Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Late Summer Front Porch

Sunflowers and late summer just go together. 
The Texas heat has descended upon us and it shows no signs of letting up.  
It doesn't seem like much is thriving except the grasshoppers and the sunflowers. 

We are expecting it to hover around 100 degrees all week.
I'm not ready for summer to be over but I am starting to get ready for cooler temps. 
Sunflowers are a harbinger of late summer/early fall. 

 I tweaked the front porch a little and created a hand crafted sunflower. 

I drew a circle on some wood. The brown stained center will be perfect for this project. I drew petals all around the circle. 
This was a piece of cake to cut with the band saw. 

Painting sunflowers is fairly easy. Once the yellow petals were dry, they got some definition with a dark, rusty orange. 

A very flat, small rectangle shaped brush created a sunflower seed effect around the edge of the brown circle. 
There is some brown paint dabbed in the center as well. 
Bill already had a stake cut in the garage from when we used to have garage sales. 
A coat of two types of green and two leaves finish it off. 
The leaves and the flower are screwed into the stake. 

I found the white cone flower and the little yellow daisy like flowers are the garden center. 
There isn't much available this time of year. 

The wreath got a refresh with some little sunflower picks. 
These came from Dollar Tree years ago. 
Don't skip Dollar Tree for faux flowers. 
Sometimes they get good ones. 

We have had the antique milk can for a long time. 
It has been in the back garden since we moved into this house 22 years ago. 

It seemed time to showcase it. 
The dump truck belonged to my oldest.  
I pulled it out to use a planter this summer. 

I love the yellow. 

This was a fun project for a Saturday. 

It should get us through the rest of this hot, Texas summer.
I can even add more orange to the wreath when we get closer to October. 
Have a great day. 

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  1. Looks really pretty! I like the bright yellow you've added out there.

    Time to hunker down and wait out the heat. Ugh.

  2. that truck makes a cute planter. good idea.

  3. I love that sunflower you made! You're so good to be able to use a band saw. I've never used a power tool in my life! LOL! I love your front door too btw. It's so cottagey looking.

  4. How fun! It's perfect with your entry!