I admit it. I look at the stuff people put out on their footpaths after they have booked a "hard refuse" collection by their council. Subtly of course. Most of it is stuff that needs to be thrown away after years of service. It also reminds me that I should be chucking some stuff out too. But I'm a bit of a closet hoarder and secretly hate to part with things.
Me being crafty...... makes my brain look at rubbish with a view of giving it "potential".... improving, restoring and giving the item the ability to shine on in another life. Don't show me old wooden furniture. I'll be ordering my long suffering husband to lug it home for me under the cover of darkness in the evening.
That's what happened to this garden bench. It was painted up in the "folk art" style with ivy leaves along the backrest and a huge rose on the seat..... all flaking and peeling and the bench wobbly and unsafe. Again, stupidly I had not taken a photograph so you can't actually see the state it was in. Duh I'm silly sometimes!
So I can only show you an "after picture". After lots of sanding (me)..... and structural repair and reinforcement (thanks hubby).... and three coats of outdoor furniture stain and varnish (me), here is the finished piece:
Not shabby now.
And the seat even has storage under its hinged lid!
I have to admit....that during the sanding process I am cursing myself for my vision of the end product ..... it is hard work and easy to become unmotivated at that stage. But I'm glad I finished it - and I wonder what the people who threw out this bit of rubbish would think of it now!! Lol!
I recently offered to make a mosaic house number for my husband's daughter who demolished and then built a brand now house on the same plot. Unfortunately her house number is "8" on the street and curvy numbers are a bugger to mosaic...... and "8"s are *** ALL CURVES!!***
Anyway, I had already offered so it had to be. The step daughter wanted something very plain..... so here it is:
Dainty and Plain.
Thank goodness I found these wonderful "jelly bean" shaped glass beads...... my solution to "curvy" problems!
Husband hung it up on the house.
And it looks good. Many people have complimented the home owner on it :-)
Then my sister had a birthday...... and guess what - I decided to mosaic a house number for her.
You wouldn't read about it......
Her house is NUMBER 8 too!!!! Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!
I thought browns and greens would compliment the browns of her house.
I think it compliments the lovely brick pattern really nicely.
She was delighted. I would be too.
Now - NO MORE "8"'s PLEASE!!!!