Thursday, June 30, 2011

Through the window pane....

Well here it newest creation.

It took a little while as I've been busy with a few other things and was only able to dabble at it here and there.  You likes?  I know it's a little out there, but when I look at it, it makes me smile.

I saw these cute little steel watering cans at the Dollar Store back in May when the summer inventory was coming in, and fell in love with them....

Every time I went to the store, I would see them but didn't have a good enough reason to purchase them.  I knew I could paint and use them as vases (which I think look beautiful), but it was missing a little something.....

Enter the old window frame we found on the side of the road the night before garbage day.  We were leaving my mom's neighbourhood and as we turned the corner, I let out a scream that made hubby screech the wheels.  After his few chosen (not to be repeated here) words, I asked him to please put them in the trunk of the truck, but would he?  No.  In an effort to try and "help" me conquer my shyness, he made me go and knock on the door of the house they were sitting outside of, just to make sure they were being disposed of.  After several minutes of calling each other's bluff, and him putting the truck in drive, I once again conquered my fear and made my way up the driveway of this stranger's home.  The lady was not only extremely kind, but appeared somewhat perplexed that this stranger was interested in clearing her 'trash' for her. finally hit me.  How cute would it be to paint those little watering cans and nail one to each window panel?  See the nails on the handle? I thought of wrapping twine around it to hide the nails, but I think it looks fine just like that.

A little paint....

Some varnish or outdoor paint if you wish the paint to remain on the cans.  I used regular acrylic paint without varnish as I want them to flake and rust naturally. Once they achieve the 'aged' look that I want, I will cover them with varnish to seal the look.

Because I live in Canada, I am not sure if your local dollar store will carry these beauties....but you can easily recreate this by drilling regular cans to the bottom of the panels.  That was my initial thought, but hubby suggested hanging them by the handle (he was right...again).

I'm not sure what type of plant this is, but I wanted a nice contrasting colour.  I also thought the plant should be a hanging plant.

I hubby will be hanging the frame upon the fence, but I'm not sure if it will hang on a slant or straight.  Do you have a preference?

I'm so happy with this crazy little garden. I really hope you like it too.

This morning, I got drunk with what will be the last bit of silence I will experience for a while as today was the kiddies' last day of school.  But I'm soooo happy to have them home all day long.  While those little squabbles and finger prints on the fridge may seem annoying at times, knowing that they are with me and are safe under my care is what brings me the most peace.

So nice of you to visit, I will be back soon and hope you will be too.

Many warm hugs and much love,

p.s. I am agonizingly behind in replying to many of the sweet words some of you have taken the time to share with me.  I'm so sorry, but will try to find some time to write back soon. 

Linking for the first time at

Centsational girl garden party


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Ahhhh this is just too cool! I AM IN LOVE! :o) you are the best!!!!

  2. I sooo agree with Jaime Lyn!! This is such a great idea. Loved your murals too :)

  3. Lu!!! How cute is that!?!! Please, please, please can I adopt you so you can come and play at my house? Bring the boys! We have water out front and they can jump the waves!! This is one of the cutest projects you have done! LOVE it- xo Diana

  4. How fun. Those flowers are portulaca. It will reseed itself, and you can easily collect the seeds and scatter them every where you want color. They're not invasive so don't worry about that. Deer will eat this, sigh, and it is heat tolerant. What a cute project.

  5. This is beautiful Lucy!
    I wrote about you on my blog post here:

    with a few pictures, I hope you don't mind! x

  6. I love this look. Wonder if I can still find any little watering cans...hmmm

  7. Oh my gosh -- this is SO cute! I am pinning this for sure! Love the dollar store and you have found such a creative way to display these watering cans! Love how you attached them by the handles to the window pane frame!

  8. Absolutely wonderful! So inventive, and I love the colors of the cans. I have some of those flowers in a hanging basket at my house. Growing up, my mother always called those "moss roses," but I'm not sure of the real name!

    Just lovely!


  9. Super cute, Lucy. I like it hanging straight :)

  10. Lucy - this is beautiful - thank you so much for linking up! (I like it hanging straight too) :o)



  11. You surely do have a creative mind! Bulk trash day is a great way to find inspiration recycling something into a useful and artistic creation. Great job!


  12. This is great, Lucy! I love old window frames! (love your story, my hubby would to the same thing... make me "overcome" my shyness... hehe) My vote is to hang it at an angle, so the plants are upright - love the way that looks!

  13. I absolutely love this!! I did something similar, but yours is so much cuter!! Have a fabulous holiday weekend.

  14. This window garden looks an amazing. Great job:)

  15. Lucy, I've done something similar to this. I'll have to send you a pic.
    I love how yours turned out, so pretty!
    hugs, Cheryl

  16. Visiting from Social Salutations...this is just beautiful. I'll be looking for some watering cans at the next flea market!

  17. oh, I forgot...I am your newest follower and your painting skills are crazy good. I was looking at an earlier post and YES God has gifted you!

  18. This project is not "out there" - it is gorgeous! I like the window better straight instead of on an angle.

  19. Oh, what an adorable project. I just LOVE it! I think I have a bunch of watering cans somewhere...oh where are they! And, an old window, too. Can I copy you? Please oh please?

  20. What a great idea and project~ it came out wonderful!! Thanks for sharing it at FNF :)

  21. Incredible project! beautifully done!

  22. This makes me smile too! Very cute! Thanks for sharing!! Visiting from Tatertots & Jello!

  23. I absolutely LOVE this!! I'm going to share it on my crafty facebook page : )
    Jaimee @

  24. I love love love this!!! SO cute~! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you had a great weekend!
    Hope to see you over at my blog sometime!

  25. I adore this idea! You should submit it to a gardening magazine because it's fabulous! Aren't Dollar Stores amazing sometimes...find some really cute stuff. :)

  26. I absolutely love this table. Amazing what you can do out of a pallett. I must find one and make this.

    Have a nice weekend.

  27. Love this! I linked to it from my blog and used your picture (and gave you credit). Hope that is OK with you - if not, please let me know! Thanks for sharing!

  28. I love love love this! I saw it over on Funky Junk Interiors. I pinned it to Pinterest linking back to you. Hope that is okay!

  29. Achei tão linda suas ideias e dicas de decoração.
    Tomei a liberdade de publicar em meu blog ( direcionando todas minhas amigas a conhecer e apreciar o seu lindo blog.

  30. I LOVE it! I am totally inspired after just reading/looking at 5 pages of your blog. Thank you!

  31. haha,,,,,,One of the Best.....Me LIke :)
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  32. Adorable... what a creative idea and I'm loving the bold pop of color!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  33. Having alot of fun on this blog Lucy. Getting some great ideas for our new beach place. So enjoy everything that you are inspiring me and hubby to do. Keep it up girl, you are better than Martha Stewart!

  34. Wow!!! Visiting from Centsational Girl's garden link party and am blown away by this project. The color is fabulous. What a wonderful idea!

  35. the plants are portulacas

  36. Absolutely adorable! So clever and cute! Your husband sounds a lot like mine he would probably make me go to the door in order to deter me from another junk he just refuses to stop :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation!


  37. I am soooo excited!!! I have a big pile of these windows!!!

  38. Love this idea of the sprinkling cans..Surprized that you were able to find any metal cans like that. What a beautiful display! Where do you find the old windows like that anymore?

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  40. I saw these cute little steel watering cans at the Dollar Store back in May when the summer inventory was coming in, and fell in love with them....


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