Friday, November 6, 2009

No I don't smoke! I do, however, like to feed birds.

As has probably become obvious over the past posts, I like to be outside. I like to play in my garden and I like to make junk to put in my garden and to make my neighbors look at me weird when I go get the mail. Jared, my long suffering fiance, knows this about me and has embraced it. (He actually asked me if I would make a metal man to hold our mailbox! I am so excited about working on that!) I came home over the summer with a thrift store ashtray. This is slightly odd because neither one of us smoke. I told him I was thinking I could use it to make a birdfeeder and he gave me the look. Anyone with a significant other can recognize the look. You know. It's the look that says, "I really don't understand where you're going with this and I'm going to humor you until I can figure it out."
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That's pretty much the look he gives me all the time.

Anyway, I found that ashtray and bought it without knowing exactly how I was going to make it into a bird feeder. I found a pretty yellow glass bowl and bought it without knowing what I was going to do with it. I found four ceramic bowls and a cobalt blue cup without knowing what in the world I was going to do with them... Sensing a pattern? I generally have no idea what's I'm going to do with all the stuff I collect, and then one day, it hits me and ridiculous stuff gets made.

I glued each piece together and prayed it would stay balanced long enough for the glass glue to set. This is the result:

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A close up of the ashtray part (which was my favorite!)
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I can just see the little birdies sitting on the grooves where a cigarette would go!

On a different note, Jared is all moved into the new house and so has the dog Puck. She is a beast! She's so ugly she's cute, and she provides near constant laughter because she's crazy. So, because she makes me happy, here's a parting picture of our dearest Puck:
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6 comments:

  1. What a great totem birdfeeder. If you hadn't said it was an ashtray I would never of known. I get those same looks when I re'find' an item. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you visit often.

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  2. Tristan, Love the ashtray bird feeder. I am feeling sad because I may have to call your items art and not score worthy. I guess that will have to be your call. One day if you want to throw something my way, I would love to score it. Keep up the good work.

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  3. This was a really cool idea--very artistic. It would take me a while to figure out that was an ashtray, which makes it pretty neat. I feel like I should to be more creative now!

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  4. I love the birdfeeder. What a great idea. I have a ton of cool ashtrays from back when we used to smoke inside. I might steal your idea! Oh, maybe you could attach a chain to one to make a hanging feeder, too!
    P.S. Puck is adooooorable.

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  5. That picture of you and your fiance is adorable. :)

    Also, really cool idea! Your lawn will feature the most original ornaments ever.

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  6. I think that it's amazing that you are so creative. I would have never thought to make anything like the things you have created. Especially the ashtray bird feeder, or the bathtub fish pond. Keep up the good/creative work!

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Hey! Thanks for being awesome and wanting to comment! I love to read what people have to say!