Guest Post by Erin at A Bird And A Bean
One of the items I made to sell at the upcoming craft fair are these fun garden markers. I’ve seen them on etsy and wanted my very own. So, I’ve been picking up old vintage, antique silverware at yard sales all summer. Then, I went to the hardware store and bought a set 1/8 inch of alphabet stamps. Got out the trusty hammer and stamped away. You’ve got to have a very hard surface under the spoons…..like the rock in my picture. It’s pretty easy…..the hardest part is finding silver-plated silverware at yard sales. The stainless steel kind is too hard to stamp. Well, it’s too hard for me to stamp. It is possible – I watched my dad do it easily. You have to do the stainless in one strong blow (which is hard for since I am a clutz – I tried and smashed a finger). The silver & silver-plated are forgiving and you can hit it more softly and just hit it a few times – way easier.
I just think these are so clever and would make a nice gift for pretty much anyone. They don’t even have to be a gardener to like it. As long as they have a plant it would be cute. They can say anything….”live, laugh, love” “you are my sunshine” “i love you” …the possibilities are endless. Cute gift for a co-worker, teacher, stocking stuffer, or even tie it on a bigger gift as the tag. I’ve seen pictures of them being used as table markers for parties, or you can make one for everyone at the party and use it as place cards. I even saw one hammered totally flat and it was used as a cookbook marker. It said something about food on it. I can’t remember exactly….but anything would work. I hope you try this fun idea. Let me know if you do….I love seeing pics.
Sparta SavingsNovember 8, 2010 at 3:23 am
These are wonderful! I want a set of those now! I would love to have you link up to my Saving Christmas Party Link featuring ways to save for Christmas presents!
erinNovember 6, 2010 at 11:26 am
Thanks guys! You can get cheap ones at Harbor Freight. I think they were like 10 bucks. I tried them first and they are fine – I used them for a few days and they do work. They are just very short – so it’s much easier to hit your fingers – which I did. 🙂 I ended up returning them after I found a small family run Hardware store that could order whatever size I want. I wonder if big stores could do that? Maybe. They were around $30 – but so much better. People use them for marking tools with their names – so some hardware stores have to have them I would think.
TracyNovember 6, 2010 at 4:59 am
These are pretty stink’n cute! And I do plan to give some away for Christmas! Great idea, Erin. Love both blogs!!
This Hamilton HouseNovember 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Best idea ever! I have never thought of doing this myself, but I love it. What kind of hardware store has them?
Aunt NancyNovember 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm
Love reading Erin’s blogs. She is so talented and doing such amazing things with her kids and home. (even if I’m a little biased as her auntie!) Have one of her spoons in my office and get loads of comments.