Garden

Seashore Inspired

Hi Everyone! It’s finally warming up here, and that means Summer! I must admit that I love to create crafts that pertain to the ocean. I close my eyes and imagine the sand, waves, and seashells. So I kind of started a little early.

I had purchased this string weeks ago at a dollar store, and today it came to good use. I think the blue and white stripes looks so beachy.

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I had this orchid that I needed to re pot, so I cleaned the pot it was in. I painted it white, now I just needed to figure out how to start the string. So I took the end of the clothesline, and from the top of pot, I threaded through one of the holes in the bottom. If you don’t have a hole in the bottom of the pot, you can just drill one. It will also serve as the water drainage.

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So I threaded it down the pot to bottom, then up, then back down and tied it to itself.  You can also start at the rim of the pot by adding glue all around the top of the pot. The instructions say to let the glue stick for 3 minutes before applying, so I had some free time to get my other project going. More of that one later.

I then applied the string all along the rim on top of the glue.

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Notice I didn’t paint the inside of the pot. I try not to. I don’t want my soil or plant living with it.

What I did to make it easier to wrap around was put a strip of the glue vertically up three sides. I then started wrapping the string around the pot and kept on going until you get to the bottom. I forgot to take pics of the next steps, but you’ll see them in the yellow pot I makeover…so here it is:

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Do you like it?

So now the other pot. It’s a bigger pot and I want to put a plum-era inside of it. I had purchased a fish net off Amazon. I’m using Gorilla Glue. It’s made for outdoors and is clear. So  I gathered the supplies

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I started by placing the net on the pot, this was the hardest part…figuring it all out. I wrapped the net around the pot, and cut off the excess netting. DSCN4771

I decided since it would take a while for the glue to get sticky enough to hold the net, I would start on the bottom. I put a ring of glue around the bottom of the pot about 1 inch from edge. I let it sit upside down for a few hours. I then flipped it over, and put about 4″ inside the pot. It doesn’t really matter how far you put the netting over the rim to the inside of the pot, Just be sure there is enough to glue down. DO NOT DO WHAT I DID!!! I put glue all around the top of the rim. On this project don’t….Aviary Photo_131353029542344681.png

Because if you glue around the inside of the bowl about a inch all the way around, you won’t have to do this:

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If I would have went a inch down all the way around….I could have placed something heavy on top to hold the netting down. I didn’t…so above is what I had to do.I waited overnight to dry.

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I really think it is cute just like this. The next day, I drew and cut out a little seahorse, and glued it onto the pot.

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Something was missing. I remembered I had these shells I had used on the other seahorse I made. So I put them all around the seahorse.

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After that was finished I put larger seashells on around the bottom, then pearls and shells around the rim. When I was finished, and it was all dry, I added a coffee filter on the bottom, this will keep the soil from coming through the holes on the bottom

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Then I added some small pebbles on top, added some soil, and the plumera.

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I first put some bark on top to help it during the hot summer months. I then put some of those blue/turquoise glass fillers on top of the soil…now it looks beachy!

 

 

Garden

Frogs Strumming Bass

I have had these two frog for a few years….they were in sad shape! I was a bit bored and thought this would be a fun project that was easy to do and added lots of whimsy to your gardens! You can do the same to any outdoor statues, decor, fountains, etc.

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They look pretty sad don’t they!?! Well, here they are all jazzed up!

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What a difference a little paint and glass fillers can do! Here is how I did it:

I decided to make one a lady and the other a man. I used a red sharpie for the lips of the one frog. I used Goop to glue the shiny pearls on her guitar. I wanted the male to have a cool blue. The small green pkgs with the black net have the plain (non shiny) kind of look like pale sea glass gems .

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To give the gems (ones from dollar store)a crystallized look, I baked them on a cookie sheet at 500 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!

I first started out by painting their bodies with a green spray paint from Rustoleum 2x. Great for outside. 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.

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I used the flat ones for the bodies and mouths of the frogs. I used the round gems for their guitars.

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I painted the girls tongue yellow….Put in the turquoise eyes. 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…

I think my brain was working in overdrive, or I was just bored. I wanted to make a faux pond for them. I had it all set up in the rose garden, but I couldn’t see it from the house the way it was 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…a pallet I had…I painted a pallet in blue colors…

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I love those colors! I was going to make it a herb planter. But 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 Walmart…$3….I racked away the small stones, and cut a oval shape, kinda. I added some gems to the pond…some rocks, Frog King, etc.
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lots of fans!!!
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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. It is positioned so when your sitting under the pergola, it’s like they are performing for you! Imagination sparks creativity!
I think I am going to add some color to the fans!!!
So what do you think? Did I give you any ideas?
Crafts · Garden · Kids

Fairy Light Jar

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I wrote this tutorial months ago, and for some reason it didn’t show up. So I am redoing it for you because there are so many of you out there with small children, and I know they will love this!

 

I see different versions of these fairy jars all over the internet. They look so cute hanging in your yard.I found these to cut out at Plaid.com. Click on ‘fairies to print’below and it will take you to the print out:DSCN2862 (2)

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I started the project by cutting out one of the fairies as close to the picture as possible. I found this great mason jar at Michaels craft store for only $3.00, plus I used my 20% off coupon, so it was a great buy!DSCN1952
You can see above that I used regular Mod Podge on this.But because I used the regular one, when I was finished I sprayed it with Rustoleum 2x Clear Spray Paint to protect it from the elements. Now they have Outdoor Mod Podge  which is easier and less steps.And honestly you can use this formula to protect the pre-painted pieces you purchase as well (or any fairy garden items you decide to add embellishments to). If you want the items to sit outside, this is exactly what you need to use!
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This is how I started. I covered the inside front of the jar with  with a brush.This Mod Podge for Outdoors seals and protects your fairy jar from the outdoor elements. I then attached the fairy to the front, right side facing out. My printer was running out of ink, so it didn’t print out as well as it should have:
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After it was dry, I went over it one more time and let dry. I took my glitter and spread it out on a paper. Do this in on a plate or clean paper, so when your done, you can put the unused glitter back in bottle. I started in the back and brushed on the Mod Podge to the back. I then rolled it in the crystal glitter.
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I kept going, doing the same until only the front was left to do. I took a smaller brush and applied the Mod Podge around the fairy, not getting any on her silhouette. If you get some on, just rub off with your finger .
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You will need this on it if you are keeping this outside.I then took some yellow patio paint and painted around the lid. I found the patio paint at Walmart really inexpensive!
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I then added some glitter around the lid while the paint was still wet.
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If you can’t find the same jar with the chalkboard top. Just paint some chalkboard paint on the top of lid.
I then put ‘Believe’ on the jar, a butterfly and flower from the dollar store. I then took a pretty purple flower and put on the front.
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You can sit this on a table and leave as is. If you want to hang, there are different ways to do that. I ended up not using the ribbon but it shows easier how I did it. I took a piece about 30 long. I folded it in half as seen below.
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The side with the loop, as seen above, I went in 10 and made a knot. I held the knot to the jar letting the loop hang. I separated the other 2 ends, and wrapped tightly around the lid to the other side and made another knot as you can see below.
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After you have made a tight knot, pick up the side with the loop.Take the other side with the open ends, and put through the loop. Wrap it around and knot. So now it hangs.
I wanted to add the fairy led lights.These are like the fairy led lights I used. This one has a timer, which is fantastic because I don’t have to open the jar every time I want it to light up. It is so convenient with the timer. They go on the same time each day/night you set it up to come on.This is the kind I used.
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It would have been nice if I could have glued the battery pack upside down underneath the lid, but it was too big. So you can either put a led votive inside, or hide the battery pack of the fairy lights behind something. I’m tucking it away in the lattice
.Oh…here’s at night.
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Your children will love this!!!!!
So in conclusion….Be sure you have enough ink so your pic comes out perfect. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer.
Garden

My Rose Garden

Three years ago I planted a rose garden in memory of my grandson Gavin. I chose a 32′ site and started shoveling all the gravel away. I then removed 1′ deep all the way around the area. I added bags and bags of rose soil.

This was my first experience with bare root roses.I did a lot of research and found this really wonderful blend of nutrients, that gives your roses a great start, and grows beautiful blooms.

Here are some of my roses…

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This rose bush has over 100 buds getting ready to bloom:

 

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Here is my rose garden…

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The blend is:

  • 1/4 C Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 C Bone Meal
  • 1-2 C Granular Organic Fish Emulsion
  • 1/2 C  Alfalfa Meal

These ingredients will enrich the soil and the roses…

 

Garden

Colorful Gazing Balls

Since posting the original ping pong ball gazing balls, https://kelleysdiycom.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/gazing-ball-stakes-4/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true so many readers were wondering how they would look with bright colors….so here it is in Hot Pink, Neon Yellow, Apple Green, and some turquoise and blue…

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This is such a easy craft to do! Have fun with it….you could  also try glow in the dark paint also….. I found the ping pong balls at the dollar store. I purchased the thinnest dowels they had at Walmart only .19 each. These ping pong balls are a bit thicker than regular ping pong balls…and that is even better.  I took one of the skewers…. I had some left over from my mirror creation. With the sharp end I poked through the ball….It worked….

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(and if you ding the ball while putting in the skewer…. just use the skewer or the dowel and poke from inside to straighten out the ding.)

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Next I put all the balls on!I then proceeded to paint the balls and stakes. Tip: Be sure you have the balls positioned where you want them before painting, otherwise if re position them, you will have to paint the area where the ball was covering.

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And now you paint the balls in any color you want. Be sure it is Outdoor Paint. when the Paint has dried, I sprayed them with 2 coats of Rust oleum Clear Coat. That will help protect them in the elements. This patio paint is less than $2 at Walmart

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Now I was thinking of sticking these out in the garden soil,but it might be better to bury in something else, to protect from the environments. So…After I painted the sticks and balls, I took a old plastic pot (the kind you get when purchasing a plant, but you could use any plastic item. I filled with rocks. I then stuck the balls in that. Then dug a hole to fit the pot and buried it to the rim.

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Well, after going  through all that burying the pot….I decided to move it. I had just painted the front doors a gorgeous blue, (actually I liked the blue in the balls, so I had the paint mixed to match. So I then placed it inside a pot by my front door.

The first week, I noticed some neighbors looking really hard trying to see from a distance what they were. So many people have commented on them. When there is a breeze they move ever so gently…

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This is a very easy, inexpensive, project that will add so much color to your garden. Wouldn’t these look pretty near a water feature?