Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Hi everyone! So far I got my herbs planted and then decided to make a little sign for that container. I’ll do the tutorial on sign making at the end since so many of you have seen me do it before.
I planted my herbs in a large container on my deck, right outside my kitchen window.
It’s more convenient to have them right by the kitchen as I can just pop outside to cut some fresh herbs when I need them.
I have basil and sage. I also have quite a lot of basil in my veggie garden but that’s for making pesto.
Two parsleys – flat and curly.
Oregano and thyme.
I have separate container that has rosemary in it. I’ve had this same rosemary plant for about five years. It doesn’t look too good this year probably due to all the below freezing days we had during the winter. Usually our winters are mild. Yes, that’s the edge of my husbands big ol’ grill!
I have some French Lavender in a pot. Smells so divine!
I also added some flowers since I can see this area when I sit on my windowseat in the kitchen. The blue pot is from Home Depot - $8! They come in fantastic colors!
A little bird bath. I love to sit in the kitchen and look out to see the birds splashing about! I have a few more containers to plant for my deck and then that's done.
O.K. Here’s how I made my herb sign. This is the way I make all my signs and also the way I paint words on walls. I usually just paint over a sign I already have. But in this case I didn’t have one so I bought one at Michaels for $4.99 – something about a Queen Bee Gardening was on it.
I primed it with some spray primer and then I just painted it green with some craft paint.
I then decided on the size I wanted my word to be and using Wordpad printed out the word “Herb” at 160 and used the Georgia font. To change the font size you just delete whatever is there and type in the size you want and hit enter.
Then you need some graphite paper or you can go over the back of your word with a pencil, charcoal or crayon. This is so that it will transfer.
Lay your word where you want it and take a dull pencil and trace around the outside of the letter.
You should then have this.
I took a paint pen and went around the outside of each letter and then came back in and filled it in. You can use a brush and any type of paint if you have a steady hand. I find paint pens (Michael's/Hob Lob etc.) easier to use.
There you have it! When I have more time I’ll either paint or maybe stamp a picture of a herb on the sides to dress it up a bit. Then I’ll use some sealer to protect it since it's outside.
Give it a try – it’s really easy as long as you you pick a pretty straight forward font. I’m sure if you look around you probably have a sign at home already that you may be tired of. Give it a new life.
As always, you can either spend the money and buy something or you can spend the time and make something. Neither is right or wrong. I just happen to think it’s more fun to make stuff if I can!
O.K. back to painting that halltree - red takes a lot of coats!