Monday, March 11, 2013

It is amazing what a little Goodwill and some epoxy can do!!!

It has been raining and just miserable here in Chicago.  We had 8 inches of snow last week and then by the week end cold and rain.  The rain has washed away a lot of the snow. My sump pump has been running non stop with all the snow melting and rain.  I guess it is a good thing maybe Spring is trying to appear.

Back at Christmas my dear friend Kathy gave me a beautiful repurposed bird feeder she made from items she had and picked up at thrift stores.  I just love this piece and can't wait to put it out in the garden this summer.  

It got me thinking maybe I need a trip to Goodwill!!!!! So I did and these are my repurposed birdbaths and feeders I made.  Each one cost less than $5 dollars to make depending on what I could find at Goodwill and what I had at home. 






I loved that I could re purpose these old bowls, vases and candle sticks into something pretty for the garden.

A lot of the plates and vases already had pretty flowers or birds in the designs.
This little bird bath can be a feeder and a bath with the vintage bowl and plate.





The base on this feeder is an aqua blue and the top feeder is aqua blue too. The little birds will be able to sit as they eat with this having a bigger surface.
I love this one because the birds will be able to sit on the feeder to eat.  Love the aqua in the vase and the feeder top.






This one will be able to be a feeder or a bird bath with it having the wider bowl. It is hard to see but I love the etched flower pattern in the center of this bowl on top.






In this feeder I have a few of my grandmothers old anchor bowls and plates put together.



I really loved making these they were so easy and I think they will add some pretty to the garden this summer.  I have mine and made the others for Easter gifts.  If you have a thrift store or Goodwill near you check them out for these old vintage pieces to put together for pretty bird feeders.


  I am working on some more Easter decor today around the house. I wanted to show you something I got at an indoor flea market this past week end from my sweet friend Jeanine at Chippy Shabby.  She took this old lunch box and added some moss and a daffidol plant.  I had some little bunnies to add. Isn't it cute. I always love seeing Jeanine and her cute chippy shabby both.  You can check out her blog here. http://chippyshabby.blogspot.com 
Have a great week.
Kris
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Sharing with Angie's Knick of Time Tuesday
http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/2013/03/knick-of-time-tuesday

67 comments:

  1. Kris,
    What wonderful baths and feeders, and they will make great gifts. I can't wait to see one in your garden. Now I want one. LOL. The lunch box is darling:) I have no Easter decor going on at my place. I guess that it one holiday I have nothing to decorate with:(

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      They really are easy to make but if you come over this summer for the Flea Market I will have to make a special one for you to take back with you. I can't wait to put it out in the garden too with pretty flowers. Ohhhhh can't wait for that to happen.
      I do Easter and will have a house full so I am trying to decorate some for Easter. I got all the eggs filled to hide for my granddaughter and nephew and did all the baskets so that is done!!!!! Now on for food planning and cleaning Yikes!!! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  2. oh, my, so much to love! the bird feeders are so cute, kris! and your white boots--love them! i looked everywhere for white, but, ended up with pink ones:) the lunch box is so creative! enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      I just took my boots I think they were yellow and spray painted them with the paint that goes on any surface including plastic and then left them out in the sun last summer in the garden and they held up and faded some more. Love that. They are actually painted a cream color but with all the fading this summer they are almost white now. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  3. Those are so pretty Kris! How lovely your garden will look!

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    1. Well good morning my friend. Thanks it is amazing what you can do with epoxy glue and $1 finds at Goodwill!!!!! Hope your creative juices are going this week with getting all your stuff ready for the market. I saw grass this morning out the window so that was encouraging that Spring may be coming soon!!!! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  4. The bird feeders are so cute!! I love the lunch box too. Your chalkboard is adorable.


    Kathy

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  5. Kris, what a great and pretty idea. All the pieces look like they were meant to be together. We have the tiniest birds, late in the summer, with little yellow fronts. Wouldn't they look sweet perched on one of these? Great idea and good job..Happy Monday..Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy. They were pretty easy to make and I am liking they way they are turning out too. I hope my family loves them for Easter gifts. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  6. Well, aren't YOU a clever girl? You married those pieces beautifully! I love how they look and they would make fun gifts for friends, too! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana,
      I have to say these have been pretty easy to make and I am liking how they are coming out. They would make great gifts for friends. I am giving them to family at Easter for their summer gardens. I can't wait to have my summer garden!!!!!! Have a great week my friend. I loved your post on Sweet Cheeks. She is adorable.
      Kris

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  7. Kathy Snow McKinstryMarch 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Kris! I love the bird baths! You did such a good job matching the pieces--they look like they belong together. I'm so glad that you liked mine so much to make your own! Beautiful!

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  8. Oh Kris,
    Your bird feeders/baths are absolutely beautiful....WAGI my friend (What A Great Idea) I am so inspired. Thank you. Wishing you a wonderful new week.

    Hugs,
    ❤Ana

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  9. Love your garden glass!! I've made some too in the past but never in this shape... on my list for the summer! Love, love the lunch box too. I'll keep my fingers crossed that we'll both be out in the yard enjoying the birds before toooooo long! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy. I am hoping for summer soon. Ohhhhh I cannot wait. I heard the birds singing today so that was a good sign but it still is cold. Hopefully soon the weather will take a turn for the better. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  10. Love all the vintage glass and how they are now bird feeders, such a clever idea!

    Your lunchbox with the daffodils in it is also adorable! Enjoy your week.....

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    1. Thanks so much. They were pretty easy to make and not very expensive at all. I can't wait to see some nice weather to put it in the garden.
      Kris

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  11. What a fabulous idea Kris! So much prettier than your average bird bath. And your Easter display is divine! Have a great week. x Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks so much. They are pretty and easy to make and don't cost much so it is all a win win. I loved your new door to the garage area and I can't wait to see what you do in the garage next. If I did not live half way across the globe I would be there to help you. I love that kind of stuff.
      Kris

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  12. I love all your lovely birdbath/feeders. At first I didn't think they were very tall and would make nice candy or cookie pedestal dishes but then I looked again and they look to be quite tall. Very nice! Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. They are pretty tall like a regular bird bath or feeder. They are pretty heavy too with the crystal so I am hoping these will hold up in the garden. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  13. Your pretty bird feeders will really dress up your garden this summer. Love this idea!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Hi Mary Alice,
      I am hoping my birdfeeder will look so pretty in my garden this summer. These are really simple to make and I love that I could use recycle crystal to make them.
      Thanks for your sweet comment and coming by. Have a wonderful week.
      Kris

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  14. Your bird bath/feeders are so pretty! I can also picture them in varying heights holding pretty pastel candies for a wedding candy bar.

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    1. Wow Vickie,
      You are always coming up with cute ideas. That is a great idea for weddings. I love that these can be used for so many things. I can't wait to put mine out in the garden this summer.
      Kris

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  15. Love, love, love the bird baths and feeders!! I think I'm goint to have to make some of these for my flower gardens. Love your Easter decor too!
    Oh...guess what? I found me 2 bunnies at Hobby Lobby today for 40% off. One was white and the other one was gray, but he will be white after I paint him tomorrow.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  16. This is such great idea! I see this things everywhere. Pinning, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Karen,
      You are the sweetest. Thanks so much.
      Kris

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  17. I get so excited when I get an email showing you made a new post! These are absolutely adorable and I must make one!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Melanie,
      You are really the sweetest. I love seeing your pretty stuff on your blog too. I love your new headboard. It came out so pretty. Hope you think about making one of these they are so easy and so pretty and wow to get the pieces at the thrift stores for a couple of bucks is great too. Have a wonderful week.
      Kris

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  18. You're amazing Kris - oh I'm so happy I found you!!!
    These are just gorgeous - really really gorgeous - can't wait to see the photos of them in the garden!
    Doesn't it feel like it's a long way off though LOL?
    Didn't realize you were in Chicago - thought you were in the South for some reason
    XOX

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    1. Hi Suzan,
      I am happy you found me too because I found you now too!!!! I wish I lived in the South!!! I would be seeing prettier weather! I hope these will be pretty in the garden and I made some of them for Easter Gifts too. I can't wait to be outside and with flowers and sunshine!!! Wooooo Hooooo can't wait. Today the sun is out here in Chicagoland so that was a nice thing to see. It had been so gloomy and dark the past week end with alot of rain. The birds are even singing too. Maybe we are on our way to nicer weather. I hope so anyway. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  19. I made a few of these several years ago using colored glass pieces, but your clear/crystal ones are so beautiful! You have inspired me to scrounge through my boxes to see what I can put together :-) And I'm so glad you mentioned painting your boots white - I have an old pair that doesn't fit anyone, but they are black. I want to try painting them instead of tossing them!

    Patty

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    1. Hi Patty,
      Thanks for coming by. These are so easy to make and I think they are really pretty to put in the garden. I hope you can find some old vintage pieces and put them together. The epoxy glue works the best. It is fast and sticks like cement when it dries.

      I used the spray can paint that is made for plastic and it worked really great to paint my boots. I keep a couple of sets out in the garden all summer and with the sun beating on them they fade so it is fun to repaint them each year for a new color scheme.
      Kris

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  20. These are absolutely wonderful! I also love the Easter vignette.

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    1. Hi Marium,
      Thanks so much. Hope you are having a great week.
      Kris

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  21. Morning Kris,
    Loved all your lil bird feeders, everyone adorable and such a fun repurposing idea.
    A friend made me a mini cake plate like that and just love it. using just a glass candlestick and a salad plate. I happened to have just the right size dome from a cheese board that fit it perfectly too, so I can use it 2 ways. It sits stately on my counter top in the kitchen
    with some dried/shellaced bagels and biscuit within, and can be used sweetly for a luncheon for 2 with some brownies or cookies a top.
    That was a very cute idea with the lunch box too. All your bunnies are so cute.
    Blessings for a great rest of the week hon,
    Nellie

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    1. Hi Nellie,
      These were pretty easy to make and I had fun putting all these different pieces together. It is amazing what you can find at the Goodwill store. Some of these pieces look pretty vintage and are heavy like leaded crystal and to think I could buy them for a buck or two!!! Awesome. Hope you are having a great week so far. I always appreciate your sweet comments Nellie.
      Kris

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  22. It just so happens we are headed to the Goodwill today, funny how life happens like that. I've added these onto my ever growing list of things to look for! We have never been to this Goodwill as it is in our new town...wish me luck! These are so beautiful and I don't know who will get more enjoyment out of them you or the birds! The lunchbox is adorable and of course I LOVE your beautiful ever changing chalkboard... mine's almost ready. I ordered a stencil with lots of scrolls and fancy corners, I'm gonna cheat a little...but that's our secret!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  23. Hellooo Kris...
    Thanks soooo much for SHoPPing My SHaBBies this weekend!*!*!
    That LUNCH BOX - *Was ALMOST A KEEPER*... Your bunnies add a nice extra touch... Appreciate the Mention!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  24. I've been trying to find a lunchbox like that forever. You made yours so purposeful and pretty. And those bird feeders! Oh my goodness what a cute idea. I'd love to see a bunch of those outside catching the light, especially if there were birds there having a meal. Hope to see shots of that once Spring arrives!
    Liz

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  25. Hey Kris so happy to see you at Creative Cain Cabin...I am in love with these beauties.So gorgeous.I'm gonna have to start looking for dishes to make some.The spring flowers are precious in the rain boots and umbrella,I really love your spring theme "spring showers bring spring flowers".I've enjoyed looking at your photo's and I spotted both nest of eggs(made me smile)this is such a happy post,thanks for sharing....O'and that awesome planter made from lunch box and those adorable bunnies.YAY!...love it all.

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  26. also new follower...put'n junkchiccottage on my side bar so I want miss any of your awesomeness...:)

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    1. Thanks so very much. That is such a nice compliment. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Come by anytime. I will jump over to check out your blog too. I am glad you found me on Dawn's blog she is so sweet and has some of the nicest bloggers that follow her. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  27. Oh my, these are the cutest ideas, you have my head spinning with bird feeder possibilities and the lunch box is genius!

    Thank you for stopping by the Dress form ball

    Carol

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    1. You are so very welcome. Yes do make one of these little cuties. They are really easy and fun to make. I love mine and thought these would make such pretty gifts for Easter. I love to make stuff like that that is fast and easy and repurpose materials and they come out so pretty. Thanks for your sweet comments.
      Kris

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  28. Hi, Kris.... I adore these!! Just about dancing around the room, over here, as they just tickle me so!!! Don't you love receiving inspiration from others? Just the best! Because as I always say, give 20 people the same recipe and it will turn out 20 different ways! Same with crafting! Now I must go and find my local Goodwill... ta, ta!!

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    1. Kadee,
      You are so sweet and made me smile with your comments. These are so easy you have to make one. I love that you can get the stuff at the thrift stores for almost nothing or use stuff you have. I must have a million crystal vases!!! Then with some epoxy glue you are good to go. I hope my family loves them at Easter for gifts. Good Luck.
      Kris

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  29. Love these! Did you glue the pieces together? I'd love to make some. I'm a new follower.

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    1. Hi Kathy,
      I did glue them with epoxy glue. It sticks quickly and wears like cement. It is pretty inexpensive and works the best on glass. The epoxy is a few dollars and can be found at Walmart, Home Depot etc. I have tried other glues and they just do not hold up like epoxy does. Good luck they are really easy to put together.
      Kris

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  30. Awesome job Kris! Looks so good and that was such a clever idea. I am up and at em and ready to go on our trip!~ See you soon.

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  31. Hi Kris...what a great idea, they are so pretty!

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  32. How sweet these will be in your cottage garden Kris and won't your little birds feel so special :) xoxo

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  33. love it! so pretty! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  34. the lunch box is so cute. Vikki

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  35. Those are so adorable!! I can just picture them gleaming in the summer sun!! What a great idea!!I will have to visit that flea market this year, I keep saying that one of these Saturday's my hubby and I will take a ride to the flea market but his day off never seem to coincide with the flea market days.

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  36. Very pretty - and such a clever idea! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  37. Those turned out so pretty! I never would have thought to do that. Great idea! They'll be pretty with the light reflecting off the glass outside too. Cute little lunch box repurposed too!

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  38. You go girl, with your creative self! SO cute! :)
    Susan

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  39. they are wonderful and will look so pretty in the garden. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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  40. I love your Birdfeeders! They are so pretty! =)
    You are inspiring me to have one in my yard!!

    Following you from Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherines Corner!

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  41. You have done a wonderful job of putting together all of these glass pieces, they look fabulous. How do the birds like them? I think I have to make one of your beautifies for my garden.
    Traci

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    1. The birds love them. I think because they are clear so no distractions for them. I do anchor mine in the dirt just so if a big wind comes along. They are pretty heavy with the leaded glass in some of the pieces but I still worry about them blowing over and breaking in a bad wind storm so I do try to anchor mine down in the soil and keep them in a place where they cannot break. I hope you will make one they really are pretty and I think a great way to repurpose old crystal. I have made a few short ones too since I did this post and they came out cute too. So if you do not want a tall one you can do shorter ones too. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  42. Absolutely love these! What a fabulous idea for our birdie friends and a special look in the garden. I just have a small patio (apt) but I know this would be great! Wish you lived in the South too...I'd haunt your home & garden. :) I'm in Texas and spring seems to be here. We've had an incredible week of sunshine and great temps.

    Pat

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  43. Those are amazing! I've seen others do this and try and sell them for $40 a piece at street fairs. Now yours are the kind I'd pay top dollar for....very elegant!

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  44. The bird feeders are so cute. Lots of great finds at Goodwill.
    I am your newest GFC.
    Have a great week,
    Bev
    @http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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  45. Love your bird feeders!! What a great idea!! So pretty! I can only imagine what colored glass ones would look like!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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