Back in the Day…

I’ve been a little AWOL in posting on either Camping Capers or Thymeless Sage and Random Rants lately. We’ve been busy purchasing lake property but doing some camping and fishing along the way. This weekend we were privileged¬† to have Elle and her friend Kelsey for an overnight visit. I’m so very glad we did because it not only gave us a chance to craft a little, it also restored my hope for the younger generation. You’ll see what I mean.

DSC00267Here we are doing a water color relief painting. The girls water colored fall shades onto their dampened canvases. I love how they have their own styles of doing things and are encouraging to each other in the process. After the painted canvas dries a bit, they will take some leaf stamps, press them into the fabric, and it should…I say should remove some of the color. It did, but then the white space slowly disappeared as the color was still bleeding. Maybe we got our surfaces a bit too wet. At any rate, we decided to use some acrylics and paint over the topography of the stamp and press that into the color. That worked a bit better.

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So are the fun Halloweenish fingernails.

DSC00271 DSC00270But after it was too dark to do anymore outside projects, then the REAL creativity began. These two friends have always had a flair for the dramatic, and Saint and I have laughed at their Carol Burnett like character skits, especially the old man and old woman scenes. This time, they changed it up a bit. When they asked if I wanted to play doctor, I was taken aback, unsure if their parents would approve, and also wondering just what my role would be in all this. Turns out, this is what I was talking about…restoring my hope in the younger generation. As they went to the junk drawer and brought out a note pad, pens, peppermints, balloons, etc., one volunteered to be the doctor, the other the patient, and I was assigned the role of nurse. Pre admission forms were made and filled out, and the free play-comedy began. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so much. Such talent! From inserting pins into a shoulder of an 81 year old man diagnosed with Politis (This after Saint taught them the ropes of playing pool) to massaging “moldy feet” of another patient, and restricting certain movement to a patient named Miley, the hospital staff was busy and entertained.

The next morning, we went back to the craft table to work with alcohol ink. We were going to make coaster sets for their parents, but I could only find 2×4 tiles instead of the 4×4 we needed. We decided to do paperweights instead. I got this idea from this site: http://www.collegegloss.com/2013/05/diy-alcohol-ink-dyed-coasters.htm

It was a fun and simple project involving covering a tile with alcohol, dropping the alcohol inks on, and watching the colors combine. Sometimes, we went back and dropped more on just to see what would happen. After it dried, we chose one to sign with a Sharpie, and I sprayed them all with a clear finish.

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And then they asked if we had a tent. I replied that we had one but it went on back of the truck. Now, here’s some more of that hope restoration I was talking about. They said they wanted to play Indians. I strung up the clothesline on the covered deck, put a sheet over it, and they were ready to play as soon as we gathered up some bowls, sticks, and other primitive cooking utensils. They went to the garden on a hunting/gathering mission and returned with a variety of leaves, berries, nuts, and flowers for their “concoctions.”

DSC00278And here are the lovely Indian maidens playing just like my cousins and I used to play all summer long. Ah, the memories of mud pies and water fights! And the best part…

DSC00277They left these outside the tent and I never saw them check them even once!

I was able to convince them to dabble in the paint one last time before we went inside. I thought this project totally fitting for the Drama Queens of the Good Sort.

DSC00275DSC00276A few board games later, the girls went upstairs. I saw them gather their doctor equipment and they soon had their hospital set up. When it was time for them to leave, I asked if they wanted me to go up and get the sheets off the bed and look around to see if they had left anything out of their overnight bags. They informed me they had already made the bed and picked up all their stuff.

Sure enough, when I went up this morning to get the sheets, the bed was made, well, just like a hospital bed. Everything was picked up, and the only reminder of their visit was on the door of the next room.

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DIY Summer into Fall Wreath Update

I picked up this grapevine wreath for a couple of bucks at a garage sale this weekend. I thought it would be perfect for a summer to fall makeover that would add some curb appeal to our son’s house. He and his new bride have three houses right now…his, hers, and theirs. So, we have been busily getting two of them ready for market by Labor Day weekend.

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I planned to remove the greenery, but since I wanted a summer into fall wreath, I decided to leave the summer element and just add some autumn touches.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the junk collection of materials I already had…burlap, of course, leaves, sunflowers, fabric strips, twine, and wired basket weave ribbon.

I made three twine flowers (the tutorial for that is in an earlier post from Christmas) and started tucking leaves here and there. I didn’t glue anything until I played with the placement of the leaves and sunflowers on one side of the wreath.

Next, I made a bow with the wired ribbon and a touch of burlap. I like the bow at the bottom. But that leaves one side practically naked bare. I love the look of the wreaths that have knotted fabric strips all around, so I decided to try adding a few strips of neutral fabrics to the blank spaces.

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Nice…but I wanted it to be a bit more welcoming.

How about a WELCOME bunting? Out of burlap?

Of course!

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I took it right over and hung it on the door. I think it will work with the other things I have in mind for the porch. For now.

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Junk to Joy

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I’ve been working on this new little vignette on my back deck. What I really want to do is this:http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/05/21/staining-pressure-treated-wood-railings/?_szp=478801
I’m not sure I can convince Saint to whitewash our stained deck, but I sure love the look, don’t you? At any rate, I did want to do something different. In my pile of leftover junk stash of materials, I had some ridiculous drawers left over from a desk that was “thrown in” when I bought some end tables. Kind of like at an auction when you have to take an entire box of junk when all you wanted was one door handle. We kindled the fire with most of the parts of the desk, but I’ve seen so many uses for odd drawers on Pinterest (and these were definitely odd drawers) that I hoarded hid them away for a later use. I didn’t even bother with a before picture of the wobbly old desk.

So, this week, when my partner in crime, aka soon to be granddaughter, Elle, came over, we first worked on a project for her new room. After the wedding, Kris, Shannon, and the girls will be moving into their new house in the country. Elle said she wanted a giraffe in her new room because that was her favorite animal. Well, who knew that a giraffe is also my favorite wild animal? We didn’t go out and buy a giraffe, but we did work on these cute little canvas frames to which we paper mached (Is there really a past tense form of that word?) giraffe print scrapbook paper to the canvas, let it dry, and hot glued the letters to her name. Simple, but very cute, right? Not as cute as Elle, of course, but we think it will be perfect for the wall above her bed.DSC00212

Next, she helped me with some painted terra cotta pots. We painted chalkboard labels on so I could fill them with herbs and use them in the vignette I was planning with those old drawers. DSC00217
I didn’t get this on film, but Elle painted her pots without getting a drop of paint anywhere except on the pot. I, on the other hand, as usual, yes, the other hand, and the other hand…covered.
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After Elle and I went to a little tea room for lunch, and she had to go home, I worked on the display. Using a color similar to that of the pots, I dry brushed paint across the fronts of the drawers, hardware and all. I filled the drawers with potting soil and began to add plants. I stacked them, first this way and then that, until I had the look I wanted. Next, I added a darling wire cage my daughter brought me for Mother’s Day. To it, I added some crinkled ribbon and a fabric rose and placed the spicy globe basil plant inside.
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This lovely plant that our son gave me for Mother’s Day, along with a cherished plaque given to us by a friend from church fill up the table by the settee.
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And I hung up two old lanterns Saint got at a local farm auction. I can’t decide if I want to keep them here or take them in the camping trailer.
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Yes, it’s a far cry from the loveliness of the porch from Heart and Home, but it’s a nice change of scenery for summer, and I repurposed the old drawers. Sometimes junk can be joyful.