Feb 20, 2016

The Potting Bench: Plants in old pots

Good day fine folk of the world wide!

I thought I would continue with the Potting Bench and discuss the plants that I've started.

To start, I painted some simple wooden pot shapes brown, the goal here is to create aged and weathered pots like the bench.

I then covered that with a yellowish white globbing of paint.

I scuffed the edges and random spots with a nail file to remove the upper layer then added some white soft brushing and a bit of watered down brown to "stain" the pots.

I have purchased some paper wrapped wire from The Miniature Garden ..Georgie is a fabulous lady doing incredible plant kits I highly suggest a look at her Etsy store!

Adding a bit of foam in the holes, some tea grounds for dirt and a few random stems to the pots to prepare them for leaves and flowers.

If you remember my previous post on using your paper cutting stamps and re-cutting thats is what I did here for leaves, No need to purchase more if you can alter what you have ;)

I added random patterns to the stems, some flowersoft foam and created my version of vines and plants. I am not as skilled in flower and plant making as Ilona so I don't even try to replicate actual plants! I just Minifanatisize them..

I will do some touch ups and maybe add more leaves but that is a good start!

So for now our little bench sits in the fake sun awaiting warmer days, just like a lot of us ;)

Feb 12, 2016

I got to start writing again..uhhhh....blogity blog blogger... bleh...

I am sick of winter already, we've barely had any but I am sick of it.. I have not written on my blog, I know....

I come here open up the new post tab, then drool on myself for about 10 mins.. then I stare out the window and sigh in hopes for spring and greenery.. Did I mention I was already sick of winter?

Then I though Ok Jane, get back to writing and maybe combine your need for spring with the writing and then I was all like....Ok I am rambling to get this post done.....

Anywhooooo...Lets make something for spring and talk about it over the next couple of weeks shall we?   Key words to follow here will be Crap, Scrap, and junk bin

Potting Benches
I love old reclaimed things, potting benches or tables for work always make me think on renewing and greenery.

I like that these pieces are compiled of different bits and scraps, a old window or adding boards here and there.. just using old scrap!

I thought to myself, well I am Jane Scrapbin Mcgee! I got stuffs!!!

So I started with a old pile of crap table ..(geesh Jane..harsh) ...i've tried to rehab several times, then I added a few scrap pieces from various laser cut builds and a small foot board deal.

I painted the entire glued piece with some black paint so that once we layer it the scuffed parts will show darker underneath.

Eww craptacular...

I then slathered on some white paint (with the dainty hands of a ogre).. a few dabs of yellow and tan to give it a aged white paint look.

Ooo scrapotentialus

I then scruffed the dried piece about the edges and gouged corners with soft sanding pad to unveil the black paint underneath. This gives it a shabby, reclaimed and weathered look that..I think you might know I like to do ;)

Less scrap more..fab? 

Then I ran some more watered down brownish paint about the edges and surfaces to replicate rain water and weathering to make it ready for decorating.


Obviously we have to do a lot more with this..its needs plants and soil and moss and seeds and butterflies and frogs ...

I just don't know if I am going to want it when its done..I wonder if I could find it a good home when were done with it? *wink*