Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vintage Glass Garden Ornaments

These glass garden ornaments are so simple & fun to make!  If you look closely, they consist of a vase (upside-down), then other various glass dishes strategically stacked on top, such as; little ice-cream glasses, candle sticks, small plates, & saucers.

I collect the glass from thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, & sometimes find newer pieces that will work.  I clean all of the glass, let it completely dry, & begin my design...

Starting with the top piece (which is almost always a decorative candle holder) placed upside down on a sturdy, flat surface, carefully place the next piece with clear silicone, then the next...& the next, ending with the vase (which at this point is right-side-up until it dries.)   

I let the silicone set for 24 hours before it's ready for the garden!

For the base-pole, I go to the hardware store & buy small copper piping.  Sometimes they will cut it for you right in the store, otherwise, a small pipe cutter does the job.  Make sure your pole is deep enough into the soil for strength!

Here are a few examples of the colored-glass ornaments I've made:

A milk-glass ornament:

& one with a silver bowl:
This is such an inexpensive & unique way to add character to your gardens & landscaping.

Try to have fun with this, it's simple creativity!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Scratched Wood: A Simple Solution

This little stick is a miracle for scratches in wood flooring or wood furniture!  We have newly re-finished wood floors in our house ...along with a big dumb dog & a steady stream of die-cast tractor traffic {thanks to Jack}.  I don't know what I would do without the Tibet Almond Stick.  It's saturated in an oil that easily blends the scratch right into the rest of the finish.  I've used it on our natural wood floors & our dark stained "farmhouse" end tables... works every time!  

Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet Jack & Preston

Jackson James.
Jack & our bird-dog, Preston.
They are best friends.
& they're so naughty together.