The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Pink cabbage is just plain wrong.

So the other day I was in my local Goodwill  (Yes….  The one that sells rocks…)  and I came across this.

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It clearly had a lid at some point in its life, but the lid was missing and there was a chip on the top of it.
Oh.  And it was pink.

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Who has ever heard of pink cabbage?!  The only time I have seen cabbage that had a pink tinge to it, it was because I had left it to rot in the bottom of the veggie crisper drawer.  (Don’t you judge me!  Everyone knows that the crisper drawers are where produce goes to be forgotten and die!)

Anyhow, I took it home, sprayed a primer on it…

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At this point I am sure there are some of you feeling fairly uncomfortable with my choice, but that’s probably because you think I am planning on using it as a bowl for food.  Never fear, I plan to use it as a springtime floral container or as a planter.

After the primer dried, I busted out the acrylic paint… and blooped a big ‘ole dollop of celery green directly onto the bowl.

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I used a small amount over the entire bowl, continuing to dry brush the paint in areas where it was a little uneven.  I wanted to make sure you could see brush strokes and imperfections.

From here, and even while it was still a little wet, I took it out to my spray paint area.  I balanced it upside down on another can of spray paint.


Here is where you need to forget everything you’ve ever learned about proper spray paint application. You’re going to take a can of clear, gloss lacquer or sealant, and you are going to spray heavy coat upon heavy coat of clear gloss on this baby. Yes, it’ll drip. Yes, it’ll run… but since it’s upside down, it’ll be running up. Leave it for a day or two.

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When it’s completely dry, it will look like it’s fired ceramic, not like acrylic paint on an orphaned Goodwill bowl.


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I think it’ll look really cute with little pansies planted in it, or some tulips… but all I have today are cuttings from my roses.   Anyhow, for a $4.99 Goodwill save and materials that i had on hand, I’m pretty happy with the end result.

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89 Comments

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Renee said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Now that looks so much better :)
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Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm
hey girl.. it looks great. I have a pink cabbage platter.. gorgeous but pink.. hmmm.. I would love to paint it but some of my painted ceramic things have turned out a mess. One question, did the rocks sell?
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Michell @ Girl In Air said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Love it! So much better AFTER:-)
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Chris said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Agreed...pink cabbage is wrong. Love what you did with it, though. I'm seriously jealous of your roses!
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aggieam01 said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm
WOW! I love it. It really does look beautiful!
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MiMi said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm
I know better than to doubt your prowess as a painter and rescuer of some old lady's beloved soup tureen...is that how that's spelled? I bet not. And I don't know if it was actually a soup...whatever. But you know what I mean.
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Jayna Rae said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Great transformation. I too forget about most everything that goes in the crisper drawer. I just can't see stuff all the way down there by the floor. I am thinking of getting a fridge with the freezer on the bottom, maybe that will help with the abyss known as the crisper.
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Connie said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm
That is just adorable! I happen to have a half rotting head of cabbage in my crisper. Thanks for reminding me.

also...getting a TON of traffic from you site today because of my subject matter.

:)
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Cherie said...

April 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm
Awww so much prettier!
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Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

April 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm
It looks much better! I like it!

And I love the new look of your blog! :)
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Lesley said...

April 27, 2011 at 12:12 am
That is seriously something that I would guess you paid big bucks for!
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Shelley said...

April 27, 2011 at 1:37 am
Holy cow, it looks like a way expensive piece! Great job :D
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Sunshine and Lavender said...

April 27, 2011 at 1:38 am
It looks so great :) I need to hit up Goodwill :)
~Alison
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Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

April 27, 2011 at 1:54 am
Wow! I never would have dreamed it would turn out so pretty! That's certainly being filed away for future reference.
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Keetha Broyles said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:32 am
The green is definitely more becoming than pink! And it is just sooooooo loverly with those flower in it!
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Good Time Charlie said...

April 27, 2011 at 3:13 am
This is fantastique! From Crappy to Happy. Love that paint technique. Sometimes the creative ways with spray are the best. I bet someone was serving some yummy cabbage soup in this thing in its original life......Someone on a diet that is.
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J FAM Blog for the Soul said...

April 27, 2011 at 3:58 am
That's really cute...I'm going to have to ransack some local goodwills now....
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Shawn said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:12 am
I'm booking your ticket for your visit here. I'm thinking I can change your flight from Texas and you can come back home with me for a week or so. You know, just long enough for you to help me get some stuff done!
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Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:30 am
pink cabbage, seriously? I love pink, but that was a little tacky haha. great redo! Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :)
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Impulsive Addict said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:33 am
I want to steal Shawn's comment and enter it here. She'll never know.

Come help me. You know how anti-creative I am.

Please?
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She Made It Crafts said...

April 27, 2011 at 6:04 am
Ok so I like to think that I can see the potential in things at goodwill, but I would have never looked twice at that pink cabbage bowl! Great job, you really turned it into something lovely!
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Myya said...

April 27, 2011 at 6:36 am
I live WAY closer then Shawn or IA so come to my house first mmmK! :)

No but seriously I am thinking really hard about taking a picture of my gawd awful vanity in my bathroom (you know the one I don't get to replace) and seeing if you will offer up any tips on how to make it less ugly then it is now.
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Prudently Painted Vintage said...

April 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Beautiful! I love it with the white flowers. Very elegant.
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Becca said...

April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm
I can't believe that you took a perfectly good pink cabbage and made it look like that!

:0)

~Becca
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Sarah, Three Boys said...

April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm
So much better! It has a new life;) And it looks awesome.
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Vivian said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm
I love this. I'm bad about seeing things and not thinking I can repaint them. I will have to keep that in mind.
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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm
It looks great! thanks for linking this up to our Wicked awesome wed. party.
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JennyMac said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm
You are officially my arts/crafts style guru.
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Anonymous said...

April 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm
I love this!!! I am forever inspired by my BSS (blog stalking symdrome) Thank you for sharing.
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Junky Vagabond said...

April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm
HA! I'm not the only one who 'balances' stuff on spray paint and other paint cans :) Or spray paints in heavy coats - I'm feeling vindicated. Thank you!

Awesome makeover - excuse the silly question, but was the primer a flat one?
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Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Much better in celery green.
~Kimberlee, www.TheSpunkyDiva.com
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By the Bluegrass said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm
This is so lovely! I often find things w/out lids at the goodwill and I use then as planters.
xo,
Sena
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Debra said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm
So pretty! The color is beautful. The perfect planter. :)
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Kelli said...

April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm
Well you just fancied that right up now didn't you! I actually love the roses in it.
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Johanson Family said...

April 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm
ahhh... now that is a girl with vision. I would never have thought to do something like that! Very creative and it turned out awesome!! I lack in creativity so i'll just have to soak yours up! :)
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Carri @ Redefining C said...

April 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Love what you did with it and how it turned out!! Superb!
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Sandra said...

April 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm
Ok, you need to come prowl through my house and see if I have any pink cabbage that you could remodel! It's terrific what you did with that cabbage.
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Kim @ Too Much Time said...

April 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm
Yum! Pink Cabbage! Ha Ha. I think you made a wise choice with the green. It will look so cute as a planter-I love it!


Kim
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

April 28, 2011 at 12:53 am
Wow...love how that turned out!
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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

April 28, 2011 at 2:35 am
Wow! So I did NOT know where you were going with this but it was well worth the read! Great technique and instructions and fantastic finished product!
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Debra@Common Ground said...

April 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Love how this turned out! The green paint technique really does look like fired glaze, good job! xo Debra
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Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

April 29, 2011 at 12:07 am
What a Transformation, I wouldn't have thought of painting something like that ~ turned out looking like an Old Glazed Treasure.
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At The Picket Fence said...

April 29, 2011 at 2:47 am
Pink cabbage is definitely wrong! But you made this so right! :-)
Vanessa
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Tracy Suzanne said...

April 29, 2011 at 5:23 am
Hi Vivianne. It turned out gorgeous and that is the best tip. I never knew that. Thanks for sharing. I'll be looking at ceramic thrift shop items with a different view now.

Hugs...Tracy :)

P.S. I have a giveaway ending tomorrow. I would love to have you stop by and enter.
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Jenn said...

April 29, 2011 at 7:07 am
Wow! What a transformation - that is beautiful! I never would have thought to pick that up in the store.
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Coffee and a Mop said...

April 29, 2011 at 10:48 am
How cute!!

I just love your personality! You crack me up.

I especially loved the letter to Goodwill. I don't know what I would of thought if I walked around a Goodwill and found a rock for sale. Too funny!!!
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A Few Pennies said...

April 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Love it! You were right about the paint job--much prettier now. Have a great weekend. Patty
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Cindy Rippe said...

April 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Very nice! I love shopping at the resale stores. You really saved that poor broken pot. It's so pretty now.
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Kim -today's creative blog said...

April 30, 2011 at 12:52 am
You silly girl.....that is gorgeous! But this link party is for etsy shops.
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Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

April 30, 2011 at 2:33 am
Great Job! I like it a lot better now!
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Rachel said...

April 30, 2011 at 4:33 am
CLEVER find!!! I love the new cabbage color! It is a great flower bowl :)
Visiting from Tatortots and Jello - stop by and enter my Cupcake Giveaway! cookscleansplaywithpaper.blogspot.com
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Lolly Jane said...

April 30, 2011 at 4:46 am
yes that cabbage bowl NEEDED you!! so stinkin cute.

ps: i gotta find your rock story on here now, ha! goodwill is crazy!
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Xazmin said...

April 30, 2011 at 5:29 am
Way pretty, I love it!
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Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

April 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Nothing like paint to redo and remake and revamp something into something beeeeeautiful! great job. Love it.
Blessings,
Debbie
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c.w.frosting said...

April 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Beautiful! Love pink but completely agree, not for cabbage. Thanks for sharing the acrylic to pottery technique!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting
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Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

May 1, 2011 at 2:48 am
Oh yeah, much better! I think you chose a pretty color for it.
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Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

May 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Beautiful! I've never tried that particular technique with a clear coat. :) I'll have to give it a try!
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Mary said...

May 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm
I like everything you make! It's always hard for me to choose which one of your posts for my top ten! we'll just have to see.. Thank you for sharing them on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week! Mary :O)
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Cozy Home Scenes said...

May 2, 2011 at 12:08 am
I've painted pottery before, but never have been able to make it shiny like yours. Love the color, but then green is my favorite color anyway. Enjoy your "new" pot.
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shopannies said...

May 2, 2011 at 3:00 am
love the update looks great
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Sachiko said...

May 2, 2011 at 3:47 am
So beautiful! I love the new color so much better!
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Gail said...

May 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Lovely
Thanks for sharing the vanishing tip.
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FABBY'S LIVING said...

May 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Hey, that sure looks like fired glaze! Wow!...great job, love that soft green and as a flower base.
Hugs
FABBY
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The Tattered Cottage said...

May 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Looks much, much better! I agree...pink cabbage??? You made it beautiful!
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Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

May 3, 2011 at 12:03 am
What a difference! So lovely!
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Carmella said...

May 3, 2011 at 12:22 am
Love it! and it should never surprise me when I click on a beautiful pic from a link party and I end up at the V-Spot....you are amazing lady! Today, I stopped by from Homemaker on a Dime :)
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Susan said...

May 3, 2011 at 2:15 am
Very pretty! Nice transformation!
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Jessica said...

May 3, 2011 at 2:21 am
This is a really cool technique! Thanks for sharing!
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Holly said...

May 3, 2011 at 5:55 am
So much prettier now. I always wonder hwo they come up with this stuff - pink cabbage...go figure!
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jeanne said...

May 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Beautiful and clever. Nice job. I love Goodwill.
Hugs, Jeanne
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Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

May 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Love this Vivienne!! I swear - every week you make something fabulous. ;)
Thanks for linking up - I'm sharing on my FB page!! :)
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Christine said...

May 4, 2011 at 1:43 am
Wow, what a great technique! Thanks for sharing. It is so much better now. I might not look the same way again at pink ceramics at the thrift store.....
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Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

May 4, 2011 at 2:54 am
Looks great! Love the thrifty, easy technique you used :)
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Modern Wivelyhood said...

May 4, 2011 at 6:23 am
Love this! Thanks for sharing your technique! Found you at the Creative Bloggers Party & Hop!
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Anonymous said...

May 4, 2011 at 11:08 am
First time on your blog. Wonderful! But, the best part was making allowing me to laugh OUT LOUD about the pink cabbage in the fridge...so like me! Thank you for a funny start to an eighth grade teacher's day!
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MyBluePeacock said...

May 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm
You should be "over-the-moon" proud of yourself, this is GORGE-OUS!!!!!! I love it and can't wait to try it out myself...

So glad I found your blog, I'll be following from now on!
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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

May 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Hurray for green cabbage!
Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!
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Jenn Erickson said...

May 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Gorgeous transformation! You're definitely blessed with an artists' eye and hand to go with it!

Jenn
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

May 5, 2011 at 12:21 am
That looks much better than the pink. Thanks for joining my party again.
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Crystal said...

May 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm
It turned out so pretty and what a great technique. I'll have to try it out sometime.
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Pamela said...

May 7, 2011 at 3:32 am
Just lovely! I can't wait to check out my good will to copy your techniques.

Joyfully,
Pamela
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coltono said...

May 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm
So adorable! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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Erin said...

May 14, 2011 at 11:41 am
Awesome makeover!!! I don't think I would have thought of that in a million years!!! I will be looking at things differently now:)
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Bobbie said...

May 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
I adore that! I am going to be featuring it on Check Me Out Saturday this morning :)
http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com
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Ruth said...

May 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
It looks beautiful!! I love the color and your idea to coat it heavily with sealer so it looks like pottery. Genius!!

I came over from Tatertots and Jello.

Ruth
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Karie's Chic Creations said...

May 16, 2011 at 2:17 am
Oh, I like it much better green. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Karie
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Life, Crafts and Whatever said...

May 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm
ohhhh, i love it! and thanks for the heads up about the drippy spray paint.
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tips on selling your house fast said...

August 26, 2011 at 9:34 am
nice tips) i suppose they can be quite helpful!


tips on selling your house fast
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Jeannie-JB said...

October 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Wow - very pretty! Very nice blog with TONS of information. Thanks!

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