When I bought my house back in December I knew that one of the bedrooms would be used as my craft/sewing/office room and I would definitely need some organization in order to maintain an organized space. I had pinned exactly what I wanted to do with my paints thanks to a PIN on Pinterest from Jennifer Maker who created a “wallflower” out of PVC pipe and a duct ring. Until I read her supply list, I never even knew some of this stuff existed.
It took me a few weeks after we got moved in before I headed out for supplies. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make mine as big as hers as she used a 12″ duct ring in the middle and had 9 pedals. I ended up using an 8″ ring and only needed 7 pedals. I have seen many versions of this since I first saw Jennifer’s post a couple years ago, so I knew the possibilities were endless. I did not use everything that she used.
My supplies consisted of the following:
- Two – 6-in diameter PVC Extensions (these are 2 feet long)
- One – 8″ Steel Starting Collar (duct ring)
- Ten – Machine screws (#8-32 x 3/4 in)
- Ten – 10 washers
- Ten – Cap Nuts (#8-32)
- Spray paint (Krylon ColorMaxx Paint + Primer – Gloss Navy Blue and Gloss Sun Yellow)
- D-Ring hangers
- 50 lb. Picture Hangers
It took a couple weeks after I bought my supplies before I could get my husband to cut the 7 pedal pieces out for me, then it took another week before I could get it painted as that needed to be done outside since it was spray paint and the weather has been more cold, rainy and snowing than sunshine. I felt like a kid in a candy store once I was able to get this much done.
I finally got to the day that I could put it all together and finally hang on my wall. Although it is not perfect by no means, I am happy with it and to me that is all that really matters. If you’ve been on the fence about whether you can create a wallflower, take it from me, it’s easier than you think and as long as you are happy with the outcome that is all that matters.
I love my craft room and can’t wait to finish everything up so I can share the way it has come together.
I have always loved flowers and every time I go to visit my parents I know I will have plenty of opportunity to shoot these fantastic gems. There are so many different ones to look at and I never know the names and even though I’m told what each one is, by the time I get home, I’ve already forgotten the name. Whether I know the name or not, the flowers are till beautiful and the beauty of each is worth being shared. My favorite on this trip were the gladiolus, which my Mother has been growing since I was a child. I never get tired of these.
No idea what these are called, but there pretty.
This is called a shrimp plant.
One of the other things that I love when I go home is a special cat that’s been around for many years. She is part siamese and as always been one of my favorites.
When I was a kid, I remember the yard always being immaculate as my dad mowed and trimmed weekly and it always looked so manicured. My mom loved flowers, so there was always some type of flowers planted all the time, blooming at just the right time. I remember loving the gladiolas. She would cut them and bring them into the house and put them in a vase so we could admire them for several days.
Somehow her love for these things wore off on me and I became a lover of flowers as well. The only thing is I didn’t have as green of a thumb growing them as my mother did. Usually whatever I planted died when it came to flowers. However, when I plant a garden, now that’s another story. There I can shine and get some wonderful veggies out of the process.
Since we had a sticks and bricks house this spring, it was time to plant some flowers and improve on the landscape. I planted tulips, which after the fact I wondered why as they only bloom once and then you must plant something else. That’s okay though, I enjoyed them while they were there and received lots of compliments from the neighbors.Remove featured image
One of my favorites other than roses is hibiscus. I ended up planting two of those. Unfortunately, the ground was never very receptive to these, so they died in about a week, but I was determined not to give up, so I bought two five-gallon buckets and buried them in the ground leaving only about an inch sticking out of the ground, filled with potting soil and planted two new hibiscus. Those things bloomed over and over until the deer started using our yard as a pass through and decided they needed to be eaten.
Flowers provide a beauty like landscapes and are something I love to shoot. These flowers were part of my valentine bouquet. By photographing the beauties I receive, I get to have memories of special moments in my life.
What memories do you like to share?