I have been busy outside these past weeks. Impressive amounts of weeds have been removed from my borders, the boxwood has been trimmed, and some necessary border makeovers are in progress as we speak. But all of that may give me a wonderful feeling and a nice orderly garden, but it is not the kind of makeover you come around here for.
The big outside projects, like painting those garden walls , are slowly coming to a stage were I can start to blog about them, but they are not Songbird worthy just yet.
So I thought I’d show you a mini project I have been doing. I thought let’s whip up some garden labels.
Ever since I saw these cute beauties at Manuela’s from The Pleasures of Homemaking I wanted to have them too. Manuela is known for using all kinds of whimsical kitchen elements in her garden but I thought these garden labels were the best.
They looked easy enough. A quickie project so to speak. Something to do in a lost half hour…
I don’t know if my cutlery was made out of harder steel, if my letter stamps were not tough enough or if I was too much of a klutz. But no matter how hard I tried and how many of my old thrifted little spoons I was ruining, I couldn’t make it work.
But I had to have them….
So I came up with a variation that I could pull off. I found some of aluminum tape in the basement. It is a shiny, very thin tape that is used to plug holes in water drains. It is rather soft an pliable, so I wrapped it tightly around some stiff cardboard.
The only thing left to do was rub a little ink in the letters and glue them to my tiny spoons.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, the labels are of course in Dutch. I don’t usually go around speaking English at home (although I catch myself thinking in English all the time, wonder why that is happening…).
The labels look so cute in my little herb garden on the patio.
I dressed my little corner up with some garden accessories, like this lantern that I removed the glass from to use it as a planter.
And I stuck a birdie in a nest of flowers. Actually to be able to do that I had to remove the rock the birdie was sitting on. That turned into a leg amputation as well. So in fact you can all call me a bird mutilator now.
Nice going Songbird, nice…..
But amputated birdie and all, I am really pleased with my herb garden. And it is so much fun to just walk outside while cooking, scissors in hand, and just snip off some fresh herbs for dinner.
So do you have a herb garden? Or would you know why I couldn’t get those spoons stamped? And have you ever amputated a little bird?