Monday, April 25, 2011

An old shovel and more flowers!

We had a lovely weekend despite the constant rain showers.  We attended a fine dinner party for a friend who recently remarried and took a day to just recharge.  I have been working on a more in depth about me page to share but it is not ready just yet. 

My husband and I have made Mondays our dig in and spring clean 2 rooms of the house day.  We have managed to stick to that plan for two weeks now and what a difference it makes.  We have been organizing, tossing and cleaning like a couple of Tasmanian devils but the result is well worth the effort. 

I have quite a few painting books I need to get rid of and am debating between listing them on eBay or just putting them on a page of my website.  Either way it is a tedious task though it will get more clutter removed from this house and if we have to move in the next few months it will make for less stuff to pack up and move. 

I have a fun little project to share today, I transformed a rusty old shovel head with a bit of painting.  I did not photo a step by step as I was just in the mood to paint and did just that..but if you want to try something like this I would highly recommend any of the painting books by Debbie Toews.  That is where I got this pattern and she gives the easiest instructions so that you are well pleased with the result first time out of the box. 


I love the rustiness of the shovel with the graphic of the outhouse and quilt.  I am not sure where I will display this, maybe I will hang it on my potting bench I plan to build.  Now with that project I will do a step by step for you.  I am still waiting for sunny weather to tackle that project and according the the weatherman we are in for 7 days of clear skies and mild temps so just maybe this week I can get it done.

I also promised more photos of our little jaunt to Ironstone.  They have more than just tulips planted in their numerous barrels.  I do love Dutch Iris’, you can see the raindrops still clinging to the petals..


Some fluffy ranunculus’

They have loads of azaleas planted in the grounds, there were only a few blooming but I am sure they will be a blaze of color very soon. 

These are by the front door of the tasting room.


They include some old mining equipment in their display..

Still a few daffodils left, must be late bloomers..

Even in smaller pots mass planting of tulips is eye-catching.

I hope to get back to Ironstone and find those lilacs and maybe the wisteria will be in full bloom as well. 

Until we meet again..ta ta

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  1. Oh WOW!
    O love the shovel! If seen some people who have saw's and things painted and i think it's great. But his shovel is very lovely too!

    And great flowers... oh i want some sun!


  2. Spring has sprung!! Lookin' lovely and i love the shovel!

  3. beautiful flowers and love the artwork my mother the gardener would love it as well come see my blog at

  4. the shovel painting is a great idea! you did a good job on it.

  5. Wow those flowers are beautiful..:) Love it. Happy Rednesday.

  6. Love the photos! The shovel looks amazing! I always wished that I could paint like that. Alas, my talents must lie elsewhere (not sure where yet).

  7. Beautiful Pam I would be there every weekend just to look @ the flowers lol.Love the painting on the shovel you are so creative(me not so much.)

  8. Beautiful post! Love all the spring flowers!! And the shovel is just too it!

  9. I love anything with a quilt on it, even a shovel. Lovely stroll among the flowers too - nice start to my day!

  10. So many pretty things to look at in this post! I love that shovel, because I'm crazy about shovels, and that outhouse reminds me of the one that still stands in my grandparents' backyard!

  11. Your shovel is so talented you are. It looks beautiful right where you have it placed. The images of all the colorful flowers are heavenly....I cannot wait for all of our to finally burst forth. Such a lovely post this week.

  12. Your shovel is wonderful and the flowers are absoultely beautiful!

  13. Sweet posting! Loving all those beautiful flowers. That shovel is cute as heck! Have a great, sunny week. Patty

  14. love the wine barrels filled with tulips and how about the wine was it good?
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  15. You turned a rusty shovel into a work of art!


    The seeker of ruby and red
    Will not let green go to her head;
    Instead she will seek
    Her senses to pique
    With cherry and crimson instead.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Stunning Red Rocks

  16. I am reading...and trying to find my favorite thing...and I can't pick just one! this is a gorgeous flaunt! the pots are perfect...the iris's are gorgeous...WOW!
    you should make sure to link this to Fertilizer Friday and Flaunt it!

  17. Amazing color! I like the look of the industrial gears with the flowers.

  18. Love your shovel! WOnderful job on it - makes me want to paint and I am not an artist! I love the buckets of flowers too - lovely. Thanks for sharing. Paula in IDaho
    p.s. great idea to clean a couple of rooms a week with your hubby~!

  19. What a wonderful painting job you did to the shovel. It looks lovely. My what a display of beautiful blooms.The buckets of flowers are so pretty.

  20. Such a pretty place! Love your shovel:)

  21. Oh that shovel is wonderful! Love the detail. And really diggin' that mining equipment display! How cool!


  22. Visiting from FJI. That is the prettiest shovel I've ever seen. And you're painting skills are awesome.

  23. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's - i agree with everyone that the shovel is awesome! You have an amazing talent! xoox, tracie

  24. Hi, Pamela! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)


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