Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Artichoke-Inspired Makeover


I love using natural elements in my home. I have always liked the look of pinecone balls, but have found them to be pricey to buy new.



A few weeks ago, I FINALLY come across one during my weekly run to Goodwill.  It was missing a few scales and the glue was yellowed and brittle. I also found a little wooden candle stand that would be perfect for a base. I was able to get both for less than a buck!  When I arrived home I discovered that several more scales had fallen off.  Nothing my glue gun couldn't fix!


My original plan was to paint the base and leave the pinecone ball natural. But after having to re-glue most of the scales, I knew I needed to paint it to hide all the glue. Pinecone balls really remind me of artichokes so I decided to go green.


 Here are the colors I went with. I sanded the base a little after painting it white to give it a distressed look. (That's Oakley in the background.)


And here it is again! I ended up finding another smaller pinecone ball at Goodwill, a couple days ago. This one I didn't have to glue.

So, tell me what you think. Do they look like artichokes to you?


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32 comments:

  1. Love it! So clever and looks very nice! Great job!! Jen

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    1. Jen, Thanks for your sweet comments. Have a wonderful night!
      Sharla

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  2. They do!
    I think they look great (and I love the color).
    Say "hey" to Oakley and give him/her a pet from me.

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    1. Deb, I appreciate your kind words and Oakley does too. :-) He is our vision impaired dog and is as goofy as he looks!

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  3. oh how very cool!! I love it! spray paint is magic.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    bet you enjoy that artichoke!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I really appreciate your comments. Happy to have you following me. :-) Will be heading on over soon!

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  4. Thanks for stoping by AfterHours Momma! I love artichokes! And I love your idea!

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    1. Thank you for visiting me! I appreciate your kind comments. Have a great night! Sharla

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful night! Sharla

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  6. I think they totally look like artichokes! Love the shade of green! So cute that Oakley is your assistant! lol! Angie xo

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    1. Angie, I appreciate your kind comments and Oakley does too! :-) Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night! Sharla

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  7. They look like artichokes! What a clever redo and how lucky to find two of them, like the color too. Thanks for stopping by, am now following you too, Laura

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    2. Laura, Thanks for visiting me! I really appreciate your kind comments. Happy that you're now following. :-) Have a wonderful night! Sharla

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  8. I love it I am one of your newer followers.

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  9. Cynthia, Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments. So happy that you are now following.:-) Have a lovely day! Sharla

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  10. You did good, I like it. thank you for sharing

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  11. They look great! And they DO look like artichokes! :-)

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  12. Good work Sharla! You did it and you did it without it costing an arm and a leg. Way more fun!

    All joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  13. They definitely look like artichokes, they look so good--what a clever idea! I love the picture with your dog in the background, he looks so happy!

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  14. Now that's a clever idea! I have a yard full of pine cones! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

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  15. What a gorgeous idea! I love the colour you chose-it looks perfect!

    My weekly Say G’day Saturday Linky Party is on now and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this great post!

    Best wishes for a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

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  16. Now that was clever...Ivy leaf is one of my favorite colors.

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  17. Shari, you are so creative. I'm always finding pine cones and wondered what I could do with them. You've inspired me with so many ideas now, thanks. I like your color choice, they so do look like artichokes. : ) Thanks for linking this to Frugal Treasures Tuesday.

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  18. Great job! I love the color you painted the pine cone with. Stopping by from Debbie's link party. Hope you are having a great week!

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  19. I just wanted to pop back and say thanks so much for linking up to my weekly Say G'Day Saturday Party.

    I hope you will be able to join in and link up another fabulous post this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  20. I absolutely LOVE it! It's my favorite color! Stopping by from Beez and I'd love for you to join us at Cap Creations too sometime for any of your thirfty posts.

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  21. What a clever idea! I love it! Artichokes are my one of my favorites.

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  22. I'm just loving these. It's my 2nd visit back to see them - pretty sure I need to feature these tonight at the Trash 2 Treasure party!! :)

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  23. Congrats on being featured at "Kammy's Korner" Trash 2 Treasure Party ! Yes, I did not even think it was a pinecone until you shared with us how you made that cool looking vignette. Love the new look for the little wooden stand also.

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