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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Garden Art With A Touch Of Sparkle

It's True!!! 
 I am a DIY junkie.
  I love watching all the garden shows, how to renovate your kitchen, bathroom, etc.  Mostly I dream of some hunk of a man approaching me in the building store, and whispering in my ear, "Excuse me Miss, can I come home with you and renovate your yard?"
   Or our bathroom, I'd be good with that too!! 
 Who wouldn't want to drag a bunch of camera wielding strangers home to look at your toilet?

And I know Mr. FT wouldn't get his shell bent out of shape
 if I ushered a bunch of men like that through the door!  

We were watching a television show starring an artistic hunky landscaping dude,
you might have heard of him, Jamie Durie.
http://www.jamieduriedesign.com/
It was a show on HGTV called The Outdoor Room
http://www.hgtv.com/the-outdoor-room-with-jamie-durie/show/index.html

  He featured a garden sculpture constructed from rebar.
  Unfortunately, he doesn't come home with you.
  I think you have to pay him, dearly!!

  I can't remember the species of leaves they fashioned their leaves from, but we decided to devise ours from one of the old Poplar trees on our property.


  We are hoping to do three around our fire pit and one already completed in another part of the yard, all with a climbing vine growing up the stems, I am hopeful in a few years that they will offer shade for our early evening campfires.   The first one, was for another area of the yard.   This practice leaf was created  by myself and the artist "Leaf" formally known as Mr. FT.
It kind of flows with the old snag (dead tree) to the right.
 Unfortunately  the snag  will soon fall down but we have
 enjoyed watching woodpeckers and other birds build their homes in it every year!
  Plus at Halloween, it's kinda creepy and scares off the little ones so
 I have more candy for myself.  That's why I buy the good stuff!

We planted two climbing rose bushes on either side.
Okay, why does Walmart sell rose bushes that are not for our growing zone?

 I found this out after we purchased and planted these damn bushes.


Oh, duh, I get it!  It's so us dumba$$es can keep going back year after year for more!



The leaves were created using 3\8" and 5/8" rebar, a bender,
 a welder, chop saw, grinder, cutting torch, 4' standard pipe, and some scrap 1\4" plate, and of course a guy who can weld...(Mr. FT) ahem "Leaf"
With gung ho and sweat, we cut, bent and welded the rebar into curves using the vein structure and outside perimeter of the real leaf for our inspiration.
A stem consisting of five pieces of rebar and 4" pipe slices were fabbed together and secured to the base of the leaf.  Extra rebar was welded from the stem to the bottom part of the leaf for structural purposes.

Rebar is pounded into the hole about ten feet deep for added strength.  Colored concrete was poured as this will stick out of the ground about eight inches, with the structure mounted directly to the top.



A 1/4' plate with rebar welded to threaded rod was created to sink into the concrete.  The 8" diameter base plate is removable, so that it can be welded to the  leaf once the concrete has cured.

The plate is removed from the concrete and each of the five pieces of rebar are welded to the top of the base plate.  It is then re-attached to concrete foundation using the threaded rod from the concrete through the holes on the base plate secured firmly with nuts.  Hope you got that cuz it was quite a mouthful!
Plus I confused myself now so I need a brain nap!

 Setting up the solar bling!


Solar lights were added to the leaf for nighttime parties around the campfire.  And now for some sparkle:

We enjoyed a big fire the first night these were installed.
So while the neighbors house was burning down,
 we drove up the road to see if it was visible from the
 distance....not the fire, the solar lights cuz really
 this post wasn't about a neighbor's house burning, it was all about Leaf!

I totally made up that last paragraph cuz I was drinking
while I wrote this post but this next part did happen.

  As we got out of our car, we walked towards the fire pit area and could see the lights twinkling behind the spruce trees.  It was truly magical.
  Gosh, I sound like a trashy romance novel. 

The second leaf is in the works for the firepit area.  The base has been poured but the leaf is still in fabrication mode.   I will post an update.


 Couldn't you just picture a lot more of these delights circling the campfire?
  Hint Hint Mr. FT...I mean Leaf, the artist formerly known as Mr. FT

Oh, and one last thing!  I put a few tack welds in so if it's windy,
don't stand near it....you've been warned!
Cheers!

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18 comments:

  1. That is amazing! Oh, I just love it, Karen! How creative is that?!?! How tall does that stand? I love the lights and the sparkle, and you cracked me up through this whole post with your humore. I love the DIY home shows too and know everyone you're talking about. It's my fantasy too to be in Home Depot and take a DIY guy home with me - for my bathroom! haha! Sharon

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  2. NO WAY! And I happen to like trashy romance novels. I'm thinking of writing one.

    This is genius. You don't need no stinkin' TV show star!!!

    -andi

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  3. Amazing. Could you sent Mr FT my way some day? Or is he such a genius that he's too expensive for me now that he's famous thanks to your blog??

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  4. This is an amazing idea and you did a great job! Can't wait to see it all covered in flowers and petals!

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  5. I would like to borrow your husband...and your cement mixer! (You can come along and add the gung ho!!) Those are just fabulous! Want one...or 6...in various shapes. Sorry about your rose bushes and shame on Wal-mart!

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  6. Wow WOW! You make it look so easy, like I want to go and buy concrete and rebar :) That leave is gigantic, it is art, a beautiful sculpture! A big pat on the back to Mr. FT ;)

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  7. Very cool sculpture! :) I like it!
    OH..and no, we are not putting chickens in my garden shed!! lol OH NO WE'RE NOT! :)

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  8. WOW.
    WOW
    WOW!!!
    That's amazing - absolutely amazing !!!
    XXX

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  9. WOW.
    WOW
    WOW!!!
    That's amazing - absolutely amazing !!!
    XXX

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  10. Jamie, is a true blue, awesome Aussie who has been doing renovating shows here for around 15 or more years and what a hunk! BTW fun fact for you, he used to be a stripper! Love him, but more than that, I love your leaf!

    As Jamie and I would say, that's a fair dinkum' ripper of a piece :)

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  11. Sorry, I have to laugh at your Walmart comment. I've been duped by them many times myself. Misery loves company, I suppose ;)

    I am totally digging this sculpture! I am a sucker for anything that resembles the great outdoors, and that leaf sculpture is perfect!

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  12. Okay WOW as in WOWWWOWOWOW! hahaha. This is so cool. I am a huge fan of HGTV shows too. Hhhmmm maybe I should check who this Jamie you are talking. He must be handsome and a sexy guy.

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  13. I wish I was there to witness the twinkling giant leaves at night. Sounds beautiful!

    Ellya

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  14. You make me think I...my husband...could make something like this for me. Love it!!!

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  15. Je suis ravie de découvrir ton blog je le trouve vraiment passionnant ! Merci, à très bientôt!! Cath.

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  16. Wow, what an ambitious project! and So cool.
    That's some heavy duty construction. Wish I knew how to do that! Great job,
    Deb

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  17. I am late to this party, but I am so impressed and jealous that you have a husband who could make this. Want to come to my house? I am a good cook! And, he could weld. You could do whatever it takes to keep him working--iced tea? I will make some.

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Cheers to great words!