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Sunday, July 27, 2014

So You Want to Build a Birdhouse, Need a Little Help???


How was your weekend???  Mine was awesome.  As you will see, I had company and he helped me build a birdhouse.

Check this out!!!

My 6 year old helper!

Let's make a birdhouse you can mount on a fence, wall or tree...

Find some wood.  These are old fence boards.

This birdhouse will be good for smaller birds.  That's what I have all over my neighborhood.  These boards are 5 1/2" wide.

I used 2 different sized boards.  The wider for the
front and back.  The smaller for the sides.

We are going to cut the front and back tops
into a 90* angle or some thing like that. 
As long as it's close... I'm happy.

You can use the yellow tool in the last picture
or use a saw with a way to cut at an angle.

Remember one BIG thing... birds don't care if this is perfect.  They just want a place to live safely.

I took one of each sized fence boards to make this.  I cut both ends of the wide board into points with my table saw.

Then I cut one end 9" long from the point to
the edge.  This will be the front of the
house.  I cut the other one 15" long.

You don't have to make yours that exact measurement.  Any where close is fine.... I PROMISE!  I don't worry about measurements like I should. 

Now I place the thinner board next to the
side walls of the front (shorter) piece.

At this point, you don't have to measure the sides.  Just lay your thinner piece next to the wall of the front piece.  Mark it just a little bit shorter than the length of that wall.  If it is 5" mark your piece at 4 7/8".  It's okay if you miss that by a 1/4"... it won't matter.  DON'T worry!  It just can't be too long.  That will get in your way.

After you cut your sides you should have
some thing that looks like this.  4 parts.

Sorry this is so fuzzy.  Mark 2 or 3 spots on each
side of your pointed pieces. 

We are going to pre-drill the holes.

Usually at this point I figure out where I want the hole for the birds entrance and a hole for the perch.  BUT, I had help.  Enough said.

We placed nails in our pre-drilled holes and went to
add them to the sides.  This is when I remembered to
add the big hole for the birds entrance.  I pulled the
nails out of the front piece and we started again.

OOPS!  Forgot to drill the holes for the opening and the perch ... ready???

Mark your front board about 4" or so from the bottom. 
Close to the middle is good enough.
NOW:  Here's a big secret.  Okay,,, it's just a simple way to drill those big entrance holes.

What you see is a 1 1/4" hole drill bit.
When you drill through your board 
DO NOT go all the way through. 

I adjust the bit so when I lower it as far as it will go, it still can't go all the way through my boards.  This will make it so much easier for you to get that wood hole piece out of your bit.

This is what you should see.

Turn your board over.  Place the bit inside your
larger bit in the hole,,, then turn on your
drill and finish the hole.

When you finish drilling and pull your bit up ... this is what you should see.  The wood you want to remove
hanging out of your bit.  Twist and pull and it's out! 

Your hole may not be perfectly clean.  See the little
ridge.  The birds don't care.  If you do,
a round wood file will take that out.

We want to use an old wood peg from a wool spinning wheel for the perch.  First, measure the piece you need to add to the birdhouse.  I would be lost without this drill gage.  I use it for nearly every piece of art I make.

Put the piece inside the hole.  Now you know
what size hole to drill.

Place that hole an inch or so below the opening.  Now, nail front and back of your house to the sides.

Add a little wood glue to the peg and the hole. 
Add to house. 

You are almost done.  I promise.  We need to add a bottom and roof.

The piece I used for the bottom was in the scrap bucket
ready to be thrown in the recycle bin.  It's close enough.
  I didn't cut it, measure it or anything.  I "had help" so
we nailed this on.  Usually I would use screws on the
bottom to make cleaning it out easier later.

My help loved this license plate, so we bent it over the
edge of the table saw, drilled a couple holes down each
side and screwed it onto the tops of the points of the
front and back pieces.

We added a little bit of metal decoration and
2 nails on the long piece.

My helper nailed his finished piece onto the fence
where I can see it from my kitchen window.
Because we used metal for the roof, we are going to leave this in the shade.  If it was in the sun, it would be WAY to hot for most birds.  One way to fix this so you can use it in the sun... just add wood under the metal.  That will make a nice barrier from the heat. 
He's very happy and proud of his work.


This piece would take me 10 to 15 minutes to make. 
Mostly because of the lack of measuring and the
way I drill out the opening.  Both big time savers.

He did a great job for his first of many to come.

I hope I've given you a few ideas on how to make a birdhouse quick and easy.  If you have any questions,,, YES!  Any questions, drop me a note!  Shell

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Crown - Maybe a Jesters Hat?


What are you up too?  Me???  Looking for crown material and I think I found one!

Well ,,,????

      Maybe a Jester's hat ???

The colors are right.
Think long, pointy crown tips... 
hang a bell on them...
So?  Tell me what you think ....  please!
    Don't be bashful ...


Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Fire Pit Fit For a King or Queen Maybe Even a Princess


How's it going???  Every thing around here is good!  So?  What are you up to lately???

Me,,, not too much.  Well,,,, okay,,, I did make this little old fire pit.  Check it out.

I found this, just like this, at the metal recycler.

Hello?  Anybody in there???

I make garden art and what could be better than a burn barrel in the garden?  

Oh wait... I know!!!

A fire pit shaped like a 


If you read my blog back in May and June when I was making things for the Sorticulture you might remember the recap I did on it.  One big seller was my little crowns.  It's a fun story and right HERE if you'd like to see the crowns and read the article.
I figured next years show would have
to have some more crowns. 

It's rusted up so nicely and by next year ...

it will be even better!!!
I found out people like crowns.  SO.... you know it.  I'm on the lookout for "things" to be made into garden crowns.  YUM!

See ya soon!            

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SALE at Scents of Thyme - A Must Attend!!!

Hi guys!!!

Do you like handmade soaps, lotions and candles???  I do!!!  Ever tried making any of them???  I have.  AND!!!  I know this great little shop where you can buy the makings and finished products!!!  This is a must attend sale.  I have it on good authority that some, many, of the sale prices will be at or below wholesale prices!


Here's the need to know INFO:  


Scents of Thyme

5212 South 2nd Avenue  Everett, Washington   98203-4113



SALE  ~ Mark Your Calendar!

July 24th – July 27th

Thursday 7/24 11 a.m. ~ 7 p.m.

Friday 7/25 & Saturday 7/26 10 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.

Sunday 7/27 12 p.m. ~ 5 p.m.

We are having a large sale at our store for items that we are going to discontinue, store display items and also a special store wide sale on most of our inventory.  To accommodate all the sale items we are having a tent outside.  Bonnie Van Natta from Blossoms and Scents will be here Sunday to answer any questions about essential oils. She will have her herbs, spices and teas (most are organic) on sale at an amazing 40% discount!  We will be serving several flavors of iced tea from Bonnie’s selections. We will have free samples of our laundry detergent and we have the ingredients to make your own. Samples will be available on other products as well.  Please join us for this fun event.  We’re sure you’ll find something you must have.

Some of the best buys will be:
60% discount               all books

10% discount                soap kit refills (dropped off to be picked of the following week)

25% discount               essential and fragrance oil REFILLS
                                    (refill prices are based on CURRENT price)

20% discount               essential and fragrance oils ~ excluding our special closeout

10% discount                all candle making supplies

10% discount                all natural fixed oils (palm, coconut, castor, avocado etc.)

clearance prices           discontinued containers

clearance prices           discontinued packaging

closeout prices             handmade glassware

candles                         special selection ~ $ .25 tea lites, $ .50 votive candles

Special sale on Milky Way Molds that have been used once by us, have been discontinued or are an overstock mold
I'm bringing the cookies!!!  LOL!  Get there!  It will be soooo worth it! 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Copper Pot Boiled Over

Hi guys!

How are ya???  Still warm???  Yep, us too.

Check out this copper boiler that I found!  LID TOO!!!
Big, spendy puppy!

What a sweetheart!
Yep,,, next year this will be at Sorticulture.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Have A Seat - SCORE


So?  What's your weather like???  Around here it's sunny and hot!  I mean ,,, for us ... HOT!  Pay no attention to the numbers on the thermometer.  Around here 90* is like 110* in Yuma, Arizona.  It's a scorcher and we're making our way up to the 90's this weekend. EEK!!!  I'm like a gopher,,, I'm hiding in my hole.  My house.  I get a little yard work done first thing in the morning, hit the house, read for a bit to cool down,,, then hit the shower.  Lunch time!  I LOVE days like these!!!

So, I found a new seat for next years Sorticulture.... YAY!  Check this out!!!



VW drivers seat.

I can even move the seat!  LOL!!

I do love a great find.  Wait until you see this one next year!  YAY!

Thanks for checking this out!  Shell      

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Fun Find!!!

Howdy guys!

Here's a fun find.

It reminds me of flowers I made a couple years ago ... time to do it again.

Don't you just love that color???

OH!  I DO!!!

It is so funky ... I think it's going to be the whole flower.  Forget adding anything to it!  I think it needs to speak for itself!  Just add a stalk and leaves and voila!

Hope all is well with you!  Thanks for stopping by!  Shell

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Great Find

Hi guys!!!

How are ya today????  All is great over here!  YAY!!!

So,,, some of you know I love faucet handles like this ....

Fun, nice sized, crusty!  YES!

Well, check out the size of this puppy!!!

22 pounds of steel.  It's about
the size of your car steering wheel.

I am very sure this valve handle is going to be a table top for Sorticulture next year!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

An Amazing Copper Top Find

OH MY!  Check this out guys!!!

Look what I found!!!


I know!  I know!  It needs a lot of work!!!

Just check out this detail ....

more gorgeous detail!!!

I'll just beat her to pieces and she'll be the top of an
amazing garden art piece for Sorticulture next year.

Don't you just love her???  Oh man!  I'm in love.  This will be outrageous!!!  Next year!!!   LOL!