Friday, May 22, 2015

Frugal Friday in the Garden


As far as artwork goes, it's been an unproductive week.   I've been getting the house / yard straightened up because out of town company is coming very soon.


While driving through Portland, though, I had to stop to take photos of this front yard.  Truth be told, I could take photos of someone's quirky front garden on almost every block in Portland.





I was disappointed I had to leave until I spotted one of my favorite signs down the block:



Nothing is really "needed" around the garden, but these two items are fun touches:

Made from bamboo, the sound of this chime is really soothing & not loud enough to disturb neighbors.  $3


Bells for the front porch - a little crooked at the moment.   $5.



Only one leaf casting was done this week, but I like it a lot better than those from last week.  I will keep trying.

Leaf Casting - 10X10
Same Leaf - Different Light


Company will be here soon, so I'll sign off for now.  Hope to see you in a few weeks.








 

25 comments:

  1. Dear Chris- I think your photos are art. Enjoyed seeing the colorful garden art. Like your simple and understated look better though. Your leaf casting looks good. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your company . Hugs!

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  2. Chris, I agree with Debbie...your photos are art! I love this series, and garage sales and thrift stores are such fun places to look for things!

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  3. I can't believe it's Frugal Friday already! It's a fun series I look forward to. Thanks for sharing these. I've been gardening a bit lately, in little spurts. nice to have some inspiration. Love the leaf casting!

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  4. Thanks, Debbie. Hoping you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  5. Thanks, Linda. The hunt for these little gems is really fun.

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  6. Thanks, Melle. A little gardening is more fun than no gardening. Hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of your efforts.

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  7. Enjoy your weekend Chris! Love the photos!!

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  8. Thanks, Hilda. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  9. I like stopping by everytime see something beautiful and take pictures.
    Interesting things you bought and your arts are fantastic!

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  10. Chris, your words made me smile...except when you said something about your favorite sign. That made me laugh out loud! LoL Sounds like you will have a busy but hopefully fun couple of weeks. Seeing your photos make me miss WA so very much!!!

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  11. I do love that garden and I rather like your new additions to your own!

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  12. Thanks, Sherry. I used to hate being frugal, but now its kind of fun.

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  13. Chris, I agree with Debbie and Linda - your photos are art. These gardens are so pretty and they have funk value:) Your leaf casting turned out great! You found perfect treasures for your own place. Have fun with your company!

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  14. I love the funky garden areas in Portland. They are unexpected and pop up all over the place. I even saw a house with flowers growing all over its roof.
    I love the way your leaves casting turned out.

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  15. I love your photos and your leaf casting!! My husband is a potter so I get all the pieces he thinks are not good enough to sell...I think they look great! Enjoy your visitors:)

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  16. Thanks, Candy. Portland is definitely a "funk" kind of town; it's easy to find inspiration here.

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  17. Thanks, Julie. I'll be on the lookout for the roof garden on top of that house.

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  18. Thanks, Karen. Your husband is a potter - WOW! Bet you put his "seconds" to good use!

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  19. I love the leaf casting as it looks so original! will definitely save the previous post ( about making the leaf) for my future art projects. :)

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  20. Fun! Wish I was there ��. You did really good on all your findings. I LOVE the leaf casting! You know how much love leaves! Great pics Chris. I love the glass balls too. I have several hanging on my tree in the back yard. I never take them down - not even in the winter. Steve took some photos of them this morning.

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  23. Thanks, Jo. Wish you were here, too. Leaf castings are so easy. Hope you make some. And those glass balls - bought them at an art fair about 15 years ago - with YOU! I've got some hanging in the tree, too (borrowed that idea from YOU).

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