Well, it isn’t everyday I post for 5 reasons!
1. A new project,
2. inspired by a new book, along with
3. a few new stencil designs, and
4. two giveaways, plus
5. a great deal!
When I get my mojo back, I don’t mess around it appears… 🙂
Most of you know my love for decorating with nature. From branch handled toolboxes, twig garlands to firewood stars and log candles, shopping my own backyard has long been my fav shopping mall for home decor.
I’m a real branch fanatic in particular, so when Stacy from Not Just a Housewife sent me her beautiful new book, Natural Accents (Amazon affiliate link) to review, I kinda squealed, and darted for the wood section.
I’ve read a lot of decorating books, and I will say, this is one that won’t outdate itself anytime soon. The projects are truly unique, easy to do, and timeless. Lovely, sharp illustrations with easy to follow instructions. It’s like your own Pinterest on paper without endless clicking. 🙂
And oh my gosh… there’s even a chapter on how to take care of houseplants. I’d better read that…. 6x. 🙂
Here’s how I did it…
How to build a branch ladder:
1. Cut two 2×4’s to size, and paint. Stencil if desired.
2. Decide how wide you’d like your ladder, then cut branches that length.
3. Attach branches by predrilling pilot holes into the sides of the 2x4s, then screwing in each branch rung from the outside.
The branches are a little on the hefty side, perfect rung material.
I used white ceiling paint, with no primer. Because it’s all I had in stock. I find it self primes and wears like nails, so it’s all good!
I also wanted the ladder to wear something unique. Like… a flower sign, as if it were set up to sell beautiful, abundant flowers at the weekend flea market.
So I got to work…
1. Place Farmer’s Market down first. Stencil in Market.
2. Slip an extra board underneath the stencil, and mark the registrations in pencil.
3. Remove the original stencil, and position the new word over the registration marks, then paint.
I then made the wood look older by beating and scraping across it with a hammer, then slightly sanding it with a palm sander.
Bucket filling tip:
– drill holes in bottom for drainage, cover with rocks, then soil.
– hang your pots on the ladder first before filling.
Then add soil and arrange flowers. This helps you visually balance the plants. I planted first and had to redo everything. Learn from my mistakes!
Flower planting tip:
When selecting flowers, set a group on the floor, and mix and match them colour wise as you would with decorating accessories. If they all go with each other, it will be an effortless match once home.
Top planter / Belagio begonia (looks like pom poms!!) and Wire Vine (adore!!)
Middle planter / pastel violets and Moneywort
Taller bucket / Unbelievable begonia and Golden Sunset
Clay planter / violets and ivy
(aren’t you proud of me for saving the plant tags?!)
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I’m rather smitten with my little ladder display! Isn’t it cute?! It’s going to look even cuter once those flowers puff up a bit more.
But we aren’t quite done yet…
Natural Accents can be purchased from Amazon HERE. (affiliate link)
Its gorgeous layout is pleasing to the eyes, and will really encourage you to create!
The only thing it doesn’t do for you is make you dinner… Stacy… can you add that in a reprint please? 🙂
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20% Off Stencil Discount!
To launch these cute designs off right, there’s a little sale on right now…
Purchase anything from within the Market Extensions Collection, (as pictured above only) and save 20%!
Please expect a shipping delay of approx 2-3 weeks starting Aug 27th.
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ONE WINNER will be drawn at random, who will win the book Natural Accents, AND ALL the stencils from the Market Extensions as shown! What a great win!
And don’t worry… if you purchase the book or stencils, and end up winning the giveaway, you will be 100% reimbursed!
Edited: This giveaway is now over. Congrats to #38 Carol B! You have been notified.
(Mandatory entry) In comments below, tell me what nature project you’d like to make using the stencils, (or chat about how much you want to steal that ladder?) and you’re in! 🙂 Seriously… say anything and you’ll count. 🙂
Good luck friends, and happy nature sign decorating to you! 🙂
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Giveaway Contest Rules: Offer good in Canada and the USA. You must be over the age of 18 to win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be held by random draw on Thursday, Aug 27th, 11pm pacific, and will be announced Friday on THIS blog post. Winner will be notified by email, and must respond within 24 hours of email sent.
Congrats to winner #38 Carol B! You have been emailed. 🙂