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Swan Planter - Ten on the 10th

It's time, once again for Ten on the 10th.  The month sure went by quickly, sadly, winter didn't go with it.  The temperatures are still freezing and there's snow everywhere, but, hey, the theme is Spring so let's get on with it!
I found this swan planter a couple of months ago in the thrift store.  Since it was the dead of winter and the price tag said $3 it came home with me.  I needed a glimpse of Spring.
The easiest way to remake this piece was spray paint.  I taped-up the eye and the bill and got to work.
After a couple of coats of paint, this ugly duckling was transformed into a beautiful swan.  
I had a wonderful plan for a plant, but, as plans often do, it went, shall we say, a bit 'awry'. I had been in Walmart a couple of weeks ago and saw the leftover tulips from Valentine's Day in the garden department.  I was going to pick up a few, since they were a beautiful color and still in good shape, but, I decided to wait figuring I could pick them up the next week when this project would be done and ready for something 'Springy'.
And then it happened....my vertigo decided to rear its ugly head and take me down for 8 days.  That's right, dizzy, a bit nauseous, and walking around holding on to walls and furniture.  It wasn't a pretty sight.  
Needless to say, by the time I got back to the store (via my chauffeur) the tulips were gone!  UGH!  And there wasn't a spring flower or plant in sight.  Since I was still a bit wobbly, the Baby Rubber Tree plant came home with me and now resides in the swan planter.  The total cost for this project was $7.  I had the paint and the tape, paid $3 for the swan, and $3.97 for the plant.  
And, in case you're wondering why it isn't outside, here's the current view of the back yard:

I think that groundhog lied! 
Now it's Ten on the 10th, so hop over to the other blogs to see their Spring projects. I just know you'll want to leave everyone a comment and pin/share. Have fun!




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  1. So cute! I hope that you are feeling better and that Spring finds you soon!!!

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  2. Oh vertigo is terrible, Ann, my mom used to suffer so. I hope you're on the mend now and your sweet swan planter is making you smile!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I'm still working on it.

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  3. We are also covered in snow! You planter is so sweet and looks so much better in white!

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    1. We are supposed to hit 50 degrees today, Patti...hopefully that will melt a lot of the snow. Now I just need to find the right spot for my swan!

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  4. So cute and clever! I love how you left certain areas black.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. I thought it made it more 'swan-like'.

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  5. Ann, I do hope you are feeling better! Your planter turned out just adorable...I love it! I keep wondering where I snow is, but with almost 80 degrees here in Texas yesterday, I believe any chances of the white stuff are long gone! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Benita. 80 degrees, already?? It sounds like you're headed for a hot summer!

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  6. Ann, so sorry that you got knocked down , but glad that you are back up. The swan was a great find and will be so cute whatever plant or flowers you dress him with. I'm impressed that you were able to spray paint in the winter. Here in North Texas, we haven't seen any snow this year. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. This has been a tough one. I actually spray painted it in the basement! LOL

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  7. OMGosh, Ann! I hope you are feeling better now! I have had off and on vertigo (inner ear issues with eustachian tubes too flat ~ don't drain well) since I was a child. KNOW EXACTLY how you feel... Glad you were able to get around a bit. Meclizine helps to thin the viscosity inside the cochlear snail thing in our inner ears, but I only take 1/2 tablet because it wipes me out, otherwise (12.5 mg/time/once a day at bedtime).

    Love your little swan with its succulent! <3

    Happy almost spring to you,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Totally forgot... Happy to be with you for 10 on the 10th again! Just getting enough energy to get over to read and pin for all today. <3 Long 2800 miles driving this past week, but our move is almost complete!

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    2. I just got some Meclizine from the Dr. Usually I can get it to right itself with the Epley Maneuver, but not this time...it's so frustrating, isn't it? Hope your move went well!

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  8. It took me years to realize that the reason swans are my "totem", the animal I collect and feel close to, is that I felt like the ugly duckling as a child! So I love ALL swans; never seen one like yours--love the blue eye and black touches.

    Are you familiar with the Eppley Manuever? Not sure of the spelling. It is an exercise (Google it!) that helps with vertigo. My SO has vertigo run in his family. If it wasn't him, it would be so funny to watch him fall; he's short and pudgy and he rolls like a tumbleweed. Usually I'm just out of arm's reach when I see him start to lean. Thank God, he's only been bruised so far. He is using his new cane with the ice tip faithfully outdoors.

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    1. Swans really are beautiful creatures...
      I am familiar with the Epley, but, for some reason, it's not working this time. Your poor SO! I haven't fallen, yet, but I've come close.

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  9. Such a cute planter! Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of spray paint can do?

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    1. Absolutely! Spray paint can be a miracle worker!

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  10. lovely idea for the Swan planter!

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    1. Thank you, Alice. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  11. What a great job of repurposing your swan!

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    1. Thank you. I hate to see things thrown out when they can be reused. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  12. Fun idea and the swan turned out great! I love upcycled/repurposed/use your stash crafts! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty. We've just started a Facebook group called Creatively Crafty Showcase and you're invited to join us! It's another way to share this post and just about anything creative plus we'll have opportunities to interact/support each other. You'll find us here http://bit.ly/2TL8Pli. Hope to see you soon!

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    1. Thank you, Lydia. I look forward to joining the group!

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  13. How cute, Ann! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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