Monday, October 18, 2010

Met, Blue and Mosaic Monday and a Winner!

     A couple of weeks ago my husband did his early Saturday morning neighborhood garage sale walk. He didn't do this until I started blogging and now he enjoys trying to find me little surprises. I'm not willing to get up that early on a Saturday morning. He came home with this decorative birdhouse (complete with fake bird). It was 50 cents and he was so proud of his purchase. I immediately had visions of it in white filled with...something. I'm not sure what yet.

The bird had to go. Some white spray paint
and a little dark stain and it looks so much better.

     Now for a bit of the unusual. Early in the summer we planted a very tiny Morning Glory vine on a decorative piece of iron that we purchased a few years ago in Charleston, SC. It was a single stem about  2 1/2 feet tall. All summer long it grew...and grew...and grew. It completely swallowed the artwork under it. It took over the entire corner of our rock garden area and it is still growing and spreading. But, it never had a bloom. Not a single Mornng Glory on the most healthy plant we have ever had...until last week. It is starting to bloom, in October. We have had our first frost and we didn't cover the plant...and it is starting to bloom.

The monster plant.

     Interestingly enough, as the leaves are falling off the trees, our hibiscus are still blooming too. The plants are covered with buds and blooms. I think Illinois was so hot this summer that it thinks it is in the tropics now!

And now the WINNER of a $55 CSN Gift Code...
"My Name Means Wisdom" from Opening Lines
Thanks to all who entered. I have another sponsored giveaway coming up soon!

I am linking today with:

Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


Unknown said...

G'morn Sue ~ Love that gorgeous bird house & yes! white is better. Congrats to the lucky winners.

Your flowers are just beautiful.

Have a beautiful week ...
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Auntie E said...

Lovely blue hues in the flowers.
My Blue Monday link for you

Sophie said...

Yay, I won! TY, Sue :)

And I wish I had someone to get up early and hit those garage sales for me too. Sweet how once you start doing something those around become invested in it too and do little things like to that to please you.

Pondside said...

Does your husband take contracts? other neighbourhoods?.....he's a treasure!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like your birdcage! Your husband did good. :D The heat this Summer did mess up blooming plants here also. I looked out this morning and have some new blooms on an impatien that I had given up on, but still watered on occasion.
Congratulations to the winner.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pretty bird house Sue, but wow that plant is something else!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love the bird house, Sue, and those morning glories are wonderful!

Happy Blue Monday to you...


Sheila :-)

SmilingSally said...

That bird house looks like a soft blue, not white. I kinda like it!

What a delight those blooming plants are. Maybe they like a little chill, although I know that hibiscus love the sun.

Happy Blue Monday, Sue.

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Morning Kathleen,
Love your new bird house, and 50cents, oh my goodness what a great deal!! I like the white better too, so fresh and clean. Course, in the right place the other patina would work too.
Shows up much better white tho.

That is a nice lil ritual your hubby has going there, and fun for you!! Don't you love when they find lil things to do to make life fun for us!! That's truly a blessing.

Have a Marvelous Monday,
Blessings, Nellie

dee dee said...

Your hubby did a great job with this weeks find! I agree, much better white! I can't wait to see what you decided to do with it! You must have an amazing green thumb, your plants always look so healthy!
Congrats to the winner!
Dee Dee

La said...

That is a great birdcage. How thoughtful of your husband to bring it home to you.

Have a great Monday! La

Lynn said...

Cute bird cage! And that's funny about the flowers, but at least you get to enjoy them for a bit:@)

Joyful said...

Lovely blue flowers. Happy Blue Monday.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

That bird cage looks a ton better in white!


Unknown said...

What a great find and perfect makeover. I'm so glad you came by today. Those pieces of aluminum are just a few from my collection....I have 75 trays, bowls, ice buckets, and other serving pieces throughout the house.
Hey don't forget you join in the Vintage Alphabet Party if you want to at the where I co-host the party over there.

bj said...

Lovin' the white bird cage..

You silly girl...turning your laptop around to see what my wreath might look like the other way., of course, I do have to try it like that. Actually, I am pretty sure I need more stuff at the top...
xo bj

bj said...

also, a blogger told me that those acorns Mr. Sweet picked up for me might have WORMS in them so I have to pry them off...they're on with hot glue...GOOD GRIEF..

Donnie said...

Great photos - I love your blue things. Happy Blue Monday.

Kathleen said...

Fifty cents! What a bargain. I know you will find many uses for it! How sweet of dh. Mine puts things out for people to take, LOL!

Gypsy Heart said...

The bird cage is great! I can imagine all sorts of "enhancements" for it. Isn't it funny how the plants do their own thing? Just shows that Mother Nature is still in charge.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

xinex said...

That's one beautiful ornate birdcage! Looks like you're training your hubby real well, Sue. Your plants are still so healthy, my morning glories are way gone but my hibiscus are still going strong....Christine

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
Congrats to the winner!

Now about that birdcage! I think I would faint if my husband went to a garage sale by himself {that didn't have tools right out front on display} and then brought something decorative!
Wow... I need to leave this post up for him to see tomorrow!

I remember a while back, Yvonne @ Stone Gable, had a wedding shower at her house. She used two birdhouses as part of her tablescape. They were so beautiful on the table!

Wishing you a wonderful week, Sue!
Bless you always ~ Maria

Holly Lefevre said...

I am loving that bird cage...I am on the hunt for one! I have plants like that too...I cannot figure it out....lots of leaves and then flowers at the wrong time...I do not question...just happy I did not kill it!

LindyLouMac said...

I have been reading your great blog for awhile now so decided it was about time I became a proper follower:)

Americana Lady said...

Your husband knows a good thing when he sees one! Lucky for you! Joan

Monica H said...

My petunias died back this summer and kind of dried out because I forgot to water :-)

I pulled all the dead plants out of the planters and threw the pots on the side of the house. Then they started to bloom and thrive!

Take a look!

Angie said...

Oh, the birdhouse is adorable! As are your morning glories :)