Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

Hi Friends~
Happy Easter!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday
many blessings be yours.
Welcome to all new followers.
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
Wishing you Southern DayDreams!
Celestina Marie

Monday, April 14, 2014

Creating a Boxwood Outdoor Wreath

With the warmer weather,
I've made a major project of my garden.
Over late winter, we had to replace our fence
and with a pool, this is a big ordeal.
So with the replacement came a lot of
garden redesign too.
That part is nearly complete and now the fun begins
 decorating the garden.
As you may know,
my outdoor space is just another spot to  decorate for me.
An outdoor room under the sky.
So I had an idea for an outdoor boxwood wreath.
After seeing them priced on line for
90 plus dollars,
I created my own.
Here are the steps.
Starting with a wire frame from any craft shop.
And, 5 stems of boxwood~

Bending the boxwood to form the frame.

Applying the curves, laying one over the other to cover the stem.

Wiring in place as you go.

Next, I created a beachy shell nest
for the bottom.

Now it looks like this
and ready to place in my garden

But first, I added the wreath to a vintage window
for the background.

Next, I went through my stash and found a wire shelf
with hooks that I could use for a window box of sorts.
So after hanging the window to the side of my backyard side entry,
I added the window box.
With a few faux plants and a little frog friend,
it starts to shape up for a welcome outside wall display.

Here's a view from the back towards the side yard.
The spot where I've been spending a lot of time in  the garden.
See the new fence?
In another month the fence will be stained in a pretty oak color.
I think that will showcase the plantings nicely.
I'll be back to share more of the side yard next time.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week and see you soon.
Thank you to all new followers.
So nice to meet you!
Wishing you Southern DayDreams
Celestina Marie
just wanted to drop in again to
let you know, like many of you, blogger is
giving me many challenging moments.
Your comments are not going to my inbox, and I am
not receiving follow by email properly either.
Also my comments are now no-reply and I did
not change any settings.
Hope the glitches get fixed soon, but if you don't
see me, you know why and I will catch up with you
as quickly as I can.
Happy Monday.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Designing a Stenciled French Rug

Hi Friends,
Creating a French style rug is easy and quick.
Using a stencil of your choice,
textile paint or fabric medium, stencil brush and blue painters tape
you can create a one of a kind rug just for your d├ęcor.
Here I gathered a couple small throw rugs
with a small nap and basically a flat style.

Next I choose my stencils to design each rug.
Placing the stencil in a pleasing position
I taped in place with blue painters tape to keep it from slipping while stenciling.
For the paints,
I like to use either FolkArt's Textile Paint
or mix
Fabric Medium in equal parts with basic acrylic paint.
I used black for this project, but the sky is the limit with your colors.
Once the paint is mixed,
I began to stencil using my favorite brush.
I also like to start in the middle of the stencil and work out
 top to bottom.

This brush is an old friend and I have used it for years to stencil.
Worn and comfy, but so easy to use.
The rounded handle is very comfortable
and keeps your hand from getting tired.

Here is the finished rug.
Once dry, you can walk on it
and vacuum right over the stenciled design.
To help it dry faster for handling, I use a hair dryer
to help it along.

Using Textile medium keeps the surface soft
and helps from fading when washing.
However, a little fading does add shabby charm.
The next rug turned out like this~

So there you have it.
A French style rug
you could never buy in the stores,
 but just as close
as your favorite stencil.
So easy to do and fun!!

See you next time.
Wishing you
Southern DayDreams,
Celestina Marie

Monday, April 7, 2014

Creating a Distressed Outdoor Flower Bucket Label

Hi Friends,
Recently I showed you this awesome plant stand I found junkin.
Loved this white iron stand and it holds an old vintage bucket perfectly.
For the vintage bucket, I painted it white and filled it with dirt and pretty spring flowers.
Looks pretty but I wanted to add
a label like it was from a garden shop.
So I searched my stash of word art from etsy
and printed Flower Market on card stock.
I repeated it twice to save on paper and to use the second print
another time on something else.
Next  I cut the size I wanted for the bucket
to form a label on the front of the bucket.

Now I wanted it to look
like an old label with distress and wear. 
 I used distress inks
in walnut and aqua which looks slightly green mixed with the walnut.
The perfect age combo.
I like to use these little sponges with handles to apply the
inks. They run along the edge nicely and keeps the ink right
where you want it for aging.
After the inks are dry to the touch.
I painted over the label using
outdoor modpodge.
If you do this, make sure you let the label dry
on something that it will not stick to after you applied the glue layer.

It will look like this, but dries clear, flat and outdoor tolerant.

Once completely dry, I added it to the bucket
by again just gluing it in place with the outdoor modpodge.
Ready to take any weather and stay in place.

Pretty on the patio.
This old bucket has been with me for years
and up close it has dents and bumps,
distress and charm.

Perfect fit for the stand I found junkin.
My April Etsy Shoppe Newsletter is ready and went out April 4th
and this month I share the start of my spring home tour and the last days of my
20% off sale.
Blogger is glitching and I do not think the follow by emails went out for the letter.
Always something right??
You can visit the newsletter by clicking on the link right under my blog header.
Have a great day.
Wishing you Southern DayDreams.
Celestina Marie