Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Very Different Kind of Fence


You probably wonder what snowmen with hats and scarves are doing in a post about - good - fences?

Well - look closer.


Can you guess? This is leftover wood from the fence the Geek and I built in the spring. Beautiful, untreated redwood. It was sitting in our garden shed in all kinds of different sizes because I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. Some of the really small parts we threw in our fire pit on warm summer evenings. But the others are still holding out in the shed.


So I grabbed some of the smaller parts and made ornaments from them - as I showed you here. But what to do with the bigger parts?

It was so obvious - snowmen, of course. With hand knitted hats and scarves.


A few years ago Kaefer had asked me to knit a hat, scarf and leg warmers for her American Girl doll. Lucky for me I still had the pattern and found that the AG hats fit perfectly on my wooden snowmen. I got some skeins of colorful yarn and happily knitted along. The great thing about knitting these is that I can watch a movie while creating the hats and scarves.

The wood is untreated and I left the imperfections of the wood - I only primed it and then painted over it. The "personality" of the wood is still there.


Painting on the faces was fun, and I also added a few buttons. Good thing I have quite a lot of buttons! The snowmen are available in my Etsy shop.


But of course I will show you a "real" fence photo - an image of the fence where my snowmen come from, the "mother fence" if you will.... taken in the spring when I had all the wonderful poppies in my front garden (of course they are all gone, but I can already see some new seedlings!).


So - do my snowmen count as a good fence? I admit it's a bit unusual... still, I'm linking to Theresa's "Good Fences" where you can find a lot of real, honest fences!


19 comments:

carolann said...

yes thought you were advertising your knitting . Ha-ha.


Love the fence wit the bird.

TexWisGirl said...

so darn cute and creative!! and i love the 'mother fence' of course! :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Not at all....in fact, this is so unique to the Good Fences, I really really enjoyed it all. And so clever and ingenious!!

Ruth Kelly said...

You are very clever. The the knitted hats and scarfs are so colorful and I love color.

Orsolina said...

Hihihi, süß. Tolle Idee. Sieht super aus.

LG Biggi

Margaret Adamson said...

Today you have thought'out of the box but I love the bird on the fence also

Marie said...

The snowmen are adorable! I love that you used the scraps from your fence build to make them. Yes, perfect Good Fences "material" :-)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very creative!

I like your towhee, two.
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Ida said...

What a creative idea you had for those left over pieces of fencing, so cute!
Neat shot of the "mother fence" and robin too. Makes me long for spring now that the cold weather has arrived.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! How cute are they! And what a great idea to use the leftover wood for Christmas crafts! I love them!

DeniseinVA said...

How very cute, a great take on Good Fences with those pretty hat and scarves, and I also enjoyed the bird on the fence in your last shot.

Elephant's Child said...

Your snowmen definitely count as a good fence.
The first of my double poppies opened this morning - and I thought of you.

Felicia said...

I love your fence snowmen and the "mother" fence is pretty too.

Bethany Carson said...

Very neat idea for the fence scraps! The snowmen are cute and will make lovely decorations! The "real" fence looks great!

Debbie said...

oohhhh how cute are these!! It's just wonerful when wood is repurposed and those hats and scarves are beautiful!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your fence, what a great idea! Valerie

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your snowmen! How sweet they are with their colourful hats, scarves and buttons. A creative idea. Your 'real' fence is beautiful too!

Carletta said...

Love it!
Thanks for your visit this week.

Magic Love Crow said...

So darn cute! I love your ideas with the wood!!!