Monday, August 3, 2015

Thrift Store Finds Help Create Nature Friendly Haven In My Yard!!!!!

Thrift stores make my creative side squeal with joy!

My mind goes into overdrive and I have to seriously monitor myself. I make a specific budget for the project at hand and don't allow myself to go over that. It definatley adds to the excitement of thrift shopping because I really have to dig to find what will fit into my budget :)

My daughter inspired me with her raised garden this year, and with her bee waterers. The bee population is declining, and it scares the crap out of me. I added several bee friendly flowering plants to my yard this year in hopes of attracting more bees, and to help our neighbor up the street who keeps bees. Don't want the colony to decline, I love buying his honey :)

 I struck out Sunday with me bestie in search of items to add to my yard for watering and feeding the insects and animals in my yard. $20 limit. We hit the thrift store and dollar store and collected these fun things (minus the pliers). Glass tea cups with handle, wire, marbles, silver sugar bowls, small crock and candle plate.

I have a closet organizer hanging in my tree, lined with burlap and soil to plant flowers in. These little cups hang perfectly from it!!! Added some grain, and it is buffet time for the birds.

I have a couple shepherds hooks in the yard that need something hanging from them. Wrapped the candle plate in wire, added the marbles and hung it from the hook. Add some water, just to the top of the marbles, and you have a safe surface for bees and dragonflies to land on and drink with no worries of drowning!!!!

Same principle here with this little crock! Placed it in the middle of my roses.

A wrought iron wall decoration was perfect to hang the little silver sugar bowls off of and fill with grain, and water.

It is the little things we can do to make our corner of the planet a little more safe and secure. Now the fun begins with sitting the yard, painting and watching all the critters take delight in their new feeders and waterers !!!!


  1. Very neat ideas! I like the idea of water for the bees. Of course, in my corner of the world, we are constantly warned about leaving standing water in our yards because it provides a surface for mosquitoes. I wonder if your smaller containers and lack of surface area prevent that. Do you know? In any case, great job being so conscious and thrifty!

  2. These little containers don't hold a cup of water and evaporate quickly. I put in fresh water every day and clean them out about every 3 days. The mosquito need larva 7 - 10 days to mature. By cleaning out the waterer every few days, that will disrupt any maturing of the larva. Happy gardening!