Tuesday, June 22, 2010
spoons and a bird bath...no really it's a BIRD BATH!!!!
hi all! i've been blog obsessed lately. i can't get enough, i stay up 'til the wee hours just hopping from decorating blog to decorating blog. it's a sickness. i need help, but i don't want any! i just love looking at all the blogs by all the talented women! they are decor inspiration for me. so inspired was i by manuela's cute garden spoons, that i just had to copy! after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! i first saw these kind of garden markers at manuela's blog, then i saw them on the anthro website. they were $28 smackers for 3!!! way out of my price range! so i went to harbor freight and bought the same kit($4.99) manuela got online and made my own, using some cute little old fruit spoons i bought on ebay for .99 plus about $7 in shipping and a random spoon i had layin' around. so i made 7 spoons for $13!these spoons could've been headed for the trash, but now they're a treasure! quite a deal i'd say.these spoons have new life as garden markers and it doesn't take any time at all! you can get this blackening liquid to make the impression darker but i didn't want to search for it or buy it(sometimes i'm cheap, i mean thrifty like that!)so i just used some black paint and smeared it on w/ a rag and then wiped it off. so easy! they are so cute and i've already given one to a friend as a little thank-you gift.
soooo, while i was at harbor freight with cold-hard-birthday-cash burning a hole in my pocket, i spotted the cutest little bird bath, and i just had to have it! i have had this idea in my head about putting a bird bath in my yard for years. so after the metal stamping, i did this...
my son offered (yes, my 11 yr. old boy OFFERED!) to help me take out the grass- such a sweetie! then i centered the bird bath in the circle and planted stella de oro day lillies and blue salvia and some vinca for annual color.
my sweet little 7 yr. old daughter (who declined to be photographed), dug the rocks out of another area of the yard (they were remnants from the former tenants)and made a border- all by herself! i said it would be nice to have rock border and while i was busy planting, she quietly went off to dig up some rocks. i know- cute, huh??? so i let her place them and she is so proud! i must not forget to include my 9 yr. old daughter, who was in the pool cheering us on! :)encouragement is always nice!
i'm not really a gardener, but i do want my yard to reflect the same cosy, come-on-in attitude my home does, so i do my best. right now it's been in the mid-90's in my area, so it's nice to go outside and work on things and take a quik dip in the pool if i need to and get back to work...creating. please leave a comment when you stop by, my door and garden are always open!
p.s. i will be linking to these lovely blog parties;
toot your horn tuesday
trash to treasure tuesday
please check it out if you get a chance!!! thanks!