My son can cook…I mean COOK!

Well, here I go again with another food story. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be talking about the work we’re doing on the house–and I will–but, first, I just had to show you this beautiful Italian dinner that my son prepared. Baked spaghetti and meatballs, garnished as only my son can do!! A side of hot garlic cheese toast and we all just melted into a pool of cheesy bliss. You are the BEST, Neil. What a wonderful son I have!!!

Neil's Italian dinner

My $10 Birdbath

Is there anything more exciting than finding something good in someone else’s garbage? I love the idea of reducing, reusing, recyling–and, of course, as the designers say, “upcycling.”

2015-07-28 19.03.12My recent trash-to-treasure find was an old cast iron birdbath that was in the garbage pile at a neighbour’s house. I just happened to be out walking Cookie and there it was, calling to me. So, I lugged it home–and it was heavy–visualizing how lovely it would be when I cleaned it up and repainted it! The bad news is that, unbeknownst to me, the bath part on the top of the base had a hole rusted right through the middle of it. I didn’t even have to worry about how to get it off because one touch of my hand and it fell to the ground. Sigh…

Birdbath-2Instinct told me to keep the pretty cast iron base and try to find some sort of basin to form the bath part. A couple of weeks later, on a Sunday afternoon drive in the countryside, we came across a little antique shop. There, like a star shining on a dark night, sat a huge, shallow, heavy glass dish…or something. It weighed a ton and the underside was coated with mother-of-pearl. The price tag read $10. Oh, yes! This was my birdbath!

Birdbath-5The project couldn’t have been easier or quicker. I sprayed a couple of coats of Varathane on the underside of the bath to protect it from the elements. When it was dry, I spread two-hour epoxy on both pieces, sat the bath on top of the base, added a weight on top to ensure a good bond and then waited 48 hours for the epoxy to seal. By the way, I used marine epoxy because it can even glue things together under water. No worries about the rain affecting the bond on this birdbath. (The shimmering blue colours of the mother-of-pearl don’t show up in these photos…darn!)

So that’s it, that’s all, for now. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ garbage. You never know what trash-to-treasure items are waiting for you.

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. I’m still wandering around my yard looking for just the right place to display my beautiful new garden treasure.