Saturday, July 30, 2011

Man is it hot outside... and a few things from July 2011

Work on the cornzebo has been disappointingly slow.
It's been too hot to work on it.
I borrowed my SIL Sherman's truck a couple of
Saturday's ago and got some pea gravel from the local

It took me a couple of hours to unload.  My furry
helper wasn't much help.  He wanted to lay in the doorway
of the cornzebo, or stand on the gravel, anywhere that
was inconvenient. :)

I used a small grinding stone in the center.

You may remember the red bird we made earlier in
the year.  Well now its perched in a large patch of

I made this little planter for my desk and
added one of my smaller hand crafted
found object wooden dragonflies.

Since the cornzebo isn't round, and more
octagonal, and I laid the footer pavers underneath
the corncrib free hand, I'm afraid it will be a
huge undertanking to try to lay a solid brick
floor.  So I decided to add pea gravel and try
to create an old abandoned relic type feel.  Like
it's been there forever.  I started out thinking maybe
brick sections large enough for the chairs surrounded
by gravel but I'm not feeling it.  So, I think I'm going to
continue the round center out, and see where it takes me.
Any ideas?

We made this bench out of limbs that came out in a huge storm.
It's one of my favorite things.  This year its starting to
grow fungai on it.

We hung this old kettle in the trees for a robin to nest in, but
alas no birds have yet called it home.  I guess I'll be moving it
before next spring.

This is a $5 wheelbarrow missing the tire.  I found the
old wheel in someones trash and drug it home.  Hubby
added it to this wheelbarrow for me.  Love the way it
looks now full of blooms.

I have always liked this crooked old brick.

I have been wanting to tear up our stained, ugly carpet for several
years but my husband said we needed it.  Well, he went to work
one day, and I didn't.  Bye bye carpet!  I just couldn't live with
it another day.  I had to cut around the heavy tv cabinet, and a very
large cupboard, until hubby could help me remove the last of it.
He wasn't happy abut it, but has pretty much gotten over it. :)

This pig was my mothers. It guards my shed now.

I bought my first new piece of furniture. I'm 53 and just bought something
new.  Hubby and I like to recline when we watch tv, so we got something
new.  I tore the carpet up the morning this was to be delivered.

One more thing:  We hung some cute lights up around the
round brick patio and pond.  I love them.  They remind
me of the days when I went to camp as a kid.
They're hard to take a pic of so maybe I'll show
them off later.

We enjoyed everyone who came to our July 4th cookout
and watched the fireworks with us.  Thanks for making
our day special.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Unexpected visitor, what's blooming now, found object planter,

We had an unexpected visitor to the corncrib gazebo today. This Cecropia Moth has been hanging out with us.  It is very large and absolutely beautiful.  Fortunately he was up high enough that our mischevious and carniverous felines couldn't get ahold of it.

A few weeks ago I had a very lush bed of hosta and ferns. It was very full and beautiful.  Thanks to the 3 kittens we have, the ferns have been destroyed.  I created this planter to keep the cats our of a pot of petunias.  I used a section of double walled stove pipe we had in the garage, and an old milk strainer.  My hanging planter just fit inside the strainer.  I set a broken brick in the bottom of the strainer to raise the hanging pot up a bit, and removed the hanger.  I painted it metalic blue today.  I love how blue pops in the garden.  What do you think?