My Alpine Home

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Put a Fork in It!

Hello my friends,
do you have a special birdhouse that is just sitting around waiting to be placed on a pole?
 
Why not put a fork in it?
 
A pitch fork that is!
 
A few years ago my sweet father in law made me this birdhouse.  I painted it aqua, glazed it, and added the tin roof and other
 bits of junk.
 

 
I already have a few birdhouses on poles in my garden so I just kept moving it around trying to decide what I wanted to do with it. At first I thought I would add it to one of the pergola posts.  The roof overhangs in back so that wouldn't work.
 
Then last summer I had an idea.  Why not put a fork in it?
My sis had given me a birdhouse years ago attached to a shovel.  I could do the same thing using a pitchfork.
 
 
I had an old one that I had picked up and it just sort of hung out in the garden.  Now and then I worried a little about one of the grands wanting to play with it.  It hadn't happened, but what a dangerous weapon it could be!
 


Hubby bought these metal pipe brackets and they worked great to attach the pitchfork to the back of the birdhouse. 
 

 
 He used screws that were long enough to hold it well, but not so long that they would cause damage to any birds that might decide to take up residency.  Although that hasn't happened.  :(
 
We stuck it in the ground and it's a fun and whimsical statement in our garden.
 
 
And now I want to announce the date of our next Garden Party.
Monday, May 23rd.
We would love if you placed this on your sidebar to help
 spread the word!
 
 
Our last party was a great success!  So many fabulous garden posts were linked up.
 
Hope you will join us again!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
This post was featured at Vintage Charm  Thank you ladies!
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 
 

31 comments:

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

I love the sweet junky birdhouse and your idea to put it on a fork, Jann. It looks great!

Debbie said...

LOVE the way this looks...such a good idea!

Susie said...

Jann, I just love this clever idea. You can move any time your like. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Mountain Mama said...

So cute and what a great idea!! I have just started collecting birdhouses for my new home...when the work is done on my deck I'll start hanging them. Right now it just feels like everything is a big mess!!

Janet Garon said...

Great idea! I have a birdhouse that this would work perfect with, I may be 'borrowing' your idea.

Jeanie said...

That's a fabulous idea and thanks for showing the back of it! I love that it is a communal birdhouse from your dad and you both contributing to the cute!

I bet I'll have a post for the garden party (but not MY garden!) If I can link more than one, I may have to show the one I just put up today, too!

Rose L said...

Cute unique bird house. I love to have little things in the garden.

Daniela said...

What a wonderful post, I've enjoyed everything, everything in it, you've made me spend such lovely moments in your company, Dearest One, your birdcage is truly amazing !

May your weekend be blessed with joy, sweetest Jann,
sending hugs and more hugs to you,
with utmost thankfulness

Dany

P.S. be sure, I'll take part to the next Garden Party with so much delight !!!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

Oh, Jann! I just knew we might similar vintage pieces in our gardens! I also have a great, old birdhouse made from vintage wood with a tin roof. It came mounted to an old pitchfork. Such a fun gift from a dear friend! It is always so easy to put this birdhouse in the midst of a patch of daylilies. I just step on the pitchfork... and it is anchored in the ground for the entire gardening season! Enjoy your beautiful birdhouse, Jann! ♡

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

great idea! will be on the lookout for a fork at all the local garage sales this Summer.

Stacey said...

I just love bird houses and yours is great on the pitch fork. What a fun idea. Your gardens always make me swoon.

Looking forward to the garden party. :)

Patti said...

Ok Jann - that pitchfork idea is over the top! LOVE IT! The creativity that pours out of you just never stops. Love the rusty hinges etc - soooooo cute!

Consider It All Joy said...

This is such a sweet piece added to your garden, Jann! Those are the types of things that add so much character to our outdoor spaces. Really cute! Have a blessed weekend, Cindy xo

Kim said...

Great idea attaching the old and rusty pitchfork to the birdhouse. It makes a beautiful and whimsical statement to your pretty garden.

Lori E said...

Clever idea for sure. Good for when you need to move it around for any reason. I have a multi story birdhouse that is about 5 feet tall. The birds only have nested in the highest hole so far. Since it is on my front porch they get annoyed when we use the front door and this year gave up on their nesting and moved on. Sorry guys.. gotta live.

Nancy's Notes said...

Now that is just too cute and oh so clever!!
Have a great weekend!
Nancy

Trina Grandinetti said...

Such a fun idea, and just look at your planted bike . . . fabulous! I would love to join the garden party but dang, I need to get going on mine. Maybe next time.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh Jann this is SO clever and cute! Thank you so much for linking up to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You make our gathering a happier place.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh Jann,
I always and always will just love your ode to the West, farming and a nature. A pitchfork with a birdhouse! Cutest of cute ever:)
You know how much we appreciate you joining us at TOHOT!
Hugs,
Jemma

Art and Sand said...

You have given me a great idea for the day. I have a bunch of my dad's old tools and I have a bunch of birdhouses. It's cold and gloomy today and I need a project since we won't be kayaking. Don't be surprised if I post a birdhouse on a stick on Tuesday!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

How creative! I love that you can move it around, too. Have a wonderful evening!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Very creative use of so many different materials! Never thought to repurpose old garden tools this way. Pinning.

Sharon@bluewillowhouse said...

Got to love a junky birdhouse on a pitchfork. I am so stealing this idea. Going to check my vintage garden tools for a pitchfork right now. Thank you for sharing your clever idea at Vintage Charm.

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great idea to put the birdhouse on the pitchfork. I had a large birdhouse down in the basement and a pole outside with nothing on it...so a few weeks ago it went up on the pole.
~Cindy

Laura said...

What a great idea!
I am going to start looking for a pitchfork at the flea market.
Thank you for visiting TOHOT!
I am looking forward to our next Garden Party.

My thrift store addiction said...

Love this idea, Jann ~ so, so cute! Blessings, Cecilia

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

This is absolutely fabulous Jann! Totally love it, and I'm featuring it at Vintage Charm tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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