Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally! Something Worth Bragfesting About!

I am such a bad bloggy friend. Jan @ Bobbypinsboardwalk always enters all my silly little games and I haven't done a Bragfest in so long!

Now, this seems it is the last one! I wish her the best of luck in her new job! Just as long as it doesn't take her away from blogdom!

Remember those hornworms? Yeah, stinky little buggers! I read on the internet that there is 2 ways, without chemicals, to get rid of them. Of course since I plucked those 7 off I haven't seen any more.

1. Invite wasps to your garden. Like Deborah @ The Fairfield House said the wasps lay their eggs on the hornworms and the larvae suck them dry. Ewwww! I don't want wasps since the garden is right next to the back patio where we spend our summer. Also the kids love exploring in the garden.

2. Attract birds. I guess to a bird this is a gourmet meal. Double ewwww! I hope they will take them elsewhere to munch on them.

Sooooo.... we need a birdbath. A feeder will just encourage the squirrels to come closer to the house.

Since I have been cleaning out the basement and realizing how much money I waste on crap, I decided to make my own birdbath. What can I use for a pedestal?


A little help from the Valley Girl and OMG! I got a pedestal! I used Gorilla Glue and glued 4 flower pots together.

Now for a dish to hold water....

Our next model, the Bitty One, is modeling one of those dishes that you put under a flower pot. Finally! The tray is on top!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist!



A little Modest White paint by Sherwin Williams.

Ok, maybe we need a bit more....



A freehand vine painted on the pedestal to kinda hide the fact that they are flowerpots glued together.

It still needs something though....



Ta daaa! The little iron bird I found at the antique store last year looks right at home here!

I've tried to get pics of the birds in it. I even had a peregrine falcon visit! I tell them to wait while I go get my phone, but they don't listen.

So there ya have it! My easy peasy cheesy birdbath. Which by the way, cost 0 dollars to make!

Woo hoo!

Don't forget to come and check out all the projects at Bobbypins Boardwalk's Bragfest!

Also posted at DIY Show Off's Project Parade! More great ideas to check out there also!

13 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Fun idea and you can't beat the price-enjoy!

Southern Lady said...

I love it! What a great idea! Carla

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

MAGGIE! I LOVE this! YOu could sell these! So clever and creative. Tell valley girl and bitty one that they are both adorable. I had to laugh at your last comment. I ran back and re-read your last post! I must have been brain dead!
Anyway, this birdbath is truely beutiful. You could post this at BNOP for Met. Monday. People will love it... and you too!
xo Yvonne

Debbie said...

That is just so cute! I just read your bio, cracked me up...bored, well I get that but so know it is not true:) Debbie

Jacqueline said...

Oh for goodness sake, Maggie .....I can't take any more. It is another triumph. If I saw that at our garden centre, I'd pay good money for it. I liked it when it was terracotta, but when you painted it, it looked even better and then, when you put the bird on it.......BRILLIANT !!
Seriously, you are a genius . You just think of something that you want and then go and make it. I am literally sitting here with my mouth open !! I can't wait to see what you rustle up next. XXXX

Cher' Shots said...

LOVIN' it! How clever and I happen to love it painted white too. Terra cotta is good but the white would look super in my little front picket fenced flower garden. I may have to borrow your plan. lol

Theresa said...

What a great idea! It's amazing the treasures you can create with all of the stuff hiding in your basement!!! So now you'll have to let us know if the birds are in fact getting rid of the nasty little worm for you. Anything for japanese beetles? I just found them eating my newly planted rose bush down to nothing. ugh. Love this! Theresa

Theresa said...

Thank YOu for the tip, will buy garlic today!!!Theresa

Embellished Bayou said...

It looks awesome! Y'all did a great job, love it.

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

hahahah -- I love the birdbath, but I love the kids' pictured with the birdbath just as much. Why do I have a feeling that they take after you? You are such a riot. You really are invited to my house and guest room anytime you're in the St. Louis area!

Lori said...

This is perfect Maggie ~ I actually cut out a project idea using bigger pots for a side table for the patio ~ I love things that are multi-functional! Happy week-end.

Throw Open the Windows said...

This is a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Rebecca

LambAround said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to have to have my Sexy Nerd make one of these :)