Maryland Flag Mailbox

Art & Design, Exterior Design, My Life

I recently finished painting the Maryland Flag onto our new mailbox for my husband’s birthday present. Here is how I did it:

I first downloaded a free vector drawing of the Maryland Flag design & scaled it to fit the dimensions of the mailbox. I then printed the scaled flag onto clear mylar transparencies. Then to transfer the design onto the box, I perforated the printed line art with an Xacto knife, then laid it over the mailbox & used a Sharpie to stencil the dotted lines onto the mailbox. Finally, I connected the transferred dots with the marker to get the design drawn onto the surface – seen here:

Transferred Design

For better accuracy, I labelled the paint colors of the design with R, W, Y, & B. You can see the progress here of each paint color:

Once I got the first coat done, I had to keep working the design to touch up the edges & add more coats to enrich the colors of the paint. Here is the final coat:

To finish the mailbox, I epoxied cut out paper numbers to the front of the door & then sprayed the entire piece with a weather proof clear coat:

I can’t wait to attach the little red flag & mount it with the other neighborhood mailboxes!


June Garden Tour

Exterior Design, Inspiration, My Life

New Roses

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I’ve added two new Knock Out roses to the side garden, one pink and one cherry! Love them!

Garden Lighting

Art & Design, Exterior Design, Inspiration, My Life

Added solar lights to the gardens!




Garden Update

Exterior Design, Inspiration, My Life

Today we added mulch to the gardens!

Homemade Tower Trellises

Exterior Design, My Life

To grow my morning glories, I created two towers made by tying three bamboo poles together in a teepee form for the vines to grow up.

Potted Plants

Exterior Design, Inspiration, My Life

Spray painted my old pots white and planted petunias, marigolds and begonias along with other plants for the front steps.

Panoramas of My Cottage

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Playing around with the Panorama camera on my iPhone and the pictures are really cool. I had to share.

Outdoor Panorama 1 Outdoor Panorama 2 Outdoor Panorama 3 Outdoor Panorama 4 Outdoor Panorama 5 Outdoor Panorama 6 Outdoor Panorama 7 Outdoor Panorama 8