it up temporary to see how it looked. I had added a net, shells, pearls, starfish and seahorses
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I gathered the blue plastic tarp I had purchased at the Dollar Store. I racked away all the small stones in the area, and cut the blue tarp into a kind of oval shape, kinda. I added some gems to the pond. Along the side of the pond I put some planters, the Frog King statue, and the little frog prince,
lots of fans!!! Even Mr. Turtle showed up!


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This is how it will sit for the next couple of weeks. I did put a solar spotlight on it for nighttime performances. Its positioned so when I’m sitting under the pergola, it’s like they are performing for me! Imagination sparks creativity!
I think I am going to add some color to their fans!!!
                             So what do you think? Did I give you any ideas?
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      1. I went to see her Sunday for her 4th birthday!!!! We had so much fun, oh my goodness. I love being with her, taking her to the beach. We had so much fun. First time taking my granddaughter to the beach!We had so much fun holding her hand and jumping the waves and making sand castles! She really completes me. 😍🤗😘

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      2. I can totally relate to that, and I am so happy for you, darling!
        I am so looking forward to our trip to Boston in August, when I get to spend time with my oldest (and the only biological) granddaughter – she is almost 18 already!

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      3. When I’m with Londyn, it takes me back to when I was holding Nicks hand jumping the waves….oh how wonderful that feels. I always say I would love to go back to when they were young….it was the bestest of times. So much love spilling over.

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      4. Besides sailing and cooking, and playing piano and guitar and singing together, I can just sit for hours and look at Alisia – this is my much younger self, growing up in a free country with all kinds of fantastic perspectives open to her!

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      5. They had waited for me for 7 years, while my request was an exit visa was repeatedly rejected. The moment I left, my mother swung into action, sold everything they had, bribed appropriate officials, and was able to secure exit visas for everyone.

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      6. Thank you so much. I lost my phone in the ocean…a little boy came up to me while playing with londyn in the waves, and asked if this was my phone. Ugh. I had my cards and money in the case too. That’s what I get for putting the phone in my bathing suit top to carry. We ended up looking for sand crabs with the boy. Londyn never seen one and was excited. We found one, she was not impressed at all ;( I had the most wonderful day with her and can’t wait till she comes back from her vacation and it’s grandma time. Surgery thursday, so I should be good in a few weeks. Be sure to enter the giveaway…again!

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      7. You’ll be great in a few weeks and you’ll have a fabulous time!
        Just wondering: you put Gidget into your bra, you carry your phone in your bathing suit top… What else do you put there, if I may ask?

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      8. I know it sounds silly to others, but, these ladies don’t mind the company! hahahaaa . I am so used to putting stuff in my, usually, sports bra. Phone usually stays put….oh well…no biggy…I ordered another, but won’t be here till Thurs or Fri. I will be in hosp without my phone…..Oh no!! They probably have a bedside phone….but who knows anyones numbers???

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      9. People don’t need to know bedside phone # of parients; they call hospital information, and they are switched to that extension.
        When I was a teenager, my grandfather taught me that ladies have to keep their money “in bizom” – in their bosom, when they go to a fleamarket. At that time I had no “bizom” yet, so I was already in trouble. I see that you have no such problems, darling!

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      10. Ah, you’re so right! Nobody remembers numbers any more; I don’t even know my own – I don’t call myself, after all! If you synchronize your phone with your computer, though, you’ll have all the data stored. Then, when you get a new phone, it is transfered easily. I am not so smart; my husband is!

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