Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Bird in the Hand

A bird or two or three or four ( I am so addicted there probably will be more).  I can't stop making these pretty little birds.  I saw them on DIY with Kim and Chris, printed out the instructions (you can find it here) and have been goin' crazy with scraps.  I think I sew more with my scraps then I do with my collection of fabrics.  Well, no, I know I sew more with my scraps.

So here are some of my little chickadees.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

Saw this great idea for tomato cage trees on Pinterest.  It's P. Allen Smiths idea.  Check out his video.

It was such a great idea, I just had to do it.  He suggests using what you have lay around.  I did not have most of this stuff laying around unfortunately but in a series of good twists of fate, I managed to find stuff and do it rather cheaply.  I made these for a total of 34 dollars.  17.50 per tree.  Not too shabby.
On my way to Walmart, where I thought I'd find some good prices.  Um, not so much.  I did buy to 16.5 inch large pots for 15 dollars per pot.  Yup.  I thought this was going to rack up the dollars since I was starting here.  On the way home, swear to God, there, on the side of the road, someone was throwing away two large, stone colored pots.  They are a bit weathered but I figured who was going to notice after I got all the decorations on them.  I returned the pots that I had bought from Walmart.  Cha ching! So far zero.
Then I thought I'd check out the local Garden Factory, who tend to be a bit pricey but I needed to get dirt anyhow.  Just so happened that there pretty fancy garland was on sale for a dollar- and to think they wanted 5.99 and that other store.
The pine garland was the most expensive part of this whole deal- 12 dollars per strand.

See the phone there.  That my moment of "oh my goodness, I think I may have to go back and buy more pine garland".  I wrapped the tree tighter and everything worked out.

I still want to hang some lights on it and some decorations but this is what I have so far.