I ran out of glue
unexpected motivation

dying plastic and grooming the roof

The little plastic succulents (fake baby's breath) didn't give as much coverage as I expected.  The only color of them I can find in the store now is white, so I tried an experiment.

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Awww, look what came crawling out of the flowers.  Good thing she made an appearance before she got thrown in the pot.

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The dye worked great, but the green turned out pretty blue and the gray kind of greenish.

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A quick look at them in place proved the "green" ones too unrealistic...

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...so I boiled another batch of gray dye and colored them again.  Much better.

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I spent the rest of the evening grooming the roof.  I pulled off the white plants because I didn't like them, and stroked all the other succulents, removing any that weren't glued down sufficiently.  Then I picked glue boogers, except in a couple of spots where they looked like old spider webs.

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It's looking good! 

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Susan found some of the larger size plants in a deep burgundy when she was shopping yesterday.  She picked some up for me, so until those arrive the roof is on hiatus.  She's coming to visit in a couple of weeks (I'm so excited!), I imagine she'll pop them in her suitcase.

In the meantime, I'll see how much of the exterior walls I can finish before she gets here.

 

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Susan

I'll send the purple succulents up so you don't have to slow down your momentum too much. And I can't believe our visit is almost here - I'm excited, too!!

brae

The dying process is interesting for sure, but that's an awesome spider pic! :D

Sheila

Yeesh! That's a very... interesting spider. You're a lot more laid back than I am. I'd have freaked.

I love how the roof is looking though!

Jodi Hippler

Well call me boiled and dyed! I never would have come up with that! They turned out truly amazing and look so good in green! And surprisingly, spiders usually freak me out a little, but yours is actually kind of cute, Weird... A photogenic spider.

elizabeth s

I've painted but never thought of dying plastic, however your succulents turned out Really Well! It's amazing how many colors they come in and how lovely they are.
I also have to say that I agree with your decision to remove the white flowers - much better :)

Mad for Mod

I had no idea you could dye plastic!

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