{DIY} House Number Ideas

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Yesterday I posted about the flowers in my garden and how my exterior entrance looks this year.

You can read all about it and view the photos here.

Today I wanted to share with you how easy it can be to add a little curb appeal to your home by creating a House Number Sign.

I have curated this collection for Hometalk and you can find my Hometalk Profile here and my curated board here. Hometalk is a fantastic site where you can browse thousands of home and garden posts all in one place. It’s a very informative site, you can easily search for what you may be looking for and why not join Hometalk while you’re there!

Here’s a closer look at all of those wonderful House Number Ideas.

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This collection certainly gets me in the mood to go outside and see what else I can do to add to my curb appeal – maybe there’s a trip to the garden centre in my near future…perhaps today!

Don’t forget to pop back later this evening for my link party, Make the Scene Monday,

I am looking forward to seeing what you have been creating lately!

Alderberry Hill – Curb Appeal & My Garden

So I’ve been a little absent lately…well perhaps a lot absent. Ahhh…summer’s here and I have so many other things going on that working my day job is the only thing that I can fit in – and that’s because I have to. Blogging has taken a backseat to everything else since the weather has gotten warmer, the flowers are blooming and evenings are spent outside by the fire and watering my garden.

Speaking of gardens…want to see mine?

Here are some shots of the beautiful flowers in my garden…

And the curb appeal I’ve been working on for the past number of years….

I tend to change up the colors every year. My adirondack chairs have been painted every color of the rainbow – but I’m definitely loving the FIRE ENGINE RED this year – and that’s the paint color in case you’re wondering (from Tremclad).

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  We planted a Golden Willow this year.

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And a Crab Apple tree.

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Stick with me everyone…our summers are so short, I just can’t miss out but my mind is still full of ideas and projects that I want to share with you…just a little later…

Make the Scene Monday will be live tomorrow evening…I’m looking forward to see everything I’ve been missing!

Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink

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What a treat to be a guest blogger today at Alderberry Hill.
My name is Jennifer and I began my blog,
six years ago. I’m a life long needlewoman, an avid rubber stamper and card maker, a dig-in-and-get-your-overalls-dirty kind of gardener, and a pastry chef wanna-be (hey, a girl can dream) and animal lover extraordinaire.
Spring has finally arrived (did I hear everyone shout FINALLY!!) and here in Southern Ontario I have been busy putting in my vegetable garden. Once all the seeds and seedlings were planted I wanted to be sure to mark the varieties of veggies so there was no mistaking what was to be growing and where. Hence, I needed to whip up some garden marker signs. With chalkboard art being ever so popular I created some markers that have the chalkboard look but the lettering won’t wash away in the rain.
These garden signs were such fun to make. Let me show you how I made them.
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If you happen to have an old picket fence that would work great for the boards.  Wood pallet boards would work great too.  I dug out from under the deck some very weathered 1″ X 4″ boards (knot holes and all) and cut them approximate lengths, rounded one end and cut a point in the other to go in the ground easily.
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Next, grab a can of chalkboard paint (Black…not green).  A can of matte spray paint will work great too.  Paint the boards and let them dry.
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I have horrendous handwriting so I used stencils and a white paint pen to outline the vegetable lettering.  Definitely do it freehand if you are gifted with the art of penmanship. 
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I filled in the letters with a fine paintbrush and a little white acrylic paint.  Then I got brave and with the white paint pen I freehanded a scroll flourish and drew an outline around my sign.
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Now the last step:  paint a picture of the vegetables.  I freehanded the veggie pictures using the seed packets as picture inspiration.  These were all painted using acrylic craft paint.   This was such fun.
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Time to go “plant” my signs.  The garden looks pretty stark and bare at the moment but slowly I’m seeing the seeds beginning to sprout.  Do you think maybe the garden markers will encourage the veggies to grow?  Ha!
beets Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
It was only recently I realized how MUCH I love beets.  Seriously!  They are a very neglected vegetable.  I have great plans for my beets so I surely do hope they will grow well.
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My cucs haven’t sprouted yet but I’m watering and talking to them daily.  Let’s hear for cucumbers!  Grow baby grow!
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This year I planted green and red bell peppers. 
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We had a heavy frost shortly after I planted my beefsteak and Roma tomato plants.  I lost a few plants and have had to replant quite a few tomato plants.
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Besides the main garden I have several of what I call “tub gardens”.  Peas are just starting to sprout in this container.  I’ll be putting up the net for them to climb on very soon.
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I have two varieties of squash: orange winter squash and Patty Pan summer squash.  Look!  They’ve begun sprouting!  YAY!
If you are a gardener I’d love to see and read about how you mark your rows.  I had a blast making these garden signs.  In another month or so when the garden is in full swing I’ll post photos of the garden with the signs doing their job with their vegetables surrounding them.  I’d love it if you’d like to follow me at Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink.
I want to give a HUGE thank you and shout out to Sarah for inviting me to be a guest blogger here at Alderberry Hill. Sarah, this is truly a sweet honor and I’m thrilled to share with you and your readers.

 

And super thanks to you, Jennifer for guest posting…I appreciate it so much!