+UPDATE ON THE BIG GARDEN FUN!! JUNE 14, 2012

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These past few days I can feel a lifeline connecting myself today with myself as a child.  Creativity.  It has always delighted me.  But this entire yard project is my work of art – way too large to hang on some gallery wall.  It is the gallery itself – and so much more.

Here are a few pictures – not quite up to date as the garden gate itself continues to evolve.  It has faint orange flowers painted below the curve of the top oval now.  I had nothing ‘right’ to work with today – so time will tell what the rains create out of my intent.

I was most fortunate to discover a can of linseed oil and some tubes of acrylic paint as I dug through boxes in my ‘craft room’ (as every room in my house actually is).  Of course water and oil do not mix – which made my painting prospects so much more delightful and curious.

The wood is scavenged for the gate and the entry way that it will hang from.  Very old, very dry, it soaked up the oil like this desert will soon soak up the rain.  The pigment in the acrylic paint makes splashes and splotches – most delightful.

I bought 2 boxes of 100 little silver washers each today and hopefully as many one inch black screws.  These will be added to the gate tomorrow – it seems most likely on the bottom.

But enough of these words.  Here are some pictures:

Although I have moved on (rather immediately as the mud and stone floor on my sunken whole/hole in the earth patio has been drying) to work on my gate - it wasn't that long ago I stuccoed the dirt under my planter down there
Although I have moved on (rather immediately as the mud and stone floor on my sunken whole/hole in the earth patio has been drying) to work on my gate – it wasn’t that long ago I stuccoed the dirt under my planter down there – here’s the stucco mesh (you can see the purple spindles back there – now a part of the garden gate!)
Scratch stucco – first coat cement mixed with dirt
Closing in my 'whole in the earth' sunken patio - large enough for 2 chairs, or some kind of reclining chaise lounge I do not (yet) own
Closing in my ‘whole in the earth’ sunken patio – large enough for 2 chairs, or some kind of reclining chaise lounge I do not (yet) own

Goat pen on the right - and where the garden gate will hang - quite a story about what's going on up there on top of this gateway!  Much more to come on THAT project!  Big FUN!
Goat pen on the right – and where the garden gate will hang – quite a story about what’s going on up there on top of this gateway! Much more to come on THAT project! Big FUN!
Grounding the gateway to the earth with earth adobe and stones, making this structure impressively sturdy when completed
Grounding the gateway to the earth with earth adobe and stones, making this structure impressively sturdy when completed
Again - the super fun project's beginning above the gateway (looking toward Mexico)  HINT:  getting read to stucco the pallet fence - and THEN SOME!!
Again – the super fun project’s beginning above the gateway (looking toward the Mexico border fences) HINT: getting read to stucco the pallet fence – and THEN SOME!!  Those old barn red boards standing to the left are the ones now stained/oiled for the garden gate.
Now - here's the garden gate coming into being!
Now – here’s the garden gate coming into being!
Recycled very OLD siding - stained/painted/oiled with the linseed.  My hands in spite of several washings still smell of the oil - a comforting smell to me, warm and reminding of the great forests I have been blessed to see in my life - and the life of the forest that was in every new and old board I ever lay my hands on - pallets included
Recycled very OLD siding – stained/painted/oiled with the linseed. My hands in spite of several washings still smell of the oil – a comforting smell to me, warm and reminding of the great forests I have been blessed to see in my life – and the life of the forest that was in every new and old board I ever lay my hands on – pallets included

I recently found out the reason why people knock on wood as per superstition:  To invoke the protection and aid from the wood spirits in trees.  Oh, and that’s the little goat house for the miniature goats I hope to have come live at my place come fall.  There’s an old plexi-glass window in their door – no latch yet.  My door is plumb, the pallet to it’s left was not square – oh well – adds character and dare I say, a certain CHARM!!

The garden gate oiled - and it is HEAVY, probably weighing 60 pounds, though I honestly cannot figure HOW it can weigh that much - and have NO IDEA how I am going to move and hang it alone.  Story of my life, EVERYTHING I do I do ALONE - and no idea even who to ask to help me (not good at asking for help, either).  But....
The garden gate oiled – and it is HEAVY, probably weighing 60 pounds, though I honestly cannot figure HOW it can weigh that much – and have NO IDEA how I am going to move and hang it alone. Story of my life, EVERYTHING I do I do ALONE – and no idea even who to ask to help me (not good at asking for help, either). But….

I found those spindles at our local thrift store 3 years ago, painted them and put them in their little frame WAITING for whatever it was they belonged to to appear!  I also bought heavy hinges and a latch today, pricey!!  Will have to get creative for handles….  I use screws, no nails!  I HATE working with nails, and as dry as it gets here in the high desert, I figure the screws will work better with dry wood — anywhere my 2 100′ extension cords can reach — I can work!!

I have been pondering a bit – what is the difference between a door and a gate?  How they are made?  What they separate?  One indoors, one outside?

“The Secret Garden” is one of my all-time favorite movies, and tells a story that could not have been properly told at all if there had been no garden gate!!

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2 thoughts on “+UPDATE ON THE BIG GARDEN FUN!! JUNE 14, 2012

  1. Great work, you must be excited! I love the descriptions and that part about the wood spirits. Definitely making me look at my dear pieces of furniture differently.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the process carrying on.

    • Hi dear! The ‘missing part’ of the story is pretty funny – definitely a huge stretch from my usual-believable! Idea comes out of Mexico – where NOTHING gets wasted when there’s a job to be done! Will make you smile, I bet!

      Have a fantastic blessed day!! xo

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