Sunday, October 26, 2008

Iron from the Maple Leaf Festival

This huge mass of metal is why I wanted to get to The Maple Leaf festival early this year. I have a thing for metal. I want to learn how to weld someday so I can, you know, weld something.

Clay and I share this passion, we both want to weld. Oh baby, It's what keeps the home fires burnin', our passion to weld metal.

Last year, I bought four metal pieces for our yard, two 'pope hats' that live in my urns and two trellises. This is one of the trellises.

This is one of the pope hats, that's what Clay calls them.


This year I was looking for something for our porch. I got the last two window boxes. Guess how much I paid for them? $24 American Dollars!!! I know! All the iron pieces were either 10.99 or 20.99. How can you go wrong with those prices? I just wish I could have bought more and more and more! But, we're on a budget, ya know? And these were the last two, which helped my temptation.

Clay hung them up after I said, "Get those hung, NOW!" And he said, "Yes, Mastah, yessss Mastah, anything you say Mastah."
And then I told him to be quiet because I needed to tell him all about how I'm going to decorate those boxes. In the spring I'll plant lots of draping flowers and in the winter I'll put evergreens and pine cones and white lights......and....

He was riveted by my creativity, my genius ideas, the images I was painting were more than he could bear. And then he said, "Could you come back to Planet Earth and hold this darn thing, so I can go watch football?"


He also yelled at me several times for abandoning him while I was supposed to be holding something or other, but I was cold, bored and had more important things to do.Like, gather the goodies for the planters. Tell me this isn't the cutest darn thing ever in the history of fall decorations.
It's a smorgasbord of fall delights.
And look at this one. I call it Green on Green on Blue-hoody-hoo.

21 comments:

Jenni said...

I love dem metal doohickies and I love dem hedge apples.

The highschool here offers welding classes for adults once or twice a year. I've thought about taking the class, but what I really want to do is learn to fuse glass. I have a passion for glass--broken, deformed bits of glass from the river that I will craft into fabulous works of art. Either I will make these fabulous works of glass art or I will be found crushed to death under an avalanche of glass that I've been hording. I prefer the fabulous works of art scenario.

Rhea said...

Awesome!! I love what you did with the flower hangers...and the pope's hats are pretty cool. Very neat.

Donna said...

You have a cute husband. Don't tell him this old lady said so, he'll get all stuck-up.

Leila said...

Your metal is fabulous. The window boxes are so graceful.

If you could make things like that, wow! That would be crazy!

I found 4 iron boxes left for the taking down the street from me. They are not as super graceful as yours but I like them a lot.

You can see the one that is for a wall on the sidebar (down a bit) of my blog (Like Mother Like Daughter), and I hope you do, because I like your blog and hope you like mine!

DVM's Wife said...

I'm so jealous, I love those!!!

cndymkr / jean said...

The green on green blue-hoody-hoo one best. Very cool.

DesertHen said...

I LOVE the metal planters.....they are so COOL!! I can't believe you got them so cheap....WOW!! I just went in and told hubby to go out and build me a porch with railings so I could have metal planters too......he rolled his eyes and told me to stop blog reading....Ha....NEVER, NEVER will I stop blog reading.
The green on green on blue-hoody-hoo one is so cool looking....love it.

Okay, I'm off to go eat another caramel apple.....Yummy. ( like you care what I'm eating....he, he.....;D

Did I mention that my hubby can weld....he's pretty darn good at it....wonder if I can get him to weld me some metal planter thingies.......

Dawn said...

Oh how I wish I had a metal basket to hang on my porch railing. And then I wish I had a cedar tree with berries and then I wish I had a hedgeapple tree so I could then have a bsket like that--love, love, love it!

Linda said...

I would love one of those welded metal baskets for my porch. Wait, I don't have a porch. Can you believe it? I have a front step, but you just can't hang anything cute like that on it. Ok, first of all, I want a porch!

Seriously, you could go into business welding cute stuff like that and selling it. Just a thought.

Clayvessel said...

I want one!! Or three!!
So jealous. Those are amazing prices.
We (well, my dh) painted the house this summer - sage green and the trim is charcoal - and now I want to put black iron decorative trellises and thingies everywhere.

Yours look great.

DesertHen said...

Hi April, Thanks for stopping in at my blog. My stove is never that clean...I gave it a good wipe down before taking the photos of the caramel making process.....good thing I wasn't taking photos of the oven....a hazmat team would have shown up at my door!! Thanks again for dropping by and come back anytime.......=)

jancd said...

I especially loved the blue hoody-hoos. It all looks good. Tell the hubby he's lucky to have such a wonderful wife. Jancd

Sand Flat Farm said...

Love your iron thingies. I need some for my front porch railings too....

Sand Flat Farm said...

Yep, I got 2 boys and a girl. And I'm here to tell ya that a little sis can certainly keep up with her big bros in the stink department. It's even worse when DH joins in on the contest! You'd think I raised 'em in a barn...

Tiff said...

LOVE those! And love what you did with them, most beautimous!

Sharon said...

Cool! But wait a minute! Did you place these both on the front in a symmetrical pattern? And you "planted" different things in each one? OH, I can't stand how you broke the rules! You are so edgy!!

jennifer said...

april- i love the way the new metal hangers look- especially the one "green on green" hope you don't obsess abotu them the way you did your fall decorations in your dining room! ;)

Southern Gal said...

I love the chickens roaming around in the background! I think I like the planter with all the fall goodies in it the best - it kind of looks like (& I mean this in a GOOD way), a cornucopia vomited into the planter! Maybe you should place a cornucopia on the railing above the planter, with fall goodies falling out of it, so it looks like all that bounty came out of the cornucopia!

Actually, you should not listen to my ideas. I went to Joanne's and brought home a bunch of fake fall leaves to decorate our house with, & my husband is all, "What the H happened?!?!"

BTW, thanks for the beiroch advice - we're still enjoying them!

badhuman said...

Very nice! I'm now jealous of your iron window boxes :) If you like iron sculpture and you ever make it out to Fort Collins, Colorado there is a place called the Swetsville Zoo. The man who owns it is a self taught welder that created all sorts of creatures in his backyard.

Sally-Ann said...

I wish I had a porch railing to hang metal thingies from! I live in a cookie cutter stucco house - one day, one day my house with a porch will come!!
I love what you did with the fall decorations!
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Accidental housewife said...

Geeeorgeous! I love stuff like that unfortunately so do the squirrels and rabbits. The squirrels would climb up in the planter and throw the corn down to the rabbits, then like bank robbers they would go to thier hide away and split up the loot.