And yes, this is a thing.
I started this new hobby back last Fall and I just love it. I posted about it here on my blog and said that I was in for $41.50, well, I’ve kinda lost track as to how much I’ve spent to date 😀
Something that I learned just by chance is that if you go to your local home-improvement store, ask if they will mark-down the price on any bags of landscape rocks if the bag has been opened. I found a HUGE bag of River Rocks for only $5, yes, FIVE DOLLARS for half a cubic foot of very pretty stones. If you decide to use these types of rocks or look for them in the wild, make sure that you wash them very well. I have an old dish brush and a small bucket that I use. So far, I’ve painted about 50 of those rocks from that sack of stones and still have plenty left.
At the local “dollar store” I found a good sized bag of assorted googly-eyes and sheets of stick on sparkles. A little dab of Super-Glue and there you go. Pinterest has been a great resource, but the faux-gems are my own idea. I also have a shaker-bottle of glitter that I’ve tried out too. I apply it while the paint is still wet, or after giving the rock a coat of Mod-Podge, either technique works fine.
But I learned the hard way, do not forget to give each Painted Rock a spray of Acrylic Clear Coat to make your master piece waterproof. I forgot that on one, left it at our Post Box, it was still there after a coupla days, so brought it back home and doctored it. 😉
I had heard of Painted Rocks, Kindness Rocks, Encouragement Rocks and Fairy Painted Rocks… they’re rocks, that are painted… 😀
On one of the Food Forums that I participate in, a gal shared what she was doing and I thought, ya know, I need to find something else to do with my hands. It’s apparent that I like to create things and I figure by painting rocks and then hiding them in obvious locations for folks to find and enjoy them… WIN WIN!!
I did some research online first and decided where I wanted to start … small, of course.
I’m in it now for $41.50, bought some rocks, gotta have some glitter and I’ve gone out and about and found about a dozen or so cool looking rocks already to paint.
I decided that since we like to travel around the Country, what I’m going to do is take some of these cuties with us and deposit them at different locales; post them up on social media sites and ask folks to take a picture and tell me where and how they found them.
Look for #SpreadSomeAloha Rocks 😉
There are several Painted Rock Groups all around the World with their own social media websites, look for one in your area and get rockin’ !! 😀
I really enjoy doing things with my hands, creating and not just things that involve food. 😀
I saw this darling idea for a Summer wreath on Pinterest and saved for a later time.
How stinkin’ cute is this?
[Photo courtesy of handmadeandcraft.com]
Here was the rub for me, I was having a devil of a time finding cocktail umbrellas!
This past May my husband and I went home to Hawaii for the month. One afternoon we went out to lunch with an old pal and what did I spy right next door but a Party Store, YAY! I wasn’t sure how many umbrellas I would need so I figured, what the heck, I’ll buy 3 boxes. I mean who doesn’t smile when there’s a colorful umbrella in their drink?
So let’s get started then…
I had a light-weight Styrofoam form in my craft box but it does get a bit windy here in the middle of the desert… hmmm… 💡 I took a wooden skewer and poked two large-ish holes through the top and bottom of my soon to be door wreath. I then ran some coated floral wire through the two holes and secured them tightly on both the top and bottom. This way I could wire the finished project to the front screen door.
Next, I separated the different colored umbrellas for easier assembly. The first pick I inserted was a touch long, so I still had my wire snips at hand…that worked. I alternated the colors as well as the depth of each umbrella pick until I had the majority of the green foam covered.
How close does that look to the Pin? ⭐