Perry Moffitt

July 20, 2011

My helper and birdhouse gourds

Filed under: The sweet baby — perrymoffitt @ 9:48 pm

First, I would like to present photographic proof that all those people with 3 and 4 kids who find time to sew obviously do not sleep, because this is a regular sight in this house with just one baby.

In that last picture you can just make out the 12″ Habitat blocks for donation quilts. Which were made when I should have been asleep. They ended up inside a weeble treehouse just a few moments later.

speaking of treehouses… oh heck, there just isn’t a good segue-way for this, oh well, plunging in;

My vegetable gardener husband grew birdhouse gourds from seed . After we picked them we put them in a milkcrate and stored them safely in the garage to dry out. Fast forward five years. I have been telling anyone who will listen that I want birdhouses for my birthday. I have 6 or 7 birdhouses currently and they are mostly occupied and I have a totally illogical urge to invite more squawking poopers over to our yard. Anyway, it came to me in a dream that I have moved that damn milkcrate around the garage umpteen times and it was high time to make my own birdhouses.

I won’t bore you with the construction details (just put it in google, folks). But the whole reason I am posting the pictures is I wanted to share how much I LOVE the patina on these gourds before they were painted. People pay big money for granite that looks like that!  But I am too lazy to go all the way to the store for varnish, so, white they are.


  1. Weeble treehouse!! I remember playing with one of those, MANY MANY years ago!

    People whose babies are 8 and 10 years old don’t have time to sew, either, so don’t feel bad. I’m only quilting in my imagination these days, and I envy your productivity just for getting the blocks cut out at all. My 10-year-old still sleeps under the quilt I made for his first Big Boy Bed. Which would be fine, if I hadn’t used fabric with little yellow school buses and vintage children. I bought some cool Asian dragon fabric and promised him a new quilt a couple of years ago but I am going to have to dig through the mess in my sewing room before I can even start cutting fabric. How did my sewing room become the Storage Dump, anyway?!

    Your bird houses are super cool. Since I’m too lazy to google for instructions, can you please tell me why the gourd needs paint or varnish? Isn’t the outside of the gourd weatherproof just the way it is? Enquiring bird lovers want to know.

    Comment by Rebecca Grace — July 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

    • I currently have seven quilts in process. I hope I can get any of them done before she leaves for college! Don’t worry, I am sure your big boy will love his school buses quilt for many, many years to come! I only wish I had a sewing room, my fabric is slowly taking over a corner of my living room. I use a steamer trunk as an end table and I can barely get it closed with all my fabric stash inside!

      And the birdhouses… That is a good point you have there! I looked up directions and they all said I had to paint and varnish them, I guess they last longer? I doubt the birds care much 😉

      Comment by perrymoffitt — July 26, 2011 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

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