Thursday, March 28, 2013

Flowers in My Tool Box



I'm beginning to think my best projects are the ones not planned.  This one certainly reinforces that idea.  I so love it!
 
The end result came about the same way a lot of my projects do:  it started with an image in my head, but as I began to make it happen, the image evolved and the end product is so much better than what I originally pictured.


I ended up with this reproduction tool caddy made from old barn wood from my mom.  I remember she had it filled with fake apples and pinecones.  Apparently, I wasn't that interested in it because I told my hubby he could have it. {I don't recall that conversation. (:}  But he graciously gave it back to me to do with what I wanted and I think he approves of what I did.

With all the sunshiny days we've been having lately {albeit cold!} in South Texas, I decided to "spring up" my dining table and create a centerpiece with flowers.  I've had just candles since Fall, so it was time to change.  I remembered this little tool caddy and thought it would be cute with some glass milk bottles I had as vases.  Well, the caddy was smaller than I thought, and my milk bottles didn't fit.  But I had some mason jars just the right size. 
 
I wanted to make it more than just a wood object sitting on my table, so I thought to paint some phrase on the side just to dress it up a bit.  In trying to think of just the right thing to write, since it was going to hold flowers, the words to the song "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music popped into my head: "Blossom snow, may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever." {I love that movie, don't you?!}  I decided on "may you bloom and grow" and worked up a layout on Word for tracing.  No fancy programs needed here.  (:


I've seen several ways to transfer printed words to wood, but I chose the "color charcoal on the back then trace" option.  I've actually seen it using graphite on the back, but I thought the charcoal might transfer better onto the rough barn wood.


And it did. (:
 
I actually got lucky with the font I chose because it looks like rough handwriting and while tracing it, the ridges in the wood made my lines jumpy, but that matched the font.  Yay!

 

Once I had it traced, I took a white paint pen and traced my tracing.  (:


O my goodness!  How cute is that?!


I added the mason jars, and wove a bit of eyelet between the jars for a little softening, and voila!


O my goodness! {yeah, I said it again}  It's so much better than what I pictured.  I love how it looks on my table.


Whadya think?




 Happy Spring! (:

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26 comments:

  1. Love it, Jenni! I'm so happy you didn't paint it. I love the look of the old barn wood and I'm dying to get my hands on some!
    I'm visiting today from Live Laught Rowe. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm not usually one for the rustic look, but it works with my house, and I'm glad I didn't paint it either. (: Thanks for taking a look!

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  2. LOVE this cute flower project!

    I'd really love for you to link up at my weekend link party that is going on right now at The Best Blog Recipes {The Weekend re-Treat} http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!

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  3. I have a tool box my daughter made in shop class in junior high school. i think it might just get a re do.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. You are so welcome! (: Glad to inspire creativity.

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  4. Really love the rustic look and the lettering. Very nice!

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  5. Very cute! This definitely looks like something you would find at Pottery Barn. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Sumos Sweet Stuff :) Have a great week!

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much! What a compliment! (:

      And thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I LOVE IT! I can't wait to make one...another awesome excuse to use my Cameo :). I'm featuring you later this week from Pinworthy Projects. Thanks for sharing at the party!

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  7. I have been looking around for one of these old tool boxes for a while and I love what you've done! Adorable, pinned it!
    -Kim @ Two Ten Designs
    www.twotendesigns.com
    Stopping by way of The Winthrop Chronicles link party!

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  8. So pretty! I love your idea to use the words from Edelweiss too. Found you at the Winthrop Chronicles,
    Kate

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    1. It's funny how certain things just pop into your head, and so glad that song did! (: Thanks for the kind words.

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  9. This is so pretty!! I've pinned it and will be featuring it tomorrow on my site!

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  10. Love the use of flowers for decor and the simplicity! Love the words too!!! Come on over and share this with The CSI Project this week. The challenge is Gardens and Flowers. Any flowers, created or planted. Link up will continue through Friday. Come on over!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment and the invite! What a fun party!

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  11. This turned out so nice! Love the quote and the way it looks handwritten. Pretty, pretty!

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  12. Jenni, Love, love your little trug/tool box. There are so many versions of them. We've been experimenting with making a few, fun projects. I shouldn't say "we've" been making them as hubs does all the cutting/putting together, bless his heart. I get an idea then try to show him what I want. Have several I've printed off blogs, also.
    Found your blog thru 52 mantels 12 fresh spring ideas. I'll be a new follower.
    Noticed your little glass candle holders, I have several like them, gotten at thrift stores.I get so much use of them, love the sparkle. Even if I have 2 or 3 already, if I see them I have to buy them. Your trug looks so cute with your gorgeous flowers on your table.
    Do I ever love Sound of Music. One of my biggest favorites even. Makes me feel so bad for Julie Andrews with her beautiful voice, can't sing anymore. I'm going to put that saying on my trug like yours when it's made. Happy Mother's Day

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    1. Thank you for the sweet compliment and for being a new follower! (:

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