Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Garden


Robot/Tin Man Birdhouse made from a coffee can


Vintage doll pram rescued from the curb


I found this wonderful sign at the flea market

My new favorite thing to look for at junk stores and flea markets is wonderful vintage items that I can repurpose in the garden. Old metal dollhouses are so affordable and they look beautiful at night aglow with candlelight. This red metal house was only $8.00 and it can withstand any kind of weather! Can you believe someone was throwing away this old doll pram? It makes the perfect planter, and it can be easily wheeled around the garden.
I have discovered there is a fine line between clever repurposing and resembling Fred Sanford's yard, so I am constantly editing.

18 comments:

Marybeth said...

I had a metal dollhouse with the little plastic furniture. It was in my parents' attic. I think one of my siblings took it and sold it on e-bay because it disappeared.
:0(

You have a lovely garden! Your imagination is incredible!

Claudia said...

I love the pie sign! Fantastic. I had a metal dollhouse, too. I don't know what happened to it but you've given me a terrific idea for the garden. I'll have to keep an eye out for one!

Ronnie said...

Marvelously clever. I would hate to think of these treasures at the landfill. Eee gads!

Jennifer Conway said...

What a great idea for the dollhouse! I bet it looks magical at night with the candles lit!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love that idea of the little doll house aglow in your garden!

Superbadfriend said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY! Is there a tiny birthday cake inside the dollhouse?

I am in looooove with your back yard and all your finds, and the illuminated dollhouse actually looked like a tiny house far away on a hillside under the moon.

You are a genius at putting these things together.

xoxoxoxo

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

It all looks great in person too. I have have the opportunity to see it all in "real life." I know what you mean though about the fine line...I love lots of stuff at other people's yards, but at mine, not so much.

Amy said...

I love the idea of the dollhouse in the garden. I just happen to have one... I am taking it straight out to the garden this afternoon! Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!!!
... and the pram... what a find!!!!
~Amy

gourdshine said...

Just got a full size buggy at Curbmart and was thinking of doing the same thing. Small is always cuter. The dollhouse is a fun idea. I'm always moving, adding and subtracting in my yard too.

Gabriela said...

Hello Linda,

I love the birdhouse! It's awesome!




~ Gabriela ~

Attic Rat said...

I love your upcycled garden. Have yourself a wonderful birthday!!

Sending smiles your way,
Teresa

JillzWhimzy said...

It all looks wonderful & brings back happy memories I had a dollhouse & buggy like those as a kidlet! Thanks for sharing :0)
Jill

Carolee said...

What a wonderful idea to recycle these treasures as garden art!! I especially love the pie sign. :)

~ Carolee

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hi Linda! Love the Bastille Day post!! I was in Paris with a friend 10 years ago on Bastille Day. We spent all our francs at the flea markets, so we had to take the train out to the airport. We didn't realize that we had the wrong tickets -- which you have to insert to get out of the train station and into the airport. Because it was the holiday, the ticket counters were closed. We had to scale the fence with all our luggage. Hope they aren't still looking for us. (: Know what you mean about the Sanford effect; I'm always on alert! xo

Karen Valentine said...

Hello my bloggy friend! WooHoo!!! Party day is just a week away! I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's creative spaces. I have a request... I thought it would be easier for everyone to leave comments if we all turned off comment moderation and word verification during the day (or maybe week) of the party. To do that, go to customize, settings, comments...then scroll down to turn off comment moderation and word verification.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous week. See you next Friday!!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

the snoopster said...

i can't believe i didn't ask to see your garden! boo hoo! maybe NEXT TIME?! great ideas, of course, linda!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Very cute and Creative! I found your blog through Restyled Home and am now a follower! Going to have some fun looking through your posts now!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

Farmgirl Paints said...

Hi Linda,
Stopping by from Restyled Home. Your home is beautiful along with your blog. I see that you are using blogger...what template do you use? I love your set up:)