Last week I decided that my rain barrels needed to be repainted. Using spray paint from Krylon called Fusion, it's made specifically for plastics and isn't supposed to chip or peel.
This is the way I painted each of them last year.
I did different abstract leaf designs with silk flower stems as stencils....
they were fun but were kinda wild.
This year I decided to use the same stencil that I used on my watering cans. So I first sprayed them all white, and then I taped the stencil into place and did them section by section around each barrel. One barrel sits near the back door rain gutter downspout from the house and the other sits at the back corner of the garage at that downspout. I love using rainwater to do my flowers and tomatoes. Our city water has chlorine and other chemicals that I don't want on my plants. They do much better with rainwater.
They kinda match up with the vintage old light fixture shade. Steve's co-worker Linda gave to us from her old family homestead. We put this out as our back porch light and has a similar pattern to what I painted on the barrels.
I did another "paint project" too... I found this cool knick knack shelf at the thrift store for a buck... and then it was 50% off day on top of it! So for a whole 50 cents, who can go wrong with that? I loved the style, but it was made from some kind of multi-plied wood in a light blonde 1950's color. It had a layer of varnish or finish on it so the best thing I could think of was to change it. I used a can of hammered spray paint in a deep brown color and it came out pretty nice!
I hung it up in our guest room and put on a precious hummingbird musical globe I had been given by Steve's mom Maryann and then my little white hen from my Grandma Kafehl. I think the shelf looks nice there. Oh, that is my new quilt I finished while on vacation in Florida.
They are messy plants while in the house and shed off leaves, and shoot up spikes of little purple flowers that the tiny petals fall off and dry up too. I have my insurance gal/house sitter Sarah take care of them while we are on vacation, and her green thumb keeps them going until we get back.
Today I decided to move them out of the guest room and bring them downstairs to the front porch. This way I can set them out during the day on the front porch steps to "harden" for the eventual planting into the outdoor flower beds. But with the cold nights yet we are having here in Wisconsin, it sometimes gets down below 32 degrees! We can not yet trust the spring time temps around here to leave them out full time yet.
The dogs "helped" me carry each pot down the stairs to the porch, following me up and down and up and down. As I set each one into the porch, the plants had to be snipped back of the long stragglers. I put the snippings in the water vases on the left, and within a week they will be rooted and ready to plant again too. I share them with family and friends each year to "spread the love"---- Thanks Connie!
Yup, I will finish this blog post up with doggie shots... they have been so good together and having Finnegan has completed the household again after losing Ducky last summer. He will never "replace" her, but he has found a warm cozy spot in our hearts. Boy oh boy he is growing up fast. He is 9 months old now and almost as big as Duke!
Saturday we are going to an event called "Bark in the Park" in Appleton at the Timber Rattlers Baseball Game. The public is invited to bring their dogs to a baseball game! The Wisconsin Shetland Sheepdog Rescue Group is going to be there in full force with about 40 folks and their dogs. We are going to meet up early to "tailgate" and then take our dogs into the stadium for the game at 1pm. Our daughter Heather and her husband Jesse, along with our grandson Jameson are bringing their dog too! Radar is a Welsh Pembroke Corgi... we will just say he is a "short-legged-sheltie" HAHA
Since our kids all moved on to lives and families of their own, our sweet doggers are pretty important to us. We try to take them out for walks each evening, the first lap around the block for Duke, then we drop him off to rest. We take Finney for 1-2 miles to wear him out and enjoy seeing our little town of Chilton. We have been reading and researching information about various historic houses and buildings --- seeing how Chilton evolved since the mid 1800's to now.... but we like OUR house the best! So do the doggers!
Off now for a walk to the post office to ship out a few packages. I sure enjoy having a post office only 2-3 blocks away from my house. The temps are finally up over 60, though we are due for a storm later this afternoon.