For the Birds

Last summer we had to cut down our beautiful birch tree. The foliage had been eaten by asian beetles and we just couldn’t save it. With birch branches still quite trendy in outdoor arrangements, I kept the larger pieces, hoping to somehow incorporate the branches back into our garden.

It took me a while to figure out what to do with them but it finally hit me when I was searching for bird baths on Pinterest. We’d been looking for one for years, but we hadn’t been able to find one with the right combination of tasteful (for Jeremy) and kitsch (for me). I was thinking of something that featured a ornate fountain with a statue of an animal or cherub relieving itself, but you know, classy like.

Birdbath

For the stand, I attached the branches with jute twine (leftover from the stool project) using this tutorial. The bath is a big bowl I found in a thrift shop.

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This won’t be a permanent fixture – the branches and twine will surely rot over a couple of years. In the meantime though, I was happy to find a use for the branches.

I still have a few smaller pieces left over, so I’m thinking about a centerpiece like the one
I made for Christmas a few years ago. I’m open to suggestions though. Have you seen any cute or clever craft ideas using birch lately?

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Itty Bitty Hat

I’ve been trying so hard to not even think about baby clothes yet. After all, we haven’t even started on her bedroom, and there are so many more important baby things we need to accumulate. Clothes are the really the last thing I should be focused on right now.

However, this week I couldn’t hold out any longer. I had to have a look at the itty bitty baby things, and subsequently started buying. It was just a few things from the thrift store though. I bought a onesie and some sleepers, both were new with the tags still attached from Baby Gap, so I couldn’t resist.

Then, I decided that the newly purchased newborn sleepers needed a matching hat, so I picked up some yarn on my way home from work on Friday, and crocheted this:

Materials:
Category 4 Weight Yarn
5.50 mm Crochet Hook

Hat Pattern:
Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in forth ch from hook (12 dc), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around (24 dc), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc around (36 stitches), sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 4 – 8: ch 3, 36 dc, sl st in top of stitch at starting point.
Round 9 – ch 1, 36 sc
Round 10 (I used a contrasting for row 10) – ch 1, 36 sc, sl in at beginning.

Flower Pattern:
Round 1:, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Join with sl st to first sc.
Round 2: ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, sl st in the each sc, sl st to the next sc

I think the sizing is about right for a newborn, as I’d based the size on another knitted hat, we’d received from a dear neighbour last week. It does have a bit of stretch, but I really hope it wouldn’t need to be any bigger…*shudder*

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Decanted

Oh, Pinterest.

So many great ideas, so little time.

I think I’ve pinned more DIY, craft and décor inspiration than I’ll ever be able to tackle in my lifetime.

Last week, I saw a pin that suggested using a glass decanter in the bathroom for mouthwash, and I thought that would be really cute. It was also an easy project to accomplish. I see decanters all the time. They’re plentiful in antique shops and second hand stores. I picked up this super grungy one from a thrift shop last week.

Seriously, it was disgusting. You can’t tell from the picture, but the grime actually had texture.

*shudder*

I debated buying it because I really didn’t want to touch it, but I liked the size and shape. In the end, I gingerly brought it home and then sterilized it within and inch of its life.

It looked a little to boozy at first – like I was keeping liqueur by the sink, so I added some text with some dollar store alphabet stickers and etching cream.

I think this makes it look a little more bathroomy, and hopefully clear up any confusion about its purpose.

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