Sunday, April 29, 2012

colour in our garden

Our backyard is a tiny strip along the length of our unit, so we have a lot of fence to look at... and it's not a pretty fence. 

Lately I've been checking out paint websites, coming up with lovely colour plans (and even dreaming about covering the whole fence in blackboard paint to make giant chalk murals)... but have baulked at the cost and time involved


Yesterday, I came up with another solution... and pulled out our lovely big bottles of kids paint...

enlisted the help of an enthusiastic little artist... 

and began to paint a mural (inspired by "Isabella's Garden" - a beautiful book).


The little artist developed a wonderfully effective technique for making the "worms" and insect tracks - scraping off paint with a paddlepop (ice lolly) stick. 

 

It was the sort of project that makes you lose track of time... and I have no idea how much time we spent... but it was worth every minute.


We even managed to get out the chalk...


Inspired by all this colour (and by a post we'd seen that morning), we embarked on another crafty garden project...


making our own mini garden gnomes (somewhat more rustic than the original).



I hope your weekend has been full of colour and happiness too!


8 comments:

jennie said...

I LOVE IT!!
Wow - that is amazing you guys!
I bet she loved painting the fence - so much fun!xx

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE it!!! I was just thinking today that our backyard needed some color and maybe a little fairy garden in the corner might be the go. Those gnomes are just gorgeous. thanks for sharing.

Allana said...

What a fantastic project! That would have been so much fun and it looks awesome :) love your wee gnomes too, perfect garden friends :)

teddybearswednesday said...

Utterly and totally magic both the painting and the gnomes. YOu guys have style xo

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

what a wonderland! your lucky little people!

xo em

becclebee said...

oh what a lovely idea! It would have been so much fun to make, and the mural turned out so great! Well done!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love it!! I love what you are doing to you tiny space! xx

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