Monday, June 16, 2014
My Connecticut Garden-and FREE Pineapple Stencil Download
The former owners kept a very standard garden with a few surprises, a beautiful rose bush by our solarium; but the yard gardens were over-grown with English ivy, daylillies, irises, lilies of the field and– when we moved here three years ago I got hosta crazy-too many hostas. These plants had so multiplied that they were hard to separate and re-plant. I'm still working on this now.
Because our yard is long, and I'm a novice gardener, I've decided to create vignettes incorporating interesting objects-some I've repainted-paired with perennials and a few annuals-I call this "Staging" it makes gardening more fun for me, and more fun the viewer. BTW one can get flowering plants and shrubs for a DEAL on Craigslist-gardening enthusiasts sell them at great prices fresh from their own gardens.
house is historically registered, I have to be careful with what I do in the front. I was inspired by a homeowner around the corner who'd hand-lettered–or stamped the word: "Welcome" in English, Italian, French, and German on her front porch steps leading up to her door. Not wanting to totally copy her idea-plus we only have two steps leading up to our front door; I elected to stencil a pineapple on our front brownstone stoop-step. Luckily I had some patio paint in harvest gold-the color of our home and through some googling found a free pineapple stencil.
The pineapple was a symbol of friendship that colonists displayed to welcome visitors to their home. So, I thought it fitting to stencil one on our front step. I'm quite pleased with the result. The stencil is appro. 7.5" in height. I cleaned it up in photoshop, saved it as a jpg, printed out on cardstock then cut out the stencil with a sharp exacto knife. This is the patio paint I used:PATIOPAINT if you would like this stencil for your own creative projects herewith the jpg:
I hope you'll share pics with what you created with this stencil with me: suzanneurbandesigns(@)gmail.com