Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Flower Species...(Caterpillaris fannis)

I am so excited to finally get this thing up! It stands 9 feet tall! I like to think of it as a giant sunflower(-: It is actually a CAT fan blade. I sniped it from my Dad's pile of used parts(-: You can still see the CAT yellow on it(-: I love how it blends in with the rust! It is what made me think it was extra special(-: It doesn't take much to make me happy! I know my dad probably thinks I am a little wacked to come up with this idea but what a great fan blade to just have sitting around not being used it has a whole new life(-: It was bent anyhow so un usable for its original purpose(-: I am sure it served its time spinning around on the machine and is happy to be proudly displayed in my yard now!!!
Anyhow...I knew this project would be a back breaker so I started early in the morning.
First I dug a post hole 3 feet deep! Then I drilled holes in the pipe to bolt the fan blade too. I bolted the fan blade on the pole and then my DH mixed three bags of cement to pour into the hole. The fan blade is heavy! Should be interesting to see how it holds up(-: Anyhow I just love how it looks(-:

Thanks Tina for the name of my new flower species(-:

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Jamie and Randy said...

I really think you should set up a booth some where selling all these things. We really don't have much whimsy in our garden, only because I don’t think it really fits with the style of our house and the picture I have in my mind. But, you are so talented with what you do with pieces and parts of this and that I really think you could do well selling it. In my honest opinion I think people would love your garden art. There was an elderly man in our city that was making things for his yard out of old pieces of scrap metal and wire. He would make animals and flowers… well, his pieces are now in an art gallery in Atlanta/New York and are selling for thousands of dollars.
You never know...

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wow, 3 feet deep and 3 bags of concrete. I don't think it's every going anywhere. Even if you wanted to move it on purpose.

I like it, it's so neat to re-purpose things and create with them.

You should have seen my DH's face when I asked him to stop and get the antenna the neighbor put out for the trash. But, he did it anyway.


Gail said...

I agree with Randy! You are talented and have a fantastic eye. It would be so much fun to go looking for found art with you! I adore whimsy and the sunflower is fantastic. Sign me up for a field of them! gail

CiNdEe said...

Hi Randy,
Thanks!!! That guy is amazing! Wow!!! I can't imagine being famous!!! I love creating things but selling them is a whole different story. I give them away to friends/family whoever wants them but my selling never worked out for me to well. Weird how that is. Maybe around where I live people are not into "junk" art(-: If I lived in NY it might be more popular.(-: Thanks for sharing the info with me. That was a great story!

Hi Japanese Redneck,
LOL I know its not going to move out of that hole anyhow. The top could break off though. I guess I will have to wait for the winter winds to start blowing to find out!!!(-:

Hi Gail,
Thanks(-: I really do enjoy making things out of nothing! It is a real thrill to be able to find something and make it into something I see in my minds eye(-:

tina said...

Very cool. What is its' Latin name or will you name it? I suggest Caterpillaris fannis:)

Meadowview Thymes said...

I does look like a giant sunflower! Will it spin like a windmill or stay still?
You never cease to amaze me Cindee with all your talent. I agree with Jamie and should be selling some of these things! :)

CiNdEe said...

Hi Tina,
What a perfect name! I will call it
Caterpillaris fannis! Thanks!

Hi Meadowview Thymes,
Thanks. It will not spin. Its stationary(-:

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your new flower is fantastic. I love how you reuse parts and pieces of different things to make such neat garden art.


perennialgardener said...

Fabulous piece of garden art! You are so creative Cindee. :)

Brenda Kula said...

I love it! As I love all the garden ornaments you manage to come up with!

My Little Family: said...

Crazy woman! Crazy in a good way. LOL

Sue said...

I love it, and Tina's name for it! At our downtown farmers' market, there is someone who sells garden art made out of parts of different kinds of farm equipment, some old, some not. I should pay more attention to it. Most of it is not tall, but just things, like creatures he's created to set around the yard.

We have an old seat from a tractor someone mounted on legs for a little stool. I think I got it at a garage sale awhile back.

Fun post!

tina said...

You are very welcomed! I'm going to look around for that species to add to my garden too;))

Laura said...

Hmmm. I wonder what my boss (a lifelong farmer) would say if I asked him if I could look around in the shed?????

flowergardengirl said...

I like it a lot! Very clever.

CiNdEe said...

Hi Peonies and Magnolias,
Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you like the flower!!!!

Hi perennialgardener,
Thank You! I have fun with my creations(-:

Hi Brenda,

Hi My Little Family,
(-: I know Jack was really looking at that fan blade wondering what his Mom was up to(-: He dug his own holes while I dug the hole for the fan flower(-: It was funny. Wish I had a video!

Hi Sue,
Thanks! It is fun making things out of used items! The tractor seat chair sounds really cool too!!!

Hi Tina,
Your flower name is a hit! You could be famous(-: My husband got a kick out of the name too!(-:

Hi Laura,
You should ask your boss. I bet there are some real treasures in his shed!!!!

Hi flowergardengirl,
Thank You! I have had many hours of entertainment looking at that fan blade flower standing