Hi everyone! We’ve had lovely weather the past couple of days here in the Northeast. I’ve taken advantage of it by doing some yard work, little by little. I have work in increments because my back tends to go on me if I do too much at one time. You may find it interesting to learn that my sweet husband bought me an electric chain saw at an estate sale recently. Yes, you heard me correctly, and no, it wasn’t for my birthday or Mother’s Day. It was a “just because” gift. I guess it was “just because you do all the yard work in the family,” I’ll buy you something to make it easier–LOL. Last year, we had hired someone to take out three large overgrown shrubs, but they left too much stump. I decided I and my new chain saw could handle that job, and I cut those babies right down to the ground. I am woman hear me roar. I found the whole experience extremely empowering. (Even though I had to have a neighbor help me connect the saw to my outdoor extension cord.) But you didn’t stop by to hear about my shrubbery woes (or my new power tool). I’ve got a simple but really cute vintage craft today.
You can find gardens decorated with dishes and tea cups and other pieces of china all over Pinterest, along with signs that say “Garden” or “Welcome” or “fill-in-the-blank.” I’ve stenciled on platters before, but always for inside the house, never outside.
After reorganizing my ironstone cupboard, I kicked out a few small platters to make room for my beautiful new gravy boat. I decided to try out a new set of letter stencils I recently bought.
I bought these Firefly letter stencils at Tuesday Morning, and I love them. They have re-positional adhesive backs and I’m so happy with the font.
For the “stake” I hot-glued a paint stirrer to the back of the platter.
And why stop at just one? After the paint dried, I sprayed each platter with protective coat of satin polyurethane.
I’ll take one up to my booth and save another for the Shaker Craft Fair in early winter, priced around $12-15.00.
The “vintage” one fits in nicely with my vintage bread boards.
But then, so does “eat.”
I think I’ll keep the garden sign for now since it looks so nice in amongst the forget-me-nots.
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Thanks for the feature, Sharon!
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