Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lettuce Make Garden Markers!


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I've been trying to be consistent in the garden. Weeding hither. Pruning thither. It is looking better. It is slowly recovering from last year's brush-off. The boy and I decided the vegetable patch needed some garden markers. We made a batch of little signs using an old weathered piece of door trim and some pruned dogwood twigs.

To begin, I cut the door trim into pieces. I didn't measure. I just went at it like a wild-woman with the hand-saw until I had several rectangles.

Then I drew up our list of vegetables, sat the boy down, and had him write out the veggie names in pencil onto our little wooden rectangles. Truth-be-told, his handwriting puts my boring old chicken-scratch to shame. His has so much more character and richness than mine. It's absolutely unfair, but what's a girl to do? I make the best of it by putting it to good use whenever an opportunity strikes. I call it "The Boy Font".


With my handy-dandy Sharpie, I traced out "The Boy Font" letters on each rectangle...


And painted them in with liquid acrylic paint.


I gathered some teensy nails, a hammer, those lovely cherry-coloured dogwood twigs, and our wooden rectangles.


I set two nails in place in each rectangle, top and bottom...


And hammered them onto the twigs. Yay, job done! I love the look of "The Boy Font" on our rustic garden markers. It's the sweetest, isn't it?



Oh, and here's a whole variety of spiffy garden markers you could make:


You have yourself a fine day now. I'll be back Friday with the Thousand Thanks Giveaway results, eep!

I'm happily linking to Tater Tots and Jello!

27 comments:

  1. Oh how I wish I had a little veggie garden! The Boy Font is really looking good!

    I have a basket filled with herbs, so I could make some markers to put in there!

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  2. Hermosa huerta!!!
    y los carteles lucen muy apropiados!!
    Saludos!

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  3. I think these signs are just terrific, best looking markers and easy to read, they will look just right in your garden!

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  4. All I need now is... a garden...! I am really being a fan now from your boys designs :)

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  5. they are great garden markers!! funny to read and hear about people starting their gardens now, while here in the Bahamas our gardens are over until october :) nothing like fresh lettuce!!

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  6. These are awesome! I love it! I am your newest follower. I would love to have you follow me as well... AND, on Fridays I post my weekly For the Kids link party. Please stop by and share some of your ideas for/with/by kids!

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  7. Those are adorable. I love "Boy Font" it is adorable you should get it transcribed into a computer font - I love kid's style fonts.

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  8. These are adorable! However, you lost me at handsaw...

    Tell me you at least own a dremel!

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  9. These are adorable. I love your lettering.

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  10. A lovely collaboration! How fun to be able to team up with your son.

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  11. So cool! The signs are gorgeous and I love how you two collaborate. This is also super duper emotional. You might consider spraying on some clearcoat to save the sweetness of this project for more than a season.

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  12. Love your markers, so much nicer than the little white plastic labels the birds like to throw around. Boy font is just perfect.
    Carol xx

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  13. You are SO right on the Boy Font! I wish I could get it on my computer! Looks like lots of fun and I bet the markers look so awesome in your garden.
    Vanessa

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  14. Oh, I love these. So clever. And I love "The Boy Font"... adorable!

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  15. And thank you for the links ! I picked some more good ideas !!!!

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  16. Whow... the handwriting really is neat, I think it is what makes these markers really stand out. They look amazing, great job, you two!

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  17. Hahah, the boy font! How cute! It does look really neat. It looks like I'd see it in a cute store and think, oh I can make it myself. And then my writing, no matter how I tried to copy it, just wouldn't look quite the same.

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  18. so simple, so nice!
    greetings Petra

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  19. Ecologic and pretty! and useful, of course. tremble tables, coming Michelle! kisses

    bego (baulartesanodebego)

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  20. Wow, his handwriting really is amazing! They turned out great!

    (visiting from Tatertots and Jello)

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  21. i love these! every year i say im going to make markers for the garden but never seem to do it...maybe next year:)

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  22. I just started a raised bed garden in my yard this spring. I need some markers. Love yours. And I want access to the boy font too.

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  23. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  24. I love the Boy Font! You're right, it does go well with the rustic markers. Adorable!

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