The Lighthouse Repair

The Lighthouse Repair

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The claypot lighthouse that was made a few years ago has been sitting in the garden and the weather has deteriorated the paint. It was knocked over a few times and some cracks developed. This past winter was the time to do some renovations.

First it got a couple of coats of fresh white paint.

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This lighthouse originally was cream with green accents but I have changed it to white with red, perhaps inspired by lighthouses we have visited while we were out and about.

Fishguard Lighthouse on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Fisgard Lighthouse, Victoria, British Columbia

The windows were square on the old version but I used a cork to make round windows on the updated one. This was also a way to incorporate a small round hole that was about half way up the lighthouse.

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I also added some rocks around the bottom clay pot. These are rocks collected over several visits from Wicklow Beach.

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A new solar light has been added to the top, a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything, and now it waits for nicer weather so it can be put outside. It will get a spray coat of sealer when the weather is nice enough to do it outside.

Look at the original lighthouse from 2014.

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Whiffen Spit, Presqu’ile, Mariners Museum, Wellington Beach, Pacific Rim lighthouse, Fisgard Lighthouse, Sidney Harbour,

I love lighthouses and have a series of framed prints in the house. These are the favourite photos of the numerous lighthouses we have seen.

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There is also a collection of various lighthouses on display including a lighthouse birdhouse that was found at a thrift store.

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I have even completed a lighthouse doodle.

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And there there is the decoupaged shell I made with a picture of the Fisgard Lighthouse.

Yikes, am I lighthouse obsessed?

Other winter renovation projects:

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Toads are Friendly Neighbours

Toads are Friendly Neighbours

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Don’t think of toads as bumpy, ugly creatures, but as friendly neighbours.

Toads are one of the most beneficial creatures to reside to your garden.  Each season they can consume garden pests and insects up to 3 times their own weight.  Toads love a feast of cutworms, ants, June bugs, Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, and slugs.

I have two toad abodes for the garden, one made from a broken clay pot and another from a plastic pot and some stones.

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During this past winter I’ve renovated/repaired numerous bits of garden whimsy and the clay pot toad house was one of them. The little flowers were long gone, the paint was chipped and faded and a few more cracks were noticeable.

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First it had a new coat of paint, well a couple of coats to make it look fresh.

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Then I added vines to the house. I now use permanent markers on some of my painted rocks and creations as I find you can get more fine detail and it dries a lot quicker than paint. Just beware as even though some markers say they are permanent they will bleed when a coat of sealer is added. The red ones are particular culprits.

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After everything was dry I added a coat of glossy Mod Podge. Years ago when I started making garden whimsy I didn’t use and finish on them, so perhaps that aided in the general wear and tear and fading.

Now my toad abode is ready to go back into the garden and I’m looking forward to finding a good location to set it in hopes of the toads finding it. A moist, shady area in your garden is a great spot to place the toad home.  The ‘door’ of the toad house should face south.  Don’t ask me why, I just discovered this while doing some research on toads.  If you put some mulch around your shelter it provides moisture and food for toads.

I really don’t thing these toad abodes attract toads, but they make cute garden whimsy.

Other winter renovation projects:

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The Fairy House

The Fairy House

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Here is a project that was started over 5 years ago, and somehow it got pushed to the very back of the garden shelf in the garage and promptly got forgotten about!

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the finished fairy house

When it was finally discovered it got moved to the basement work shelf and promptly got forgot about again! But while rooting around for something else I discovered this long forgotten project and decided to bring it up into the Dabbling Room and work on it. I also found an old rock house that I had been working on and moved it upstairs too. I’ll be sharing that soon.

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Some clay pots were painted yellow, a door was made from popsicle sticks, and some mauve trim was added. This is how far I got several years ago so it didn’t take a lot to complete this garden whimsy project.

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Around the bottom of the fairy house I glued some nice, small, flat stones collected on one of our trips to the beach. The top pot had some “shingles” added to become the roof.

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Details were added, some with paint and some with permanent marker.

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After all the details were added and it was dry I added a coat of waterproof Mod Podge. In the spring I will spray it with a sealer before it goes into the garden.

I hope the garden fairies like their new home.

Who lives here? shows some other fairy houses.

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