Well, we made it folks... We survived until the weekend!
I don't know when I've been quite so ready for the weekend's arrival! You know they say that when it rains, it pours. Well, this week tried to get the very best of our family. But we do have one bit of happy news (yes, this is the news I have been hinting at). The most exciting news it that we are moving!! And soon. In less than a week! I will share some more details and pictures very soon. But for now, it is a flurry of boxes and packing in our house!
For now, I wanted to share a springy project! I actually shared this at Sew Dang Cute last year. ( Yes, last year! I must be a blogging delinquent for just now re-posting this!) I will have a huge, lovely garden at our new home. So this cheery picket fence will have a permanent home very soon! Or maybe I will keep it in my craft room? So many options here.
As a little girl, I always dreamed of having a home with a sweet little white picket fence. I still don't have a real picket fence, so I decided to make my own in miniature version! It was surprisingly simple! Come and see...
I started out by purchasing an entire plank of wood from Home Depot. The wood was 1.5 inches wide and 0.75 inches thick. I put my handsome hubby to work cutting the wood with his table saw.
We had enough wood to cut 11 pieces of wood. Each piece of wood was 12 inches long.
Next, I measured down from the top of each piece by 1.25 inches. I roughly sketched a point for each piece of wood. My husband went back to work on the saw! The cuts were not perfectly precise so each piece ended up with its own personality! That was all part of the plan...
Very carefully, I glued each of the wood planks together using gorilla glue. Once those were dried, I glued them all to a 2x4 base.
We used a few pieces of scrap wood as cross pieces to glue on the top and bottom. I let the entire fence set for a good 24 hours.
First, I spray-painted the fence brown. I wanted to be able to sand off a layer of paint to make it look distressed. Then I topped the fence with a lovely coat of turquoise paint... This color is my new obsession!
Of course a pennant bunting was a fun touch! I cut pennants out of fabric and ironed on a bit of Wonder Under for added stiffness. I just hot glued them to ricrac and then tucked the ricrac under the top crosspiece. I thought it would be fun to dress this up a bit for different holidays, so I didn't glue down the ricrac. (For outdoor use, this may have to be removed!)
Finally, I used my Cricut to cut out a stencil out of contact paper. I carefully painted over it with white paint. Wouldn't it be fun to paint a sweet quote here?
Until I get my REAL picket fence, I am very happy with this one! It just makes me happy.
Let's relax this weekend!! :)