Friday, April 19, 2013

Meet Arty, our little blue friend!

I like how Arty echoes the color of the back of the bookcase.
TGIF Ladies (and the one guy that reads this blog- we love you too)! Our big plans for the weekend include home and garden maintenance--ya know...the usual!

Today's post will be brief but I couldn't resist introducing you all to Arty! Isn't he lovely? A few weeks ago when Jacki & I were shopping for a client, I found a little something for myself. You may remember that I'm in the process of moving and paring down but still trying to infuse a little color without breaking the bank (or my marriage)!

Arty is beautiful and a guy that won't cause trouble in paradise (read: he cost $12). But, his original state left a little to be desired. This can only mean one thing...Jacki's about to get up close and personal with a can of paint. She's the crafty one remember?

Here's how it went down (according to J-Poov (that's her street name):

Poor Arty sat on my kitchen counter for a month before Catherine nagged gently reminded me to paint him. I don't know what kind of miracle worker she thinks I am, it's not like I have a kiln to fire glaze him.
I was in the middle of painting my front porch furniture and had paint all over me, so I brought Arty outside and gathered my supplies.

This is what I needed, but of course I didn't have THIS color, so I had to mix.

Oh, Arty, you are looking more "Tiffany Box Blue" and nagger Catherine wanted Teal.

So, I poured in some of the apple green paint I was using on my porch glider and mixed some more for the second coat.

Much better. 
Right about this time, my boys arrived home from school and they pounced on the opportunity to paint something. I handed over the brush to Ben and he covered a bit more than I would have, but I think it still looks good. (I would have left some spots of bare concrete showing.)

Is that a PAINT DRIP? Uh oh, I hope Picky Catherine doesn't notice that.

And after a coat of spray gloss, here's Arty after his makeover:

Isn't he lovely? I think he's perfect-o!

Now for Jacki's allegations:

I left cutie-Arty out in my driveway for Catherine to pick up. When I arrived home from dive practice with my family, there was a 10-31(crime in progress); a full-on home yard invasion. Burglary. Theft. Robbery!

Source: Snowball Bush Viburnum
A certain someone trying to STEAL my snowball bush blooms!


Begrudgingly, I cut some for her and sent her, Arty, and half of my Viburnum bush on their way.

What was left of the Amazing Viburnum Snowball Bush blooms in my family room. She's lucky I didn't call the cops!

Check out these other blue projects at The Dedicated House. We're also linking up with Liz Marie and Chic on a Shoestring today!

And, don't forget to enter our contest for a $50 Plow & Hearth gift card. The drawing closes at 5pm today and we will announce a winner on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

Liz Marie Blog
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


  1. Arty looks great dressed in aqua!

    1. Thanks Marigene! I hope you'll enter our contest for a $50 Plow & Hearth gift card by following our blog and leaving a comment! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Very nice accent to your home-love the color of paint!
    Visiting from The Dedicated House!
    Happy Weekend!

    1. Thanks Jemma! I wish I could tell you the color but it was a mash-up! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you'll be back! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love the pop of color you added! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a great weekend, Nicole!

    1. Thanks for stopping in Nicole! We'll definitely be heading over to your place for a look see! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Oh, my goodness! Arty is very handsome on that mantle. Found y'all from The Dedicated House "blue party". I'm following you via GFC, THAT really doesn't exist as it once did and because, I have a gmail, they kept me on the Google list. I know...makes very little sense. I didn't see a Linky Followers or I would have claimed y'all there, too. Love your humor and your great location/NC.
    Thanks for the fun visit,

  5. Very cute! Hmmm, I must find something to paint!

  6. Nice to meet you arty, life is so much better in colour :)

  7. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax


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