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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The 'Project'

I appologize for all of the delays and the teasing, but, finally, my first of many 'projects', is complete. It would still be laying on the workbench, if it was not for my patient hubby, Bill. Sometimes, it's amazing what you will find 'out back'.
This mailbox was a wreck, but I forgot to take a picture of it before Bill hammered, clamped and hammered some more to straighten it out and fix the latch. We didn't need the latch but I have to agree, Bill thought it should be fixed.
A new bottom needed to be screwed in place for attaching it in place later. Notice a few bullet holes in the top? This old box was laying in the back of the woods and must have been someones target a few times.
Assorted brushes, a little paint, and hopefully a family of robins will take up residence. Bill's help was needed again to help hang the restored quarters.
For those of you who read my last entry, you are aware that I took a tumble yesterday. All is well today, with the exception of a wounded pride. There is a 'however'. Due to a bruised bum, I had to stand while painting the mailbox, so it was a quick job. It is not as accurate as I'd like but no one is perfect., especially me.
I think 'Project 1' looks pretty good on the side of the woodshed. I love watching from my kitchen window to see if it will get any takers. I noticed the robins were chasing each other today so it won't be long and they will be building their nests.
Time will tell. Until then, maybe any first-time father Robins will at least notice that he should never come home without food for the little ones. Phoebes and Barn Swallows also like open nest boxes so maybe one of them will raise their young here.
(Click on any of the pictures to bring them closer.)
We had fun doing this and are looking forward to showing you 'Project 2'.
Until then,
Love Ya for Your Encouragement


Darcie said...

Very Cute Mom. :)


crochet lady said...

That looks great! Love the Robin.

Paula said...

That is soooo cute. I love things like that. I've always been known to plant things in odd things but not so much anymore.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great idea!! Love it! Home Tweet Home!

Suz said...

Oh my..how original!! I love it
Now I know what to do with the mailbox the snowplow whacked in Galena....
..hhmmm...I don't have a beauty of a barn like you...hmmm....maybe an old dead tree in the woods...would a robin go there?
mabe off the deck...no owls...hmmm...
but it is a good idea...I'd send that one in to Birds and Blooms
Glad your buttski is fine

jack69 said...

I love it. Especially the painting and the notation, 'Honey I'm Home'. You did good. Of course the red barn doesn't hurt the beauty of it all!
So glad youare getting around, and not dragging IT!
Take care of yourself (and Bill)
Love from down South!

Darla said...

You'll have birds in there in no time. House wrens in mine now...I like it!

lil sis said...

Well, that just makes me want to go and paint my
mailbox - and seeing as how I haven't had much
luck at painting, maybe I'll start with the neighbors!
Howards, perhaps!
You can bet your little bruised butt that we'll be doing
some crafting come October when you're
in Cowtown. I think I'll start my "want" list today!
later girlie - love ya - me

Dianna said...

LOVE the new nesting place for which ever bird decides to make it home! You have such talent, Dar. Surely do appreciate your sharing...it's been fun watching for Project 1...now I'm looking forward to Project 2.

Thank you for answering my questions the other day about the sauerkraut. I canned ours, too, because I couldn't get my taste buds wrapped around how it might taste frozen. Thought I should mention that I posted the "recipe" today and left a link for folks to come by and visit YOU! :) Thought it might send some more visitors your way.

Skeeter said...

A wonderful project for the two of you to tackle! Surely a family of birds will be happily raised in new abode...
Sorry about your bum and hope you feel better soon...

Anonymous said...

Now that has some character to it, I like it.

Sometimes it is the things that are not exactly perfect that make all the distance.

Dianna said...

Thanks so much, Dar, for sharing some more kraut knowledge with us! We'll definitely give the gallon bag of water a try this year...and you can your bottom dollar that I will be packing the jars directly from the crock into those quart jars! I had no idea...but now that I do...well, I'm happy for the information! ~wink~

Have a wonderful remainder of the day.

Cher' Shots said...

well now isn't that cute! When I first saw the mailbox I thought for sure it would be put next to your garden for your hand tools and gloves. did you get a crack in your butt when you fell?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how cute, Dar... I LOVE it---and I'm sure the Robins will say THANKS YOU!!!!! What a nice home for them.