Arts and Crafts 101

        Since it is back to school time I thought we’d do some arts and crafts.  

Painting 101:  chalkpaint is the best invention ever….no prep, just paint.  Many people like Annie’s Sloan’s line but I use Americana Décor which you can get at Michael’s, a bargain with a 40% off coupon.  This chair was a $5 thrift store find – I found it outside the store when I was dropping some stuff off.  I used Serene Blue which is a lovely soft shade.

   It was originally intended as an extra chair for the patio but it looked so nice that I put it in the spare bedroom.   I have also used Vintage green on this weathered table with great results.


Scavenger Hunt:   I saw this abandoned wrought iron cart on the street put out for the garbage pickup, so I asked the homeowner, who it turned out I knew, if I could have it.   She even delivered it for me as it wouldn’t fit in my car trunk.   It was an ugly sunflower yellow but I spray painted it lime green with paint from the hardware store.  I’m not a big fan of lime green in general but it’s okay on a garden ornament, and it held my lime green pots up off the ground and away from the bunnies.   I have been teased about picking up stuff at the curb on garbage day but it is amazing what people will throw out.  I once got a white vinyl corner picket fence that retails for $50.   I dragged it across the road from my mother’s neighbour to her garage.   They were new neighbours and obviously didn’t like the garden décor as they also threw out a $300 white arbour, but it was gone in thirty minutes, before I could find someone with a truck.

 Most recently I scooped up a turquoise Adirondack chair which just needs a bit of retouching, it’s plastic but stack-able so good for when you need an extra chair beside the campfire.    I placed it under my maple tree and plan to sit and read there when it turns colour. 

Crafts:     Take two $4 dollar store fall foliage sprays (I always try to get some with corn stalks or wheat),

and twist them around a green floral holder to make an attractive gravestone wreath.  I recycled last years as it was still in good condition.  You can also fill it out with leaf garlands and a harvest bow. 

 My dad died in Sept and as a farmer, autumn was always his favourite time of year, once all the crops were in.   So much attractive than those garish purple and yellow things floral shops sell for sixty dollars plus…..and much more frugal.   I think my dad would approve.  PS.  I have done the same thing at Christmas with Christmas garlands.  

So there you have it…..class dismissed!

4 thoughts on “Arts and Crafts 101

  1. ruthsoaper says:

    Over the past 3 or 4 years my husband has become the guy hunting for trash day treasures. One of the most useful finds was a large roll of netting. I have know idea what it would have been used for but we have used it over and over again on the farm to protect berry bushes from birds, squash plants from deer and young chicks from overhead predators. It has and continues to serve us well and I doubt that we would have spent the money on such an item.
    A great post.

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    • thehomeplaceweb says:

      Thank you Ruth! It is amazing what people will throw out or be interested in. I put a 60 plus year old Hoover vacuum that I had inherited from a great aunt out in the trash one day, and someone came along and picked it up…..later I found out the vacuum store in town collects old antiques.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        We used to put good things out by the road because sometimes it was easier than taking it to Goodwill or Salvation Army. They would usually get picked up by someone before the trash collectors came. Now-a-days we just don’t have as much to get rid of.

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