After reading my friend Claudia’s post the other day I was inspired to create a birdbath. Like hers, mine had an accident several years ago and I never bothered to replace it. Since the economy has taken a tank our funds are less these days, so I knew I wanted to create a FREE birdbath. Why not? It meant I didn’t have to go shopping and it forced me to get creative. The things I used: large pewter bowl, small enamelware bowl upside down, and my favorite rock. Can you see the ripples in the water? Mother nature was filling it up for me, it was raining while I was putting it out.
Another thing I did for free this year was put a straw bedding under the flowers instead of mulch. Log homes are supposed to avoid adding wood mulch, it draws to many unwanted bugs that can do damage to the logs. I really wanted pine straw but that’s not available in my neck of the woods so I opted to use a bale of straw that was being used as a sidetable on the porch. I actually like the yellow color agains our dark logs and it sure works for keeping the weeds down. I saved over $60 by doing it this way. I also have plans for that weeping cherry you can see in the photo, it didn’t survive the winter so I have a new idea for it (stop back by to see how I repurposed that).
I put the birdbath in the front flower garden on a huge rock that looks like a bench (also a free item). My son was digging some footings, for a neighbor, with the bobcat and unearthed this huge flat rock, right away he put it off to the side and brought it home to me that night. He knew I would be a sucker for a good looking rock (I have a thing for rocks you might say, I am like a 4 year old boy, I bring them home in my pockets after a good walk). The pewter bowl was from my Dad it was previously used to hold lettuce on a salad bar at a place he used to work, he got it for $2 and bought me 3 of them. What a deals for sure. The enamel ware bowl I have had for several year I found it at a garage sale along the way somewhere.
And of course atop it all is my favorite rock. I was using it as a paper weight in my office but decided the birds would enjoy it much more if they had a place to perch while taking a bath. Now all I have to do is stand watch for the birds. I do believe I love the look as much as any store bought bath.