Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sun Garden Art

Monday I decided that this would be the week that I cleared out my easy peasy projects from my "things I WILL make" board on Pinterest.  I did good on Monday and finished one project. Well yesterday I got distracted by a million things and didn't get another one of my Pinterest projects completed.  Dang.  But today I finished 2 projects - one whole project and two half projects. 

The one I finished is a combination of two inspirations, so technically doesn't count as knocking one off of my "things I will make" board.  But I don't think that anyone is keeping score but me.  I will forgive myself. 

I wanted to make something like this:  

This lovely piece was made by Ingrid Jensen.  She runs a little company called Wood & Wool Stool in the Netherlands.  She makes stuff - like this, and stools) out of recycled wood. You can check her stuff out on her blog wood & wool stool.

I scavenged through my basement looking for scraps of wood.  I found a little - including some scraps from the rough hewn oak I used to expand my fireplace mantel. My mind started telling me that this wood didn't really "go with" the other scraps I had. My mind also told me that instead of separate words, I should use one of the quotes I had on my "i've been thinking" board.  I agreed with my mind that this was a good idea.  Then we agreed that the wider, bigger, older wood would be good to use for the quotation rather than the other wood.  It is good to be in agreement with your mind.  Besides, I can now go ahead and make one of the original pieces with the wood I'm not using.

Anyway, I picked my quote:

Isn't it wonderful?  It leaves me speechless.

Sometime in the middle of the night, my mind started nudging me again - saying things like "you should cut those boards in the shape of the sun!" and "you could use wood scraps to make the suns rays and paint them yellow!" My mind uses exclamation marks all the time because it thinks it is really genius and has great ideas. 

I couldn't think of any better ideas, so I set out to satisfy my minds desire. 

This is what I did.
  • Cut up three pieces of the oak with a chop saw.  I cut miter cuts on the ends of the boards for the top and bottom so that when they were put together they would look almost round.
  • used two scrap molding pieces to hold front pieces together
  • trimmed the "stop sign" into a shape more closely resembling a circle with a jig saw.  I didn't take pictures of this because it would just be dangerous.
  • Cut a bunch of angled slices of wood for sunbeams. 

Then I brought it inside because it was really hot outside in the sun today.   I used stamps with paint applied to them to put the quote on the wood.  Rough sawn wood is really hard to paint letters on.  Bummer.  I didn't space it very good either.  Bummer 2.
I glued on the sunbeams with a hot glue gun and painted them yellow(ish).

I remembered that I had not put the authors name on the quote and had to figure out a way to get his name on - hmmmm.  Good thing I had all that extra space at the top - so I put it there.

Hang it up.  DONE.  It's perfectly imperfect.
I will hang it outdoors this summer.

I think it is ruggedly handsome.  What do you think? 

Did you take anything off your Pinterest list today?  Get busy!

Make something wonderful today!



miss flibbertigibbet said...

Karen, That is fabulous! And so creative! LOVE IT...

chateau chic said...

Hi Karen, Great job! Love your wood sign/sun.
Mary Alice

chateau chic said...

Hi Karen, Great job! Love your wood sign/sun.
Mary Alice

Cynthia said...

Karen, you did a great job.

Liz Vickerman said...

love, love, love this!

stephanie said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!! Make me one.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOVE this and am pinning it . . . I'm getting some of my boss' old wooden fence panels that he's replacing and this is exactly the type of thing I want to use them for!

The Vivid Professional said...

I found this through your link on Centsational Girl, and I think it's incredible! The quote and the rough yellow wood are so perfect together. I just want to look at it all day :)

Awesome job!

the cape on the corner said...

that's flipping amazing! i love it!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love the sun! Great job!!!

asnipofgoodness said...

I want one!!Terrific project and terrific quote, I just LOVE this!!

Unknown said...

BEYOND CUTE! I adore this so much! I posted is on my Facebook wall too! Trying to pin it but the darn photo won't show up. Anyway, this is just all sweetness tome and I love the quote.

fiona anderson said...

My goodness, you've been busy.
This is so clever, I love it !

Shabby Marilyn said...

Newest Linky follower, Just love this Sun Sign, every yard should have one! Love It! Hope to see you stop by and follow!

Liz Vickerman said...

i just love everything you do, it's all just so quirky and makes me smile! thanks for sharing it on my center of attention sunday link up, so glad you shared :)

Anonymous said...

Love this idea and your execution. I have a pallet that I've incorporated into a potted area in the garden and you might inspire me to turn it into a "sun-sign". I'm a fellow poster to the "its a cinch" party ... your looks much more involved than my post ;)


Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Ruggedly handsome ... perfect description for this amazing piece!



Mandy said...

Oh,this is amazing! I'd love it if you shared this at a party I have going on at Project Queen!!!!\

Always enjoy your blog and I'm already a follower.

Cassie Bustamante said...

this is fabulous! i love the design and love the quote- so very sweet!

losingitsusie said... it, and you did such a great job!

Mandy said...

Hi Karen! I'll be featuring your wooden sunflower tonight at Project Queen's Highlight Party. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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Bliss said...

Not sure how I missed this post, but once I saw it at BellaNest I knew I had to pin it. I love the wood *rays*.


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Love, love, love this!!! Visiting from WFR feature. I would love to make one of these, but for now.....I'll just pin it. :@

Thanks for sharing!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I saw this featured over at West Furniture Revival and had to come see! You did a fantastic job! I'm your newest follower!

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Rebecca A. Maynard said...

A geographical correction. You were NOT in South Texas. Maybe South Central. But not South. I promise. I've been to South Texas. It's a good four to five hours lower than San Antonio.steel fence


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