a vintage seed packet

Happy Monday!  I spent last week recharging creatively and I have lots to share with you this week and next!  Woo hoo!  I did quite a bit of antiquing, painting and just generally reflecting on what’s in store for this little business and blog of mine.  Plus the weather ended up being quite lousy, rainy and humid most of the week driving me to stay indoors…until yesterday when I captured this beautiful monarch on my butterfly bush.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for a weather report so onto the project!

I have had a slight infatuation with vintage seed packs for a few years now.  The graphics are always gorgeous.  Although I’ve never actually collected or done anything more than admire them.  I mean how many collections can one person have, ya know?  I decided a few weeks ago that I really wanted to paint a large reproduction of a seed packet and maybe even create a series of these seed packs.  Well, I completed the first one!

Sunflowers have always been a favorite of mine so I thought that was a good packet to start with plus the red sunflowers seem quite appropriate for harvest season here.  My “canvas” was a salvaged oval table top.  I like how the oval shape allowed the words to run off the “page”.  I used all Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and mixed colors and waxes.

This seed packet was my exact muse for the project.

You didn’t think I could freehand that, did you?  What I did was project the seed packet onto the wood and sketched it in chalk.  Then I mixed my paints and really got creative painting my chalk template.  This was a very fulfilling project for me!  I want to do a pumpkin seed pack next…

I’ll leave you with this picture I took while dining alfresco last night in the city.  The sun setting behind the buildings really lit up the sky in a fiery way.  It looks like there is a blaze in the sky or behind the building.  And I love ginkgo trees which made a subtle appearance in the photo.

How was your weekend?


Linking to Elizabeth & Co.

9 thoughts on “a vintage seed packet

  1. Nice that is my husbands, Great Great Grandfather the founder of Castroville TX. Fred Huth,Lots of history here.

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