A Fresh Coat of Paint

The red bird

I plant a lot of flowers every summer for my container garden. Years ago I purchased this resin bird statue to sit among my flowers. I leave this bird on my back patio all year round and the sun and rain end up fading it. Every other summer I repaint it and give it a couple coats of spray varnish. I’m pretty sure this statue will last forever! Well, this year I’ve been seeing all kinds of amazing bright green and orange flower pots. Because I already have more than enough flower pots, I decided to bring in a bit of new color with paint. Since my red bird was looking less than red, I figured it was time to try green!

My shiny new bird statue

I gave it a good scrub with soapy water and let it dry. I used some acrylic paint I had already, the color is called Citron Green. I didn’t bother with a base coat of primer or anything, so I had to do about three coats of green to get a good even finish. Once that was dry I sprayed it with the clear to help it last longer in the rain and sun. I really love this color!

Fresh greens

I put the bird next to my Coleus plants. The way the leaves match the birds green color is great, and the purple and pinks make it pop even more. After seeing how bright and modern my bird was looking, I decided to repaint a small bunny statue I had.

Brown bunny statue

This little guy came from the Dollar Tree. Like the bird, it’s resin and will last for a very long time, it just started looking kind of faded and not as cute. An easy fix, white paint! I’ve loved seeing all of the things people paint white these days, from thrift store statues to ugly lamps. A solid white object looks really modern and cool. I scrubbed the bunny with soapy water and let it dry. I used white acrylic paint and gave it a spray of clear varnish as well.

The white bunny

This little bunny fits in the palm of your hand, and fits neatly on top of a flower pot. I love the contrast with bright flowers and leaves. Next year I think I’ll repaint a few more garden statues and maybe even some of my flower pots. This was a free project because I already had the paints on hand. A little more than an hour, quicker if you use spray paint, and you get a whole new look!


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You say Apatosaurus, I say Brontosaurus…

The Brontosaurus

This project started when my boyfriend suggested I make a Brontosaurus for his nephew as a Christmas gift. I usually draw all of my patterns to create my own unique plush. I did look around a little online first, but decided to draw one myself and see what I could come up with. I drew a large side view and used that as my starting point.

Paper Pattern

With this shape cut out, I used it to trace two complete dinos on my green fleece. Using the same pattern I traced the bottom half of the dino twice. The bottom only pieces act as the gusset, the material that adds width to the body. Using this style makes the finished plush stand up and look as if it could walk away when you aren’t looking. This results in a pretty cool plush but is a little tricky since I’ve only done it a few times and always with my handmade patterns.

Inside out Brontosaurus

As you can see above, my Brontosaurus is inside out and mostly sewn up. I left the neck and bottom of the head open. After lots of poly-fil stuffing I started to sew up the neck. I used another piece of fleece and made a second gusset to make the neck and head have some dimension as well. I sewed this in place by hand after inserting the eyes. I’ve only put eyelids on one other plush style so far, but I thought the Brontosaurus would look cute and sorta sleepy or sad with eyelids. After finishing all the stitching I wanted to take a few pictures so I moved to the stairs for a quick photo shoot. My cat Toby was very curious and interrupted the first shot!

Toby checking out the Brontosaurus

The finished Brontosaurus

During the making of my first Brontosaurus I was feeling nervous. I didn’t know how this would turn out, but isn’t that always the case when you try something new? And, in the end, I’m glad I tried. I like my green Brontosaurus, and the boyfriend approves too. This one is heading out the door to spread some Christmas cheer, you can be sure I’ll make another one soon!

Brontosaurus top view