Friday, August 16, 2013

Homemade and DIY Ideas for Bird Baths for your Garden

Here's a few of my favorite homemade birdbaths that you can make from ordinary materials around your house or from a trip to the junk yard.  Usually a tube of cement or silicone will be all the tools you need.

The fancier the design the more materials you'll need.  You can paint, wrap rope, tile mosaics, add a pump, pond plants, stones, and other creative items.  Here are a few of my favorites that are on the internet for your own creations.  It's all about designing your own, for your garden.  Use your imagination.  Remember, birds like shallow water and slip resistant.  They will not go into water deeper than 3 or 4 inches.




 Stacked Patio Block Bird Bath 


Patio blocks arranged in a pattern to create a tower and a painted terracotta saucer added to the top. The base is circled in bricks and pebbles and a couple turquoise tiles added.  Very pretty and natural.







Stacked Coffee Cups and Plates Bird Bath

Here's a more common one that can be glued together.  Starts with a bowl, then a teapot, a tall cup, a tea cup, and then the plate.

Either use vibrant solid colors, or paint it in one color.  Careful this one is highly breakable but very easy to clean.






Lamp Base Bird Bath

I think this is my favorite.  Unusable lamp bases with a shallow bowl or saucer for the basin.  Such beautiful colors, textures, and materials for the nooks and crannies in your landscape!








Kathys Animal Figurines on Etsy


August Perennial Flowers in your Landscape Garden


August is the time that the temperatures start getting cooler and the hot summer days are behind us.  Some flowers are already gone waiting to arise in summer next year.  But all is not lost, there are many late summer and August perennials to keep the show going.  There's lots of colors to choose from.

The trick to planting perennials is you need to plant them according to bloom time.  From February's crocus to October's mums, there are flowers for each month of the season.  You need to have your perennial garden set for March bloomers, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.  These varieties can be found on the internet or in your flower encyclopedia.

So now you know that each month should be planned so you'll have color bursting in Spring, Summer, and Fall.  For spots that need extra color, annual flowers will fill the gaps and spots that are bare.  You can also add colorful birdhouses, hummingbird feeders, birdbaths, and whimsical garden decor items for even more color and interest.

Have fun designing!


Kathys Animal Figurines on Etsy

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Miniature Animal Figurines in Various Materials


Animal Figurines and miniatures go hand in hand.  After all, these figurines are technically miniatures.  Miniature compared to the real thing.  Figurines can measure life-sized, but then they are categorized as statues.

The most popular miniatures in collector terms can be pewter figurines, bone china, porcelain, blown glass, hand-carved wood, and brass.  The easiest materials to work with would be from a mold and then baked and painted.  The hardest would be handmade such as felt or carvings. 

Since carvings would be unique in every product made, they are also the most labor intensive making sure to etch every detail and every pin dot in the design. 

Molds for porcelain and glass are a less laborious process.  The liquid is poured into a mold and either baked in the oven such as clay, or cooled at room temperature such as glass or metal.

Wade Whimsies of England and Hagen Renaker of California are probably the most popular of all time.  















Kathys Animal Figurines on Etsy