I thought I would give you some ideas on how to create bird houses from gourds. Last fall I bought boxes and boxes of dried gourds from an auction with the intention of making bird houses. Well, I finally got around to starting them. I had a friend over and we worked for a few days to get a couple of boxes started on. Most did not need any sanding but a few had scales and needed a light cleaning. Here is a sample of how and what we created. I cut with a drimmel, holes big enough for birds to enter and exit the gourd easily. Next I cut two small holes in the top of the gourd on opposite sides so I could put a string through it to hang the gourds. You couldn't get the string to go through one hole and out the other because no matter how hard I tried I couldn't make perfect matches. Also sometimes there were seeds in the way that Linda couldn't get out, so I made a hook bent at one end with a long handle so I could push the hook threw the first hole, out the next, grab the string and pull back threw and out. Linda, my friend, gutted out the seeds from the enter and exit holes after I was done cutting the holes and stringing. She then painted each gourd. We decided that the easiest and fastest drying paint would be spray cans. Great colors and low cost of around $1.00 a can. It did quite a few gourds. We went to the Everything Is A Dollar store and bought lots of things including the faces! After they dried we used our imagination and look what we came up with. We were tired, but we had a blast! Give it a try. Send me a photo of one you get done so I can see what you came up with!!!
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
As I sat on my porch swing late this morning, I felt as if I had been blessed. My sister-in-law and family left early this morning after spending a week with her brother and me in Indiana. She was so happy when she arrived to find out that their time spent here with us, would be filled with warm spring weather. My husband told her he had ordered it just for her, for he knew she was still surrounded with cold weather in upper NY. It seemed that every breeze was filled with the scent of different flowers, the grass was green and butterflies were fluttering everywhere. She was very sad to say goodbye to her brother and me this morning, but we also saw the longing look she took at all the flowers before she got into the car. She had a taste of Spring and it was still in the 40's in upper NY and at least a month before she would see this again. So I am posting these spring flowers for her, to help her make it to her Spring. Then, when she catches the scent of flowers on a breeze while she sits on her own front porch swing, she will think of us.
Love Ya Connie
Love Ya Connie
Apr 7, 2010
Our side porch
My front porch
Just painted shutters, rails, door. Hope I don't have to paint again for a long time!!!
Spring flowers in front yard
I am so proud to have Country Sampler Magazine post a photo of a rolling pin collection of mine in their May edition. Thank You.
- Christie L
- Indiana, United States
- I am 55 years old, a homemaker and a mother of two wonderful children. A daughter named Toby who is 36 and a son named Jesse who is 33. I am a Mammaw of four of the best grandbabies I could ever ask for. AJ age 8, Kylie age 7, Bradley age 6 and Gracie age 5. I have been happily married to my hubby Jim for 6 wonderful years. We are all happy and healthy, and we are all blessed. I was born a hillbilly but raised as a hoosier most of my life. I love bluegrass music and decorating our home with primitives. Come on in and sit a spell and enjoy a tour of our home. I hope you find something that will inspire the primitive decorator in you.