Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude #18 at Heart and Home: Beauty Is In the Eye of The Beholder


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photo credit: Greg Grant

"Reflect Each Day On All You Have To Be Grateful For And
You Will Receive More To Be Grateful For." -Chuck Danes

If you walked by the garage at our house during the last week or so, you might have wondered what the washbasin filled with water and empty bottles was for.

True to form, I got right to work planning something practical and necessary to the yard.
Before the new fence is put in.
Or the arbor that I want back here is designed and built.

I made a bottle tree!

 I used bamboo stakes pounded into the ground, (thanks for the muscle and help, RW!)
 and bottles that were cleaned after soaking for a week in soapy water to remove their labels.

The new fence can go in anytime.

Meanwhile, I'm planning one more bottle tree, for a different spot in the yard.

 I'll enjoy the sunlight shining through the bottles, keeping the evil spirits away from our house.
And keeping more trees from falling and making big, ugly, empty spots in our yard.

I was inspired by the fabulous bottle trees
And by the mention of them
at Susan's a while ago.
 I'm grateful my family doesn't think I'm crazy, and they support me in my endeavor to "beautify" the surroundings with unusual art installations.

I'm grateful for something so simple that makes me smile.
I'm grateful for the human spirit's innate desire to create art,
 and our ability to make something beautiful out of nothing. 


Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you'll join me next week for another Wednesday Gratitude. You can post about anything that makes you happy and makes your heart sing!

Until next time,
Linking up to Outdoor Wednesday at Susan's A Southern Daydreamer,   Leigh's Thrifty Thursday, and Cindy's Show and Tell Friday. Thank you ladies!


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...it is so pretty, Heidi!! I am seeing these at garden centers but yours is so special because you made it yourself. How clever! Thanks for sharing, it looks great!


Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Looks like you had alot of fun preparing for that special project - wish we lived closer, LOL!! It's great-looking, and I'm all about positive energy. I also love what you said about our innate desire to create art! I should make a bottle tree under our large pecan tree that we worry about, thank you for the inspiration!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I like your bottle tree, I'll bet it's really special when the sun hits it-enjoy!

kim said...

Love the bottle tree. I bet it is pretty when the sun shines through them.

Jemsmom said...

Love it! I bet it is spectacular with the sun shining through the bottles. What a creative touch!

Kelee Katillac said...

Oh I love it Heidi! Yeah! It looks so fun! I bet you had some fun emptying all those bottles too:):)! It is so true that beauty is personal and subjective.Every time y husband tells me Angelina Jolie is ugly to him I wonder about it though......probably the only guy on the planet that thinks so....I personally think she is gorgeous! Just like you and your bottle tree!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love your pretty and unique bottle tree Heidi!
Great idea, thanks for sharing, now I need to save some pretty bottles!

Kelee Katillac said...

P.S. Heidi...didi you see Colette's message on the comments...about all you guys support? Check it out!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

I love this....I would love to do this in the future...maybe in my wild flower patch.

Lori E said...

I love fun ideas like this in a garden. The unusual is so much more interesting.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a fun and cute idea.....love it

Average Girl said...

I really love it. I think it is incredibly ingenious! Since I have a huge fascination with blue glass, I especially love the blue bottles... Well done!

Apron Senorita said...

Go for it!! The bottle tree is awesome. I love the blue bottles.

Yoli :)

Riet said...

What a good idea Heidi.LOve the blue glass.

Tracy F. said...

I love it! I've been wanting a bottle tree, and I particularly like the blue bottles! You've inspired me!

Kerry said...

I really, really like that bottle tree. I've never seen one before so thank you for sharing it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Heidi, I love bottle trees. I remember them from childhood in the Deep South, and I think it's fun that they've made a comeback as folk art. When I had a cactus plant die (yes, I killed it!), I made a bottle tree of my own inside and used tiny old glass Vicks bottles in cobalt blue on it.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!


Sheila :-)

Ann said...

Wow! You have come up with a marvelous idea for the tree part. I really like creating those things too. The blue bottles looks pretty there. Happy Outdoor Wed.

Sandy said...

Heidi.. love your bottle tree,, we have a home near by (you may have seen it on HGTV) it's called the "Bowling Ball House".. they have bottles just like yours all around the yard and the bowling balls are painted all sorts of colors and fence in the yard.. so cool!
Thanks for your visit to my blog today...

Barbara said...

It always feels so good to be grateful! I love your bottle tree. You got my thinking about where I could put one. Thanks for the inspiration.

vignette design said...

I've never heard of a bottle tree before. It looks great in your yard Heidi! I imagine the sunlight shining through and reflecting is beautiful. And it also does double duty warding off evil spirits.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Love your bottle tree! I especially love the blue bottles.

NanaNay said...

I love the bottle tree. My daughter has one in her backyard.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I absolutely love your bottle tree! I have seen them before on real trees and on iron trees, but I LOVE the look of them on your bamboo! I might have to borrow that idea! And I promise if I do I will credit it back to you!

eileeninmd said...

Cool idea, and the colors look wonderful. Wonderful photos for Outdoor Wednesday.