Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Painted Words

I love making up signs from things I bring home from the shore, or in this case from a day spent out thrifting.

It started out as an old sled that I had found at a barn sale for cheap.

I like the way it looks with my watering can.

That silver area on the wood is glitter, but I need to work on how to make it show up in a photo.

Here's a boat-shaped flower box that I painted up in aqua. I just painted over the boat's original red and blue color, and then I decided to give it a Maine boat registration number

I decided I would give a special name to this board that I found washed up on shore. This is the name that Sorrento used to be called before it became a town in 1895. It actually still shows up this way on some maps.

When I found it, the board was already painted yellow, and was perfectly distressed from it's time spent in the ocean.

This green birdhouse came from a thrift store. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would pair nicely with this piece of driftwood that was once a tree.

Also, attached is a driftwood board that I painted aqua and decoupaged imperfect lettering on, cut out with an X-acto knife.

Here you can see the bottom of the driftwood tree.

It already seems right at home in the middle of our tiny flower patch.


vicki said...

Oh Lili- I just adore that pink sled! Fabulous. You have turned your flea market finds into beautiful treasures. Love that birdhouse too! Gorgeous photos as always!

Lisa T. said...

Awesome. We really should plan a junkin' spree together. Though we may end up wrestling in the ditch for chippy scraps of wood!


MinnieRunner said...

I love the boat-shaped flower box :)

Privet and Holly said...

YOU are just
amazingly talented.
I love your Fearless
Nesting sign, most
especially! You
certainly have the
eye for seeing what
is possible in every
item. That is a true
gift! Hope your
weekend is full of
wonderful things, Lili.
xx Suzanne

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh how I love that little boat - and the signs - siggggghhhhh. Your imagination is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

I love all the pieces, Lili. I only wish I was that crafty!

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

Love them all!! My favs are the sled and the window box and the....

Anonymous said...

What a find that little sled was! Amazing what a bit of paint will do for an item.


Maurie Kirschner said...

I've been doing the same thing on my beach rambles, looking for pieces of drift wood and old boards that can be used for artsy stuff. I came across a piece of a picket fence recently complete with crumbling white paint - perfect!

I love the bird house/sign combo!

I see you too like building cairns! The one you commented on is just one of many in my house, I'm a hopeless rock stacker!

jennyfreckles said...

I see the interesting junk - but I can never think of anything fun to do with it. You have such a wonderful imagination - and talent for transforming your finds.

Low Tide High Style said...

Hi Lili, I'm finally getting a bit caught up on my blog reading and I love your wonderful painted words! Of course I'm a sucker for driftwood and I love how you used it for your beautiful birdhouse and sign! Love the boat flower box, and sled too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kat :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh, that little sled is just darling!
What gorgeous treasures. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Country Girl said...

Lili, love that little birdhouse with the Fearless Nesting lettering. And didn't know that about Sorrento!

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said... these...especially the sweet little birdhouse and the simplicity of the washed up board! you are soooo creative! xoxo

hometown girl said...

wow! these look super! it takes a lot of patience to do all the lettering! i love the aqua boat so cute! i hope you are well, thank you so much for your visit :) susan

Neil and Susan Brown said...

You are sooooo talented Lili!! I love each and every one of your creations! Hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather! :)

Queenie said...

love love love your "redesign" of your finds!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I have to tell you that it is a good thing we don't live closer to each other. This going out and discovering things is what I love doing. We could blaze a trail!

Have a happy weekend. I know we need rain, but wasn't today glorious??

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island