Monday, June 18, 2012

Side Project

This lone chair, which is believed to have belonged to my great grandparents, has been waiting patiently for its turn to be turned from something drab into something more aesthetically pleasing.

This weekend, armed with sandpaper, primer and paint that is exactly what I set out to accomplish.

The base coat of primer in itself made for a drastic improvement.

Normally, I use Rust-Oleum primer which is my go-to primer. However, on this piece I used Valspar and was disappointed with its (lack of) coverage.

Here is the finished piece. Funny how a little paint can completely transform a piece. 

 (Color is Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze.)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sprucing Up The Ordinary

Above is a shot of our otherwise ordinary, but whimsied up storage building. This building is an extension of our home, and like our home we decorate it in accordant with the seasons/holiday's. Nestled in the trees away from view, it's black and white exterior was anything but cheerful, a problem quickly remedied with some pops of color.

We took down the previous "door ornaments", and after a fruitless craft store search, found these metal butterflies at Family Dollar. Not only were they cheap, they matched the color scheme perfectly! 

Since this building is in the shade, I planted shade-loving (purple) impatiens in the flower boxes/baskets. We found these unfinished mini-birdhouses in the dollar bin at Michael's. I painted them using shades of blue and white to coordinate with the butterflies on the door. I attached them to dowels using hot glue and stuck one in each basket.

This last piece is based on this tutorial. At first I wanted a windchime for this space, but never found one I couldn't pass up. When I saw the tutorial for this mobile I couldn't wait to make one! It was a quick, and inexpensive project that adds just the right touch.

Do you add special touches to the various sheds/buildings on your property?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nature's Whimsy's

Disclaimer: If bugs/insects make you squirm, you may want to skip over this post.

My initial thought when I first noticed this beetle was, "That is the freakiest thing I've ever seen."

Second thought, "I better run and get my camera!" 

After a quick internet search I found this beetle to be a Female Broad Necked Root Borer.

Here's a little more info:

The stinger is actually the ovipositor of the female and she uses her ovipositor to deposit eggs.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs are inserted into ground (or under litter) in groups. Larvae tunnel downward to feed on living roots of a variety of trees and shrubs. At first they may feed on bark, but then proceed to hollow out small roots.

Initially, I was a little hesitant to post these pictures. Then I reminded myself that is what this blog is, a journal of sorts on all the unusual and whimsical things I come across in my everyday life.

(Also, after seeing this girl  in her beetle attire, how could I not post the real-life inspiration?)