Backyard Sprucing

Just a few little touches to the backyard that have been finished lately.  Oh, how I adore pinterest for the inspiration!

The mason bee house (top) was made from an old wine crate and scrap wood.  (You can see two other pretty, pretty houses here and here.)  So far no insects have taken up residence, but perhaps someone will soon?

The torch (bottom) was made from an old wine bottle and some plumbing odds and ends.  (Full directions here.)  We put up three of them, and they work quite nicely as tiki torches.  Also, they're high enough on the fence that I don't worry about the Kid knocking them over or crashing into them and hurting himself.