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I once read that butterflies don't necessarily use the houses for living in, but they may use them to get out of bad weather. I have never seen one go in or out of the house, but I like the way it looks in the garden, which is all that really matters to me.
I absolutely love this bench that Gary made out of a piece of wooden fence that used to be my headboard before we were married. He mimicked the same slats in the front with some scrap lumber and it was all painted out with paint leftover from our new shed. The paint color is called "Rice Cake". The flamingos you see were made by a local artist in Niagara Falls, New York and are made out of PVC pipe.
This picnic table was one of the first things Gary made when we moved here. It's made of pine and has since been stained a natural cedar color. We put pressure treated "feet" on the bottom of the legs so that the legs would not rot as fast. If it started rotting, we can just put on new "feet" rather than replacing the whole leg or having to make a new table.
Ever wonder what you are going to do with those plastic kitty litter containers that you can't recycle? Well recycle them in another way. Gary made a wooden planter that would fit the specifications of the kitty litter bucket so we could use them as planters.
He used some scrap cement siding (so it's quite heavy) and trimmed it out with cedar. I painted it to match our shed. Two rails were put on the inside of the box for support; one to support the bottom of the tub and another to support the lip of the tub. I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and planted annuals in them. Here's a picture after they were painted and planted.
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