Monday, June 13, 2011

Home Tweet Home

My hunny and I already painted the trim
around the windows on the south side of the house,
and were getting started sprucing up the garden area when we got hit
with our recent rainy spell.  
After the storms we noticed that the birdhouse tower I built some 15 years ago
was looking extremely weathered, and either needed to be repaired
or used for kindling next winter!
When I built it, it was supposed to look a bit weathered,
but now it was wobbly and and the birdhouse was rotting,
 loosing it's roof and about to fall off the top.

My first inclination was "kindling"! 
But hunny said he would try fixing it up.
Well... he got started on it and it didn't take long at all for me to take over, Ha!
After all, if this thing was gona last for another 15 years,
it needed to be fixed up "right", you know what I mean?

Now I know hunny really meant well... but I could tell that the way he was going, that it would be falling down in no time at all. 
Don't get me wrong
 there are some things he's great at, especially if you're in a hurry. But me, I like to take my time and do a good job on things and not cut corners.
(well most the time anyway).

Hmmm, now where was I?...
Oh yah...

Below is a photo of the garden area I posted back in May of 2009
showing the tower in it's "before" condition (only better).

I removed the birdhouse from the top. 
The wood is too rotted to repair...
It just so happened, that I had another birdhouse laying around that was a perfect fit to go on the top!  If it hadn't been for that, I probably wouldn't have bothered trying to fix it up because I wasn't up to building another birdhouse this time around...

I replaced several of the the cross pieces that were in bad shape
and added some more across the top.
In fact, don't know why I didn't do that in the first place.
I drilled pilot holes and added screws to stabilize it. 

Now... I was also no longer into the weathered unfinished look on it,
plus the replacement birdhouse didn't match the rest of the wood. 
So it was time to get the paint and paintbrush out again.

I don't know why but
I've really been on a "paint everything white" frenzy lately!
Bad photo... but here it is all freshly painted! 
It seemed just a bit too plain though... 
So to add a bit of pizazz I thought a cute sign to hang might just be the ticket.

I found this cute image at the "Graphics Fairy"
The colors were a bit too bold so I did a bit of magic with it on my photo editor 
then added the "Home Tweet Home" verse.

Now to frame and hang it,
I used a wood frame from the Dollar Store that I already had on hand.
I drilled a couple of holes in the frame to pull the ribbon through,
and painted it to match.

I tied knots in the ribbon to hold it in place,
and used a thumb tack to attach it to the tower.
Then printed and inserted the birdie print.
I really love how it all turned out,
and I'm glad I decided to give it a new life.

If I was a birdy I think I would happy to make it
Home Tweet Home! 
Well friends,  I've gotta fly for now...

So glad you could drop in for a visit,
Please come back again any 'ol time!
Every birdies welcome;)


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Blondie's Journal said...


It is really darling! The birds are really going to appreciate your hard work.

I know what you mean about doing things yourself to get it done right, but sometimes I take on too much. I guess it is the Type A in me!!

Have a great week!!


Sue said...

Sherri, Your sweet birdhouse is adorable! Love the little sign you fashioned, too! I always take over a project when someone else starts it- it's the perfectionist in me. LOL
hugs, Sue

Light and Voices said...

What an adorable sign!
Joyce M

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Your bird house re-do came out really nice! I love the white!

Kaye said...

That is so adorable and welcoming. Very creative.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sherri, you are so smart! That is just too cute! Love, love the sign. I almost wouldn't want birds to move in ~ you know how some temporary occupants don't take care of their space! laurie

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sherri, that little birdhouse tower looks better than ever and you have provided housing for some sweet little birdie out there. Great work! Have a terrific Thursday. Tammy :)

Poppy said...

You did a wonderful job, Sherri! It looks so summery and I like the little touches you added, especially the ribbon frame.I'm so glad you decided not to "kindle" it... it looks adorably cute in your garden and I bet the little birdies are happy as well. Have a wonderful weekend!~Poppy

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherri...

Girlfriend, I love your new birdhouse! I love that it's up on that high tower...simply adorable! Ohhh and the "Home Tweet Home" sign is like the icing on the cake! The whole thing is just as cute as a button or should I say birdhouse! Hehe! Thanks for sharing it with us! Sounds like you have been a busy little bee with outdoor projects. We have had a few things going on over here at our place as well. The weather has been perfect for sitting out on our little veranda!

Well sweet friend, I do hope that my note is finding you and your hunny both doing well! I did my little "happy dance" when I seen your note that you left on my Tea Rose bedroom! I'm so glad that you stopped by and thank you for the sweet compliments! You take care, dear friend!

Love ya,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Just wanted to tell you that I'm loving your new "lighter and brighter" blog dress! Love your new header photo too! Soooo very perfect for the summer season!

Love ya,

Ana said...

Awesome job Sherri...It turned out beautiful. Love the little bird sign...Nice touch.

Hugs and Kisses,

sell car said...

It is so adorable and welcoming. The attractive thing of your blog is birdhouse and sign also the fonts of "home tweet home".

solicitors fife said...

I like your idea of tiding knots in the ribbon to hold it in place, and used a thumb tack to attach it to the tower. Printed and inserted the birdie print is very awesome.

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