Don't Light That Grill and Other Ramblings

6.08.2013

How is your weekend going so far? Good, I hope. I know many on the east coast have been getting drenched with rain. We had some yesterday, but so far today we are dry, sunny and hot.

Spring and summer is when most of us get out and do some grilling. We have been through so many gas grills that this year I told Mr. Savvy we needed to just get a good old fashioned charcoal grill. So we got a new Weber and love it. You can't beat the flavor of charcoal grilled food.

It's a good thing we got the Weber because we have a new soon to be family in our old grill. I think it is a sparrow wren and there are five eggs. I don't know how she can stand to be in this metal grill with the sun beating down on it. Looks like those eggs would be cooked, but I guess she knows what she is doing. You can see how rusty this grill is. When the baby birds are gone we will haul this grill off.

I shared on facebook a few days ago that I am going to do something with this cow poster. I have been working on it most of the day and some yesterday, but not sure it is working out like I had pictured in my head. I should have done some things differently and now I am trying to correct things and it has just been a lot of extra work.

And my fellow junkers, don't you love when you are on a little road trip and discover a junk place to stop at. Mr. Savvy, stop the car!! Screech.....

Right across the Georgia state line in the mountains was an old gas station turned antique/junk place. I scored this solid copper tea kettle for $30. I have seen these for over $100 around here so I snatched this baby up.

Mr. Savvy had to fix the loose knob on the lid and the body has a few dents and dings, but that just makes it all the better.

As you can see my hydrangeas are blooming. My bush is loaded down this year. Woo hoo!

I love how the wooden handle is wearing.

This is the other thing I bought there. I am pretty sure it is a vintage pin for a lawn game. It has wonderful patina and was only $10. Now, I am just trying to figure out where to place it.

This is where the old kettle has ended up for now.

Well, I better go finish the yard work I started today since tomorrow is calling for rain again.

See ya


31 comments:

  1. Kim, how could I have missed the cow poster! I love to visit your FB site too! That is my new favorite picture! It would fit in perfectly here! What a great find!!!!
    Birds find the most peculiar places to build their nests!!! Good thing you found it!

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  2. The flowers look very pretty in the copper kettle, Kim. Great finds.

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  3. Can't wait to see the reveal of the cow poster project Kim.
    My hydrangea bush is heavy with blooms as well. Yeah!!! beautiful copper kettle. Good score :-)
    Hugs, Gee

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  4. You are a better wife then ne...my hubby would go right by that gas station. Have a good weekend.

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  5. We once had a nest in our gas grill. The eggs never hatched. I think it was just too hot for them in there. I felt so sorry for mama bird.

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  6. Loved the post! The nest might be wrens. They like to build right up there with you- potted and hanging plants are their favorite around here. Glad your hydrangeas are doing well this year- mine are, too. Love the pin! Wish I'd found it! Could it be an exercise pin-- An Indian Club?

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  7. The bird's nest with eggs is so sweet. I love finding nests, but have never found one with eggs. Next up in my "oh, how I love that" is the copper kettle with the hydrangeas...blue ones, no less. Then moving onto to the old pin....sigh... But the best thing of all you did not mention in this post...that gorgeous chandelier in the same room as the hydrangeas in the copper kettle. Who makes that, and where did you find it? I would love one just like it over my dining table.

    Judith

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  8. You know it may be a wren's nest now that I googled it.

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  9. You'll love your new Weber charcoal grill. We've been fans of charcoal grills forever and Weber is the best!! Your hydrangeas look beautiful in the copper kettle. Waiting for mine to burst open.
    Mary Alice

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  10. Awww...we have found nests in random places as well. Last year it was my window box, and this year they built a nest in one of my hanging ferns. And, several years they have nested under our deck.Looks like wren's eggs. We also have finches too. Love the old cooper tea kettle.

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  11. Fun finds, Kim. Eager to see what you have planned for the poster. You come up with great ideas.

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  12. Your copper tea kettle is an awesome find! Love it with the hydrangeas in it. Can't believe the birds nest in the grill. It's funny where birds decide to nest sometimes. At least you'll have a new nest to decorate with after the babies hatch.

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  13. Oh how sweet the nest with its sweet little eggs is in that unused grill, how tender. You are right- very surprised it doesn't get too hot in there.

    GREAT score on that copper tea kettle, and it looks awesome with your pretty hydrangea!

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  14. I LOVE that kettle!! Great find, Kim! The kids and i spent the afternoon poolside since tomorrow will be a rain out most likely -- the to-do list was put on hold. Hope you're well and I can see you soon!
    xo Heidi

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  15. So glad to hear that you got a Weber grill. That will probably be the last grill you ever have to buy! We use ours ALOT and have really enjoyed it. I like your new finds. I'm jealous of your gorgeous hydrangea blooms! My bushes just have buds, but no blooms yet and they're never just "loaded" either. I wonder if mine should be relocated. They have never done as well as yours. I'll have to investigate. I would love to be able to cut off fresh blooms and bring them inside. Yours (being blue) are beautiful. Mine are purple.

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  16. You are lucky that Mr. Savvy will stop!!! Sometimes Joe will and other times....not so much:) Love the kettle and the pin. LOVE the hydrangeas. We had torrential rains but this afternoon the SUN came back out. It was a beautiful night too. XO, Pinky

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  17. I hope the eggs do not fry in the hammer heat. I cannot wait to see the photos of the little birds.

    I love your new finds!

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  18. Oh my Kim, yes, you would think they would be cooked right? We had some little chicks up under the eves. Boy did they make a mess. Awesome kettle. Love that vintage pin. It does have a great patina!! $10 bucks. What a steal. Jim ditched our gas grill and got some monster charcoal grill and has been practicing again. I think he's got it down. We did gas for several years but he said he missed charcoal. I miss the rotisserie on the gas grill. We made some mean chickens! Yum.

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  19. What terrific finds....and your hydrangeas look amazing!

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  20. Kim, the copper tea kettle is a great addition to your copper collection, and your hydrangeas look beautiful in it. How odd that the bird built its nest in your old grill, but at least you can get a "bird's eye" view of the babies when they hatch!

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  21. love, love your road trip finds! i used to have an antiques shop + could never keep copper in the shop for any length of time. so timeless no matter what your style! (lucky girl!)

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  22. I love your copper Kettle Kim. Neat place for the birds. I have some finches in a plant on my back deck. I can't water it because I am afraid to. Neat cow pic,can't wait to see what you do.

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  23. Great score, Kim, and your Hydrangeas look marvelous in it!

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  24. What a score that tea kettle is, I love the dings and the patina. That birds nest is amazing. I am trying figure out how the mommy did all that nest work? Couldn't have been an easy task!!

    Cynthia

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  25. LOVE your hydrangeas arranged in the copper kettle, Kim, but you'll have to come junking out in Missouri & Kansas. Our copper kettles aren't so pricey at junk/thrift shops, estate & garage sales. I find them from $10-25 (& I'm thrilled when I find some still in the basement on the last day for 1/2 the marked price)! Of course, at the Antique & Design shops they're closer to the higher prices, but I've never seen any priced at $100. Outrageous!
    PS - Your hubby & mine must be related (mine stops, too). We're two lucky ladies (of course, they know we won't spend on anything that isn't wonderful).

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  26. Is it a coinkidink that you are working on a cow poster and thinking of good food on the grill? Or is that a subliminal message?

    Bliss

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  27. Wow! I'm sure glad that you got an new grill! You never know where a bird will decide to build nest! Besides, I like food grilled over charcoal much better than gas! Enjoy your outdoor cooking and your new treasures! Hugs, Leena

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  28. Yes, you majorly scored on that kettle!!...I am sure the cow print is going to look great with you at the helm...and yes, the birds do nest in the most unusual places...great excuse to buy a new grill!!!..:)

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  29. You and your vintage finds...always so incredible! My hydrangeas have buds but so far no blooms. I am waiting and hoping!

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  30. Your copper kettle is wonderful and so is the wooden pin. Both will look beautiful in different vignettes.

    I also love rambling through your garden. I don't want anyone rambling there this week. Hot weather and not time to garden has allowed the weeds to grow taller than the flowers. But, tomorrow they are GONE.

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  31. Love the copper kettle Kim, lucky you! And I'm curious about you're going to do with the cow poster. I'm in the middle of something myself, and it's not really turning out the way I hoped it would, so I thought about some things I wished I had done differently, and am going back and trying to fix them. Basically, the same as you. :) Fingers crossed that it turns out, because I really have NO idea what I'm doing! I'm glad to hear you're letting the baby birds stay there for now. It reminds me of one time I lit our smoker just before I saw a mouse run down the side of it. I'll spare you the details because it makes me sad, but I couldn't eat anything smoked for quite a while after that! Hope you've had a great weekend.

    Debbie

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