Not A White Picket Fence

I have a long way to go to get my back yard fence looking as interesting as Denton’s “Art Fence” but I don’t have the warehouse full of material that Judy Smith (the owner of Rose Costumes) has at her command. She is able to pull artwork out of nowhere to decorate that fence on Sherman Drive. However, the last few days I have been using what I have to fill the “blank canvas” in my own back yard.

back yard fence

It looks like a bunch of junk hanging on the fence, because that’s what it is … but it’s my junk … and I like it! I thought, for about a nanosecond, about getting rid of some of the rusty remnants of garden tools, but realized that most of them had belonged to my grandfather and even my great-grandfather. How am I supposed to trash something that my great-grandfather used? I was “on the fence” about selling them — so I hung them on the fence instead.

I have parts of his garden plow hanging there along with his pitchfork and my great-grandmother’s rusty colander. It’s an odd mix, I know. I’m not going to use them, but I can’t bear to get rid of them, so I’m calling it “art.” Don’t argue with me about that, because I’m too hammer-headed to listen.

fence art

I have several useless window frames that were rotting away, so I mixed some very old paints together to brighten them up a bit. The rain has stopped me for the moment, but there will be a purple one, a blue one, and an orange one on the fence before I am done. I might put pictures behind them, if I find some that amuse me.

window frame on fence

On the woodpile, I had some wooden forms that my husband had made to be able to make molds for a fireplace insert. We intended to burn them in the fireplace last winter, but I kept setting them aside, thinking that there ought to be something I could do with them.

framed photo

Hmmm. What to do? I slapped some black paint on the wood, printed and laminated a photo of a chameleon (OK, technically it is a green anole) who hangs out on my porch, glued that picture inside, and slapped it on the fence. I painted another one and put a picture of an ice-cream cone from Beth Marie’s in it.

Before it’s done, there will be eclectic art on that fence and a xeriscape garden in front of it. I’m just waiting for the rain to stop.

Yes, I know it’s odd, which is probably why it suits me just fine. You didn’t really think that I’m the kind of gal who would have a plain old white picket fence, did you?

the garden fence

  4 comments for “Not A White Picket Fence

  1. September 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    love it, Shelly!!!!

    • September 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you, Miss Barbara. Sure you don’t want to fly back from Alaska and help me paint?

  2. September 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love it! I’ve seen some cool stuff on Pinterest that I want to make and mount on my backyard fence.

    • September 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I was trying to see how much I could put up without spending money. So far, I’ve only spent 75 cents laminating the big poster. Everything else I had.

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