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Someone suggested starting a thread where we could post photo's of our Birdhouse Collections! I searched through the "Communities" here in the Garden and decided this is the place. I don't have antiques but I do have collections. Most are just cheepie (^_^) ones that I've picked up here and there, other's gifts from family and friends.
Hollyann, you asked me to start us off, so here goes. A few of my birdhouses:
Lin, I can't take the time tonight to really look them over but no I'm not bored. I love them and will be taking another really good look at them. I knew you had a lot. I will take some pictures of mine only a few in comparison but I will start you off with one of my real birdhouses. Ric made me several and I painted them. Quite a long time ago which is pretty obvious.
Nice one Holly, I love the patriotic paint theme! I have quite a few in the yard that I wish I had painted. They are mostly cedar which fades to a dull gray color. I keep saying I am going to one day paint them so they will look nicer!
I'm back for a few minutes. Here is another one of my outside boxes. As I said these all need a fresh coat of paint or just replaced. I'll try to get around to taking some pictures of the ones I have inside for decoration tomorrow
But I do have a few outside ones that just don't seem to get any birds in them. I need to put some perches back into these. But my friend that gave these to me has birds in hers every year and I have never had any that use them.
They don't use these shelf boxes either. Ric made all the wooden outside boxes and I painted them. It's been several years and this year we will need to take them all down and rebuilt and repaint most of them. I like the tree design I used on this one.
This little one is pretty rough looking, too. Well the wreath it is on is getting pretty rough. The wreath is an old silk pansy and ivy wreath that I made years ago and a friend made these really cute little bird houses and gave me a few in thanks for giving him some painting tips. I did have three of them in pink, blue and yellow but this one is the only one I still have.
Several years ago, I had started to refinish my daughters old bedroom. It still had rocking horses on the walls. LOL
I was doing it in Hydrangeas and Birdhouses. I painted the walls whited and sponged them with yellow. Found a very pretty hydrangea border and some lace curtains with birdhouse pattern. And started to pick up some cute birdhouses to sit around the room. It wasn't even finished when one of my daughters needed a place to stay while her and her husband built their new home. They had barely moved out when it was needed by a difference family member again and again and again. We call it the revolving bedroom. It's still not empty yet, but my son Josh, last to use it (came home for a 6 week stay after a knee operation which turned into 3 operations over a period of a year) is settling for his new home next week and maybe it will be finally empty long enough for me to furnish it.
Switch plate from the room
Here is the curtain valance. I have more decorative birdhouses to post but I've got company coming in tomorrow from Fl. and must go clean.
Linn,You could start a gift shop with all your birdhouses. They are all so cute and I bet you have a story to go with most of them. Holly
Oh so pretty DebinSC. I'm always looking at birdhouses. I really like the Yellow and Purple one. Reminds me of old shutters. Your friend did a beautiful job with the strawberries.
These are on my coat rack in the stairwell. They all came from Williamsburg Pottery 3 are terra-cotta one is salt glaze pottery and the other one is painted tin. The painted tin is actually a bird feeder made to look like a bird house although you can fill it with seed you really couldn't use it outside. I really can't remember where the candle came from but it fits in perfectly with the birdhouses.
BTW Ric made the coat rack for me as a Christmas present several years ago. We had horses here for 18 years and then about 10 years ago we started to find homes for them. The coat rack is built from oak boards from Twiggie's stall and the coat hooks were used in the barn to hang bridles from.
Hollyann: You sure have a lot of nice outside homes for the birds! I love the painted houses, it just adds so much to them and to the garden! Your porch is really nice ... so homey looking. Makes me want to just come sit and enjoy the scenery! I love, love, love the birdhouse your son made for you! And, that switch plate in your guest room is precious! I love that verse too. You are so talented with the painting! I sure wish I could draw and paint! For awhile I had my kitchen decorated with birdhouses. I painted a stencil along the top of the room with Wisteria and Ivy and I had small decorative birdhouses on top of the frig and on a shelf amongst my plants.
Deb: You have some real beauties there! I love the paint job your friend did ... I just think paint makes the birdhouses look more quaint. I am going to have to paint the ones in my yard! I will go out when it stops raining and take a few pic's of the drab, weathered cedar houses in my yard. They are really blah ... I have to paint them after seeing y'alls photo's!
We have had birds nesting in some of our outdoor houses but a few have never been used. The woodpeckers have pecked holes in some of the openings in a few, enlarging them I thought to nest but I don't think they've ever used them. I did see one go in and come out once like he/she was checking it out for a possible residence!
Holly, I love that shelf! You and your hubby sure are talented! I had a couple of little terra cotta birdhouses at one time but they got broken along the way. The one on your shelf on the far right resembles one I have.
Ok, I went out and took pic's in the yard so you can see how ugly and worn out my outside Bird Houses are. Most are very weathered and chewed up by Woodpeckers and Squirrels to the point that they are beyond repair!
This is an old Owl House my sister gave me many years ago. For Owl's it would have to have been mounted much, much higher in the trees. We had wrens nest in here a few times but no birds have resided in here in years that we know of.
Another very weathered ... Bird Condo. It has many compartments and we've seen many Woodpeckers in and out of a few and making the holes larger but I don't think they've ever nested in any of the "units".
Our friends son moved to California a few years ago and loves it out there. He has been an avid surfer since he was young and now surfs at Pacific Beach. Last year when his folks went out to visit him they brought me back a Birdhouse. It has Pacific Beach written on the top (not visible in photo) and is modeled to look like one of the Lifeguard stands.
Not real visible but you can kinda see the Purple Martin House in the corner of the back yard. My nephew gave this to me for Christmas one year and last year gave me another one! He forgot about giving me one a few years before. They can be mounted one on top of another but I have the second one in another location in the yard. No Martins nest in them ... only wrens!
Linn, I like the cedar birdhouses, They blend right in with nature and hold up very well. I've looked at those acorn houses a couple of times but the ones I found were handcrafted from really good wood and too pricey for me. Ric and I both are crafty people we try our hands at a lot of different things. I do a little bit of a lot of things but my painting isn't near as good as I would like it to be.
These sit on top of my kitchen cabinet usually only for the summer. I have a lot of things and move them around seasonaly. I do the same with my coat rack. I have very little that stays out all the time.
Here is a close up. The apple and birdhouse were both painted my me, although I really haven't finished the birdhouse. I would like to put something vining up the front but never seem to get around to it. I love the roof color and it's hard to tell but there is a little gold line on the roof edge.
LOL, Deb! A lot of birds don't like houses though, they'd rather build their nests in the branches of the trees. Geesh, you'd think they would appreciate a solid roof over their little babie's heads! to keep the rain off. ^_^
In our area we have Joann Fabrics they have all kind of cute things. Quite inexpensive. I could have brought home about 10 bird houses they were just little wooden things so brightly colored. But I contained myself.
Lin, My little bird came from those garden swaps we had last year. Do you remember? I really love that wreath with the little houses.
Off topic, I noticed that you posted pictures in the plant files of a Prince of Orange Philo. Could you look at this thread and maybe give me some advice on them? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/881380/
Betty, That old birdhouse of your fathers is wonderful. Now that's what I call a painter! It must be so nice every time you see it to remember him. How special it is.
Well, I found something else not really a bird house but really cute. It was a Christmas gift from a friend. It's just a small resin plaque very nicely done. It just fits between the molding of my glass doors.
Betty, Just so you won't feel out of place. Here is a picture of one of my bird feeders. My other son Josh built this one. I'm afraid the top is off in this picture. It's just a pointed spire.The squirrels are always pulling the top off. LOL
thanx juneybug, I have made lots of these, some are for real, and some are for show, I'll post more pics here tomorrow, as I need to go out to the yard and take pics of whats hanging in the yard. But I do lots of great stuff with bird houses, mosaic style, will post more tomorrow, Again A big thank you !! Heres another item I do , stepping stones, see the picture
Oh my gosh!!! What collections you have!!!!!! I LOVE THE PRIMITIVES!!!
I only have a couple, maybe 4 or 5 lol but I just got a new one the other day.
Dh had it in my new hosta garden as a surprise for me this weekend.
Jamibad, Love the mosaics very nice.
2racingboys, That is adorable, really love that. What a thoughtful DH.
I have a few new pieces I will need to take a few pics of them.
This was a craft project I did with my 5 yr old GS. The red barn type is his. this is the back of the birdhouse when he had it all painted he gave it to his mother for Mothers Day. He did all his own painting and planed out what he wanted. All I did was hold the stencil to make sure it didn't move on him. The blue one I painted.
Here is another gift, this one from my thoughtful Ric.
I had showed him a pic of a simular shelfing unit I saw in a DG pic. It was just in passing something like "WOW look at that". Months later as a Christmas present I received this.
Earlier in the thread I posted a pic of one of the little BH on my old wreath. Well I cleaned up the wreath a couple of months ago and added quite a few more tiny BH that I had painted. I do have it hanging on the porch but I'm not quite finished with it. I'd like to find a slightly larger BH to paint and sit in the middle and add a bit more flowers to the wreath.
hollyann, thanks for the comment, just joined DG about a month ago and am absorbing like a sponge all this neat stuff, I love bird houses, and I have a few outside hanging, ( I'll add pics as i get them) But this one I just finished for a friend. And another thing we have in common, I'm originally from York :) But have been here for 23 years, I still come back to visit, AND I buy Hanover Pretzels, and UTZ chips, LOL, off the thread content so...Thanks for all the pics of these wonderful Birdhouses.
my bird house, and a snake lives in it, if you look close you can see him with his head sticking out of it, lol, I just found this thread, and thought I'd join in, I posted this picture on mosaic arts, as that's what I enjoy doing and my birdhouse is ceramic tile, so sorry if anyone has seen this before. howdy to everyone on this site!
I have the bird house hanging outback in a clump of trees over looking a fresh water canal, I'm posting a picture but don't know if you can see the birdhouse or not till after i send it, but if you look to the right of the little foot bridge, it hangs right in the thick of the trees. I guess snakes like bird houses too, LOL
LOL, That was cute. I saw your post the other day jamibad but had to hurry away. Summer has been so busy and I don't see an end in sight as were are headed towards fall vacations and fall chores. Up here in the cold north (that statement sounds like I live in Alaska, LOL) there is always a lot of fall gardening chores. Of course if I didn't plant so many tropicals and warmer clime plants I wouldn't have so much to do. LOL
No new birdhouses here. Spring seems to be our time for getting new bird houses. I badly needed new ones, real birdhouses not the decorative type. Ric had a hand injury this summer so building new houses this summer never did get done maybe a winter project. I have a stack of license plates in the barn that would make great roofs on birdhouses.
JuneyBug, I just noticed your On the road , United States location do you travel about in an RV? What an interesting life that would be.
No, that was an extended trip (6 weeks) visiting family while I waited for the military to 'cut orders' for me to go to Korea to join my husband. Gosh, that is a grammatical mess of a sentence! Thankfully, I have lots of relatives to visit and had a great time doing it.
I have been here since the weekend and have not had a chance to catch up on my sleep yet. (Or Dave's!) We used to move every 3 - 4 years until we got to Missouri and decided to stay for the rest of our lives. Too bad that DH got bored and decided that we needed some adventure, I really liked it there. I have only looked around Seoul and Dongducheon (up north), but this is a really neat place to live...except for the"cold north" part. I thought that the winters in the Ozark Mountains were a bit much for me and now I will be dealing with REAL cold weather!
HollyAnn,and Juneybug, I was thinking the samething, Juney, I thought you were in an RV "somewhere" in the beautiful USofA. My hubby wanted to do that, travel by RV, he's retired from the LLI of NY, and me, disabled at 52, cervical spine problems, but not doing to bad considering. Juney , you are traveling so take pictures, let us other folk know what you like or dislike about where you've been and what you've done!!!! As for us, we're looking into going to Thailand, as I have a sister-in-law who has been living in India for 10 years now. Best to start another thread on this!! Nothing bout birdhouses here. When I get a minute I'll open a thread on this subject, unless it's already been established, or someone gets there before I do, could be an interesting subject.
This is an old antique Bird House, not sure how old it is, but if anyone here knows I'd love to know. It's made for a very small bird. I'm not sure what I am going to use it for yet, but hopefully it'll come to me.
I looked through google images and while I did not find yours, I did see that it is Victorian, made up to the 1920's.
I remembered them being popular again in the 70's. Ours had fake birds and a philodendron in it.
That is a great birdcage.
Juney you are right they were pretty popular in the 70's I remember looking at them for my finches and deciding that they were more ornamental than practical. I ended up with one made from bamboo that was pretty decorative and a bit more practical. I'm not sure what ever happened to that, wonder if it would be up in the attic!
Hey everybody! I must have quit watching this thread and was just moseying around DG and looking at some posts I've made and came across this old thread that I started 1 1/2 years ago! Geesh, I don't even think I put it on the correct forum, well yes I guess it is right. I had Antiques stuck in my brain but it does say & Collectibles! I don't have any antique birdhouses but I do have a lot of cheapy (or cheepy) ^_^ birdhouses, LOL.
Welcome to all newbies to DG. You will love it here!
Jamibad: I see you aren't too far from me, I live in Daytona Beach!
Hey ya Holly, how are you doing? I always love seeing photo's of your beautiful gardens and you have some nice birdhouses too!
Juneybug: Glad you and your DH had safe travels to Korea. Is he stationed there in the military? Army? I too would love to hear of your travels and experience in a foreign country.
Well, I haven't acquired any new (or used) birdhouses in the past year or so but I will post a couple of pic's ... if you've seen these before I apologize.
This is a wreath my sister and law gave me about three or four years ago.
I have it inside now because I don't want the weather to damage it. I have a big enclosure for my cats in the back yard and while I do have half of it covered with a tarp roof I am going to get a more permanent one made. Then I think I'll put some fake birds in it and leave it out for the cats to admire (o; A stellar jay did make the mistake of flying into their enclosure, and while the cats were inside Merlin was just sticking his head out the window when he ran out there and he had the wing but the bird got away. He got some feathers that he shared with his sisters. There he is doing his half twist back flip move.
Lin, I have been traveling and we have the computer in the shop so I haven't been able to post often. Things are going great other than the computer. I was down your way several weeks ago and had hoped to contact you for a possiable visit but never did get around to it.
I have been packing up my birdhouse decorations and putting out the scary stuff.
Oh Holly, I sure would have loved to meet you! Please, if you are ever back in this area again let me know ahead of time and maybe we can arrange to have lunch or coffee or something! Would love to meet you and your family. Were you down here for a golf/beach vacation? I hope you had a great time while you were in Florida.
Aaah, yes it is the time of year for the scary stuff again, isn't it? I don't decorate for Halloween anymore. We haven't had any trick or treaters in many years, even though there is one family on our street now with young ones and a couple of other families with kids on the next street over. It seems like down here they schools always have carnivals and such for the kids so they aren't going door to door as much anymore ... could be a good thing with the times we are living in, and not knowing who will answer a door! My husband teaches at a college here locally and the past few years there's been a Basketball game on the 31st so we aren't home anyway!
We were in Jensen Beach for a nice vacation. Ric and I with another couple, friends that we travel with quite often. We will be back down again as Ric's dad lives on the gulf north of Tampa. I would love to get together for an afternoon. We don't get many trick or treaters either any more but we still decorate but not like we use to.
I used to collect birdhouses, now stone birds and a little bit of everything garage sale or thrift shop. All decorations in my az room are collections from thrift shop and 50% or more off. Take a look if you like. http://picasaweb.google.com/curvesarein/AZRoom#
Thanks we had fun doing it ourselves, but couldn't wait till the decorating part, have a few more touches, so you can check the link later. I have two ceilin g lights from Ebay coming in, 4 more cushions to cover, and ceiling repair and crown moulding. I have a very handy hubby or we could never have done this.
Wonderful, I usually get from the that carries odds/sods and inexpensive...for my last project that houses birdhouses I went to the re-use it center, got a brand new metal door-minus window for $10.00...son Greg almost had a fit when he saw what I was doing with it..lol
I just returned from Thailand, left September 2010, and just returned, after a year there, But, that's another forum, I just wanted to say hello to everyone, and I just love that birdbath, it's awesome! You did a great job on it biddy, now I want to do one :) I just picked up a bowling ball at a yard sale for $1 and will be working on that for a gazing garden ball. My first project since returning to the States. I missed doing my mosaics, and sold all I had before leaving, but I did get a piece back from a friend I had given it to, she surprised me by bringing it over after I got settled in to a new place, and I was so happy to have at least 1 of my past pieces. I love her for that! But I did want to say that the birdbath is a nice piece, I love the colors, and the turtle. It is awesome work! I know I said that already, but I think it's one of the nicest I've seen in a while! I look forward o seeing more of your work!
Take care for now, have a great Day/evening1 Jami
Jamibad, I just brought 20 bowling balls home. I got them from a local bowling alley. Our Hobby Greenhouse Assoc has a picnic every summer and we do some type of project. This year it was dish gardens, last year we made clay pots, next year we are doing some kind of project with bowling balls. The woman who is setting it up asked us to keep and eye open for bowling balls at the flea markets and yard sales. My daughter works part time at a bowling alley so I asked her if they have balls that they get rid of from time to time. Just so happened that they had these old balls that were donated years ago for a junior league that never did get going and they were happy to give them to me. I hope you post pictures of your ball when you get it finished.
[quote="HollyAnnS"]But I do have a few outside ones that just don't seem to get any birds in them. I need to put some perches back into these. But my friend that gave these to me has birds in hers every year and I have never had any that use them. [/quote]
Is it where they are placed that is the problem? Would weather get into them there? They have the larger openings? I have never had bird houses, so I am just assuming here!
[quote="jamibad"]I just returned from Thailand, left September 2010, and just returned, after a year there, But, that's another forum, I just wanted to say hello to everyone, and I just love that birdbath, it's awesome! You did a great job on it biddy, now I want to do one :) I just picked up a bowling ball at a yard sale for $1 and will be working on that for a gazing garden ball. My first project since returning to the States. I missed doing my mosaics, and sold all I had before leaving, but I did get a piece back from a friend I had given it to, she surprised me by bringing it over after I got settled in to a new place, and I was so happy to have at least 1 of my past pieces. I love her for that! But I did want to say that the birdbath is a nice piece, I love the colors, and the turtle. It is awesome work! I know I said that already, but I think it's one of the nicest I've seen in a while! I look forward o seeing more of your work!
Take care for now, have a great Day/evening1 Jami[/quote]
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I have a few more listed somewhere - but not bird house post worthy I guess. Do you go on Flicker at all - there are lots of people doing mosaics and you would fit right in!