Friday, April 18, 2014

Gold Leaf Mason Jar Planters & Spring Break

This week has been all about plants and gold, so I figured I'd end the week with that theme!



A few weeks ago when I was working on my gold leaf hanging insulator succulent garden (a guest post I did for Tatertots and Jello), I also pulled out some vintage mason jars I had on hand.

I used the same process that I used for the insulators but in case you didn't see that, I will repeat the steps here.

1. I painted the jars with Artisan Enhancements sizing where I wanted them gilded and allowed that to sit and get sticky for 30 minutes.
2. Once it was sticky, I applied Artisan Enhancements gold leaf which comes on a roll.   It is applied shiny side out, matt side pressed onto the sizing.
3. I peeled away the roll, which left the leafing stuck to the jar... Below you can see what the matt side looks like and you can see where it stuck on the jar from the roll.

4. To seal it and also end the sticky feeling which remained in some areas, I applied Mod Podge.

5. Once they were dry, I filled them partially with potting soil, and added lemon thyme to them (which smells amazing!

When they were finish I had gorgeous gold leafed jar planters, and beautifully fragrant hands!

I have told you before, I just can't stop gold leafing.... I suppose there are worse addictions.  Look... so shiny and pretty!

I actually gave these to Kelly and Denise to thank them for coming down for the weekend.... I actually said to them, "Thank you for your 'thyme'".  He he.


And in case you missed it, check out the week's previous related posts:





And finally, I wanted to let you know I will be taking next week off from blogging!  I will be busy getting ready for the barn sale as well as the American Odyssey Relay (I think I am as ready as I will ever be for that!).  My good friend Julia and I have both been feeling the need for a break, so we decided to declare next week our Spring break!  I wish you all a happy Easter, and I will see you on the other side of 200 miles (don't worry, only 17 of those are mine!)!  Wish me luck!  Go team Lunachicks!!!  Oh, and one more thing.... I will still be on instagram!  Much like I can't keep away from gold leaf, I can't keep away from you entirely.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's Eclectic: Boxy Colonial

Happy Thursday!  I have another amazing home to share with you here today for the "It's Eclectic" series!  Gretchen and I share an infinite love of woodland critters, the color blue, gold accents, and vintage!  I am so excited to head to Haven this summer and finally meet Gretchen in person.  From what I have heard, she's not a big hugger, but she better get ready...... because I'm a-coming with open arms! :) Gretchen also has an awesome sense of humor- you are going to just love her, and the eclectic home she shares with several children and critters!  Take it away, Gretchen!

Hi everyone! I'm Gretchen, and I blog at Boxy Colonial. I was ridiculously excited when Cassie invited me to be part of this series; she's one of my absolute favorite bloggers with one of my favorite bloghouses (I made up a word), and this is one of my favorite series of blog posts. I've found so many great new blogs to follow through it.

We moved into our house nearly two years ago; it was a foreclosure that had been sitting empty for a couple of years, so it needed a lot of love. We've made quite bit of progress, but there are still plenty of rooms we haven't even started to work on yet. This is fine, though; we have plenty of time because I'm not planning on ever moving again! Moving is hard. I've looked around the house in an effort to sum up my decorating style, and I think I have it: lots of blue, with an abundance of animals and books. Emphasis on squirrels. And dogs. And whales. Also birds. So there you have it. I'm an excellent summer upper. We live here with our four boys, three dogs, and two cats, so everything needs to be practical and able to put up with a lot of abuse, too.

As the blog name implies, our house is your standard brick front colonial revival, built in the early 80's:



I break out the squirrels right away as soon as you get in the house, with a Sharpie-d squirrel wall in the foyer (inspired by Cassie's sheep wall!):



(that yellow is the yellow that was everywhere in the house when we moved in. The line between it and the blue is us not getting around to painting the stairwell yet, not a peculiar decorating choice).


(my husband built the shoe storage bench; you can read about how he did it here)

To one side of the foyer is the formal living room that we use as a library/music room. The shelves are Billy shelves from Ikea; we splurged on the doors for them to make them look more finished and formal:


Our sunroom has gone from being utterly neglected for the first year that we lived here (it was mostly the room we closed the dogs up in when we needed them out of the way) to being one of my favorite spaces. It's one of the biggest rooms in the house, and really pleasant with all the natural light, so we use it as a sort of a multipurpose family room area.








We recently moved our one year old out of a sectioned off part of the master bedroom and into his own room down the hall. We kept most of the decor the same as it had been in his old room (there's a subtle ocean theme going on), but we made a few toddler friendly upgrades. I think my favorite new thing is the photos of some his favorite toys:


We made the wooden whale for his old nursery, and it made the move over here.





On the other end of the kid age spectrum, my oldest son (he's almost 13)'s room got a tween friendly makeover last year:



My favorite thing in there is this London skyline string art we made for him (between that and the big whale in the nursery, we can just call this our Plywood Period):



We just finished our master bedroom a few weeks ago. Blue + animals and books in full effect here!






We still have a lot of spaces that we're working on.....somehow or other I'm expecting to put a lot of energy into the backyard, our master bathroom, my middle two boys' shared room, AND my dining room during the rest of this year. We'll see how well my big plans work out when it comes to the actual execution.

Thanks so much to Cassie for having me, and stop by the Boxy Colonial sometime to see what I'm up to if you get a chance!

Gretchen, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous bloghouse with us today!  Have a great day- the kids are out here the next two days!  We will be coloring eggs, watching movies, and stuffing our faces with chocolate.  Mmmmmm chocolate.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to Make Gold Animal Plant Picks

This week on Primitive and Proper is brought to you by plant accessories that are painted gold.  Or at least it should be, because that's what you are getting again here today!  Monday I shared with you some gold leaf hand lettered flower pots and today, I have an easy and whimsical project, gold animal plant picks!  Actually, my friend Katja told me it doesn't get any better than a giraffe on a stick.  I replied that I suppose this project is basically the corn dog of home decor-- pure indulgent joy on a stick.

I am going to share with you exactly how I made these guys!  

You will need:
Plastic animals (I found mine at a flea market, but you can also purchase at any hobby, craft, or toy store)
Cardboard Box
Gold spray paint (I prefer Rust-Oleum's Metallic Gold)
Drill and two bits- one super skinny and one barely wider in diameter than your skewer
Wooden skewers
Scissors or plant snippers
Hot Glue

1. Clean off your plastic animals (if you thrifted them like me) with warm soapy water and let them dry.
2. Lay your animals on their sides on the bottom of a cardboard box.  Spray paint them on this side and allow them to dry.
3. Flip the animals onto their other side and spray that side, allowing them to dry.  Once they are painted check on both sides for any missed spots and make sure you get those.
Here are mine, all dry in their box and waiting for the next step!

4. Using a teeny (not sure what size I used!) drill bit, drill a hole about 1/8-1/4" into the bottom of your animal.
5. Using the bigger bit, widen the hole with the drill.  (It's easier to do it with the lead hole because it's very hard to drill with a larger bit into a teeny plastic animal; trust me on this).


And just for kicks, I thought I'd show you the owl... I had to drill sort of an inappropriate hole!!!  Watch out for gold owl pellets!


Anyhow, where was I before I was distracted by golden poop?
6. Using heavy duty scissors or plant trimmers, cut your wooden skewers to your desired lengths.
7. Using your hot glue gun, place a dot of hot glue in the hole you made in your animal.


8. Place your skewer's cut end into the hole with the hot glue, leaving the sharp pointed end out as that will poke into the soil.  Hold it straight in place while it dries and hardens.


9. Stick them in plants and admire their quirkiness.  The two below are my favorites!


10. Show them to your daughter who says "Wow, Mommy!  You made those with brass animals!"  Think to yourself, "Way to go, Rust-Oleum, with the best quality metallic spray paint ever.  You make plastic look like real metal."

I just love this giraffe!





 And behold.... the owl with the precious golden pellets.  Me wants the precious!



I have a bunch more animals that I painted gold that were slightly too small for this project, so I am thinking of making photo holders, much like the horse place card holders I made.  Remember these guys?

What do you think?  Can you picture them on a mantle or shelf holding old photos?
Oh, and I think I should rename the blog something like "Paint All the Things Gold".  I can't get enough.  Midas has nothing on me.

I also would love to find some bigger animals to create some awesome planters like my friend Caitlin....
Isn't this the coolest?

Have a great day!  I am off to decimate some more plastic animals all in the name of style!
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