Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Using Up Canvas

Do you ever walk past the same scene day after day and suddenly realize that it needs to be updated?


This little girl is keeping us at home more since the vet told us no beach and no contact with other dogs for another 8 weeks.


After her outing to the vet, Lulu was tuckered out so she slept in the garage with me while I created something to replace the American flag wreath on the door.


I dug out some heavy canvas from my stash of Steve's scraps and sewed up a little bag.


My original plan was to do a reverse stencil with the words, but I couldn't find any alphabet stickers the right size.

I traced around metal letters with pencil and decided that for this little project, a Sharpie would work just fine.

Some thin lines were added for detail and then my bag was complete.


I broke my August rule of using what I have by purchasing the dried yellow flowers at Michael's.

Ribbon ties the bouquet together and the bee clothespin keeps the bag from falling open.


A quick little project adds some yellow to the front door.


Do you think when people drive down our lane they can tell that we like primary colors?

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I'll be sharing at the following parties:

I Gotta Create - Wildly Original Link Party

Green Willow Pond - What We Accomplished Wednesday

Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays

Lavender Garden Cottage - Cottage Style Party

Ivy and Elephants - What's It Wednesday

44 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Very clever and it looks terrific. Little Lulu is so darn cute and she is your buddy. Have fun with her.
My two dogs were rescued so they were not puppies and I missed that with them, but they are so loving and grateful. But puppies are like little toddlers always learning and into things.
Mary

beachcomber said...

so cute and very french.
i love your idea of tracing around letters.
x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

NO BEACH FOR EIGHT WEEKS? Oh Lulu, I can see the disappointment in those black eyes of yours!!!! teeheee...but what fun that she gets to sleep in the workshop! Oh Carol, I love the canvas look now! As fall approaches, the canvas keeps a summer feel but the addition of the dried flowers suggests autumn, and so subtly. Beautiful! How I love your red door....happy day dear one. Anita

Vicky Hunt said...

Looks great and I don't think that should be a rule breaker since you bought flowers...) They don't count!I am in serious need of updating my door wreath....just haven't had time lately! Have a wonderful Wednesday with little Lulu...:)

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Nantucket Daffodil...living the good life at Prince Snow Farm said...

Yes, I would say they MAY notice. In fact, it may show up on Google Earth. Just joshing, you know I love your cheery use of color. How perfect that little bag. I love how you spontaneously create these treasures!

Dawn said...

Nice, bright, and cheery. Love it:)

Stacey said...

Ooooh those flowers are dried? I'm going to Michael's today. :) Your door looks great. I love that your personality shows through. Isn't it funny how it just hits you one day that something needs to be changed or updated?

Paula said...

What a sweet idea! And Lulu is just itching to get to the beach!

fiona anderson said...

Yep, I think they might notice and then go home and change their whole colour scheme, because they are so impressed by yours. Loving the idea of the new door decoration and the words.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

How cute is this? We'll allow you to break the rule this time:-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute! I hope Lulu feels better soon! Hugs!

Anne said...

super cute & I hope Lulu is up and at em again soon!

Betty said...

I love your door and the canvas bag you did. I am updating a room right now that had all the furniture in from the second bedroom that we remodeled. It is fun.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So sweet! I love your bell. I also have one for my front door, but it is more of a brushed chrome.

Kathy said...

Ahh, it must be some wonderful to seize those moments when inspiration strikes! Sorry you have to spend two months away from your beach. I hope you and Steve can take turns staying home with your new baby! 8+)

Melanie said...

Love it - looks perfect on your door! Why can't Lulu be in contact with other dogs or go to the beach for 8 weeks?

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

This looks so lovely and the colours make it all stand out so beautifully. Lulu will appreciate the freedom even more once she is able to and has a lifetime of beach walks in front of her. xx

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

such a cute and quick project, with a lovely yellow addition.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Pretty darling! I was talking about your bag, but your little pup is pretty darling too! I had no idea that Sept and Oct were your sunniest, warmest months. Makes me want to head that way!

Miss LindaLee said...

Love your new canvas bag. You're just full of wonderful ideas. Just another reason why I love stopping in to visit. Thank you for the beautiful blog.

Carola Bartz said...

This looks so beautiful! I like how you freshened the look so efficiently. 8 weeks no beach? That sounds like a long time...

NanaDiana said...

Yep- I can tell that you like primary colors- good for you. you are braver than I am. Your door bag of flowers is darling- xo Diana

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
The door bag and the flowers are so pretty. The colors perfect for the front door. Little LuLu is so so cute. That face and those eyes. Adorable.
Kris

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

your cottage is so cute! the bags turned out great and I am a big fan of primary colors too!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the French writing on the bag! And the "chien bizarre" saying I had already noticed before! You know, people might have a hint at your love for primary colour, now!

Suzan Sweatman said...

How pretty!!! How I would love to visit your cottage - and I would guess that's what most people say to themselves when they drive down your lane :)
XOXO

miss flibbertigibbet said...

So cute! Uh...YES I think they can tell you like primary colors! LOL What a nice project to use a canvas bag...I have quite a few of those myself from a, let's say "intended project" that never happened....sigh....

Patty Antle said...

Only a teacher would call them primary colors :). Your place is just so cute and the new door decor fits right in. Glad you are enjoying your new puppy!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Very cute!

Erin Taylor said...

I love all your bright colors. If I drove past your place it would make me smile!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I like your choice of paint trim.

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My Garden Diaries said...

I love the primary! It makes your cottage so unique...almost as though you are in Spain! And the canvas bag is lovely and sweet! Such a welcoming front door with the flowers! You create the most amazing vignettes!!

Sarah said...

Oh, Lulu can't enjoy the beach for 8 weeks! She is so adorable. Must be difficult to leave her behind for your morning walks.
I adore your red door and the blue trim on the windows. The new little bag is a perfect touch to take you into fall. Love the pop of yellow!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I know exactly what you mean about realizing you've been living with something that should have been changed ages ago. Like clutter! :) It's amazing how we become oblivious. Love the addition of the yellow flowers to your cheerful entrance!

Sue said...

I had to look up what cest la vie meant of course. One of my most favorite color combinations is yellow and red so this sweet little change you made on the door is perfect.

Red Rose Alley said...

Carol,
Your red door is so charming. I really like the bag that you created. I wanted to thank you for your comment on my anniversary post. It touched my heart very much. I can't believe you've been married 42 years - that's wonderful! I always love to see pictures of your house. Michaels is one of my favorites too, and I go there almost every other week.

Have a fun weekend.

Love,
~Sheri

Poppy said...

Hi Carol,

Can this cottage get any cuter?! Love the use of canvas and flowers and red and white accent! Now, just to throw passers by off, why don't you hang a sign above your red door that reads something like, 'Welcome to Pastel Place'? Just a thought, just for fun...;)

Poppy

Anne said...

What a cute idea....love this!
xx
Anne

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That's so cute! I love primary colors and love your door!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh, yes you are a primary color person. But then aren't we all. Primary colors make the rainbow. . . Love visiting your cute blog. You always cheer me. Your new little addition is adorable. I lost my little furry friend last year, and I am just not ready to replace her. We fit so well together,and I don't know if I have the energy to work with another furry friend. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful talent. Hugs, Karie

Renee said...

I think so. Cute bag.

You have so many nice outdoor decorations. Do you ever have problems with wind blowing things around?

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh, I'm sure of it!
That little decoration on the door...is so cute.
--Lulu is also a cutie! Pat

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a bright and cheerful entrance! The canvas bag is cute and so versatile. You could change it for each season. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

Carla said...

YOU like primary colors? Really? I would have never guessed. LOL
Your place looks so inviting and joyous