(ahem) underemployed. So, I decided to tile the outside of our house. Mr. Cranky suggested I make all the birds we have seen on the terrace. That's what I did.
This is the easternmost strip of the front of the dining room, before.
Westernmost area (living room exterior). Before.
The robin makes me taste tomato soup. Synesthesia.
I am really fond of Nuthatches.
I made a rough layout on the terrace first. I didn't follow it very well because I was too impatient to transfer the arrangement onto the wall. I just started sticking them up with liquid nails (caulk).
I used packing tape to hold them up while the adhesive cured. Only one leaf fell and broke.
Now, if someone would just install some really great light fixtures to replace the extremely unattractive but utilitarian ones we have and wash the windows and tidy up in general and provide me with a professional camera (lenses included) along with a professional photographer, I could show you what it looks like overall. Oh, and a photo stylist would be nice too.
On to flowers (sunflowers, hollyhocks!) next, working west along the front of the house.