Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Planting

Well, we're rounding out the final days of our crazy Graduation week.... I can't believe that my "baby" graduates this afternoon....**Sniff Sniff**   I also can't believe that I'm up at 4 AM when I have an all night grad party to chaperone tonight!   YIKES!   I guess my head is just spinning with everything going on.
I have a wedding that I'm trying to prepare for, Graduation, Grad Night party... etc etc...

Last weekend was our big graduation party for Chase.  We had a FANTABULOUS party!  And of course.... the camera was dead for part of the time... and by the time I got it charged again the pretty food table was a mess.!!  LOL   So no fun pictures of that... but here is a fun project that I worked on earlier that week.  

I've seen this project several times out there in blog land... I fell in love with it! and knew I had to make one for my front porch area.  I still need to decorate it, but I can't decide what I want to put on it.. "Welcome", "Kinion's"  (our last name)... ????  House numbers don't really seem necessary since we live in the country and no one would see it... I'll have to think about it.    But..... I  Love~ Love~ Love how it turned out!  

So, I had every intention of taking all the "before and after" pictures... but I got a little ahead of myself and started working before I remembered to take the pics~
So here's the gist:  
I started with 3 terra cotta pots... in this case 12, 10, and 8 inches, but of course you could use whatever sizes you want.  The "missing" pictures are that I started by covering the all the pots, inside and out, with Modge Podge and let them dry thoroughly overnight.   Next I spray painted the pots with Krylon paint.. took about 4 coats.. pretty pretty!** Make sure you get inside the rim so it looks finished after you add the soil**
After the paint was completely dry I added another coat of Modge Podge to the outside: 
And... but of course.... after it was all dry I couldn't wait to plant it... so I forgot to take pictures until I was elbow deep in potting soil!  LOL... but here's what I did: 
I used some smaller terra cotta pots that I had stashed behind the garage and inverted them inside the large and medium pots so that I could "Stack" them.  I stuck a dowel down through the holes in the pots to secure them.... I was going to use blocks of wood for my "stackers" ... but that required that I drill holes in the blocks and I was too lazy :)
I then planted them with Bacopa on the bottom,  Alyssum in the middle and  topped it off with two Geraniums and some tall grass:  Thriller, filler, spiller is the recipe for planting dish gardens.  :)

 So here's our finished project again :) .   When I figure out what to put on it... I'll share another picture! 

apparently there is a difference in the "Matt" and "Glossy" finishes??? I used the "Matt" finish and it turned white when I sprayed the finished planter with water to clean it off!  It didn't run or take the finish off, but it still turned white like wet glue again.   I'll have to go back when I have time and spray it with Krylon clear acrylic finish.

And just for fun... because SPRING has finally arrived here in Oregon.. even though it's really only a week away from SUMMER!  Here is a picture of how "Spring" looks at our house... everything still that gorgeous shade of green... Golden Chain tree in full bloom... :)  Makes me happy!

I'm hoping that since things are winding down with Graduation and sports, I'll be able to post more regularly now.  
I do have 2 cute projects that I made for the Grad Nite gifts that I'll post in the next day or two :)
See you then!
Thanks again for visiting!



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