A light post full of love – how to add unique and personal elements to your yard and home

We all have them.  Little momentos in drawers, jewelry boxes, shelves.  For us they were sitting collecting dust and rarely looked at, shoved out of the way and not part of our daily visual.

When we moved into our house there was still a post from an old deck that had been torn down.  For the first year here we hung bird feeders from it, but once our waterfall pond was finished we knew that post had more of a story to tell.

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Here is how we created this lamp post full of personal momentos and whimsy.

  1. We created a post wrap that was 4 – 2″x6″ treated boards.  Screwed together to leave a 4″x4″ opening inside.  This also allowed me to lay the post down in our living room and work on a side at a time.
  2. We collected mosaic tiles, glass beads, fish bowl rocks, moments, broken necklaces, souvineer spoons, rocks, and all sorts of things that could withstand the outdoors.  If you are wanting to use a mirror here is how to easily break a mirror without making a huge mess.  Find a hard surface and put a layer of newspaper down.  Then the mirror then more newspaper.  Then use a hammer and starting gently tap the mirror. You can also place something small under the mirror like a pebble or coin before you hammer it.  Lift up the top layers of newspaper to check on the mirror and continue this to create as small of pieces as you prefer.  Then you can lift the larger pieces off as needed or put them in a container and gently lift the bottom layer of newspaper fold to contain all glass fragment then pour into garbage.
  3. We bought Liquid Nails for interior or exterior use.

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4. Working in less than an 8 inch spaces at a time, squeeze the liquide nails onto the wood, thinner if it’s for a flat mosaic, thicker if you’ll be sticking on heavier or odd shaped items. Use a flat sides tool to spread the glue.

5. You can work in patterns, or shapes, secret things like initials or messages.  We put our address on one side, another side had a favorite necklace of mine that had broken, a pendant of my mom’s, my grandmothers necklace, a collector spoon I got at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, rocks from people and places.  It was full of an unfolding and telling of our journey; past and future.

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5. Once a side was filled up and dried, there were places where I went in and filled in gaps, between items, essentially grouting with liquid nails.  If this was a flat mosaic with uniformed thickness then I would have filled with grout.  To do that; you’d attach pieces, wait to dry then scoop group onto top and use flat edget to smooth into cracks and openings.  IMPORTANT: use a damp cloth and wipe down surface will grout is still moist.  This will clean off the surface of your glass, mirror or tile pieces.  It may take a few times of wiping gently and rinsing the rag and doing it again.  Otherwise you’ll be left with a layer of grout over the top of your piece that’ll be incredibly difficult to remove later.   Once the piece is dry you’ll go back over it again with a damp rag to remove the dusty residue coating the piece.  You’ll then want to find a high quality grout sealer to protect your grout from absorbing rain, dirt, pollen, or other things.

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Before and After of the pond area and post.

 

6. Once our post was complete we slipped the wrapped post over our 4″x4″ post, topped it with a

board and attached a large solar lantern.

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7. Use this technique for other fun things too; furniture like side tables, dressers, bird baths, gazing balls and more.   Here are a few examples that I have made or others have made:

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This gazing ball was a very special gift given to me.  After my mother passed away my mother in law had gotten my mom’s bowling ball and bag.  Without telling me she secretely used my mom’s china pieces, the tag from her bag and more and glued them all to my mom’s bowling ball.  To this day, it’s one of my favorite things. So much thought from my mother in law and a piece of my mom not stored in a bag in our garage but our in our yard glowing everyday in the sunlight.  Adding joy to our days.

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Hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use things laying around your house to make some fun meaningful goodies.

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Thrifty Thursday – pallet side table

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Fun side table – from pallets

My hubby is lucky enough to get these great fee pallets every once and awhile from work, we love making fun projects from them.  I was using two tv trays in front of a window to hold our plants, it was time to make something more permanent.  We found some table legs that had been in our garage for years, we never knew what to do with them.  I drew up some plans and had my hubbs help me make this.

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Bruce assembling the top and bracing onto the legs.

Aspen helping out too:

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All finished!  Here it is before I paint it:

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I love the painting part, lots of water mixed with paint to “age” the wood.  Then fun pops of reds, teals, greens, browns, whites.  Partially just colors I enjoy and partially to match our decor.   The legs were a blackish/green when we pulled them out of the wood pile. Originally I planned on painting the whole table white but once it was together I loved the contrast.  I instead added some touches of color to the legs, a bit of copper, browns, and reds. I love the final result:

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This setup means so much to me.  The legs came from my dad years ago.  Aspen helped me paint the flower pots.  The plants are from my ex-father-in-laws funeral. The metal cage used to be my moms along with the lamp on the bottom shelf.  Skylar painted the frame on the bottom left and it has her picture in it.  The silhoette on the bottom is of my mom, the painting behind it is one by Aspen.  And the cardinals on the top shelf were a gift from me to Bruce, they are two cardinals snuggled up together.   Whew, a table build by me and my love and full of meaningful things from people around me present and past.  Love love love.

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New Product – Dripping Gold Prints

I love when I’m able to offer a great deal on a print that people have loved.   I have a BOGO deal going on right now over on my Etsy site.  You can buy one 5″x7″ print of Dripping Gold and get one free to give away!

 

This print has been a huge hit with entrepreneurs and anyone who has a sales team or runs a network marketing style home business.  I’ve had people give these to other business owners as a bit of inspiration or to their downline team.   Great to hang by a desk or mat and frame for a bolder statement.  Click the photo or go here to see this great offer.

 

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Unique cards from the Bride & Groom

Planning a wedding… I loved it.  I’ve done it twice and cannot wait to help Skylar plan hers (many years from now).

As a Bride there was never a card that fit exactly what I wanted to say. So I created them.

Finally a card saying thank you to my future in-laws:

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And a card for my own parents:

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And the same idea but from the groom:

For the groom’s parents: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182990061/

For the bride’s parents: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165318678/

 

Earlier this week I also introduced Thank you cards for the wedding party. these are unisex cards so they will work for bridesmaids or groomsmen.

You can also order in groups of five cards.

 

Love them all?  You can order as a set. Just click the photo.

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Weddings bring out the best in us. Use that time to be real, authentic and say what you are feeling.  Finding a good man or woman that you want to spend the rest of your life with is magical and beautiful. Celebrate it and give thanks to all of those around you that helps make you both who you are.

VolleyBall and Football original Artwork September special

 

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Hello Volleyball and Football fans!  Do you have a child or grandchild who plays either of these sports? Great gift or use to decorate an office or family room.

Here are the details:

Sale is for 3 weeks. Due to the success of this years earlier art sales I’ve limited this art sale to only 20 of each sport. The special starts today Sept 13th and will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, Sept 29 or when the 20 originals are sold.  I am able to offer these super low prices because I will wait until the end of the 2 weeks and I will complete all paintings at the same time. This saves me tons of time on setup, cleanup, etc and I’m able to pass along those time savings to you in dollar savings.  All paintings will ship by October 8th.   All paintings are done on wrapped canvas (this means that you don’t see any staples on the sids of the canvas), the sides are painted black so the artwork is ready to hang up or you can frame if you’d like.  All paintings come with hanging hardware attached.  All artwork is signed by me, the artist.

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If you choose to add a name or # it will be done in the following style (unless requested otherwise):

For Volleyball artwork the name or number will be in the bottom left corner and be in this style:

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Football will have # in bottom Right Corner in this style font:

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Pass along to those you know that love these sports.  These also make a great and affordable coaches gift. Order now and have the team all pitch in, then have it ready to give at the end of the season.

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story behind the art: Ridiculous but fun.

So I decided to start playing around today with a painting I did a few years ago. I have had a love affair with the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice for almost a decade.  Love it.

Mix that with my favorite holiday of Christmas and I had to have some fun today.

 

 

Pride and Prejudice fun gift idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the holiday Greeting Card of this print here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/112973677/mr-darcy-from-pride-and-prejudice