I had the day off from work today and planned to garden and work on projects.
This was the scene at our bird feeder at 5:00 a.m. this morning. Two does were helping themselves to sunflower seeds. The poor deer on the right has a bum leg and actually walks on three legs.
I have sprayed my flowers occasionally with Liquid Fence deer repellent this year but not last night, and with all the rain we have been having, I should have sprayed almost every day.
So besides sunflower seeds at the bird feeders, the deer feasted on sweet potato vines, calibrachoa and creeping zinnias planted in two barrels in the back yard.
This poor sweet potato vine was also yanked out of the barrel. I was really pretty lucky though, as this could have been much worse.
I went to a greenhouse and bought some half-priced annuals, scaveola, verbena, and nemesia. I was given two free heliotrope and a four pack of herbs. They look a little spindly of course from life in a small container in a hot greenhouse, far too long.
So here on July 8th, are the newly planted annuals in one of the barrels. Actually, the new additions and partially eaten plants don't look much smaller than the crimson fountain grass in the bucket that was planted in late May and has hardly progressed in our rainy and cool summer. The deer didn't eat it or the alyssums in the barrels. Still hoping to post my garden tour by the end of July or as soon as the summer perennials are in full bloom.
One of the projects I worked on today started with this vintage Everlast forged hammered aluminum tray. This stuff is readily available in my area and cheap too.
Hammered aluminum serving pieces were popular wedding gifts from the 1930's to the 1950's. Some people call it "Poor Man's Silver". I don't collect hammered aluminum but I got this piece free from my neighbors.
First I painted just the top side of the divided tray with Annie Sloane "Old White" Chalk Paint. Here is coat one drying.
After coat two dried, I used a wet paper towel to "wet sand" the raised portions and some of the edges of the tray.
Next I applied a coat of clear wax and then a coat of a mixture of dark and clear waxes. When the tray was dry, I buffed it to a shine.
I think the painted tray makes a great earring and ring holder. Chalk paint worked very well on the aluminum.
I also worked on a couple of other projects that I will share later in the week.