Benefits of Swinging with a Garden Buddy

Gardening is my release of stress and gives me a life-long hobby with exercise benefits. One of my greatest treasures is not my beautiful garden but my garden buddy. I share my love of gardening with her. It gives us both endless conversations when we are in the garden or visiting each other!
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Pallet Projects

I am all about the new-found crafts and decor for my home and wanted to get some help using old pallets found at various department stores. I thought I would be able to cut them apart and make just about anything I wanted to. Oh yeah, that was before I tried but soon realized the project was harder than I had time for. I am head strong thinking I can do anything. I had to give in on this diy project. I enlisted the help of my nephew and he built me a love seat, chair, and coffee table for our deck. I got some cushions and made it a little more comfortable. I have enjoyed the pallet furniture for some time. I need to buy some Thompson’s Water Sealer to protect the wood and will do that in the next couple of weeks.

Pallet furniture

Pallet Furniture

Painted Pallets

Painted Pallets

After a few weeks and lots of sunshine, I decided to use Behr Deck over paint to give my pallet outdoor settee and chair a coat of turquoise paint. I really like how it turned out and went out and bought a light color, yellow, to give the pallet furniture a chic look.


WALLS OUT OF PALLETS

My next project with the pallet crates I did was to use them on the walls of The Queen Studio. I used my son’s air compressor and his nail gun to shoot them up on the walls. Some of the boards had to be cut with a saw to make them fit but mostly all the boards worked like a puzzle. I took my time and wanted it to be special. I spent about 2 weeks working the layout and even standing on a garden table to complete the walls. My husband hung a pallet shelf that I really like. It holds all kinds of garden items. I added a peg board painted turquoise to match my decor. I laid tile squares of black and white in a checkered design like Mackenzie-Child. I love giving the studio a touch of whimsy look. I hung wind chimes, shelves, and art work to complete the look. I loved how it turned out and it was a fairly simple project. The results are amazing and I would do it again.

pallet walls

Pallet Walls in The Queen Studio

Pallet Walls

Pallet walls in The Queen Studio


BAR OUT OF PALLETS

My third project was using an old door I had left over from the studio project to make a bar. My friend, Kathy, 2nd Chance Furniture on Facebook, found a similar one we both liked. We decided to use old pallets for the sides with a drawer and rollers. Kathy is a genius and I love working with her. She designed the bar to have a working area that could be lifted off for a tray. She cut out a hole for a stainless bowl for ice, fruits, etc. I purchased a small refrigerator for the open area. My husband and I will enjoy having cool drinks when we are gardening or just kicking back on the deck.  I love the bright colors that match my studio so I had painted it have red and turquoise. Love, love, love my pallet projects. I think the touch of whimsy brightens my world.

pallet bar

Making the bar from pallets.

pallet bar

Pallet Bar for
The Queen Studio


Queens Thoughts

I even made some shelves out of the pallets. I used my skill saw and cut the pallet apart and it gives you two shelves for storage. It’s amazing the things you can make in a short time. Pallet projects is the way to go. Check out Painted Furniture for ideas working with pallets, it’s awesome.  Pallets are wonderful project supplies. I learned to use a skill saw, nail gun, compressor. I think we all can learn valuable lessons when we forge ahead and try new things. Life is about learning and using what we learn to share with others.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – Robert Schular


Enjoy life!  Doris aka Queen Rose

The Queen’s Art Inspiration

Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston, RIP

I am a self-taught artist and learned some techniques from Toller Cranston, a famous Olympic skater and artist, while visiting San Miguel. Overlapping colors and layers of paint shows a more dramatic look.  His home, full of art, was just magnificent. I will never forget the way he invited us into his home and shared his love of art. Several of my Red Hat friends purchased paintings that day. I feel indebted to the Art gallery personnel for arranging the tour. We had a most enjoyable time and celebrated with margaritas.

Art Tour

Friends on Art Tour

I love the bold colors of Mexico and love using that platform to interpret Pop Art in my paintings. I discovered the interest while on vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There the culture of the people is simple and fun. I love whimsical figures and putting it onto canvas is satisfying to me as an artist.

Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead by Queen Rose

I will be traveling back to San Miguel next year and hope to add to my list of intriguing ideas. Sometimes you have to look and find art in secret places.

Travel with me to find your niche and tell me how you get creative. I want to hear and learn from you. Do you have a comment on Day of the Dead that you would like to share? I love the annual events that have at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment with alters set up for love ones. I participate in the event each year and my best bud and I enjoy the outing with full dress. We will be looking for statues and other items on our trip in February 2016. Life is good!

Queen Rose