First off, I have to say I don't have a big Life Bucket List. As much as I would love to move to France, vacation in Tahiti, or dance wildly on a bar, I think I'll be ok if none of those things happen. Actually, I'll be disappointed, but considering I don't speak French, can't afford a trip to Tahiti and would probably fall off the bar, maybe its for the best. But I do have a bucket list for my garden that includes adding funky art pieces, both decorative and functional, to my plantings. While waiting for my dormant garden to pop to life, I've been squirreling away decorative birdhouses and other cool garden art made by American artists.
I've been on the hunt for funky but functional birdhouses all winter.
I found these on Etsy.
During my birdhouse hunt, I found birdhouses that were hundreds of dollars and impossible to clean out.
Are you kidding me?
Handmade by California artist Michele McKee-Orsini her houses are affordable and completely functional.
I love the buttons she uses on many of her houses
as well as the other decorative accents.
I wonder if any birds will use this Spanish moss to build a nest?
Clever use of extra frame edges
A small knob on the side opens a door that allows you to clean out the houses with ease. No more pulling entire nests out twig by twig through a teensy hole.
My front porch receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Everything I plant here either dies or looks so wretched I pull it out. Tired of all the drama, I planted birdhouses instead.
This hangs from a shepherd's crook stuck into one of the containers on my patio.