It continues to rain and rain and rain here. There isn't a gardener or farmer around who remembers so much rain in June, July and August. My veggie and cutting garden has grown like crazy. There are so many leaves that the mulch is practically invisible. The mulch really helped cut down the number of hours I have to spend weeding. It has back-fired slightly because of the wet weather though. I've got way more slugs and some of the plants are rotting. But we've been eating lots of delicious fresh veggies.
I've been fitting in my garden shed exterior rehab in bits and pieces. Haven't had a lot of extra time to spend on it. I painted the door a fabulous pumpkin orange color - the name of which escapes me. I used Benjamin Moore's High Gloss Metal and Wood Enamel. I am in love with this paint. It goes on like a dream - smooth and luxuriously - and dries to a fabulous high gloss. It is oil based. I know a lot of folks don't like to use oil based paints -- but me - I love them and until they stop making oil based paints, I will keep using them for certain high traffic areas where I want the paint to be very durable and washable. (The other favorite oil based paint of mine is Benjamin Moore's Satin Impervo - the interior woodwork of our house is covered in it. It is so darn durable and again, goes on like a dream.)
The wicker chairs that were a rescue from my sister's porch about ten years ago are now bright orange. I discovered a wonderful spray paint at the hardware store and took a chance on it. It is an enamel designed for painting tractors so it comes in a limited color range. I chose "Rustoleum's Allis Chalmers Orange" and boy is it pretty. I've used a lot of spray paint in my day and this stuff covered quickly and has a great shine. I can tell it is really durable. My sister Nancy can't believe I still have these chairs - they really are in awful shape - leaning this way and that with bits of wicker breaking off every time you sit in them. I think the paint will help me squeeze a couple more years out of them.
The project continues - and there's more to come if I can just fit it all in to the busy days of August.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.