Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fall/Halloween Porch Decorating

The other day it was sunny and 80 degrees.  Today it's in the upper 30's and raining.  What a difference! Fortunately, the nice weather made it easy to get the front porch decorated.  As I said in an earlier post, I don't really 'do' scary for Halloween, so here's what the front porch looks like:

Here's a closer look:

For more information on making the brooms, click HERE.
                                                 'Broom Parking' sign, click HERE.
                                                                Black Cat, click HERE.

Mother Nature has also been doing her part:

I can't top that!

I hope you're staying warm in your part of the world.  I'm afraid the rain and wind are going to blow all the leaves off the trees - just when they looked so pretty...
Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by the Cottage. I hope you'll follow, pin and/or share!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Candy Corn

October seems to be flying by and before you know it, Halloween will be here.  I had some wood scraps sitting in a pile, so I decided to make some candy corn.  

I made myself a pattern in two different sizes.  

This was a "spur of the moment" project, and it fought me every inch of the way.  For starters, while I was cutting one of them out, it split right down the middle.  Thanks to a little super glue, you can't tell which one, can you?
Next, I started painting and didn't use a base coat/primer.  Needless to say, I needed many coats of paint.  Yes, it was my own fault!
 Finally, I got the paint to cover and I used a sponge to transition one color to the next.  Out came the sander and the candy corn was distressed!
Time for sealer.  While I was spraying, I ended up with a drip. Because I'm so patient - NOT - I decided to fine-sand it off and re-spray it.  Well, I made a mess of it!  Not to be out-smarted by a piece of wood, I drilled a little hole:
Pretty, huh?
I grabbed the glue gun and stole a flower from a basket - problem solved!

My "spur of the moment" project was complete.  At least I can say this 'candy' has no calories!!
Let this post be a lesson in 'all the things not to do' 2 words:

Primer & Patience!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Morning Glory Secret

Even though it's October and the mums are all in bloom, my morning glories are still going strong.  
What you don't know is that these beautiful flowers are camouflage for the gas meter.  Last winter, our gas meters were upgraded and place on the outside of our houses. The only place for ours was on the front corner.  Not my idea of the ideal spot, but, it had to be done.
This is called, "getting creative".  I didn't want to look at it and the hydrangea I had planted was still very small, so this was my solution.  A small trellis and several morning glory vines certainly did the trick!
Would you ever guess what's hiding behind this plant?

In a few years, the hydrangea will be large enough to do the job, but in the meantime, I'm pretty pleased with this solution!  

Have you ever had to hide anything outdoors with plants?  If so, please share, I'd love to hear how you solved your problem area.

I hope you're enjoying your Columbus Day weekend.  Please feel free to follow, pin, and share.

Till next time....

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall & the Improved Pallet Boxes

Back again with the computer problems behind was a little crazy, but everything seems to be settling down...Whew!

Today I'm sharing the start of my Fall decorating and an update to those pallet boxes I made in July.  Click HERE for a peek at those! I chose one of them for my dining room table and as you can see, I added some lettering:

Here's a closer look:

On another box, I did something different:
This one is currently being used in my Craft Room, but that's a story for another day!

I tried a few methods to transfer the lettering.  First, the back was colored with pencil and I tried to transfer the letters - no luck.  Then I tried chalk - no luck again.  It just wouldn't transfer on the wood, so this is what I did:

I partially cut out the lettering with an exacto knife and carefully painted in the partial letters, then I free-handed the rest.  It worked! If I had to make 20 of them, this may not be the most efficient method, but for my purposes, I'm pretty pleased.  

Let me give you another peek at decorating for Fall.  The blue hydrangeas on top of my hutch have been replace with some new blooms:

Chalk Pig won't give up the sunglasses, though.  That morning sunshine is blinding - just ask him! 

Since it's October already, I'll be getting out the Halloween decorations this week, so be sure to stop back for those.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by! 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last Gasp of Summer

Fall has officially arrived, but I picked this hydrangea the other day, right before I started decorating the front porch with mums!

This is not going to be my typical post since I've had major computer issues for the past several days.  My laptop decided it would be fun to freeze every page I tried to load.  Fortunately, I have tech-savvy husband who got right to work on it.  Long story short, he had to take it back to 'factory'. 
I saved most of the important stuff on the cloud, and was able to save a lot more before the computer was wiped.  Now, I'm in the process of getting everything back to the way I like it. 
My biggest issue is getting Pinterest to load properly.  It started right before things started to freeze and it still isn't right.  Whenever I open it,  the page starts to load, but as I scroll down, the pins start to form a single line down the right side.  It's so frustrating!  Is anyone else having issues?
Give me a few days,  and everything should be back to normal.  In the meantime, enjoy the 'Last Gasp of Summer' hydrangea.
Thanks for stopping by and listening  to my technology issues.
Have a great week!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Here, Kitty, Kitty....

The jigsaw has been getting a workout.  Last week I shared the Pallet Pumpkins and this week, it's Black Cats!
I love Fall and I'm not really into scary Halloween decorations, so these little cuties are right up my alley.  I had the wood sitting in a pile, so, the first thing I did was draw myself a pattern.
As you can see, I thought the bottom should be a little broader, so I had to add pieces to the original pattern.  After that was done, I placed it on a piece of wood and traced it with a marker.
Out came the clamp and the jigsaw.
Once the cat was completely cut out, everything was sanded and it looked like this:
Now, came the easy part: paint, distress, embellish.  As you can see from the first picture, I made 3 different sizes and dressed up some wtih raffia and others with tulle ribbon.  I can't decide which is cuter!
Which one do you like better?

I'm really enjoying my jigsaw and before you know it, I'll be sharing some Christmas projects.  I know, it's only September, but, before you know it, the holidays will be here!

Thanks for stopping by and, as always,  I hope you'll leave a comment, share, and pin.  Have a wonderful week and I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pumpkin Time!

It's September and that means Fall is here or just around the corner. Since I still have a good bit of pallet wood to play with,  I decided pumpkins were next on the list.  I layed down 4 pieces of wood and was able to fit 3 pumpkins on them.
I don't have a tutorial this time, since the pattern came from 
Her Tool Belt.  - Great Site!
I made a few minor changes from the one on Amy's blog.  First, I didn't cut out leaves.  I don't have a scroll saw and I like my fingers!  I wired each piece together from the front to the back so the wire is smooth on the front.  She used a paint layering technique, I just used orange paint, distressed the pieces, and rubbed a little dark stain over them.
A couple of leaves from an old garland were glued on and a raffia bow was tied around the stem.  Pumpkins complete!
Now, if you take a close look at the center pumpkin, you'll see that I painted and distressed it, no stain.  I like variety!
Let's not forget, they came from this:

This is an easy project that is definitely putting me in the mood for Fall.  How about you?  What are you working on?

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