June 14, 2012

Add Whimsy ~ Shop Your House

It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make a little something unique in your garden.  Just a couple of friends, an idea and a willingness to fight off a few mosquitoes to pull it all together. 

Over lunch with my friend Susie, I shared an idea I'd seen for a birdbath.  She loved the suggestion so we shopped her garage and backyard and came up with everything we needed.

 This great antique basin was rescued from the garage. 


A pile of concrete pavers were found and stacked to make a pedestal.  Look at that joy!  Susie was so excited to add this birdbath outside her kitchen window. 

Next we added the basin to the pedestal, filled with some pottery shards and stones for the birds to perch on and added water.





So easy...a few found objects turned into a refreshing birdbath that is sure to bring Susie and her family lots of enjoyment as they watch the birds splashing outside their kitchen window.   


Pure birdie bliss.









22 comments:

  1. Really gorgeous piece of art you've added to your space. This is one of my favorite things to do to make a space pop. Great pics with the different angles.

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  2. Creative minds + happy friends = good times & Pinterest ready! I think the birds will be very happy too.

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  3. i hope the birds will love it.

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  4. That antique basin is perfect for the project. It looks really good!

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  5. I used an old milkcan as a base for my birdbath and stacked two plant saucers, one half the size of the other, on top for my birdbath. I love this idea, too!

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  6. Very nice! Concrete pavers are great for so many things!

    Hope that basin is enameled metal and not porcelain. In my garden the raccoons would most likely topple that after a night or two. (They *love* pulling smooth, round rocks out of anything too.)

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  7. Wonderful idea! And it turned out so beautiful. We have so many things that can be reused for another purpose...you both did a great job.

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  8. That basin is gorgeous, can't believe she had that stashed away in the garage. It certainly makes for a fantastic bird bath and so pretty to look at.

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    1. I know, right? She had all kinds of stuff stashed away in there! We also made a little seating area out of a table and some chairs she had stashed away. All kinds of potential lurked!

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  9. Great idea! I'll have to try that advice--using found objects to add whimsy to the garden. Very nice!

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  10. Cat such an inspiration to just look around to create some fun, practical things in the garden...love it!!

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  11. Great idea to put 'idle' stuff into use...

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  12. me encanta la idea, ha quedado muy bueno!! feliz fin de semana!

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  13. Hi Cat, Given the hot, hot days you have been experiencing, I bet the birdies will be grateful for the watering hole/spa bath you and your friend Susie have created for them.

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  14. Great idea! I have two birdbaths and they are both heavily used. Sadly, the one next to the window is not their favorite. Be sure and tell us what kind of birds she has for customers. Thanks.
    BTW: I agree with Alan...watch out for raccoons tipping the birdbath. They do that here even in the middle of the city!
    David/:0)

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  15. I'll warn her about the possibility of raccoons.

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  16. Wow that is so lovely, if only we can do that in our hot climate too. The water will evaporate in a couple of minutes!

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  17. Wow Cat, nice re-use of the wash basin. That's a nice one too. I want to go through the local goodwill stores to find things like that to re-purpose as planters, or just to hang on the fence in my yard. Hope I find something as interesting as your wash basin. :)

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  18. Adorable pictures! Cat, I can see you doing a series of these posts -- shopping your house (or garage) -- and turning it into a book!

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    1. Hmmmm...interesting thought, Pam!

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  19. Fabulous!! I love it when gardeners find creative ways to jazz up their gardens without going broke.

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"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
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