Neighbors encouraging each other. We invite you to participate and add your painted rock.
After some pretty strong winds our sign had fallen and broken. I knew I had to get the paints out and make a new one. I used a recycle floor tile, craft paints, and sealed with several coats of clear acrylic. It was a fun project. I made it much brighter in color. Ed and I designed a frame that now hangs the tile securely in place. The garden is growing, it's so fun to see others thoughts, art work, and words of encouragement. For me, it rewarding to have neighbors and park visitors stop and chat about the rocks and brainstorming what they plan to paint on a rock. I hope to see more painted rock and encourage anyone interested in adding to it. I look forward to seeing your rock soon.
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The task was to makeover a tired and falling apart fence/wall to disguise the air conditioning units located in the the garden area. Doing our part to cut down on waste in the landfills we planned an echo friendly project using as many recyclable objects as possible. Color, shape, durability, and function were key elements in our design process. This was an investment of time that was well worth the results. What do you think?
Design: size built to hide the air conditioning units, visually pleasing, colorful
Bottles: collect used bottles, sanitize, remove labels, drill holes, and rewash
Spacers: collect items to use as spacers in between bottles, we used gears on this project
Build Frame: purchase pressure treated lumber, cut lumber, assemble with screws and bolts, drill holes, stain and seal, and then mount in location.
Bottle Rods: cut rods to length, string on bottles & gears in desired patterns.
Final Assembly: place rods with bottles through holes in frames, add top bottles.
This is part of a bigger custom garden re-landscaping project using recycled materials. Yes, Ed did have to hold on to my feet a few times as I had to dig pretty deep in those recycling bins! Haha! The gears were left over from Sarah Etchells and Will’s wedding decor.
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These decorative cinder blocks are part of a larger project to makeover a tired and underutilized garden area. The area was flat with some existing plants and river rock, but pretty lifeless and boring. Keeping with our mantra of to cut down on waste in the landfills we planned an echo friendly project using as many recyclable objects as possible. The inspiration came from Mexican style tiles, I love the colors, and the feeling of playfulness in the artistry. Color, height, durability, and function were key elements in our design process.
Design: height with visually pleasing, colors, playfulness, and holes for plants
Concrete Blocks: collect used blocks from around the house, clean, prime the blocks
Color & Design: researched the web for design ideas, and rummaged through paint stashes to come up with a color pallet
Hand painted each block, some needed several coats, then sealed with block sealer, and allow to dry for several days.
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On to the next items needed. I will keep you posted on the progress of the larger garden makeover.
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"To others this may appear as a unique piece of artwork but for me it represents years of memories with my Dad. This carving opens conversations with friends as they visit our home and we are able to share a piece of his story and our memories together. Thank you Ed and Janise for helping to keep his memory alive as he lives on in our hearts each day." CJ & Crystal
I like to carve using a chainsaw. Better, I like it if i can put a story behind the object. It's what changes a carving into a sculpture.
It was a privilege to work with Crystal to surprise her husband CJ to honor the memories of his father who's motto was "Never Give Up". Ed
If we can bring joy to a veteran by sharing our time and talents, it’s time well spent. You never know what can build a community. For Camp Breac, in Bellefonte PA, it’s trout. Camp Breac sits along Spring Creek, a stream well known for it’s trout fishing. Jim and Denise Lanning had a vision to create a place for veterans and their families to enjoy the outdoors, fish, and most importantly connect with others veterans, families, and supportive community members.
Many volunteers help out at Camp Breac. Kris Edson was tasked with taking out a large old Norway spruce had that had died. He thought the tree and location was perfect for a large trout carving and contacted Ed who is known for his large fish carvings. After Kris cut the large tree it to proper size, Ed carved this beautiful wild brown trout leaping from the water. And Janise added the finishing touches with a bit of color to the water at the base of the fish. The trout carving is finished with a protective clear coat. Lastly, Army vet Daniel Kerstetter created very large Light Cahill fly for the wild brown trout to chase and it now hangs above the carving.
It is our hope that many conversations and connections are made around the old spruce, now a brown trout that serves as welcome to everyone visiting Camp Breac.