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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The bird-feeding lamp ... dear oh DEER...I should have known better !

Purging and/or re-purposing ...                                                                   I took this old kinda ugly three arm brass lamp ... removed the wiring and sockets with plans to make a hanging bird-feeding lamp.                                                                     I set it in a heavy resin base from another lamp to work on it. 

Used three aluminum vintage cake pans, drilled holes for drainage and lined them with a piece of wood.   
Attached them to the arms and center post.  Four large feeding trays ... so inviting.                                       Decided to leave it as a table lamp feeder instead of hanging it. 

 Spray painted it gray ........

 set it on the "table" .... and filled each pan with birdseed.
 Next morning ... 

 dear oh DEER ... i should have know better !!!

  I straightened the bent pans ... took everything apart ... turned everything over and hung it in my bird feeding station where it should have been in the first place. The birds love it. The deer can get to it, but not knock it down. 

I guess you noticed that I do not have plants in my pots on the left ... too hot ... too dry and too many hungry deer. 

Thanks for your visit ... hope you will let me know you were here.

Yes, we do have deer in our yard ... every day ...

... our regular family                       ... there are more out of the picture
two sets of twins were added this year.

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  1. Well now, isn't that so cute! Great idea. I like it better hanging !!!
    You just have some of the neatest ideas.
    I didn't realize you had deer so close and in your yard!

  2. Great idea and it turned out wonderful, Audrey! Lucky birds :).

  3. Super idea...and what you did turned into a work of art!!!!!

  4. Audrey, what a neat idea! Your yard is so pretty.

    We currently have a house full of bluebird babies and a nest of cardinals in our backyard. Love watching them. :)

  5. I too, like it better hanging! Love watching the wildlife. How do you keep the deer from eating everything?

  6. Audrey, this is so clever--love it! Glad you outsmarted the deer!
    Blessings, Cecilia

  7. The deer inspired an even sweeter DIY! Great idea Audrey!

  8. Sorry about your new bird feeding station! LOL Seeing the deer must be a reward though. On my parents farm in the front field there would be up to 17 deer. I love seeing them but just don't want them eating my things. We have a fenced in yard no so no problem with them but have an occasional bunny that sneaks in someway! Nancy

  9. I'm so happy to see that you were able to salvage it. Love this very creative repurposing project! Thanks so much for sharing at VIP.

  10. You do have the BEST ideas, Audrey...I love this.

  11. Your creative juices never stop, Audrey!! You are so talented...always love seeing your latest creations!
    Thank you so much for your sweet visit.
    Mary Alice

  12. What a brilliant solution Audrey. I think it even looks better upside down. I love it!

  13. It is darling. I love the second version. Pretty pictures. Deer are lovely to look at but I'd be annoyed if they ate my plants. :)

  14. I came back to see the deer! How wonderful to see them so close. I think it might irritate me that they eat your food plants---but come to think of it, I have the same problem with my own chickens!

  15. Good way to outsmart those deer! Although, they are beautiful ;)

  16. you are so clever! Love this! we have many deer in our yard too. After several years of devouring our garden I gave up but I do love to see the deer

  17. You are definitely the QUEEN of clever, and you do it yourself! I am just flabbergasted! Lord, help me be more like Audrey. :)

  18. Congrats on your feature today at Vintage Inspiration Party! :)

  19. What a great story and a great project! It looked good both ways but I esp like how it finally ended up. Featuring on the History & Home Link Party Pinterest Board. Thanks for sharing - Dawn @ We Call It


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