Sunday, May 26, 2013

Patriotic Drum

It's Memorial Day - a time to honor all of those who have proudly served this country.  

The unofficial beginning of summer.  

The time to toot your horn and bang your drum.

Well, I didn't have a horn handy, but I did have a drum.

 The drum was bought several weeks ago.  The skins on both sides were smashed.  I thought it would make a great hanging round shelf.

 I started by taking the whole thing apart.

Since I had never assembled a drum before, I paid special attention to where each piece went.

 I do not know what the skins (I am calling them that because I do not know the name) are made of, but they were stretched rather tightly around the hoops.

 The inside was stained so I painted it with linen paint to lightly cover the spots.

 The outside was treated with a restoring finish.  It brought back the glow of the wood.

 I printed an antique patriotic postcard from The Graphics Fairy directly onto cloth.

 I used fabric tape to adhere the image to ticking-striped linen.  Then taped the square onto a circle of muslin.  I had a generous allowance to stretch the muslin around the hoop.

Two sheep tucks dressed in their stars and stripes sit in the shelf.  They are ready to be hung.

The sheep tucks were a giveaway from The Rusty Thimble.  If you like primitives, you will love her handmade items.  

Brenda has a new giveaway for June.  It involves sheep, too.   

Read about the latest giveaway at The Rusty Thimble here.

Thanks to all of you who wished me well during my dental surgery last week.  I am slowly coming out of the fog of the pain killers and will be around to read your posts.  Enjoy your Memorial Day!

See y'all!

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  1. Did I miss the surgery? I hope you are doing OK! We arrived in WI on Thursday evening; I crashed and burned today. It's a very, very coooool Memorial Day up here!
    Have a great week; after I catch up on house business I'll be back, hopefully to the blog!

  2. Hi Donna, Hopefully this week will be better than last week. Love the drum. Very fitting post for today...Connie

  3. I'm so happy to hear that you're coming back from the surgery. I hope you have a wonderful week this week! You deserve it! That drum is really fabulous!

  4. The drum turned out great and I am happy to hear you made it through the dental procedures. Never fun, but unfortunately, necessary! I haven't been around much has officially gotten too busy to even check blogs every day, but it should be easing up a bit this week. Have a blessed Memorial Day my friend...:)

    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  5. Great restoration project Donna. Love it! Hope you are feeling better now!

  6. You find the coolest stuff!!! And you always know just what to do with it!! I would have never thought to make a shelf of it! I love the way that drum glows now too!

  7. Wow, you disassembled that and remade it into a treasure, sheep and all. The patriotic theme is just the thing. Good thinking. I see your time of rest and recoup has recharged you. You are on a roll, a drum roll!

  8. Donna, thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to take my grandson's toy drum and spell out his name and use it as a wall decoration! Love your creativity.


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