Back in June of this year we took my son to his college orientation which was only 2 hours from my mom and dad's house so we stayed with them for a couple of days to visit.
Before I go on let me say three things. First, both of my parents are extremely creative, artistic and crafty. I grew up with that all around me and I'm certain it's were I get my talents and drive to create. Secondly, I've been collecting cobalt blue glass in various shapes & forms for a few years. Third, I come from a long line of
So during that June visit, Dad and I were talking about my jewelry making. I was telling him about all the aspects I'm working on from new jewelry techniques I'm doing to show set-up and including my blog and also other influences I've had lately. One of these being a blog I follow called 'The Blue Bottle Tree" by Ginger Davis Allman. I mentioned how not only was this a great & informative read for my polymer clay techniques but I LOVED the idea of a blue bottle tree.
So, as if it was a newspaper comic...while those words were still floating over my head in the word bubble...Dad leaps up and says "Well, let's make you one!"
Then he heads out to the garage, puts on his 'shop clothes' and starts pulling out this large pole on a base that he had tucked back in a corner. Did I mention that my Dad decided to learn welding a couple years ago? Just one of his many talents. Luckily I had my phone on me and captured a few shots from the beginning stages.
Here are a couple of pics of the pole and it's base.
Cutting the racks apart created these spikes and then Dad welded them to the center post.
Voila' ~ the finished product with some temporary beer bottles just for show. We went back last week to take my son to college and picked up the tree, it was a challenge to get it into the car :-D
My Dad is an over achiever [in the best possible way].... he made me a patio table top version as well... pretty cool huh?
Here she is... partially filled in the front bed of my house.... Looks like I have some Reisling to drink.
My Mom liked it so much, my dad built her one too!
Then, since they live in Gadsden, AL they traveled the 'World's Longest Yard Sale' a couple of weeks ago and found lots of unique blue glass to fill it...
So many, many thanks, to Ginger for the inspiration,
to my husband and brother for making it fit in the car and of course to my Dad for making it a reality.
Have a great week... I'll be the girl with a glass of reisling in my hand...