But I don't live on Pinterest. I've been blessed with much, and sometimes I just need to think about what I have in my hand and actually do something with it.
Then my daughter invited me to a day at a farm where we can take the grand babes to hold and pet lambs, chicks and whatever other baby animals they have. So now I had Pinterest and thoughts of spring all swirling around in my brain, and I'm trying to think about a spring craft and the catch is...not spend any money.
So I'm thinkin' I could weave a basket, but nah, I do that all the time and I wanted a little pop of color on my bare walls. Decorating is not really my thing, but it doesn't take a genius to know that my walls are blah.
I ran across an image of a simple banner from Pottery Barn that was $39 and gasped. Plus it wasn't going to help me one bit in the "blah" department. Although it did give me an idea. But instead of a plain white bunny on linen, I decided to try daffodils. I have a drawer full of craft paints and I decided the best thing was to stencil. Problem number one was that I didn't have a stencil.
Maybe I could draw my own. After looking around a little this is what I came up with. Not the greatest free hand drawing, but trust me, I think it's going to be okay!
Then I removed my drawing, cut off the excess freezer paper and ironed my image on to a piece of canvas that I had been part of a grab bag purchase at Nancy's Notions. Yippee. Finally using my stash! I used a piece that was approximately 14x18 inches and I have some leftovers. Hmm. Maybe another banner.
So now let the painting begin. I tried some on a scrap of the canvas to see how it would look. I thought the color came through pretty well, so I started to paint my stencil. I also added a little fabric medium to the paint. Styrofoam trays come in handy for this stuff, so I save a few for paint palettes.
Now I'm just about finished with the yellow and green. I use some lighter green for highlights on the leaves, but I'm not real happy that the flowers are all one shade, so I lighten up my lightest yellow and repaint all the petals. Then I did some shading with a liner brush and a darker yellow. In the center top of each flower I painted darker yellow and added just a touch of white to it. Now they have a little more dimension and I'm happier.
I carefully peeled off my freezer paper. After it was almost dry and in no danger of a smudge, I turned over the side edges by 1/4 inch and then 1/4 again and stitched with natural thread. The bottom hem is turned under 1/4 inch and then has a 1 1/4 inch hem. I made a rod pocket at the top by turning under and pressing 1/4 inch and then making the pocket about 1 1/4 inch. I'm planning on using a dowel for the hanger.
My only thoughts are that maybe I'd stencil "Welcome Spring" at the bottom, or "Happy Spring" or something. My daughter thought I could just leave it plain. I haven't decided yet. I could cut the lettering out with the Cricut and try it on for size to see how I like it. But that's it! Feel free to leave me your thoughts. Would you add a line at the bottom?