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When the neighbor threw out a moldy, broken lawn ornament, I couldn’t resist making it my weekend project. And since it is National Poetry Month, I decided to give this baby a poetic spin.

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The BEFORE (post cleaning/patching)

Bleach + Spackle= a clean slate.

She’s about the size of a basketball.

 

 

 

 

Not sure why I didn’t take more pictures DURING the process.

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Getting coated with sealant

This is after acrylic paint and hand-lettering.

The text is from the opening of Mary Oliver’s “Blossoms”:

In April
the ponds open
like black blossoms,
the moon
swims in every one;
there’s fire
everywhere: frogs shouting
their desire,

Read full poem here

Also affixed a silk flower with Gorilla Glue and then sealed the whole thing with clear coat.

 

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Poetria, the lawn frog

Here she is hanging out on the back lawn.

I’m hoping she is a good muse.

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