Ugly Flower Pots Made Beautiful

My biggest goof with this project was that I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture.  Suffice it to say, this was NOT a cute flower pot before.  It was so ugly that tho we put it in our garage sale – it didn’t sell.

Then we got a brain storm.  Why not spray paint it?  So we did.  Painted it white.  And the thing was as ugly and lifeless as ever before.

And then we got smart.  We decided to use fabric to dress it up.  We used Moda’s Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille to Mod Podge the fabric onto the pot.  Then we coated it with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint.  It has held up wonderfully through the entire season.  It looked sooo cute on our front porch!  And the chenille plant in the pot was such a happy, cute little thing creeping and fluffing it’s way down the pot.  Great conversation piece.

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

 

Here’s how we did it:

We started with an ugly, lonely, boring flower pot.

Plain white flower pot

Then we selected the fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda SKU 55041 15

Fabric for the flower pot's new "dress"

Doing a dry test to make sure the fabric was long enough.  This dry test also showed us that we’d need to cut the fabric in two pieces because of the contour of the flower pot – and even then we knew we were going to need to snip the fabric in some places.  More on this later…

Testing the fabric

First thing we did was coat the wrong side of the fabric thoroughly with Mod Podge.  Then we let it dry for 24 hours.  This made it feel like oil cloth and kept the fabric from fraying or becoming too relaxed when we worked with it later.

Ready to Mod Podge

This is a picture after the first side of the pot was done.  Just to give you a glimpse of where we are going with this.  🙂

Preview - the pot half covered

Apply more Mod Podge to your fabric.  (Which has dried since the original coat yesterday.)  And also apply a good coat of Mod Podge to your flower pot.  Get it on quickly, you don’t want to take too long.  Although you don’t want to use globs and globs of extra Mod Podge, if you do apply too much don’t worry because it will be spread out in the next steps.

Applying Mod Podge

Getting the bottom of the pot where the fabric will also be glued down.

Applying Mod Podge to the bottom

Also apply Mod Podge where the fabric will over lap.

Applying Mod Podge where the fabric will overlap

After applying the Mod Podge, begin laying the fabric on the pot.

Laying the fabric on the final side

Start smoothing the fabric onto the pot.  Notice how the contour of the pot is making for too much fabric?  I’ll have to cut a snip into the fabric to help it lie flat.  I also had to cut quite a few snips along the top edge to get the fabric to fold over and into the pot.

Carefully smoothing into place

See the ripples?  These need to be worked out through smoothing and also with some snips.

See the ripples? These need to be worked out.

Smoothing.  They have special tools you can buy for this, but I just used a spatula like thing we had around the house.

Smoothing the fabric

More smoothing – carefully, carefully to get ALL the air bubbles worked out to the edge.

Smoothing the fabric

Snipping the bottom edge of the fabric.

Snipping

Here’s where I had a couple of choices.  I could have let the fabric go crooked, but that messed up how much fabric wrapped around the bottom.  So I opted to cut a slit up the fabric and overlap it.  Because my fabric choice was geometric the slit shows more than it might have otherwise, but it’s not bad enough to bother me.

Dealing with the excess fabric

Here you can see where I option to cut the slit and am in the process of smoothing it down.

Cut and overlap the fabric to allow for the contour of the pot

All smoothed!  Once the Mod Podge finishes drying you will no longer see the whitish film.  Then I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint because Mod Podge is water soluble and I knew I’d be watering my plants.  😉  The clear coat gave the it a really nice glazed finish and it has definitely held up to watering well.

Flower pot covered in Vintage Modern fabric by Moda

Later with a cute Chenille plant….  Enjoy!

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Always my sister, always my friend

It’s been asked for many times…  Updated pictures of us!  The poor, old About Us page on our website is in great need of updating.  🙂  It’ll get done…  Just after a while I suppose.

The other night Tammy and I went shopping in Nappanee with some friends of ours.  As we walked out of one of the stores we decided to get a few impromptu memory shots.  Tam and I rarely get pictures taken together so we’re glad to have one to share with you now.  Which do you like better – the black and white or the color?  And by the way – the texture on the picture is the newest fabric by 3 Sisters…  Etchings  Fun!

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More of Ghana – My favorite soup

This post deviates from the quilting/fabric theme of our blog.  But since quilters are often good cooks as well, I though some of you might like to try my favorite Ghanaian soup.

By far – of  everything I ate in Ghana, Light Soup was my favorite.  I’ve made it quite a few times since returning home and I never tire of it.  While in Ghana I did learn to really enjoy fufu as well.  Fufu is dough-like and is served with soups.  It is to the Ghanaian’s what potatoes are to us – their staple and favorite starch.  In America I make a mock fufu with instant potato flakes.  It’s close enough to the real thing and I enjoy it….  But I’m the only one who has acquired a taste for fufu, so I usually just opt for making rice – something everyone in my family enjoys with their Light Soup!

Ghanaian Light Soup

4 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
2 – 3 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2-3 cloves garlic, peel  & crushed
1 Magi chicken bullion cube (Magi cubes are larger than your typical bullion)
Seasoned salt to taste
1 onion, chopped
6-8 cups water, divided
6-8 oz eggplant, peeled and quartered
opt. – 1 medium zucchini (4 oz) cut in half (I usually skip the zucchini and use more eggplant because my eggplants are usually larger than 6-8 oz.)
6 oz tomato paste
½ tsp cayenne pepper

Put the leg quarters in a pot with 2 cups of water.  On top of the chicken sprinkle the fresh grated ginger, garlic, Magi cube, seasoned salt and onion.  Cover and allow chicken to steam for 2 hours, adding more water as needed.

When chicken is sufficiently tender and seasoned add remaining 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  (I often add more water if too much has evaporated while steaming or if I want to stretch my soup.)  Add eggplant and zucchini, if using.  Allow to cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Remove vegetables from soup and place in blender.  Add some broth and blend until smooth.  Return to pot.  Add the tomato paste and cayenne pepper.

Traditionally, the soup is served over fufu or rice balls with a piece of chicken added to the side of eat person’s bowl.  In America, we have found it most practical to de-bone the chicken into the soup before serving over a plate of rice.  Use plenty of soup with the rice and eat with a spoon.  🙂  So good!

Optionally you can use smoked fish.  If using fish instead of chicken don’t add it to the soup until you put it in each person’s bowl.  It will make the soup too “fishy”.)

Light Soup served with smoked fish and fufu

Light Soup served in Ghana with smoked fish and fufu - Yes, you eat it with your fingers. 🙂

“Tornadoes”, No Power, and Digital Quilting Patterns

Some of you ordered digital quilting patterns from me a couple of weeks ago while we were out of power. I used back up measures to send them out to you as soon as I possibly could. This post is to show a few pictures of the mess and clean up process….  And to thank you for your patience!

We had two storms come through here only days apart. The first storm hit us pretty hard. No tornadoes were spotted, but the winds had reported gusts of up to 80 mph.  Thankfully no one was hurt and we had no structural damage. However, a few trees got pretty badly torn up and our neighbor lost 3 trees in their front yard.  One tree was a huge old pine. As it fell to the ground it caught the power lines, ripping them out of the neighbor’s house and damaging the lines to our house and the pole. It also covered the road in its massiveness.

It is an incredible amount of work to clean up that many trees.  Our church sent over a few guys with chain saws and Michael came, too.  By the end of the day our entire property was clean except for a huge pile in the front yard from the neighbor’s pine.  It felt good when time finally allowed and the remains of the storm were completely burnt.  What an enormous fire!

The second storm brought 4 tornadoes with it, but they touched down just a couple of miles to the north of us.  We had more branches down, but not the major damage that others suffered.  One man had his entire barn picked up off its foundation and moved across the street!  The hay and equipment was still standing on the foundation.  Now, how does a tornado accomplish such a thing?!  But it did show me  that “gusts up to 80 mph” are definitely a different story than a real, true “tornado”.

When looking at the following pictures, bear in mind that we forgot to take pictures until clean up was well under way.  It was even worse….  🙂

The bse of the pine

Here you can see the size of the trunk on the pine. It is sad to loose such an old tree.

The guys at work

The guys at work. I'm not sure how we would have gotten this cleaned up without their help.

Dad and Tammy unloading branches onto the fire pile.

Dad and Tammy unloading branches onto the fire pile. Thankfully, the store Dad is building wasn't damaged. That is not a barn in the background - it is a store in progress!

The view of the road

The view of the road after it had been cleared almost to the point of passing. I wish I would have had a picture before it was cleared at all.

Our front yard

The pile that was started in our front yard. It looks like a jungle!

The power company cutting a branch out of the power lines

The power company cutting a branch out of the power lines. It was a big relief when they came out and repaired the lines. You don't realize how much you depend on electricity until it's gone.

I’m glad that’s over!  Hopefully there will be no more tornadoes for a long, long time…………..

Website/ Blog Problems

I wonder what you thought when you logged into this blog yesterday? Was it a wreck? Missing posts? It probably was!

I had a very bad day with internet, website, and blog troubles! It was such an odd and overwhelming thing that all of them went down on the very same day. The internet connection went down first…. Then I noticed that our website was down. And finally, in an effort to help me, my web host restored a backup that included not only the website, but also this blog – thus the loss of the posts and also some file corruption that had to be corrected. It was quite the day! Thankfully, it is over now and all is restored to good working condition. Orders are coming through again and the blog is legible! 🙂

First post!

Well!  Here I am starting this blog….  again!  I started this blog about two years ago, only to find myself neglecting it continually.  The few, ancient posts had so much time between them that it was almost pointless to try and revive the thing.  Instead I am starting fresh!  Hopefully, I will faithfully keep all of our family, friends, and customers up to date on our lives.

Family.  Friends.  Customers.  I will obviously be covering a wide variety of topics if I am to keep all of you interested! 🙂  Please disregard anything you find dull, boring, and uninteresting.  Hopefully, I will eventually get to a topic that will interest YOU!

Allison Payette Smiles to all!  ~Allison