Friday, July 22, 2011

French Flower Pots



Remember my four days without power?

My four days of indulging in sporadic crafting when we turned the generator off
to save gas?

(I did get one load of laundry washed before the power went out.
I ended up spreading it all out on the deck furniture to dry.
I didn't want to disturb the bluebird babies in the birdhouse hanging on the clothesline pole.
Yeah.....love me or leave me.....)

My four days of intense crafting....

sometimes by Energizer Weather Ready lantern light?

(Talk about reliving "Little House on the Prairie"...)


Well, here's another one of the ways
I kept myself busy.

French flower pots -
the type that look like they've been around for centuries -

make my heart sing.

Old and chippy,
faded and worn.

After reading on a few blogs about using Mod Podge as a transfer medium,
I wanted to try my hand at it on a few terra cotta flower pots.
I scrounged around and found some in our barn.

First, I whitewashed them all with a little watered down white paint,
and splotched on some light gray paint around the bottom with a paper towel.



 I laid one of them on a kitchen towel and held it in place with a couple plastic cooking spoons so that it wouldn't roll away from me.



I took a French typography graphic that I downloaded from Karen's sweet site,
darkened it a wee bit in Picnik
and flipped it horizontally before printing it.

I cut out the graphic so I wouldn't have so much paper to deal with.




Next, I took my Mod Podge 
(use Outdoor Mod Podge if your pots will be placed outside)
and swiped it on the graphic.


[Please ignore the ugly counter top.  I dream of granite....]


I centered it on the pot and rubbed it smooth.




Now, this technique does work on pots with a curvy figure, also.
It just takes a little more finagling.




The hardest part was the waiting -
with no peeking.

I let it dry overnight.


In the morning,

(in my jammies, before my shower - and after the generator was started up - 
because I just HAD to find out if this technique actually worked...)

I dampened the graphic with a wet sponge
and started ever so gently rolling the paper off with my fingers.




I swear I could hear drum roll in the distance as my heart beat faster.....




And voila!

It worked!!

After letting them all dry,
I sprayed them with a couple coats of clear, matte acrylic for protection.


I did one with the date of hubby's and my anniversary.

This pot is just French chic heaven...








[These pots are for sale at Doster Emporium.]


One note I want to add regarding this technique:

Becca from Gardeners to Bergers made a pretty aviary sign and painted
washable Elmer's Glue on one side of the paper before she printed off her graphic.
She said it helped the graphic stick better as you exposed it when you rubbed off the paper.
It was a technique I had never heard of nor tried -
but I certainly plan to.

So, the next time you lose power,
and your generator is turned off
and you just don't know what to do with yourself...

grab those plain, boring flower pots
and give them some French country farmhouse chic!




No need to do them by lantern light, either.....


{ Hugs }





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194 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I have a couple of questions... Did you print these out on a regular homer computer? ink jet? and secondly... did you paint the mod podge on the printed side?
    Thanks for your help! I can't wait to try!
    Susan @ homeroad.net

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  2. How beautiful are these??!! They make my heart sing! I simply have to try this technique!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am so inspired to give it a whirl!!

    The one in the last photo is amazing!
    Have a joyful weekend!
    Becky

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  3. Those are GORGEOUS!!! They look like they just came from an old French farmhouse! You really did a beautiful job - I can't wait to try this method. I'll have to blog about it and link back to you when I do!

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  4. LOVE those!! they turned out so amazing~ xo Rachel ;)

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  5. That is SO cool! All your pots are beautiful. Love the photos you take.

    I found you at Funky Junk.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. You're so clever..they look like the genuine article!

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  7. Love them...they are beautiful!! I can't wait to try this on some pots that I have.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  8. Wow, Laurie! Your pots are tres magnifique! I love how you painted them to look time worn, and the graphics are perfect! I tried that technique on a box, it was so fun! Now I want to run out and create some pots, with the lights on, of course:) Glad to hear that you have yours back!!

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  9. Yeah! Cause seriously, I'm hoping my power isn't going out, and if I had to wait until it did, I just might burst...then again, I could just flip the circuit breaker...so I can make me some adorable french pretty pots---like my oh-so-chic blogging buddy!! Here's to another successful project! *Cheers* XoXo ;)

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  10. I absolutely love your french pots--look like the real thing to me! I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

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  11. Hi Laurie,
    I haven't seen this! and it is so cool!! You did a beautiful job!
    After a long ice storm years ago, we got the generator. I am so thankful for it... but, sometimes, it takes the fun outta candlelight and real silence... isn't it shocking how quiet the house is when the power is out?
    Glad you are back on, but your time was well spent!!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  12. I am so going to try this- have seen it on several blogs now, too. You might try to let your paint sure 24 hours. I let my signs cure 24 hours before I print on them.
    This would be cute for christmas, easter, anything...yeah, I'm going to do it.

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  13. I've never seen this technique, but I've wondered how everyone gets those graphics on without the paper showing. I must try this sometime. You know like after I get my other million and one other projects done. Maybe I should wait for 4 days without power. Nah, I wouldn't have that much sanity! Will get to it someday though.

    Your pots are gorgeous and look store bought.

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  14. Nice done !! that pots....love Ria....xxx..

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  15. These turned out great, Laurie! Can you imagine what you'd pay for these in a store? I'll have to give this technique a try. I've got a small project {that was supposed to be quick} that I've been thinking how to finish off.

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  16. O my Laurie I LOVE them!! I want some! Definately going to give this a try!!

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  17. Laurie these are the prettiest ever!!!!
    Love, love, love them!!!
    You did an amazing job and the look is purrrr-fect!
    Love your little pets!!!!
    Power outage turned out to be a blessing huh? :)
    Have a great day!
    I'd be admiring those for a long time! :)

    Deborah xo

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  18. Oh my gosh Laurie, these are so beautiful! You did a fantastic job on them! I am so making these! Your blog is so beautiful too!
    Cyndy

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  19. Well, and I thought you just had pretty in that blond head of yours! Those are GREAT! Love them-have not seen this particular technique used before...SOOO much easier than trying to stencil them on.

    Hope you are having a good weekend-xo Diana

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  20. these are lovely.You were featured at Katherines Conner today. Hugs and have a lovely weekend!

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  21. This looks like so much fun!! I would love to try it , but how do I flip my image??
    Blessings~

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  22. These are beautiful. I can't wait to try it!

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  23. I love how these turned out! I will need to try your technique... and yes, the waiting part will be a challenge for some of us! thanks for sharing :)

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  24. They look incredible. I love that weathered look with the graphics.

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  25. They look great I just love them!!

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  26. Love them! I'm going to go gather all my old pots right now and get started! Thanks for the idea!!! XOXO

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  27. Oh my goodness gracious Laurie! Those look amaaaazing! You would seriously pay a lot of money to buy those in a store!!! We just got a printer but haven't hooked it up yet, we still need a USB cord...I can't wait to start printing things out from the Graphic Fairy site. I too am curious about what sort of paper it is you buy to make it transfer like that. Great job!!!

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  28. Wow - I will have to say I would buy this in a store...thats how much I like it. You have such a knack. I bet these look fantastic in that amazing yard of yours!! XOX

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  29. Well I think I might have a few pots laying around here:) I never thought pod podge worked or that they had an outdoor kind. Did you have to print with a laser printer? You do when you use Matte Medium.
    Great post!

    x
    Carole

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  30. These are GORGEOUS! Oh my word, just stunning. It looks like you paid top dollar for them! I have already bookmarked this to try soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I found you through Funky Junk and am following you now! Come visit anytime!


    Kelly
    http://crazywego.blogspot.com

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  31. Wow, really stunning these pots.
    I would like to try it also.

    Sylvia

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  32. These are SPECTACULAR!! Must admit, my efforts at Mod Podge transfers have had dismal results, so I like yours even MORE! (lol)

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  33. Sweet!!! Just found your blog via a Pinterest post!
    Love the look of your French flower pots & look forward to trying it! Also, I'm a new follower!
    :)
    ~ Zuzu

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  34. oh! i am just giddy over this and will be trying it soon!!!! thanks so much. your pots look great! i have seen this idea applied to canvas as well...i wonder if that works....oh boy, add this to my long list of crafty ideas.

    happy sunday,
    erin
    xxoo

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  35. Laurie,
    These are beautiful! What a great job you did. I can see these at a garden center going for a lot of money. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!
    Sherry

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  36. What an amazing job you did Laurie! I just love how the pots turned out, looking like they've been resting in the French countryside for ages. My terra cotta pots are so boring, may just have to try this.
    So neat to read about your crafting marathon and I liked reading your comment on my blog of how our grandmothers had similar French maiden names. It's in our blood! :)
    Take care,
    Susan

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  37. Those pots are fabulous - I can't believe it! Oh, my grandmother was French! Pauline! And I'm a retired, but still love it, French teacher. Linda p.s. I love your music list!

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  38. Sooo gorgeous Laurie!! Oh I am in love with all of your pretty pots! Love Love Love!! Great idea too- might have to make some one of these days! Thanks for sharing at my party! :)

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  39. Seriously LOVE these Laurie! This is a fabulous idea and they are just beyond beautiful!! I will be trying this idea for sure. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

    Heather

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  40. Wow!!! these are wonderful, sis!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them all! You sure did a great job with this being your first time at it!
    They must look awesome on your deck.
    I'm sure Georgina will have them sold right away.
    Hugs and smooches.
    Debbie

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  41. Look at you, the Energizer Bunny is using Energizer lighting!! :D These are beautiful! I love the graphics that you chose and the worn look you gave them, they are perfect!! My anniversary is 8-17! :) Just thought I would share for no particular reason. :) Not even a power outage can stop you Martha Stewart!!!! I hope you had a great weekend my dear!!
    xoxox

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  42. Ooooooh they came out fabulous! I haven't tried this technique before but you can bet I will now!

    Jeanine

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  43. Hi,this is my first visit...came over from Met Monday. Your pots are just beautiful!! I have used this technique on tumbled marble 4 x 4 tiles to make coasters but I never thought to try it on pots. You know I will be trying it now!
    Jane

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  44. This is just fantastic. I can't wait to try it. Hugs, Marty

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  45. We were only without power for 15 hours but yes, I did a few small projects by lantern-light! Thanks for this tutorial -- I just finished a project today that I wanted to apply a French saying to and I think this technique will work perfectly so I'm giving it a try! Thanks!

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  46. These are lovely - will remember this idea!!

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  47. Hi Lauri
    They turned out fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial- I am going to try this out.
    Have a great week
    Blessings today
    Rebecca

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  48. Luv luv this tutorial...
    I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/american-pickers-with-linking-party.html
    Have a great weekend,
    Maggie

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  49. Laurie,
    These are fabulous! You make this project look so easy, no mess, and a snap to create...You give new meaning to ooooh! la la! oh so euro chic villa style :)

    I wish I live close by, I would run over and trade you something for one :)

    Thank you for this inspiring post, I may have to try my hand at one, or a dozen :)

    Thank you sweet dear sister for your beautiful visits, making my post complete with your beautiful support and comments.

    xoxo
    Dore

    PS. Did you say you have some out side your home, or you retrieved some from the barn, did you place some outside on the patio? Well if one comes up missing you will know where to find it :)

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  50. Move over "Smith and Hawkins"... The village gardener (Laurie) is creating garden beauty decor!!

    xoxo
    dore

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  51. Lauri! Found you via Southern Hospitality and have become your newest follower! I have a ton of terra cotta pots that are sitting in my garage just aching for a little bit of love. Now, thanks to you, I have an idea of what I want to do! Pop in for a visit if you get time. I'm new to the blog world and am loving it. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

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  52. Great Flower pots. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  53. Absolutely fabulous!!!! I'm adding these to my next 'This Melts My Butter' feature! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  54. Wow, this is beautiful! I have never heard of this technique but now I will be using it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  55. My goodness Laurie, you can totally sell those french looking pots...I'd buy them too! You clever girl.

    Happy SOYCM!
    -Marie

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  56. These look fabulous! I will certainly be trying out this technique. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!!
    Honey

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  57. Those look amazing! I've never heard of this before...but I'm sure gonna try. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  58. Wow, these are fabulous! I especially like that large round one. Thanks for the product information. I'm off to check them out. ~ Sarah

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  59. Oh my Laurie I just *LOVE* these!! I want to try and you've made it look so easy!

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  60. Wow, these are fabulous!so cuteeeeeeeeeee!

    xoxo

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  61. GAHHHHHHHHHH! love, LOVE, LOOOOOVE THESE! I HAVE to try this method on something! :) Lovely! Just lovely! P.S. :) I'm ur newest follower!

    http://sweetsongbirdofmine.blogspot.com

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  62. Found you from Between Naps. You're flower pots are stunning! I must mimic you! Thank you for the inspiration.

    Jen @ Noting Grace
    http:notinggrace.blogspot.com.

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  63. Again, Love these pots! Thanks for following and entering the giveaway. I have been following for a while.

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  64. I simply have to try this technique!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  65. I am hopping over from Creative Bloggers.. This project is fabulous! I can't wait to try it!

    After reading this post I moved on to your older posts and have enjoyed your pictures, ideas, and inspirational writing. You have warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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  66. Laurie, these are FABULOUS!!! I want to try this, your technique of painting the pots is wonderful too!! So glad you linked up this post, xoxo Debra

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  67. Bummer about your power glad its up and running again!
    Wow though! Those pots are amazing! Totally inspired!

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  68. This is awesome! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing. It is always a pleasure to visit your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  69. These came out so nice. You did a wonderful job on them.

    Danielle

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  70. aw thanks for sharing...these are so lovely I can't wait to have a go at some !

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  71. Oh my gosh I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you so much for sharing this technique with us. I am going to try it this week!!! Just became your newest follower because I have a feeling you are a very inspiring lady;)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  72. lol..."next time you lose power"... I just loved that line Laurie,, so funny! I love how you write your posts always make me smile! I'm in love with your French pots... what an awesome technique! can't wait to try out this new transfer method.And the shape of those pots and the dual color tone of white and grey is just tooo beautiful in awesomeness! I appreciate you sharing these gorgeous pots with us. Hugs and have a lovely evening!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  73. Love these pots, absolutely beautiful. Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday. I'll be back to explore older posts! xo

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  74. You have such a beautiful blog! What a great tutorial! Your little french pot looks old and well loved!
    So nice to visit. I am a new follower!
    Yvonne

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  75. Just lovely....going to have to try this:)! Thank you!

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  76. Laurie...
    I tried it, and it worked! My pots look just as beautiful as yours! Thank you
    PS It worked on wood too!
    Susan

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  77. These are truly spectacular! Now I need to rummage around the garage and shed a bit to see if I can find any of my terra cotta pots. They will be the perfect accompaniment to our craft/guest room as well as the "new" kitchen/dining room. Thank you for sharing!

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  78. Laurie- Thanks for mentioning my Apiary sign and mod podge transfer tutorial.
    I noticed that I was getting some traffic from a blog I was unfamiliar with- then saw the mention of my blog. I also saw your awesome pot makeovers! Love them!
    Thanks again for sending some readers my way!
    Becca

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  79. Pure genius! Beautiful! I am your newest follower-can't wait to see what you come up with next-no pressure!LOL!

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  80. I LOVE your pots! They look awesome. So happy to have found you via ABC.Following you.
    x Marnie

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  81. Wow Laurie! These are gorgeous and I NEED to try it. Lovely job.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  82. I loved this post, I am going to try and give a go myself...thank you

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  83. Laurie~
    Your newest fan!
    You are brilliant!
    Smiles~
    C

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  84. Laurie, fantastic job... love them

    Pattie

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  85. I have been searching for months for a way to use these images on wood since I don't sew and most everything I create is painted wood...I am just tickled that you shared this...I am so going to try this...may I ask what kind of printer/ink did you use? THANK YOU for sharing this with us! All of blogdom will soon have very cute flower pots:)
    Rene

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  86. love what you have done here and absolutely love your blog wow!

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  87. oh, I lOVE these!!!! great job!

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  88. Hi! you did great step by step so, You're invited to participate in my new party Step by step on tuesday
    http://onlycutethingsar.blogspot.com/2011/07/step-by-step-on-tuesday-paso-paso-los.html

    visit me anytime...

    xoxo

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  89. Well sure have been busy. Those pots turned out so beautiful. And now you have a shop to sell your stuff in!? How fun is that!!!

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  90. Incredible ~ Thanks for sharing such a Treasure, I'm sure there are alot of us out here that will giving that a try~

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  91. Shazaaam!!! Now that's an awesome makeover. I never would have thought to try that technique, but that's what I love about blogging so much. My friends all think I'm a genius! LOL!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  92. Beautiful! Who knew? Your pots look lovely with just a whitewash, but adding the print--the next level.

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  93. Thanks for linking to my party. These pots are such a pretty project!

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  94. Wow, they turned out beautiful. This is definitely going in my 'to do' file~

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  95. Shut up...these are awesomatastic! I'm totally trying this!!!!!!!! Great tutorial!

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  96. Awesome! This is JUST what I was looking for to add character to a tray I just bought. You're an angel!!

    I'm your newest follower

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  97. That is just fantastic! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  98. Lovely indeed! Does anyone know if this will work on a mirror? I've been looking for a process to transfer graphics to a mirror. Also have the same question several others asked - what kind of printer - inkjet or laser?

    I just found your blog, I'm gonna have to have a look around! :) ~Rachel

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  99. Wow! First of all, thank you all for your sweet, encouraging comments! You girls just rock my world! ♥ I just wanted to answer some of your questions regarding the pots since I had a few of them: 1. I used regular old computer paper. Nothing fancy. 2. I used my Lexmark PrinTrio inkjet printer to print the graphics. 3. Be sure to let your painted pot dry for 24 hrs before applying your graphic. 4. I've never tried it on a mirror before, but it does work on wood! 5. I tried the Elmer's glue method, and it pulled the paint off the pot. Maybe due to my inkjet printer? Maybe it would work with a laser jet printer? Don't know on that one... 6. You paint your MP on the printed side of the graphic before applying your graphic to the pot.

    If you have any other questions, drop me a note - but remember to include your email address when you do! :)

    Hugs to you all!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  100. Fabulous! Just love them!! Stumbled and pinned this. :)

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  101. Wow, those pots are so pretty, Laurie! What a great job you did with aging them too.

    I'd love tons of them stacked up in my potting shed. Thanks for all the steps, hopefully, I'll get a chance to try when things slow down here a bit... or maybe when our power's out. Absolutely wonderful project!!
    xoxo~Tracie

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  102. Ah yes! I have tried this technique with matte gel medium. Your pots look amazing, very chic.

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  103. I'm planning to try this method tonight for some signs! Thanks for the info--they look great!

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  104. Oh my this is beautiful and so easy sounding- maybe I could even do this!! Would love to share this on my blog with a link back to you if that would be ok with you-

    bee blessed
    mary

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  105. great job! love this project! new follower

    xo, laura

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  106. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

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  107. Those turned out gorgeous. Love how they look and for a newbie at mod podging, you did an excellent job! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  108. I am soooo going to have to try this! These pots are gorgeous and you made it look sooo easy! Thank you for sharing, love your blog!

    ~Shanon

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  109. Beautiful job on these. I've done this with matte medium but not mod podge. Going to give it a try!

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  110. Love this idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Have this idea pinned for later reference.

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  111. Laurie this project is FABULOUS I want to try making some...thanks for the inspiration...Karena

    "A Loblolly Life"

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  112. Hi, I just wanted to stop by and tell you thank you for sharing your French flower pots on my link party, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage this week! I've featured it this week on "My Top Ten Fav Picks". I hope you have a great weekend, Mary :O)

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  113. It truly looks like you are in the heart of France. This is a project I have got to try. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  114. Those are fantastic! I "need" some in my life!

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  115. Genius! I will have to try this on some of my old pots. I have a ton of them in the shed.

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  116. These are awesome!! Did you do that big round pot too? It is my fave. made to look so perfectly old!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  117. These are beautiful!!! And so clever to use modge podge to transfer a graphic. I'll have to try this sometime! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  118. I.LOVE.THIS.
    I can't wait to try it. I'm home from church, sick on the couch, but I think I've just received the inspirational energy to get up, scrounge in the garage for a clay pot, and get to work. However, I fear HubbyDoc will think I was faking it when he gets home and sees me feverishly crafting. Oh, well.
    Feel free to check out my site as well.
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  119. These are charming! thanks so much for sharing this great idea.

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  120. just testing this for a friend

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  121. Oh, how i love these! You make me want my power to go out so i can get creative! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's last week! Hope to see you again this upcoming week! xoxo, tracie

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  122. Love the pots! What a great idea.

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  123. Gorgeous! I have the perfect pot for this. Thank you for a great tute. I just pinned it on pinterest!

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  124. Oh my goodness... I'm so happy to have found your lovely blog... I've popped over from the cutest little chickie's blog.... BECKY... Isn't she just SUNSHINE?

    I LOVE this idea and WILL be whipping some of these up formyownself.... :-)

    Thanks for the TUTE.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

    PS... going to follow too.

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  125. Oh wow, these are totally gorgeous!!! You are a genius! And congratulations on being featured on the Graphics Fairy!!! I'm so happy for you~woo hoo!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  126. They came out beautifully! What kind of paper did you use? I tried it with regular computer paper and had bit of a problem with some of the image coming up. Thanks for any input!! JoAnn

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  127. Saw your technique via The Graphics Fairy. Your pots are gorgeous - Love them! I definitely will try this.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  128. a friend shared this post with me. I think this is genius!
    I'll have to try it sometime.
    I love your pot! Thanks for the inspiration!
    gail

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  129. OH my gosh... those are gorgeous! my brain is trying to figure out when I can fit making some of those into my schedule at the same time it is trying to remember if I have any pots in the barn that i can paint! Thank you! t. xoxo

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  130. Help! What did I do wrong? The graphics came right off. I was so disappointed because yours are so beautiful and I wanted to do the same. Thanks, for any help you can offer.

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  131. Jennifer - since I don't have your email address, I'm answering you here. It sounds like you just rubbed the graphic too hard. When rubbing it with your wet thumb, use a very gentle touch. VERY gentle. The top layer of the paper should come off in little rolls. Keep wetting your thumb and rubbing very gently little by little. When you're done, there will be an extremely thin layer of paper attached to the graphic. You won't be able to see this after it dries and you spray it with the matte sealer. Hope this helps, Jenn! Drop me a line with your email address if you need more help! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  132. Thank you so much! I will try again and let you know.
    sdjg@pacbell.net

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  133. I have to tell you, after seeing this post earlier this past month, I finally bought the mod podge and I am going to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  134. Okay, I sooo will be trying this!! Thanx for sharing!

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  135. I'm featuring these on my blog today! thanks for sharing!

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  136. I just found your project over on Pinterest, which led me to your most lovely blog! I am your newest follower and am looking forward to reading more!

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  137. love these pots. have some questions...

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  138. Hi Laurie - I found you via Graphics Fairy and fell in love with this idea for my daughter! Happy to report that I did 5 pots last weekend and am very happy with the results! Tried two small ones for myself first to get any "kinks" out. They're not bad, just not as impressive being small....but the medium ones I did for my daughter are awesome!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial....along with the chuckles!! Glad to know I'm not the only one crafting in my pj's (and my power wasn't even out, LOL)! Now I want to play with the paint job to get more of an old/distressed look, like the one in your last photo - simply gorgeous! I am amazed and delighted every day with the talented and giving women out in Blogland. You are one of my inspirations, and I thank you so!!!! CyndyB of northeast Texas

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  139. Wow!! This looks amazing. You did a great job on these and I can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing your technique!

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  140. Hi Laurie- Love, love, love, this project. I am now your newest follower. Found you through Shellagh at Ticking and Toile. Would love for you to stop by for a visit. Your blog is beautiful. I'm looking forward to your postings. :)
    xo~
    Karen

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  141. Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial and instructions. I'm all about transfers and it's great to know you can do this with something less expensive like Mod Podge! I'm Pinning it!

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  142. Saw this on Pinterest and had to come over to get the how-to. Excellent tutorial, and the pots are beautiful. Thank you. laurie

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  143. Hello, I just became a friend. I love your French pot and thanks for posting the tutorial. Very lovely blog. Blessings!

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  144. I love this!! What a great idea and they look AWESOME!! I love your site!

    xoxo
    Stefani

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  145. I'm new to your blog ;-) So pretty and lots of fun inspiration! Thank you...XoXo

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  146. Laurie,
    thank you so much for this excellent tutorial. they came out fantastic!!! i'm jealous.... now you have all these great French pots! good for you!

    thank you for linking it up at our linky party http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ . appreciated!

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  147. Thanks for linking this up! We're starting a new party today and look forward to seeing your entry/ies there. And, come have a look what the others have made. Good stuff!! http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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  148. Love, love, love this technique.
    Cannot wait to try it.
    Thank you for sharing
    Carole R.
    ziggyr215@aol.com

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  149. Hi there,
    Your clay pots are amazing, I love them, I'd love to try it too, I just have a question, I hope you can help me, do you recommend using a primer before painting white?
    And thanks for sharing and for this wonderful tutorial,
    Hugs,
    Laura

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    1. You can certainly use a primer before painting, but it's not necessary.

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  150. Hello Laurie,
    Thank you so much for your quick answer, I'm so thrilled to start this new project, I already bought 6 clay flower pots, and all the material for that, I only have one more question, would you please recommend me a good waterproofing spray sealer? Because I'm planing to plant some flowers and they will be outside as a decoration. I'd really appreciate if you can help me.

    Thanks for your comments at my blog, and I'm very glad you liked my pictures of the lake and it reminded you good times you spent with your parents.

    Send you a big hug,

    Laura =)

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    1. I used a special clay pot waterproofing spray found at a craft store.

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  152. I love your pots...will you please tell me what kind of paper you used to transfer. Thank you for sharing I love all of your work.
    Happy Easter,
    Jackie

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    1. I used just plain, old copy/printer paper! Nothing fancy! (and my old ink jet printer). xoxo laurie

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  153. I just love this post. I 'inherited' some clay pots from the previous owner of our home and I was looking for ideas on what to do with them. Well now I know and I have my weekend project in place! Thanks!

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  154. I recently created 4 of these pots, which turned out great. Be aware that if you want to use your pots outside that the transfers will fade from the sun. None of the 4 pots I created now have the French label transfers. They faded within 3 weeks. I still love my pots, but if you want to use them outside, then skip the transfers, and just age your pots. You will still love them.

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    1. The clay pot waterproofing sealer helps greatly in preventing fading. I applied 3 coats of it.

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  155. Hi Laurie,
    I love these pots! Just tried it last week , came out great! Posted on my blog.
    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Kathy

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  156. I LOVE these pots!!! I just stumbled on your blog and I am now following you on Linky. I am giviing this a try! I can't wait!

    Cynthia

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  157. Awesome! What a wonderful idea! Thanks you so much for sharing!

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  158. How great looking are these!!! I want to try this. Where did you find the "Paris" that you used?
    Cheryl
    csce47@gmail.com

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    1. I find all my graphics at The Graphics Fairy site.

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  159. c'est vraiment très joli ! It's very nice. Félicitations pour votre remarquable blog. Congratulations for your awesome blog. Thank you.

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  160. These are just gorgeous! Will be tackling some of these for the kitchen and outside as soon as possible! Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  161. I did all the steps except wetting it to remove the graphic, well, the graphic never transferred. it was either that I didn't wet the graphic or it was because the pot had a glaze on it. Please give me some advice. Your pots are so beautiful and I would like to try these! thanks, Kathy. Tubasaxn@cox.net

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    1. Once you wet the paper and start rubbing it off, you should see the graphic showing up. I'm unsure whether or not the glaze had any affect on it not working for you, since my pots were not glazed. Try it on an unglazed pot and see if it works better for you. :)

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  164. These are so incredibly beautiful!! I have a stack of old terracotta pots in my shed that I can't wait to get started on!
    Thank you so much for sharing x

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  165. Laurie,
    I wanted to know if I can use an ink-jet printer? Also do I just print the decal on regular computer paper? Do I mog podge the side that's printed also or just the unprinted side??

    Thank you!!!
    Jennthomas2@gmail.com

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  167. These are gorgeous! I wish I'd discovered this before I painted my pot blue - but it is almost a french blue, so if I distress it, it should work.

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  168. Wow those look incredible!!! Is there a place where those flower pots for sale?

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  169. These are amazingly beautiful!!! So glad I found you and can share this loveliness with others!!! <3

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  170. Awesome blog! I really enjoyed it. Do you know the best place to find flower pots for sale?

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    1. You can buy regular terra cotta pots at any garden center.

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  171. This is such a creative way to use flower pots! I cannot wait to try it! :)

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  172. Where did you find french flower pots for sale? Online? Or can you find them at a normal garden center. Great ideas, very creative thanks for sharing!

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    1. I found the regular clay pots at a garden center.

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  173. Your pots are amazing and you are amazing for sharing them. I'm waiting for my pot to dry so I could decoupage it. Keep up the great work.

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  175. I love what you did with the pots. I tried it on an enamelware(old) tray, with the mod podge and it didn't work, so then I tried it with the elmer's glue and it still didn't work, what am I doing wrong? Please help. Yours looks so nice. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Anna Mae ~ Thank you for your sweet comment! I think the problem may be with trying this transfer technique using enamelware. That's the first thing that came to my mind when I read your comment. I've used this technique on wood and on terra cotta and it's worked on both. So I'm thinking that since enamelware isn't that porous like wood and terra cotta and has such a smooth surface, that that's the reasons it's not working for you. Hope you give it another try with something else! xo laurie

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  176. OH MY!! I MUST try this. Eee!!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  177. So cool. I was curious what type of white/grey paint did you use?

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  178. I was curious as to which kind of white/grey paint did you use?
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  179. My wife loves planting flowers outside. She always wants to buy new pots. I think these would look great in our yard!
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  180. I think that things like flowers and other plants contribute to happiness. I know that I always feel a little bit happier when I am in the middle of nature. In fact, I find that I frequently look for reasons to go outdoors.

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