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Monday, April 6, 2015

Homemade Bird Bath DIY

I’m ready for spring and summer, are you?? We had a beautiful Easter weekend, though a little on the chilly side because it was pretty breezy, but it was sunny and the grass had dried out from Friday’s heavy rains, which meant that, much to my relief, we were able to have our Easter egg hunt for the grandchickadees outside. That’s a good thing, because they can get pretty carried away reaching for an egg! LOL     You’d think there was GOLD in them thar eggs!! :)   Just chocolate and junk, which is GOLD to them!

Anyway, back to spring and birdbaths and planning ahead, I have a BIRD BATH DIY to share with you today!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

For several years I’ve wanted to get a bird bath for our backyard, but when it comes right down to it I don’t want to spend the money on the ones I like, because, of course, I like the pricey ones. Duh, right? Who doesn’t?!

Thinkin’, thinkin’ thinkin’

Aha!!

I’d been using this flower pot/planter for several years, tucked in the landscaping as I like to do, ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest but this is part of a bigger piece.

When we moved to this house (only 10 years ago…) for some reason that I don’t recall, nor do I understand, we took some things to my mom’s house. Late last summer we finally got around to getting our belongings out of her basement, and there was the rest of the pot!

This is what it’s supposed to look like ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home NestPretty neat, huh? My mother gave it to me years ago (certainly more than 10!! Right?) and I was happy to have it again. It looks beautiful when the flowers are full and robust. I’d always wanted to paint it, so as I was debating what to plant in it,

Eureka!

(BTW, that’s a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes, per Wikipedia…just a little trivia)

I could transplant the flowers to the bottom, larger bowl, and use the smaller top one as a bird bath!

First,and I transplanted what I’d had in the smaller bowl to the bottom bowl.

Steps for making your bird bath:

Step 1: Paint the bowls/flower pot(s) you’re going to use.

  • Since my bowls are plastic, I used a spray paint for plastic, (I think it was by Krylon. Sorry, no pictures of that step.)

 

Step 2: Make it leakproof ~

    • Out came the good ole duct tape, applied to the OUTSIDE of the pot, over the drainage holes.

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest This is how it looked from the inside with only the duct tape.

 

    • To the INSIDE drainage holes I applied E6000—around the rim of the holes and all over the tape itself.

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest 

Step 3: Turn it over, fill it with water, and sit back and enjoy the visitors to your backyard!! Really, that’s all there is to it!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

And here’s the finished product!! ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest Are you wondering why I’m not showing you the bird bath with the water in it? I sure am!! Just plain forgot to take pictures—that happens,  you know?  As it turns out the pot was a little big for birdies, and I didn’t want birdies drowning in my bird bath! Since the bowl has ridges on the inside, I set a large flowerpot saucer in it, which is less deep, and the lip gives them a place to rest.

There you have it! A quick, easy bird bath. All it took was 10+ years to get all the pieces back together!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

As it turns out, I’m very happy with our new bird bath. I like that it’s unique, and I like the flowers as part of the bird bath. But mostly, I like the visitors it brings to our yard. :)

There are so many homemade bird baths out there—are any of them your creations? This one sure was simple to make, so if you want to replicate it, keep an eye out for a tiered planter. Hey, it’s almost garage-sale season—who knows? It might be right around the corner from you! Good luck!!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Children’s Easter Table at Bunnyville

 

I posted this Bunnyville table a few years ago, and this year again Sweet Baby Love came over and we set Bunnyville up! It was precious that this year (she’s 7 now) she remembered so many of the houses, and was actually looking for specific ones! We didn’t set a table; we just set Bunnyville up. I have tons of pictures, of course, but not ready for posting. When I read the sweet comments from the first time it was posted I was inspired to share it again. Happy Easter 2015! May you celebrate His Resurrection in peace and joy. ~Zuni

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I started collecting pieces for "Bunnyville” in the '90s, well before grandbabies came along.  They graced many a spring/Easter family gathering, and at one we even did a “tour” of Bunnyville—I served as the tour guide, showing our guests the “park,” the “wedding chapel,” the “downtown” area….  But for several years now Bunnyville hasn’t been laid out, until I decided that Sweet Baby Love, who is five, was ready to see and enjoy Bunnyville.

And enjoy she did!  Each one she took out of its box was accompanied by “Oh, look how cute!”

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table I let her arrange and re-arrange to her heart’s content, and make up stories about them as she played happily.

Once she headed home, I set a pretend table for her and her little brothers, using their Bunnykins dishes that were their dad’s and uncle’s (we’ve bought a third set, of the same vintage, for Baby #3)~~

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table The silverware was also our sons’—in fact, this fork has even met with the disposal, but I gently straightened it back, and now the marks it bears are just proof of having fed two generations of babies.

Peter Rabbit Easter Tote or BasketBeatrix Potter’s “Peber” Rabbit, as SBL called him when she was little, is one of my favorites, so when our DIL bought one for each of the three babies at Barnes & Noble last year, I bought these two, just in case one or two more babies come along.  Wink  I knew they would be well used in the meantime.  I filled them with the egg napkin rings my mother made years ago that I used (see http://chickadeehomenest.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-table-vignettes.html (you may need to use the CONTROL key to link…I’m having problems with my links)).

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table I used the carrots in last year’s Easter post too—I like the color and texture they provide, and the tiny clothes pins with carrots on them are perfect for holding the place card.

You don’t see these “Bunnyville” pieces anymore, but I loved the details and the sweet stories you can create around them then, and still love them today.  Here are some of my favorites:

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table Mama Bunny with an apron full of her babies—there are three more around her back—is SBL’s favorite, and it, along with the one shown above of the hollow tree full of babies, are my two favorites. And see the bunny at her mushroom house window?  She’s setting a pie on the window sill.

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table And this is the playground at Bunnyville Park.  There are lovely swings from the trees, and birdie couples singing from their nests, and what would a playground be without some ornery bunnies climbing not a tree, but a GIANT CARROT?!  Bunnies are very active, you know.

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table In this “egg house” we see a bunny’s tail end, standing on her tiny bed, complete with pillow, curtains, and tiny slippers, and outside we see that she’s actually joining her brother in sliding right out the window! 

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table Happy Easter to you and yours, as you celebrate and rejoice in the blessings of the season.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Irises—Urban Garden

A couple of years ago I did a post about the Urban Oasis I “found” when I went to get my hair done. I went at just the right time, and was able to capture the most amazing display of tulips in a small urban piece of land that doesn’t even belong to the gardener!

Here’s a glimpse of it ~ Urban Oasis Chickadee Home Nest

You can see the rest of the post here

But this gentleman doesn’t just do tulips…oh, no…He also has planted IRISES, and again, my timing was perfect. Although the tulips will bloom first (and they haven’t yet), since we’re all so anxious for spring I thought I’d share his gift to the world now, in anticipation of spring and the riot of color I hope to see again this year.

Irises, Chickadee Home Nest No narrative needed. I invite you to sit back and enjoy not only the simple beauty of this urban lot, but also the fact that a single man created it, for all to enjoy.

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And finally, I leave you with this sweetness:

Irises, Chickadee Home Nest

Has spring arrived in your corner of the world? Or are you, like me, dreaming about it still? If you are, I hope these pictures will bring H O P E that yes, spring will come. (It was 18°here this morning, so H O P E is important!)

As we celebrate this joys season of Christ’s Resurrection, I wish you joy and peace.

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From my nest to yours~

Zuni

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Decorations

Well, it’s still March, and here in central Ohio the sun in shining brighter and is teasing us into thinking that it’s spring, but walk outside and you’ll be quickly reminded that, nope, not yet. This morning it was 29° when I got up! That’s below

f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g!! BRRRRRR

But Easter will be here in two weeks, so it’s time to put our Easter bonnets on and at least decorate as though it’s spring!

First, I’ll share what I’ve done inside, then we’ll move to the outside.

Recently it occurred to me that my MIL’s writing desk was too hidden where we had it, and so with a little help from Mr. CHN we switched it with the buffet, and I like it! We’ve never had the writing desk in this spot, and it seems to open up the room so much! Perfect for spring!

So here’s the spring vignette for the writing desk~

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest This sweet teacup, with violets and yellow “violets” said spring to me as I searched through my collection, so she was chose to join the spring vignette.

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest The right side of the writing desk holds a vintage crystal bowl filled with marble eggs, and can you see the teeny, tiny lights on the twigs to the right? Here they are, lit!

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest I just love these little lights in the evening! We bought them years ago in a boutique, and I’ll tell you, I’ve gotten our money’s worth out of them! I added more twigs to make them more natural, and we keep them in the blue-and-white umbrella stand year-round. They’re great for seasonal decorating. I’ve decorated them with felt hearts for Valentine’s Day and several other holidays.

And as you walk in, this is what you would see ~

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest(Here’s a silly little secret: Unless we’re having extreme heat or cold, we keep our front door open, since we have the storm door. Which means everyone and anyone who walks by can peek in as they walk by, and our neighborhood is a walking neighborhood—lots of folks are out all the time. So after I’ve done something that would be visible from outside, I take my own stroll out there (sometimes I drag Mr. CHN with me), and I peek in (yes, into our own home!), because you know…you have to see what your neighbors are seeing as they walk by!) LOL   Now I’m SURE no blogger EVER looks in houses as they walk or drive by, right?

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

Another touch of spring and Easter is my Southern Living Ballard Designs tiered basket. Boy does this basket get a workout! It’s so versatile, and we have the perfect spot for it on our tall counter/bar, which is what I need there—something tall that makes a statement! This basket is one big,tall basket! I love the handle on it—like a shovel handle!

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest The feather wreath (top shelf of basket) and the glass eggs on the bottom shelf were great garage sale finds a couple of years ago, and the papier-mâché eggs are from Tuesday Morning a few years ago. They’re made in Germany, and the designs are just precious.Now that we’re expecting another chickadee, I hope I can find one more! <3

While in the mood, I also did a little something on the dining room table and the screened porch :)

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest These are candles that I actually have on eBay to sell, but as I took pictures of them on our table I decided they added a nice touch of spring color to the table, so I’ll enjoy them until they go to another happy home!

Because we have such a direct view of our screened porch and beyond, it’s important that we have nice seasonal touches out there. Forsythia and GIANT eggs (another garage sale find), as well as a few more marble ones were a quick addition that says “SPRING.” (I’m always in search of my first glimpse of {real} forsythia. It’s a sure sign that spring is coming!)

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And finally, the front door and porch ~

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest Welcome! A simple forsythia bouquet, tied with glittery green and white tulle, provides a simple-yet-colorful touch. Since we have a storm door, the arrangements on the door must be “crushable,” and this one is!

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

 

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest  And, when you come over for a visit, this is what you’ll see on the front porch! (It’ll be lovely out here when it’s warmer, so maybe you should wait a month or so, but please do stop by!)

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

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Spring Decor, Chickadee Home Nest

I’ll leave you with shadow play, which as you know, I love.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Tell me, what have you done in terms of spring decor? Are you in the mood yet? What early spring flower tells you it’s spring? (BTW, I also watch for crocuses. They’re so brave to sometimes bloom right through the snow!)

I hope you’ll leave me a comment to let me know you were here—I’m thrilled to know you stopped by, and I’ll always visit back and comment too. If you like what you see, I invite you to follow me (I promise to follow back), and please—Pin away and follow me on Pinterest too! Thank you!!

NOTE: Some of the items I use in my posts are in my Etsy shop, but many are not, simply because I haven’t updated my shop. If you see something you like and wonder if it’s available for sale, email me at coral5252@gmail.com and let’s talk!

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Zuni

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