Martha Stewart, Pollyanna or just plain silly?

I’m pretty excited about this.  I hope you don’t rain on my parade and find me silly.  This afternoon I had a brilliant idea.  I can’t wait to share it with you.  But first I must tell you something quite sad.

Yesterday afternoon while I was poking around the sweet pea shoots coming up beside the corn crib I noticed a bright, very orange shape lying deep in the grass.  It turned out to be a dead bird, but not any old bird, a most amazing and beautiful little creature all in bright orange.  I knew immediately what had happened. This sweet little guy had flown into the wire corn crib trellis and been killed.  I swear it was manslaughter.  I would never have wanted to hurt such an amazing little thing.

We think it might have been a Scarlet Tanager or maybe a young male Red Crossbill.  Are there any birders reading this who want to wade in with their option?


To avoid future birds meeting the same fate I wrapped some bright pink tape through the wire crib.  Boy, it was ugly.  This was not the look I was going for in my destination garden.


All day I have been thinking about that ugly crib.  I came up with the idea to look downstairs for an  assortment of ribbon and perhaps thread different colours to make a flowery picture.  While looking I ran across an old shoe box.  A shoe box of forgotten crystal prisms. Yes!!   You see years ago, 17 years to be exact, we replaced an old broken chandelier with a new modern dining fixture.  We threw out the old light but not before I had removed all of the prisms.  I have been keeping these for all of these years, waiting for just the right occasion to use them.  Voila.  Today I had the perfect use.


I think it is fabulous.  It is the perfect accessory to my destination garden.  It is whimsical, elegant, surprising and of course practical because any bird will certainly notice the wire trellis now.


Tell me I am not silly.



About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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9 Responses to Martha Stewart, Pollyanna or just plain silly?

  1. cathie king says:

    No Polly Anna – they’re just perfect!!!

  2. Donna says:

    What a great idea – you were able to keep your Destination Garden just as you visualized (and with a little bit of bling) and keep the birds safe. And aren’t you glad you didn’t through away the prisms. (You are not silly)

  3. Paul and Marilyn says:

    Martha Stewart for sure. It’s such a lovely corn crib now. So pretty. And you know how much I love bling!

  4. lauratfrey says:

    I had that chandelier when I was a I’m wondering where the prisms ended up. Very cool idea

  5. you are not silly at all – looks whimsically charming

  6. I think sparkly is good.. and Pollyanna was one of my favourite characters when I was growing up. I need to figure out a way to keep birds from flying into my living room window. I found one dead on the front porch yesterday. Maybe if I got one of the feeders that sticks to windows, they’d slow down for a landing instead of flying into it full tilt..

  7. Lynne says:

    Diane, I just love that idea with the prisms. I can just visualize the sun dancing off them and warning all flying creatures of the impending danger of flying near the corn crib. I have some prisms that came from the Regent old chandelier and I’m wondering what I can do with them to make an artsy thing in our ‘crop circle’. Any ideas? I do like the idea of ribbons woven through the corn crib too…I think you should try creating a flower garden there as well (with ribbons). Cheers!!

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