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Friday, May 16, 2014

French Lavender Pot

My sister's birthday is at the end of this month, one day after mine.  It's so fun to celebrate together, so I wanted to think of something special to make her as part of her gift.
She loves gardening like I do, so inspiration struck and I created this French pot that I've planted a wonderfully smelling lavender plant in.
I began by painting a large terracotta pot in a pretty shade of light blue.  It's a blend of several different chalk paints, mixed to create just the right shade.  I really love creating my own custom blended colors!
After painting it several coats, I then aged it a bit with a watered down brown craft paint.  I also dry brushed a bit of white craft paint here and there to create a white washed effect.  I was going to take photos of all the colors and products that I used, but I got lazy!

I knew I wanted to add a pretty label to the front, so I headed on over to the Graphics Fairy and found this gorgeous French lavender perfume label.  Isn't it pretty?  I thought it was perfect for my project!
To age the label a bit, I used a bit of Tim Holtz distressing ink, then decoupaged the label to my pot using outdoor Mod Podge.  I then used a clear sealer and went over the entire pot.
I'm so happy with the way it turned out, and hope that my sister will love it!

 Oh, I almost forgot to show you two little visitors that were hanging out on my picket fence plant stand!  I moved my watering can to set up for my "photo shoot", and these little guys were hiding underneath it!

 I wish you could smell the lavender, it is heavenly!
 I also painted a terracotta saucer to match the pot.  I am bummed though, as I wasn't thinking when I put the label on the pot, that the bottom portion was going to be hidden by the saucer.  Darn, I should have placed it a bit higher on the pot!
 Here's one more close up shot at this oh so pretty label!
 Have a great weekend!


NanaDiana said...

Your sister will absolutely LOVE it! And if she doesn't well- I'll take that old thing off her hands!;>)

It's gorgeous, Donna. Love the shade of blue and that label is fantastic-so pretty. Nice job. Happy birthday to your sister AND you! xo Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so beautiful! And a great gift! I'm wondering if you could place an old saucer upside down under the pot to elevate it a little?

Cute froggies!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a heaven scent of a gift..loved the wrapping! What a great idea. I was cleaning out a cabinet today and found some dried lavendar, still smelled so good.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great color for the pot, and, the label is a perfect finishing touch.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wow, that is so pretty Donna...love the color and the graphic...perfect together. Love your little visitors, too...

Musings from Kim K. said...

Such a thoughtful gift. Love the hand-created color. Your sweet little visitors are too cute!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Donna,
What a sweet gift and so pretty. Love this. I am leaving for out of town but I have you up for Spotlight and love it. Thank you for doing Spotlight. It was so fun to learn more about you. Keep checking back to read all your fun and sweet comments tomorrow.
Have a great Week End. Thank you again Donna I was excited to feature you.

Joyce Mayer said...

Lovely, your sister will love that you created such a beautiful pot and the lavender - who doesn't love lavender?

Happy Weekend, ♫ Happy Birthday ♫

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, I love your terra cottage pot design. The color is so pretty and I love the technique you used and the label is one of my very favorites. This turned out so pretty and the whole vignette is special.
How fun you and your sister have birthdays close together. Happy Birthday to her and also to YOU!!
Enjoy the weekend.
Birthday Hugs!

White Lace and Promises said...

I really need to find these graphics. I keep seeing these everywhere and I have never tried to do it. I will occasionally modpodge a tray or something. This is toooo cuuuuute! Love the blue!

Trisha said...

The blues are so pretty and perfect together! I can almost smell the lavender from here. I am so scared of frogs so I am pretty sure I would have screamed and ran away...you are braver than me!