Sunflower Maze

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Every three years there is a wonderful sea of sunflowers in my little town.  The owners of a restaurant (on the site of the sunflower field) plant 75 acres of these magnificent flowers.  The sunflowers go on and on.  It's a magnificent view.  Visitors can walk through the sunflower maze, purchase sunflowers, and honey (made by the bees on the farm).

Last night, two of my high school friends and I went to walk the maze at sunset.  It's been very hot here in Central New York this summer and last night was no exception.  Actually there was a downpour as I was driving to the field, which made the air very humid.  We lucked out though, the sun came out just in time to shine over these sunflowers before going to sleep for the night.  

Sunflowers at Sunset
Sunflower facing opposite of the rest

Sea of sunflowers

If you're ever in the area, or driving on the NY thruway, this is definitely worth stopping to see.


Here is an amazing video of the field.  Inside the maze, they cut out a wine bottle and glass that says, "I Love NY".  It quite something to see!

Chippy Paint Chair

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I went to the salvage antique store the other day.  It felt like it was 100 degrees out in the sun, but my daughter and I had fun looking at all the old furniture, especially the milk crates from a local dairy.  They were fun, but a bit more than we wanted to spend on them, instead I found an old chair.  This poor chair was just sitting outside and was really weathered.  The wood on the seat was splitting away from each other and there must have been four coats of different colored paint on it that was just peeling away.  It just had some character to it and I couldn't resist for $10.00.

This is the poor chair in the before state.  I decided to break out the sander and remove most of the paint.  It still looked pretty sad until I added some white linen chalk paint from Rust-Oleum.  
Chair Before

The chair after it had been sanded down.  I didn't take all the paint off because I wanted the "chippy paint" look to it.  

I did a light coat, by dry brushing the paint on the chair.  All I do to "dry brush" is dip the paint brush in the can, just enough to get some paint on it.  Then blot it on a paper towel to remove most of the paint.  Lightly go over the surface with the brush to give it a "whitewashed" appearance.  

I started on the bottom of the chair to make sure I didn't have too much paint on the brush.  As you can see, I applied pretty messy, after the chair was done, I went back and lightly sanded the chair with very fine sand paper.  Do this so it doesn't have a freshly painted look to it.

I only did one coat on this chair.  I wanted a very worn "farmhouse" look to the chair.  It's all your preference on the final results.  I would start off lightly, you can always add more.

The next step was to "antique" the chair a bit.  I had some left over brown chalk paint that I used.  If you don't have brown paint on hand, you can buy a sample from Home Depot or Lowes and add a little plaster paris to it.  I have also use an acrylic paint from a craft store.  Burnt Umber is a good color to use when you want to antique something.  Dry brush the brown paint on using a small craft paint brush to get in the nooks and crannies of the chair.  

 I have used the chair in my photos of my arrangements for my Etsy Shop, and I really love the way the flowers look on the old chair. As soon as I do my fall decorating, I think I will leave the chair on my front step with some flowers on it.  

Now it's your turn to try a makeover.  Look for chairs at yard sales, craigslist, and even on the side of the road.  Just remember, the more weather beaten the chair is, the nicer it will look all distressed.

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Have fun & enjoy!


Farmhouse Style Fall Decorating

Sunday, August 7, 2016

As much as I don't want summer to end, it's inevitable!  I love the warm weather, longer days, and of course having the summer off to recharge and on work on my DIY projects.  However, since I have no control of the seasons, rather than fight it, I will reluctantly welcome Fall.  I am lucky enough to live in upstate NY where the fall colors are beautiful.  Everything around us turns into great hues of yellows, oranges, and red colored leaves.  There are a ton of apple orchards, pumpkin and sunflower farms to get you in the spirit of the crisp fall evenings.

In the next few weeks I will be taking down my summer flowers and replacing them with mums.  I decorate my front step (insert sad face, I always wanted one of those huge front porches with the white railing - so jealous of those who have one.  When I see a house with one and no decorations, I so badly want to knock on their door and ask if I can decorate it!)  Well I make the most of my small little front step area, and the area in front of my garage to decorate instead.

In the next few weeks, I will be posting some fall DIY projects along with some of the flower arrangements and wreaths I have been working on.

Today my daughter and I are heading to a salvage yard to see what we can find for some projects.

For now, I will leave you with a fall arrangement I just made.  I love this!  This is for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I really think I need one for my home as well :)

Off now to find some salvage finds....