Fly Eagles FLy!

The Philadelphia Eagles stone/paver/brick is finished and ready to be sealed. This one taught me a lot and that’s always a good thing because it helps me improve. The logo design, while awesome, was truly a pain in the arse to paint on concrete. This however will be amazing to paint tile and wood. And I hope to start creating wood plaques and signs in the next few months.

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I’m really happy with the way the eagle turned out on this one so I’ll continue to paint that but I’m going to change the lettering to a looser calligraphy style. Mod Podge might also help if I put a couple layers of it to create a smoother surface. I think I have some in the supplies closet so I’ll have to dig it out and give it a whirl. But I’m moving on from this one and once it’s sealed it will head to its new home.

Feeling the urge to paint some sunflowers so watch this space!

Yay! It's Friday

When I last wrote we were prepping for our annual 4th of July BBQ which went off without a hitch. Everyone said they had a wonderful time. I know J and I sure did but we were also exhausted for three days after. I tried a new marinade for the chicken that got rave reviews. Potato salad was attempted - it’s my BBQ nemesis - and while the flavor was there the potatoes were a tad under-cooked. The first 5lbs of taters was over-cooked so I sent a text to my son and had him pick up more. for a second attempt. I tested three pieces and my husband tested two more and WE thought they were cooked enough. The flavor profile was spot on so it’s just between me and those taters at this point. I will not be defeated by potato salad. By the time our BBQ rolls around next year I’ll be able to make PERFECT potato salad.

Painting more brick edging has kept me busy this past week. Guys, I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this. We have an abundance of the scalloped edging so of course that’s what I’ve been painting. I do want to get to some 12” x 12” concrete pavers as well as regular straight bricks.

Since I made the decision to return to Facebook I also set up a Facebook page to showcase my painting endeavors. Apparently you can also sell directly from Facebook and there was a very brief moment when I considered this option. That passed thankfully. I still don’t trust Facebook and I’m there reluctantly because I treasure my family and friends. Right now I’m happily painting the ideas that come to me or are inspired by items I’ve found on Pinterest. Today I got a request for painted brick bookends which brought me back to the idea of selling my items. When I begin to paint seasonal and holiday items I’ll be opening a shop here on my website in case folks would like to buy them. I’ll update here on the blog and on the Facebook page when I bring the shop online.

J asked if I thought about painting on something other than concrete, rocks and bricks. He’s thinking about pinking up wood planks and cutting them down to create wood plagues to paint. I’m definitely down for that and already have several projects I want to paint for our home and yard. And honestly I think painting on smooth wood would be a welcomed change from the bumpy surface of the pavers and bricks. Of course I’ve also considered pouring my own concrete to create stepping stones with more than just paint. I love the idea of creating mosaic stepping stones.

When I get an idea I run with it like a kid dragging a kite behind her. We’ll see if it takes flight.

Have a great weekend!


Bet Paints Bricks and Pavers

Decorative painting has risen to the number two position on my list of favorite creative outlets. Photography will always be number one of course. Last year I started painting rocks and it’s something I enjoy. The rocks that weren’t given to family or family are displayed on our fence. While lingering on Pinterest for inspiration I saw decorated bricks and concrete pavers. With a nice pile of brick edging stacked out back and a quick trip to Home Depot I was off and running with my paintbrushes.

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©2019 Just Call Me Bet. All rights reserved.

©2019 Just Call Me Bet. All rights reserved.

©2019 Just Call Me Bet. All rights reserved.

The 12x12 paver was the first to get painted. I just wanted to paint some bright flowers on a black background to place outside in my yard. But what I really love painting is the brick edging. There are so many fun ideas formulating in my head for the summer, holidays and hometown pride. I can’t wait to sling paint on the rest of the bricks!

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©2019 Just Call Me Bet. All rights reserved.