Saturday, October 2, 2010

Life Can Be Sticky ......

I was gently chastised this morning for not posting last week. I did not realize a whole week had passed. The days seem to blend into each other with a brief respite of restless sleep thrown in. Just like Spring, Autumn is a very busy time for me. The garden is slowly yielding the last of it's bounty and I am pulling the remnants of what was healthy plants slowly. The corn has been gone, but I plant the beans and peas along side it to provide a structure on which to climb. My dream garden would be one that is raised a good two feet so that I could avoid bending so low.





The corn stalks have been removed to grace the front pillars and proclaim that winter is approaching. This year I got really crafty and used bean vines to secure them to the posts. I added some spent sunflower plants and a touch of the late flowering sedum to add a touch of color; but it needs something else to lift it out of the drab colorless state it is in. I would tramp through the woods for something interesting, but the fear of poison ivy keeps me confined to my own safe yard...............





The store is being re-merchandised to display possible gift items. I made doll clothes a couple of years ago. Whatever I am making is usually a reflection of what my grandchildren are wanting or needing. I made nightgowns for the girls and made matching ones for their dolls, then got a little carried away with doll clothes............



I borrowed a couple of dolls from my sweet Kiley and they are now displaying my dolly duds.



I even dressed a monkey. Now, this monkey looks more like the puppet, Lambchops. I made the ears a little over sized, but the skirt and blouse fit! The skirt closure in the back is a simple hook and eye and there was even a hole for the tail!


All the Christmas handbags are out, as well as the pillow cases. Doggone cute dog harnesses fill out the bottom shelf and with all the new little dogs in the kampground they have come in handy.



What do you do with slightly rusty, still functional folding chairs? I was hit with inspiration as I gathered all the empty 2 liter Diet Coke bottles left by he who drinks too much of this. Hmmm, since I collect Coke stuff I decided to make use of all those labels. A little spray adhesive and those labels are sticking to the chairs. This is after I painted the chairs red. Next I will be making new seat cushion covers out of a drop cloth that has been tie-dyed ............ or maybe I will have a paint flinging party. Who knows?



When using spray adhesive it is difficult to keep it off your fingers. You need to push the label down good and sometimes it will ooze out at a seam and you can't help getting it on your fingers. Getting it off presents a bit of a challenge, though. Regular soap and water didn't work and the bar of Lava soap wasn't doing the trick either. I happened upon a remedy to the situation, though, and am happy to share. You have all no doubt heard the jingle "When you pick up a pan, spray it with Pam". Mine goes like this.........."To unstick your hand, spray it with Pam". Or Great Value no stick vegetable cooking spray ........... it doesn't rhyme as well, though.



Coca Cola and frogs = Kando Kampground



9 comments:

Sunny said...

Oh my Kathy! You are one busy lady, not to mention creative! What a great use for old labels, such a clever idea.
Love the sock monkey :)
☼ Sunny

Kathy G said...

Your campers are SO lucky to have you!

ellen abbott said...

That's exactly why I am planting pole beans instead of bush beans next year.

Such cute merchandise. You are so clever.

Brian Miller said...

that is a relaly cool trick with the chairs...hmm...wonder what i can adhesive...nice.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I neeeeeeeedddddd a girl sock monkey with clothes. Pleeeaaaassseeee tell me how to buy some..... OK?????????

Cute, cute, cute! Love the Coke stuff!

jojo said...

you are brilliant! I also neeeeed a girl sock monkey for my soon to be born first grand daughter! lemme know.

houndstooth said...

You've got some great merchandise to show for your efforts!

I still love the sock monkeys!

Pat said...

I think you need to send photos of your chairs to Coke to show them your creativity! I'm telling you, Martha Stewart has NOTHING on you!

I think you need to do a post on your sock monkeys again - photos and prices. I'd be interested, too!

Marla said...

You are so creative!!