Monday, April 13, 2015

Rustic Elegant Nest Baskets with Peat Pots & Chicken Wire

As promised, I finally finished my rustic peat pot creation. 

I kept vacillating about the final touches, but I think I'm satisfied now...:) 

I really do enjoy working with these peat pots, and appreciate the fact that these are sooo much cheaper than paper mache. I do believe I need to stock up on these, to have them at my disposal for Halloween treat baskets and Christmas décor/ornaments!

I think I'll take a break from creating with these, since I've got so many painting projects waiting to be completed, but I can't promised I won't have another design epiphany......

Soooo, Before:


You didn't think I'd get through Spring without incorporating my little chicken wire, did you?

I reinforced the bottom with a chipboard disc, then dry-brushed these in a muted ivory tone & light crème.

I wrapped each one in aged chicken wire, crimping the edges over the top and bottom, so there'd be no sharp points sticking out.

I took some nice malleable 20ga annealed wire, twisted 2 layers together for the handle, then attached the handle through side holes in the pot.

I tied a little frayed piece of linen to the handle side, to give it a soft feathery touch. (I didn't have any feathers handy, so made do with the linen.)

To anchor all the inside elements, I inserted a half sphere of styrofoam till it was snug.

The first thing I inserted were the silver German glass glitter eggs. Aren't they gorgeous? This took a little more effort than just glue and glitter I'm afraid. I found some wonderfully small foam eggs at the Dollar store, but they had bright pastel glitter on them already. Since I'm not satisfied with glitter if it's not glass glitter, I soaked these in soapy water, then rubbed off their glitter. I wrapped a piece of stiff wire with floral wrap, then hot-glued it into the egg. I painted the eggs with metallic silver/champagne craft paint, and once dry, I glued on the German glass glitter. I sealed them with clear varnish to prevent further tarnish. 

Once the eggs were dry, I hot-glued their wire into the styrofoam base, then the twigs, and finally, tucked in the Spanish moss to the desired fullness. 

Although I could've stopped there, I felt the peat pot side looked a little empty. After finally deciding on the obvious word, I wanted to do something unique with it. I cut tiny pieces of aged wood, cutting the ends to mimic old rustic signs, then sanded all the tiny crevices to prevent slivers. I then used my wood-burning tool to write the letters. 

Finally, I attached jewelry wire and chain to each nest sign, and secured the chain into the peat pot styrofoam with a piece of wire. All done! 

I've had the wood-burning tool for years, and just now finally used it. I love how the signs turned out. I may have to incorporate this idea with my Putz house designs....:)

These chicken wire peat pots make great little rustic gifts.....What to do next? Decisions, decisions.......

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TTFN, Maria

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Treasure-Hunting & Kitty-Sitting = Purrrfect

It seems like it's been forever since my last post! I've had a good excuse though.....

Other than blaming it on Instagram, where I spend way more time these days, I spent a week at a client/friend's house, painting and kitty-sitting for them during their Spring break.

Their new fur baby's name is Oliver, and he is just a darling!
He is a VERY rescued kitty and now has the purrrfect forever home!

I had way too much fun taking pics of him, in between painting breaks.
He had a blast playing in my dropcloths! 

This flower one is definitely my favorite. This shot was just waiting for me....:)

I painted a very high-walled stairwell,

and this multi ladder was indispensable.

Especially to little 5'2” me. That, and a very good extension painting pole.
 I have one very artistic thing left to paint on their wall. Details coming later.

I also painted their upstairs hallway, in a tint 50% of Tiffany blue. Now all the white molding really stands out, and the calm blue with white feels like you're walking into a spa.

After returning from that week of fun, I've been catching up
on treasure-hunting and Etsy listing.

Hear are some of my recent finds......

Fabulous old green Universal scale by Landers, Frary & Clark.

A fantastic cigar chest with 4 little drawers.

A set of 4 – 10oz Pyrex individual clear casseroles with lids!

And perhaps the most notable find, is this Ormolu brass Crucifix.

The gothic details are gorgeous. This will be listed on Ebay this weekend.

Today I made an impromtu stop at GW, and look what I found!

A beautiful white Onyx Sheaffer pen holder base with perpetual calendar, and Sheaffer 14kt gold tip White Dot Snorkel fountain pen. Very cool!

Hopefully my next post will be the long overdue peat pot design
loaded with rustic charm.....

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TTFN, Maria

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colorful Spring Baskets from Peat Pots with Crepe Paper, Glitter, & Dresden

Seems that right now my brain is stuck in
seed starter pot mode,
obviously due to the unusually Spring-like weather
here in the PNW. 
Not to mention that Easter is just around the corner!

You've already seen the fun I've had with the little pulp pots from the Dollar store, HereHere. Now, finally, I've finished my original creations using peat pots.

A very great departure from my woodsy,
rustic basket creations, 
here are 3 very glammed up peat pot baskets.......



Oh, the things you can do with crepe paper, Dresden trim, and German glass glitter.

I did so many things to these peat pots, and if it wasn't for the texture of them, you'd never know what they started as.
Before doing anything, I cut the rims off the tops.

Crepe paper double ruffles.
I brushed alcohol ink on the edges of the ruffles
to give them more flowery charm.
One detail not shown: I've since finished the inside
bottom edge of the crepe ruffle with
coordinating seam binding.

Wire handles wrapped in crepe paper, then 3mm tinsel stems wound around them.
I tinted the tinsel stems with alcohol ink
to coordinate with the basket colors.

I painted each peat pot with chalk paint, then added wide stripes of German glass glitter.

The final touch, that really makes a statement, is metallic Dresden trim applied around the top edge
and base of each pot.

Since I haven't found the exact colors I want for Dresden, I hand-tint it with alcohol inks. For the Aqua and Green baskets, I used Seafoam green trim for both, making one more greenish blue and the other more Chartreuse.

This size has room for a 5 oz plastic cup,
so would be darling to display flowers;
a great use after the Easter candy in grass are gone.

I will be listing these in my Etsy shop later today.

Up next.....very rustic peat pot baskets with elegant eggs!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mercantile & Apothecary Shelf Treasures

Now that I'm on Instagram,
I'm using it primarily as Show & Tell
for my treasure-hunting finds,
but 2 of those items this week merit a blog post.

Be-Still-My-Vintage-Heart #1

Fabulous mercantile pricing rubber stamps. 
Each number is 1-1/4" high! 
There are also fractions, $, lb., "for", "each", !, comma & period. 
The only thing missing is a cent sign. 
With these are also letters in the same size,
w/ 7 letters missing. 

Check out these beautiful fonts!

These truly speak to the mercantile proprietress in me.
I'm not ready to let go of these beauties just yet.

Be-Still-My-Vintage-Heart #2

So much potential in this piece.
It stands 35" tall and 19" wide.
The front to back depth is 3".

The top shelf definitely had bottles or narrow jars, as you can see by the dirt. But what were they used for? The clearance between each ledge is much higher 
than your typical spice rack. 

Some 8 oz French Squares would look fabulous 
filled with herbs, as would apothecary bottles.

The cool thing is that the brass ball finials unscrew, so you could easily add ribbon/twine spools to it too! 
Designing & chalk-painting this will be very rewarding. 
 I'll have to wait till after I transform it 
to decide whether or not to sell it....;)

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Forest Fairy Tea Cup from Seed Starter Pots

After creating my Woodland Fairy Baskets from the seed starter pots, 
you should have known I wouldn't stop there. 
Rustic, nature-inspired creations really grab ahold of me, 
and don't let go until I've OD'd on them.

So, as a reminder.....



The Woodland Fairy needs a teacup!

I did everything the same as the basket, with all the same materials. The only difference is where I put the handle.

I may be compelled to make more. They're just too much fun. I think they're getting me warmed up for forest fairy-inspired putz house creations.

This tea cup is now listed in my Etsy shop.

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