When I started this blog, I figured just a hand full of friends and a couple of family members would read it. I never imagined all the blogging buddies I would make. I didn't know about "followers" and wouldn't have dreamed that I would be on my way to having 300 of them! If just one person a day checked out my blog, I was thrilled! So, needless to say, I am in shock and so excited that I am about to hit 200,000 page views!!!
To celebrate this milestone, I want to give one of my readers one of my vintage rings that I have available in my ETSYshop, Flypaint.
I make the rings from vintage earrings...or earbobs as my mother called them.
There are 3 ways to Enter...
1. Go Here to visit my ETSY shop and come back and leave a comment telling me which ring is your favorite.
2. Leave a separate comment to let me know if you are a Follower of my blog.
3. Leave a comment to let me know if you "LIKE" ArtsyVaVa on Facebook.
Today I am sharing a cute project I did for my front porch.
I bought an old window frame for $5. I have lots of old windows in my garage that were given to me for free, but I liked this one because the glass was missing. I also liked the fact that there were no horizontal slats, only one vertical.
I had this metal flower bucket that I haven't used in years...
It was perfect for this project except for the fact that it says, "Summer Garden." That would be fine for summer, but I want to use it year round. So, I cut a strip of burlap large enough to cover the letters and glued it onto the bucket with E6000...
Then, I made a banner with the rest of the burlap. I stamped the word, "Welcome" on the banner...
I attached the triangles of burlap to a hemp cordusing E6000...
I put heavy things on the burlap to make sure it stayed attached to the cord...
Once my glue was dry on the bucket and the banner, I attached them to the window frame. I put floral foam in the bucket and added some sticks I got out of my yard...
I love how this turned out. It's a great way to welcome my guests. Now, if I can just get them to use the front door!
Senoia, Georgia is a cute little town just a few minutes South of my house. Last year the town was host to the Southern Living Idea House. Southern Living is back in Senoia now redoing an older home to be an idea house that will be open to the public this summer. I have never heard of SL doing 2 Idea Houses in one town, but Senoia is so charming that I'm not surprised!
There are so many cute shops is Senoia, but my favorite is Cydney's Alley.Liz, the owner of Cydney's Alley, and I have very similar tastes and I have enjoyed getting to know her over the last couple of years. Recently, Liz asked me to do some work on this headboard...
Her plans were to not use it as a headboard, but as a piece of art hanging above a sofa in her bedroom. It truly is a piece of art. The details are nice and the painting at the top is lovely.
Here are the instructions Liz gave mefor the headboard:
Leave the painting in tact.
Paint the rest light gray.
Add dark gray on the scroll parts.
Beat the heck out of it to make sure it still looks old. Expose some of the white and the green that was underneath the white.
Add the phrase, "Let it be" in French.
I was so excited about this projectthat I finished it the same night that I brought it home!
Here she is...
I painted 2 coats of the light gray. While the second coat was still a little wet, I scraped it in some places with an old credit card to expose some of the white.
I painted the scroll pieces with a dark gray. I added touches of turquoiseto the dark grayto tie inthe accent color in her room.
Once dry, I got out my mouse sander and went to town!
Once I had it sanded the way I liked it, I came back and added the phrase, "Let it be" in French... "Laissez Lui Soyez." I measured and used chalk lines to make suremy lettering was even. I used the same dark gray that I used on the scroll parts to paint the letters with touches of the turquoise. Once the letters were dry, I sanded over them.
I love how the headboard turned out! The hardest part was giving it back. I wanted to tell Liz that it had been destroyed in a fire so I could keep it! But, I'm a horrible liar!