Hello. Yesterday morning when I woke up I lay for a few minutes and thought about what I was going to do for the day. I always do this, while the head is refreshed from sleeping, that's when I think of ideas. I thought of bunting, I need some for the Open Gardens, to make the place look cheerful, different colours to match the summer house.
I've made them from fabric and coloured paper in the past, but what about making some wooden ones. That would be good. So off I went into the wood store in the tumbledown garage and found just the thing, some sheets of what looks like wood but isn't actually wood. It is high density compressed cardboard which is as strong as wood. I got it from a cafe which was closed and the workmen were pulling apart all the fixtures and fittings. Of course I was there with my car, loading it up. A fantastic find.
This fake wood has ridges in it so it looks like wood panels, it was used as cladding around the serving counter. I had used some on repairing Helen's hedgehog pen, so I knew it was easy to cut with a hand saw. I was a bit apprehensive about sawing neatly into the pointy bits, would it break up. Luckily I have two work tables outside at just the right height, and the gaps in the pallet top means I can put the wood across it and saw into the gap, giving support to both sides without it breaking off leaving a jagged edge.
The saw I might add was a freebie, found in a skip. The man said it was no good. I cleaned the rust off, and bingo, it's good enough for me.
I've just been outside to let the cats out, it's hot already at 10.15 am, so I am going to close this now and get the heck out there. Have a nice bank holiday weekend.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.