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Rocking’ it!

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Ok, so i have just finished working this week…and i am a little worried about starting school again in september…i have been exhausted! Between working and having johns family staying with us, i haven’t been as productive as usual lately…and the things that I have done, I haven’t had the time to write about. We have three weeks of holidays left, so I am going to have to step it up a bit!
This morning, we needed an activity to keep us busy when it was rainy, so we picked some interesting rocks from the garden, dug up some sharpies…

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I started my first rock with a circle in the center…

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Then we talked about line and different the kinds of lines you could draw like zig zag, bumpy, or squiggly.

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Then I kept adding lines around it…

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And adding…

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Here is it finished…

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Here is an easy design. Draw a series of wavy lines, making sure that the design has a wide and narrow part, and the lines are not parallel…

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Then, fill in the wider areas with curved lines…

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Continue the same way filling up the whole rock…

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I have read on pinterest that you can make sharpie permanent on dishes by baking it in the oven, so we baked the rocks at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes…I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks if the designs wash off.
Here is our finished products…

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The kids loved the doodling, we decided we are going to experiment more with lines. If you search zentangle on line there are amazing instructions for some cool doodles!
Here is a photo I found on line using a white marker…

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Spooning in the garden!

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I couldn’t believe my luck last when we went to a garage sale and found a pile of old, tarnished silver cutleryI picked out all of the spoons and a few forks. The best part is paid two dollars for all of it!
I have seen spoons and forks in the garden and have been dying to make them ever since I ordered a set of metal stamps on line, but the problem is that i have tried, and the stamps don’t really work on the hard stainless steel of regular cutlery, or even on cheap cutlery, so you have to use silver, or silver plated, but I didn’t have any…until now! I know, I know, what kind of person gets excited about finding old tarnished spoons at a garage sale? The guy selling them to me thought I was crazy (and so did John when I got home…lol)
When it comes to my garden, I will be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb, so I figure that whatever features I add like painted rocks, figurines, and plant markers, will take the focus off of the actual plants! Right? The more colorful and interesting stuff I add, the less people look at the actual plants…
Anyways, here are my treasures…

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I started by trying to hammer the spoons flat. I found that using a wooden board underneath created the least amount of scratches.

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I hammered a few flat…

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My plan was to hammer the names of plants into the spoons, but when I got my stamps next to my spoons,I realized that my stamps were way too big to fit more than a four or five letter word on each spoon. So my plan of stamping zucchini, and cucumber, or even tomato were not going to work. So, I decided to put short simple words like, love, hope, be happy etc.

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When I started to try to hammer the stamps, I realized that this hammering needed to be done on a harder surface, so I put the spoons on top of brick to hammer.
I hammered in the letters…

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Then used a black sharpie to trace over each letter…

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And then used a damp Kleenex to wipe off the sharpie, leaving the black ink in the cracks…

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Then tried to find a place in the garden to put them…they look cut in the middle of some ground cover…

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But, they are also cute to fill in space where there aren’t plants growing!

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I still have a pile of knives… They might even be long enough to stamp labels for my vegetables… Hopefully I will get some time to try this week!