Garden Stakes

Come down off the chair, Mom.  It says, “Garden Stakes,” not “garter snakes!”  My parents have one of the loveliest yards I’ve ever seen.  The grass is like a carpet, and Dad has flowers everywhere.  The other day, they were walking around the yard enjoying the early spring blossoms, and they saw a hole in the ground.  When Mom leaned forward to see it better, she realized she was standing on a little garter snake.  Mom can move pretty fast and hit really high notes when she wants to!

I’m not sure these will keep snakes away, but they sure are fun to make.  This is what I did this afternoon.

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These are so simple.  I used some metal sheets I bought at the hobby store and just die cut and embossed them.  Easy!  I attached the pieces with brads.  I stamped on the oval with StazOn and colored the flowers with permanent markers.

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This one uses the Fun Flowers and Beautiful Butterflies dies.  I only have pink, green and silver metal, and I didn’t want all pink flowers.  Since the back of the colored metal was silver, I turned two of the flowers over after I embossed them (the polka dot one and the “Melon Mambo” one at the top) and colored them with permanent markers.  I love the way they look, since the debossed area stayed silver.

You can probably tell I don’t make jewelry.  I had a really tough time with the hooks, but I’ll work on it.  I’ve had several people try to teach me how to make jewelry hook thingies with wire, but I just don’t get it.

Speaking of jewelry, I saw a magazine yesterday with the word “Jewelery” in the title.  AAARRRRRGGGGGH!!!  And spell check didn’t pick it up, so I guess it must be ok to spell it like that.  “Jewelery,” “Nucular” and “Realitor” are three of my pet peeves when it comes to mispronounced words.  I agree with Henry Higgins (from My Fair Lady):  “Why can’t the (Americans) learn how to speak?”  Or spell?  That’s for another day…The garden stakes will probably be one of my projects at the spring fling this year.  Look for more details really soon.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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7 Responses to Garden Stakes

  1. Sheri says:

    Those are awesome!!


  2. Pat Smith says:

    Beautiful projects…makes me want to brighten up my yard! (AND your pet peeves are mine as well — Americans just might be able to spell better if they would speak correctly!!!!!)


  3. Mom says:

    Oh, I love these! Can’t wait for the Spring Fling!!! May even try a few before that. Fun blog – even though “my” Garter snake story was the screaming kick off!!!! And keep on ranting about the sloppy pronunciation in ‘today’s English’ language. You know I agree!


  4. diane oliver says:

    Buffy Wow.. so ambitious! Love these colors; so spring like and cheerful!


  5. Love these Buffy! I’ll have to try this soon.


  6. Luralyn says:

    These garden ornaments are as cute as can be! And I am with you, 100%, on the mispronunciation and misspelling of those words; it is SO prevalent. I’ve even heard TV commercials where Realtors call themselves Realitors! Aaack!


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