Garden Goals for 2017

It’s so nice to finally have a garden to have Garden Goals for.

We had a little yard at our old house that we spent a lot of time making lovely (read about that here), but now that we have the extra room we’re thinking about how to make our outside space into an extra room of our house.

Garden Goals for 2017
Our old yard was small but perfect formed…

We spend a lot of time outside when the weather is good enough as the toddler is an explorer to say the least… couple that with the new slide and the Wendy House and you can imagine how hard it is for us to keep her indoors when it’s minus 3 degrees.

But with the beginnings of spring’s new tulips and daffodils poking out of the soil it’s nearly time to let her loose in the sandpit once one – and it is time to start thinking about what we’re going to plant int the coming weeks: what flowers we love and what parts of our home and garden we want to make a feature out of. Read more

A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul… How To Make A Teapot Birdhouse

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I’ve got a thing about my garden. Well, its more of a yard actually… it’s small, and with a little bit of elbow grease and creativity I think we’ve managed to make it lovely… and functional.

We have a few small crops of home-grown fruits and vegetables every year.

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But it isn’t just the fruit and veg pots that make out garden pretty – it’s the frogs (that eat those pesky slugs) and the spiders (that eat those pesky flies)…

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And above all, it’s those little finishing touches that make a garden pretty and functional. The chalk drawings on the floor, the bubbles blown by my daughter, the solar panel lights to sit by and enjoy a gin or two… and the other little home-made finishing touches.

Like this.

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It’s a simple customised bird house, that has a little bit of my soul in it (I hope the song made you smile – it’s one of my favourites).

I’m a grand lover of china and chintz – so I decided that a Teapot Bird house would be fitting… complete with glow in the dark cupcakes and GLITTER! (Because, as we all know, glitter is always appropriate).

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Fancy making a Teapot Bird House of your own?

Great!

Here is how…

You will need: 

A ready-made bird house (unless you are super skilled!) I got mine here.

Paint

A wooden ready cut out letter ‘C’ and a number ‘6’

Small thick bristled brushes

Paint

Jewellery clay and an oven

PVA glue

A hot glue gun

Glitter

Sealant or clear varnish

Sandpaper

Method:

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Sand down any loose bits of wood on your wooden letters and bird house. You can choose to paint your letter at this stage, but I found them easier to paint once attached to the house.

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Using a hot glue gun attach the letters to the bird house. Facing the house to front, glue the ‘C’ to the left hand side with the curve facing our (the right way around) and the ‘6’ to the right side with the point or ‘spout’ facing up.

Fill in any gaps with glue too, this will keep the damp out of the nooks and crannies.


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Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 for the clay cupcakes.

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To make the clay cupcakes – take a full ball of clay and roll out at one side just enough to make a ‘cup’. Then taking a pinch of a contrasting colour, roll out  little ball to make a cherry for the top of your cake. 

Like this:

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Then pop them into a warm oven on a baking tray with parchment, on the middle shelf, for no longer than 20 minutes! Any longer and they WILL burn… I know this from experience.

Take them out and leave them to one side to cool completely.

Then paint your bird house.

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Cover your surfaces to save from cleaning up.

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I painted my bird house with this modelling cream. I loved the texture I achieved with the thick bristled brush…

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I applied two coats of lilac and one of a pearlised white to add a little bit of depth and shine… my coat of pearlised white was intentionally uneven to add a snowy effect.

Once your cupcakes have cooled, use your glue gun to add them to your ‘teapot’.

I chose a dusky pink clay and a white glow in the dark clay. I attached two cakes to the rim of my teapot, and one to the centre of the spout (this is why I chose to use a number 6!). I made two glow in the dark cupcakes and used them in two different places.

Don’t forget to stuff your bird house if you intend to put it outside and you have a cat! I used a piece of card board and glue to block up the hole.

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Use any all-purpose sealer on the whole of the bird house and leave it to dry. If you don’t have sealer, clear vanish will do the trick! 

I then used a PVA glue smearing and some everyday silver glitter to add my sparkle.

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I added my smattering of sparkle by thinking where the snow would land on a bird house when it falls.

The whole thing was very wintry and FROZEN… and I love it!

So – now where to put it?!

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And here is the glow in the dark:

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What do you think?

Thanks so much for reading: A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul… How To Make A Teapot Birdhouse

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