Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wood You Like to Craft....Craft Goodies Style!

I'm just going to start by saying, "This was SO much fun! And you all need to play along!

Being given a place to start + the instructions to add a piece of you to the project = a good time!!!"
Okay, now that that's out of the way I'll say Hello to you all.
It's Wendy from Craft Goodies and today it's my turn to hang out under Melinda's umbrella.
 {A place I dearly LOVE to be!}
Melinda did an amazing job with this first project and had the idea not been to re-create it, I may well have just copied it! But I did run into a small glitch...

The subdivision I live in places the house numbers on these big stones. They are then found on either the mailbox, or the house front. Mine of course is on the house front.

Therefore, no house number needed.  But I did want something to display it outside, so what to do?I walked outside and sat staring at my front porch waiting for a light bulb moment...

...and it came. My old, lonely bench needed a friend!

Here's how I changed things up...

1. I LOVED the shape of Melinda's so I kept it, just stretched  it out to a rectangle and went LARGE!
My piece is 22 x 27 from point to point.
2. I needed the piece to match the look of my bench...{old.}
 So I hand painted the border and then used a stencil to create the filigrees. Then I sanded like a crazy woman to make it look like it had been there for a while.

3. I built a flower box to go in the center of the piece instead of the castine. And added a happy little "Welcome" to it as well. Then everything got a good coat of sealer-just in case!

With the flowers added in...

Just for fun, I threw in some pillows for the bench, one with our family's initial, a red one for a splash of color, and one with my house number...I couldn't help it. I loved the idea of it on Melinda's piece and needed to get it into mine somehow.
So there you go, one slightly altered project from a great inspirational piece,
and one very happy front porch!

Thanks Melinda-
for continuing to be amazing and for letting me share my version here.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what else has been created and I can't wait for the next project.
Happy Crafting!


  1. Holy Cow Wendy!!! That turned out amazing! I love the finish on it and the flower box is genious. Adding the house numbers to the pillow is such a cute touch too. Great job!

  2. What a fabulous take on the project! You guys are all amazing!

  3. A very happy porch indeed! I love the welcome sign but I really love the house number pillow! going to have to copy that one...if I ever find a bench, that is.

  4. I can't believe I am just now being introduced to Under my Umbrella! I think the rest of my afternoon is going to be spent browsing through your I have been doing for the last 20 minutes! I love the look of your blog as well! I'll be back often for new inspiration:)

  5. what a darling welcoming porch! I'm not sure I could do that here in the rainy wet northwest. think it's time to move so I can have a cute porch with no mildew:)

  6. Nice job Wendy! :) I love that it holds flowers, very creative. Your pillows are SO cute too!


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