I'm working on a new Saturday article feature that I'm calling The Frugal Gardener. I'll probably run an installment once a month and feature a project that is cheap and attractive. I'd like your input and ideas.
The projects need to be fairly simple, attractive to a wide range of gardeners and made with materials that aren't hard to find (or substitute)
I'm especially looking for interesting containers, water features and garden art. I'll also feature things like taking cuttings and preserving excess harvest, so anything along those lines is welcome too.
You can post ideas here...and if there is a thread where it is discussed, add that link so I can go take a look. I probably can't use all of your ideas, but I'll pick out some of the best ones to feature.
I just finished up the first project yesterday, but it will be several weeks before I'll run it...I'll give folks a heads-up. Terry and I have tossed around some neat ideas and we have things like lanterns, plant markers, wreaths and edibles on the list.
I'd like some ideas for indoor gardening, holiday crafts and garden gifts.
I decided i wanted a different kind of Christmas tree this year,(having always gone the traditional route.)
Michaels had tiny birdhouses for sale last month and i bought alot of them and little birds. I will paint the birdhouses light green and gold.and attach a small bird to the entrance of each house.I also found some light green glass balls. I would like an unusual garden something to use as ropes to go around the tree. Does anyone have any ideas? Have also thought of small garden chimes to put on tree.
cando: you might receive more responses if you post your own link on this Christmas project. Your ideas & frogy's sound interesting. You could use rope as a garland and spray with glue and adhere dried flowers or birdseed?
What about glass garden totems? Some people make shorter versions to use as table centerpieces. Nice for the holidays to hold sweets, candies ... even just some colored Christmas ornaments for decoration.
I just had to run into town and stopped at the thrift store...got everything for the glass one but the largest glass plate for the base. I'll scout around this weekend and see if I can scrounge one up. This would make a nice holiday project since the plates can hold small ornaments and garland around the rims...My other niece will be home from college next month for fall break. Maybe I can get her to put this together for me.
I use E-6000 glue and also sometimes seal the joints with clear waterproof silicone sealant/bathroom caulk if I'm using the piece outdoors. Water can penetrate the joints if the totem is outside uncovered in a lot of rain.
This discussion has talked me into moving my clear totem to the front steps and putting colored ornaments in it come December. Maybe even adding a big red bow around the glass ball on top. ♥♥♥
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I know...we had a few things that pushed this back a couple of weeks...but by doing so, I came across some fantastic creations while we were on vacation in the Ozarks...I'll add those to the article too. (not this Sat...there's something else scheduled...but the next one)
Melody, I can't wait to see the Arkansas creations. I was there with you and don't remember a thing about what you saw to copy. You might have told me and I just forgot or maybe I was too engrossed with all of the other fun things we were doing. I did get some good photos though. I will just wait and give them to you when you come next month if you bring a flash drive or your laptop if that is ok with you. You might even want the video that you took for me with my camera. If so, you can get that too. I haven't even looked at it yet myself. Thanks for doing that, by the way.
Here is a photo of your dog and my granddog Carly "protecting" your possessions.
I found the sides to an old metal gazebo (like the ones at lowes) in a dump. I took 2 of the side pieces and stuck them in the ground on each side of my rose bush, lashing the tops together to form an A frame trellis.It worked really well. There were 8 pieces total so I had enough to make lean to trellises for jasmine and other things also.
Very nice. It's difficult to find good metal trellises for a decent price. I'm making some along the lines of yours out of the frames of old storm doors that were replaced. As soon as I get the glass out, I'll actually be able to move them. :)
I have two of solid glass with no metal work in them other than the frames. I am thinking of using them as tables somehow, especially for my yard sales. I am going to put them on saw horses and cover with like colored sheets. Hubby keeps wanting to junk them and I say, "NO WAY"!
How about this ?
We did these people new cabinets. This was in the old pantry. It was built in. I took it apart carefully & rebuilt it as a free standing unit. It is 9 foot 3 inches high & nearly 6 feet wide. I used the old wainscot from our old porch ceiling to make the back & end that were the wall before.
It is in our antique shop now. Tag says $1000.00.
kdm1000 had some totems posted so of course I had to dig down in the basement and make a bird bath. And the next day I got ripped off at GW for more glass. I'd recently sent some boxes there and dollar to donuts I bought back what I sent! Anyway, just waiting for my daughter (the creative one) to show up to help with another. Just love these things!
Hi everyone! This is the first time I'm visiting this thread and have seen a lot of comments about these 'glass' totems. On Sunday, the 16th, I had gone with a friend from my Redlands Camera Club to this area called Oak Glen. We had gone up there to this area for a day of photo work. :)
Anyway, I saw this glass structure located in the front of the house and took a picture of it. When I first saw it, I thought it may have been some kind of water fountain ~ a delicate one at that. Now, that I'm on this thread, I'm seeing pictures that look similar to what I saw. The one that I took a photo of is all clear glass, no other color. I'll post a photo to show you what I saw. This is the original Jpeg photo, so no editing has been done to it. It's also the brighter of the 2 photos that I took of this thing. I'm curious to see what y'all think of this glass 'totem.'
I thnk it is very pretty and delicate looking. With the snow behind, it almost looks like ice.
I think it would be a lovely water fountain. Was there a catch basin at the bottom of the green thing holding it? Perhaps it is but was turned off to keep it from freezing and breaking.
I do have a question I hope someone can answer for me. Please take no offense, I'm new here and I really do want to know. Maybe it is my Native American heritage, but I don't understand. Why are these glass sculptures of glued together items called totems? Real totems are an animal (sometimes a plant) that is a family's (or clan's) emblem signifying their ancestry. It can be a painted or a carved version of that animal, but it is an honored emblem. In a funny sort of way, it seems to me that calling it a totem is saying "this stack of junk (or beautifully crafted sculpture)" is a symbol of my family and should be revered as such. Now it's kind of cool that you want to be known for your creativity which can be a heritage thing I guess, but if someone saw only the trash part...not so much. So I am trying to be funny but I am serious about wanting to know what I am missing. Please help. ^_^
Oh and Fleur - I'm so jealous of the day out for a photo shoot. I love photography too. I haven't been out as much as I used to because of several family member's health needs. I miss it and hope to get back to it soon. I'm a Nikon nut all the way and just got an email from B&H about the new D600.
Lovetopaint, you pose an EXCELLENT question to which I have no answer! Perhaps it is called a totem because to those of us ignorant of the history and purpose of a REAL totem, we see a "vertica stack" that reminds us of totems. I'm hoping someone can answer your question, you have me curious too!
I have no answer either, but just went along with the group calling them totems. I know a little about a real totem, going to read up some more on them, maybe someone can come up with a better name. I made one but I just called her my glass lady.
Psych, Your answer is what seems the most likely to me. Whoever started it saw the stack of "stuff" which reminded them of a totem pole and never knew the meaning of the totems, much less a totem pole. Actually a totem pole (most often found in the Pacific Northwest tribal areas) are a group of totems. There can be a "house" totem pole, which can tell the heritage or important occasions in the life of those within that house. The larger ones for the tribe's community usually denote the heritages of those within that community. They sometimes denote important events for the tribe too. Usually there are multiple totem poles for these purposes. It depends on the tribe.
Samigal, I take no offense either and I certainly don't want to cause a stink with anyone about what they call them. I was just curious why "trash" was given such a revered stance to be called a totem, regardless of how pretty they can be. LOL
C'ville - I like garden stacks better myself but that's just me. Y'all call them anything you want - apparently from your link that is what they are called elsewhere too. It's just funny/odd.
That's okay, there are many things non-Native Americans call things, say and do that have other meanings and they haven't a clue. It's entertaining for the most part.
I went to the link and buzzed thru the pictures and THEN realized the sale /price info was contained as well. Those are very different from most I have seen, many reminded me of Alice in Wonderland the colors were so bright etc. Fun.
I see some of them are made from depression glass and I recognize a couple other collectable pieces, too. So, I think she makes them with these items to entice those collectors. Because of the materials used, it would make it more expensive to make than yard sale/Goodwill "treasures", unless she is really lucky. Many of them show great assemblywork, but there are a few that do lean (even if you optically correct for the crooked photography), and a few have a crooked piece in it.
They are too rich for my wallet, but hey, if she can sell them for that much, why not? More power to her. Then again she's in the artsy part of Washington state, and they get a lot of "money" people up from California. I doubt she'd see that much money on the east coast. I know she wouldn't in the south because those of us from the south, will figure out how to make something we like before we spend that kind of money. LOL
Old surfboards are good things! When my neighbor John was putting one out next door for trash, I happened to be right there at time and before it even hit the trash heep it was home! "John, are you throwing THAT away?!"
It only took one day to paint it with leftover housepaints in the colors of my house.
A surfboard to giant leave can happen in a day! Thank you...
You've already seen that earlier post I've recently sent regarding roof turbines on t2t maybe? It was a fun day project as well.