Pink Planter Revamp

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Planter in progress

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Finished planter

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Close up of planter

Hi folks,

I’m in love with fluoro pink at the moment. I’ve had this project in the pipeline for a while and finally got it done yesterday. Of course I was so excited to get it started I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo. I got this planter from hard rubbish from my neighbour. It was rusty and broken but I love these 1950’s style planters and thought I could revamp it. I’ve done a couple of others previously and painted them either white or black but went for the full colour version this time.

How to revamp a planter:

1. First you need to remove as much of the rust or old paint as possible. I did this using a wire brush you can get from the hardware shop. You can also use a dremmel tool if you have one, with a sanding attachment. I reckon this is the best way actually.
2. Once you have removed all the flaky old paint and rust the best idea is to coat it with a rust inhibiter. This will stop the piece from further rust. You can buy liquid ones you paint on, but for this piece I used a white spray undercoat with rust inhibiter in it. It’s easier. When using spray paint wear a mask so you don’t inhale the fumes. You also need to set up something to stop the over spray from covering everything in the vicinity. I used an old large cardboard box we had a fridge delivered in. See the first photo above.
3. Once you’ve done the undercoat start with you selected colour. It’s better to do a number of light or thin coats than one thick/heavy coat. Too much paint at once and your piece will start to drip. Make sure you do both sides and all angles waiting in between coats. I turned this piece upside down too, to make sure I covered all the bits.
4. Once you’ve covered all angles and left it to dry, set it up in your favourite spot in the garden for all to admire and cover it plants.

YAY!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

How to make a funky miniature garden and cure depression

Ilianthe Kalloniatis
My good friend and fellow blogger Ilianthe Kalloniatis

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Some ingredients needed for this project

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Pot painting in progress

Recipe to Cure depression:

Ingredients:
one good friend who is a fellow crafter (see above)
numerous cups of tea
some cute little teracotta pots
some paint and modge podge
bad t.v shows on home improvement
one beautiful long afternoon.

Method:

1. Go to your friends house, drink a cup of tea. Do some outdoor gardening in the overgrown front yard, prune some plants, have another cup of tea. Talk lots.
2. Go to a local cafe and have lunch. Talk some more.
3. Drive to the local secret plant pot shop.
4. Interact with the very lazy shop guy who gives you are really good bargain.
5. Go back to your friends place and have another cup of tea.
6. Put on the T.V. to a home decorating show, craft show or gardening show.
7. Break out the modge podge and coat the inside of the pots. You can also use watered down PVA or wood glue. This stops the pot from being so porous and it will hold water better.
8. Mix up some funky colours. Talk some more with your friend.
9. Undercoat in white acrylic or gesso first for brighter colours.
10. Go crazy painting patterns, designs and colours on your pots. Leave to dry.
11. Spray with outdoor varnish.

Voila!! depression overcome and you have some cute pots ready for planting. I’ll post how to plant up the pots in the next post. Thanks to Illy ( http://yarn-bombing.com/)and to my friend Branwen for the inspiration for the layout for this post)

Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Crafty Crochet Goodness

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Hello crafters,

I’ve been working on yarn bombing jars and glass objects with crochet..as you do!! I found these Fowler’s Jars in an Op Shop recently and decided they were a great shape to yarnbomb. Fowler’s jars are the Aussie version of Mason Jars. Traditionally, they are used to preserve fruit. They usually come with a metal lids and spring clasp to hold it on and seal the preserves in. These ones I found didn’t have the clasps and there were only a few lids. Of course, not many people do their own preserves these days so the bits and pieces used for this are getting lost or thrown away.

I decided to buy a few to test out how they would look yarnbombed and I love them. These are size 31 jars and they are quite large. I made these with the intention of selling them at markets. They look great with a candle inside as the light shines through the crochet and make different shadows depending on the stitches used. You could of course just use them to store your stuff in! My dilemma is this: At the last market a woman picked one up and said “what are these?? Just jars covered with crochet??” Well, er, yeah they are if you want to look at them that way. I was wondering if I should actually make soy candles (which I have done before) in the jars so rather than being ‘multi-purpose’ they have one distinct purpose ie: THIS IS A PRETTY CANDLE for those who are lacking crafty imagination like the rest of us?? What do you think?

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Street Art

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Hi folks,
I’ve just got back from a little sojourn to Melbourne and whilst the weather was horrible and rainy there is always so much art to see EVERYWHERE!! My sister and I spent some time wandering down High Street in Northcote and other funky streets with gorgeous shops full of handmade and bespoke fashion and art.

I loved this work just on a little wall in between a couple of shops. Small CD’s with mixed media stuck directly on the wall. The title of the work is Handmade Opportunities by Cassandra King.

Enjoy.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Creating Creativity

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Odin in my duckling costume

Hello friends.
This picture above is of my nephew Odin (aged 4). My sister sent me this photo after I parted with a number of costumes from my childhood ballet days. The one he is wearing is a duckling costume my Mum made for me when I was four and I’ve been hanging on to it for years. There are some great black and white photos of me in it that my dad took when he was at art school which I may find as I sift through all the stuff I’ve got whilst moving house…yes I’m still moving house!
I just thought it was wonderful how letting go of things that have been hanging around for ages that hold sentimental attachment can go on and have a new life.
I’d much rather Odin run around the backyard in my costume pretending to be a duckling and using his creativity and imagination than have it hanging around in a cupboard at my place where nobody uses or sees it. It just goes to show you how letting go of objects can inspire creativity. By the way, my sister is a dance artist and my nephew has a whole wardrobe of amazing costumes from my and her ballet school days. If that kid doesn’t end up as an actor, dancer or artist I’ll be very surprised!!.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Colour me happy

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Hi folks,
I’m counting down the days until my trip to Greece and Turkey. I’m leaving in a couple of days and have found the benefits of colouring mandalas is very relaxing. After some recent deaths in the family things have been quite stressful. So mandala colouring along with the odd glass of Bailey’s Irish cream and counting down til my holiday has kept me going.
I found this book in the thrift shop ages ago for just $5 and it has 286 pages on the history and healing benefits of mandalas from all over the world and most of the pages are pages you can colour or create your own Mandala.
I’ve done numerous exercises with my students on the emotional and healing benefits of colour and I think it applies here. It is a silent, quiet, colour meditation for me which is very relaxing.
Hopefully my next form of relaxation will take place in warm weather next to a beach or pool on a Greek island. I’m taking my sketchbook and of course my camera to share it all with you.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane