Craft Projects, Quick and Easy Crafts

Impromptu wood “frame”

My daughter is a lucky girl. She is so loved by our family and our friends and you can feel it in her nursery. Her walls are adorned with pieces of art that loved ones have made for her. It warms my soul.

flamingo-painting

Our friend Kate just painted a sweet flamingo painting for her, so I made an impromptu frame for it (if you can call it that).

wood

I found a piece of scrap wood in our basement and cut it down to size with a jigsaw. Then, I sanded down the edges.

tacks

After centering the painting on the wood, I tacked it down with, yes, tacks.

drillmarks

Then I drilled two holes for twine so I could hang the frame on the wall. It was a quick and easy way to display her beautiful new piece of art.

flamingoframe

Check out some of Kate’s other beautiful artwork.

 

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Craft Projects, Garden, Quick and Easy Crafts

Flamingo Garden Markers

I shared yesterday that I love flamingos, and earlier in the month that I am in need of some garden markers for the herbs I planted. Well, on Thursday I was perusing the aisles of a dollar store trying to find fun craft things and I stumbled upon these adorable drink stirrers.

I scooped these up quickly with the idea that if I could have lawn flamingos (which I do…), then I could have garden flamingos!

I also grabbed a pack of clothespins from the dollar store, then headed home to create my simple yet fun garden markers.

All you need for this project is a fin drink stirrer, a clothespin and a permanent marker. The dollar store had flamingo stirrers and palm tree stirrers, but I’m sure party stores have larger selections to choose from.

Write your herb name onto your clothespin and clip it to the stirrer.

My flamingo marker is ready for the chives.

For $2, my entire herb garden will have markers!

Once I put these in all my herbs (only the chives have sprouted), I’ll have my own mini flock!

Oh, and if you are wondering why I might have the lawn flamingos I mentioned earlier… after we got back from our wedding the hubby and discovered that we’d been flocked! Our family members had bought 26 or so flamingos and scattered them throughout our back yard. It was hilarious.

Most of those flamingos have made it to other places now, but I kept three for our patio for the fun memories.

These three flamingos watch out over my yard. Bahaha. Too tacky!

Enjoy your weekend!

Life

My knitted flamingo

I have a thing for flamingos. Besides golden retrievers (and dogs in general), they are my favorite animal. Really I just love birds, but flamingos in particular are pretty awesome. A few months ago I pinned the cutest knitted flamingo with the note/caption “Someone make this for meeeee.”

I can’t knit to save my life, so I had no hope of completing this task. I also had no expectation that anyone would actually make me this flamingo.

BUT…

This past weekend my grandparents were down to celebrate my dad’s birthday and Becky (my grandma) hands me a gift bag out of the blue. What do I pull out of the bag!?!?! Well, I’m sure you can guess by now.

MY VERY OWN FLAMINGO! (His name is George.)

IT IS SO STINKING CUTE. She asked her friend to make it for me. Talk about a pro knitter. Do I have the nicest grandma with the nicest, most talented friends or what!?

This friendly flamingo was the perfect pick-me-up, too. The hubby and I had to unexpectedly buy a new dishwasher because our rather new one started smoking each time we used it. Stupid dishwasher. But who can mourn the loss of a dishwasher when this adorable flamingo is near by?!

Nobody, that’s who.

I brought George to work and he sits on my desk.

He also has his very own moustache so he can fit in when my coworkers and I do our French moustache laughs (yes, this happens often).

If you’d like to take a stab at making your very own knitted flamingo,  hop on over to Ravelry.com to download the free pattern.

Happy Friday!