18 October 2012
I did it! We braved the corn maze last Friday, and picked up a few small pumpkins at the same time. I started the transformation by applying a base coat with some spraypaint I already had in the house. It wasn’t the perfect color (a silvery gold, not the rich metallic I was going for), but it worked to tone down the orange!
I let them dry overnight, then painted on a rough coat of liquid gilding I picked up at Michael’s (with a 50% off coupon, it was about $3.50). The gilding was extremely forgiving — it kind of melded into a smooth coat all on its own, and only one coat was needed. The only bad thing about it was that it needed to be cleaned up with turpentine, which, if you haven’t used that stuff in a while, let me remind you — it stinks HORRIBLY. So much so, that I’d recommend one of the following two courses of action to myself if I were to repeat this project:
1) Buy the correct color of gold spray paint and forgo the gilding all together.
2) Use a paintbrush that you don’t mind throwing away at the end of the project.
In the end, though, the outcome was so cute for so little effort and expense! Highly recommended.
12 July 2012
Don’t you just love when something lives up to your expectations? I’d been eying a store – On Board Fabrics – for years, every time we drove past it on our way to and from our cottage in Maine. It’s housed in an old barn, and it looked so cute from the outside! This past week we finally stopped, and I’m so happy we did.
I was tempted by many different patterns, but I walked out with just a yard and a half of the adorable oilcloth above. Isn’t it awesome?? Now to decide what to do with it. I’m thinking placemats or perhaps an outdoor tablecloth, but am open to your suggestions. I’ve also done a little project scouting, in case any of y’all have some oilcloth on your hands!
Oilcloth lunch bags from Martha Stewart | oilcloth placemats from Martha Stewart | oilcloth placemats with bias tape edging from Wren Handmade | oilcloth origami picnic basket from Martha Stewart | oilcloth tablecloth from Better Homes & Gardens
6 April 2012
Speaking of future sisters in law, Marget and I hit up my local flea market during her visit to NC last weekend. It was a pretty meager day, but I did come home with one thing – this pair of vintage pin frogs, for $8 total.
Pin frogs, or floral frogs, are meant to be used in the bottom of vases to hold flower stems in place while arranging.
Clockwise from top left: Erin Hearts Court via 100 Layer Cake, A Bryan Photo, and Chad Wadsworth via Camille Styles
We might use them at the wedding, to hold some sort of signage, but right now I’m enjoying using them for a few favorite photographs. The teeth are perfect for holding them upright!
Yes, that is a bonafide senior prom photo :)
Have a wonderful Easter weekend, friends!