Monday, August 31, 2009

Yard Art and a Birthday Gift

Many years ago I found a picture of a beautiful gate made of gear cogs. I fell in love with that gate and asked Mr. Fix-it to make one for the garden. That picture hung on Mr. Fix-it's refrigerator in Indiana for more than three years and when he finally came home he set out to make that gate for me. As luck would have it the gate was finished in time for my birthday this year. What a present!

Mr. Fix-it designed this gate (which is too heavy to be a gate and is now yard art) and made it all
himself. It helps that he works on cars and has a welder. The parts were gathered from his parent's home in North Carolina and also from our garage here at Tiger Gardens. The frame is made from steel pipes and fittings. The letters and initials are made from gear drive chains. Not sure if that is the right word for them but they are chains Mr. Fix-it welded together. The T. R. stands for Tina Ramsey or for Tina and Roger. And the heart, well, the heart says it all....

in the garden....

Any new yard art around your garden?

39 comments:

  1. Oh My Goodness, Tina! This is the best birthday present ever! Many pats on the back and atta boys to Mr. Fixit on his fine work. I love the heart too, men don't usually think along those lines. I am excited to see where you place this fine piece of art. :-)
    Frances
    another twofer, double points for that! HA

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  2. Hey Tina girl .. Happy Birthday : )
    Wow to Mr. Fixit for doing such a great job .. heck ! for actually following through is another slap on the back isn't it ? .. so .. where are you going to highlight it in the garden ?? You may have to test drive ? a few spots first .. right ? LOL
    Joy

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  3. Awesome! Where are going to put it?

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  4. What a doll that Mr. Fix-It! I don't imagine you'll be dragging it around very much...gotta find the perfect place and leave it!

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  5. Never seen anything like this before! It should be LOVE, Tina! My husband did some weeding yesterday, voluntarily. I'm still thinking what it means...

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  6. Frances, Mr. Fix-it is a big romantic guy-and I am like so practical so it is a bit funny. He is a sweetie. This gate turned out to be too heavy for a gate (in my view but not his) so we are leaving it in its spot in the garden to view. It is fine. I still can't figure out how that person with the gate in the magazine could use hers as a gate! But maybe later we'll try to figure it. Lucky you to have rain. None here:(

    Joy, You are right on test driving it a bit. It is hard to find the right spot as my gardens are getting filled up.

    Dawn, I think it is in its spot for now anyhow. I may change my mind next week. It is like that sometimes. Right now I am working a new landscape plan for a front garden I just designed 6 years ago. Urgh! Big job too.

    Darla, It is heavy indeed! OMG I couldn't believe it. Neither could he but it is fine. We think it is in its spot and looks good. That tree will hold it up for sure.

    Tatyana, Your husband weeding means he absolutely adores you! That is something my hubby has never done:)

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  7. Very cool project! It will look great in the garden!

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  8. How awesome that your hubby will make you yard art! I love the gate and also how you have displayed it!

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  9. Deat Tina, Mr Fix It needs to change his name to Mr Perfect. He a fantastic gift giver for sure and you say he's romantic! It's a wonderful gate. Could it work if you hung it on a fabricated metal post sunk deeply in the ground (with concrete)? gail

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  10. What a sweet husband you have! I love the initials with the heart...after so many years of marriage isn't that even more special?! I wonder if the 'gate' would be lighter if it were made of a PVC-type material? But this one is a keeper! Oh, and a very happy (belated) birthday to you, Tina.

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  11. How sweet! That kind of gift beats jewelery any day!

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  12. Happy Birthday and what a sweet husband to build you that yard art. I imagine it is incredibly heavy!

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  13. sigh....! What a great romantic post! Love the gate, love the gesture and totally love that heart at your feet (well, at the foot of your initial, anyway)
    Can I send my hubby over for lessons? ;)

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  14. Like me Tina, you would rather have a garden “toy” then anything else on your birthday! This is so cool and glad I was able to see it when I visited but forgot to snap that picture. Good thing too as you had a post ready. That would have been a double posting lol...

    You are lucky to have a welder in the house. What fun things you two can create together. And such a bonus to have a romantic man. The Saint needs to take a few lessons on that one. He is a sweetie but lacks a bit in the romance department. But with me being a tomboy, I can see how he overlooks the romantic moments LOL...

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  15. Dave, Thanks!

    Heather, Thanks!

    Gail, That might work! We shall work on it. He is so perfect for me indeed!

    Jan, Thanks on the birthday-it was not supposed to go out the day but oh well. Glad you like the yard art!

    Monica, You know it!

    Janet, Very heavy but sturdy and made and to last.

    Sunita, You send him-no problem:)

    Skeeter, You are up early this morning! I am on my way out as I have the truck today-can you guess why? Trash day and mulch day. Urgh. Glad you liked the yard art. Uh huh, we need to watch those postings! Your Saint is most perfect in every way for you! I know you would not change a thing!

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  16. That is a lovely birthday gift. So gardening now onwards will be mechanically precise and spot on! I am sure there is joy when things go very well...
    ~bangchik

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  17. That is fantastic. I will show it to my DH who has a collection of iron parts.

    What a lovely, romantic birthday gift. It still would make a wonderful gate. You just need heavy duty posts and some sort of hinges.

    I love it.

    FlowerLady

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  18. What a nice gift, very thoughtful and very personal. Happy Birthday, by the way;)
    Marnie

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  19. It always helps to have a welder in the family! Your husband did a great job on the gate. Art can add so much character to a garden, especially art with a personal touch.

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  20. What a great present, Tina! Mr. Fix-it is certainly a sweetie, and yes, the heart says it all.

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  21. H Tina,
    Lucky woman, what a gorgeous gate!
    I love it!
    Rosey

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  22. Awwwwww, what a sweetie, kudos to my son-in-law!!! It is fabulous.

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  23. Tina, love the (non)gate yard art. Whatta guy! I'm lucky, like you, to have a guy who can build/make/design things too. He's also very romantic like Mr. Fixit but I don't know that he would have thought to put in the letters and heart like yours did. How sweet is that?

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  24. Nothing new around my garden. I guess because it is now the fasting month right here in Malaysia.

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  25. Bangchik and Kakdah, It was spot on and circle on too:) Thanks!

    Flowerlady, Iron parts would make a great piece of garden art!

    Marnie, Thanks! Hubby is most thoughtful. That is why we've been married for such a long time-third time's the charm!

    Sweetbay, This garden is very personal if nothing else and we love it so much. Thanks!

    Rose, He's a great guy! Much too good for me I tell you.

    Rosey, Thanks! He is the best! I do feel very lucky.

    Mom, What a great guy he is! So sweet and so modest-and never reads this blog!

    Linda, Lucky you to have a romantic guy! It must be one of the keys to your long successful marriage!

    Blossom, The month will go by fast-I hope-then new thing for the garden!

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  26. Wonderful gift, Tina! I think your blog has (over the months) shown the most amazing yard art!

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  27. Happy Birthday Tina.
    Love the yard art, so thoughtful & romantic of Mr Fix-it. He's to be commended. You can tell the love he has for you by adding initials & a heart to boot. It's like carving your initials on a tree with the heart only this will last a life time. And I agree about the third time being the charm.
    I've been wanting a gate for a certain place for a long time. Maybe I can figure out what & have my neighbor weld it for me. At least it would last longer than wood.

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  28. Kanak, Thanks so much!

    Lola, I'll pass along your nice comments to Mr. Fix-it. He really is a good guy who just came home so I must hurry! Hope you get your gate.

    DP, Thanks! Glad you like it.

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  29. Happy Birthday and have a nice day from Tenerife

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  30. That is really special. You need to find a way to hang it so it can be the gate it was inteded to be. Happy Birthday!

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  31. One can never had too much yard art as far as I am concerned, or as my son calls it "white trash yard art" :), he inherited the gardening bug from me but he "landscapes" I garden.

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  32. He's a keeper! :) What woman doesn't love something handmade by the man she loves. It looks great Tina!

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  33. What an excellent birthday present--fun AND hand-made! I have a lot of general stuff positioned around the garden, but I hate to call much of it art. Your gift definitely qualifies. I hope it brings you a smile every time you look at it.

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  34. Tina~ What a wonderful bday gift! That will be a true family heirloom one day. I bet your hubby is happy to hear about all of today's comments!

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  35. How sweet that he made it for you, I can see why you love it. It looks like he spent a lot of hours of hard work creating that wonderful piece of art for you.

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  36. Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. I told Mr. Fix-it about them all and he appreciates them all-even cracked a smile. Especially when I told him some husbands might need to come for romantic lessons!

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  37. What an awesome gift. I can't remember when your birthday is, and if I wished you a happy one or not. Well, I hope your weekend is happy!

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