Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest Designer at LESSology: Two Birdcages and a giveaway

A bit back Yvonne from LESSology contacted me and asked if I wanted to be a guest designer for them in May. Did I ever! She wanted to know if I was interested in the Challenge #14: Birds of a Feather Flock together (make a project that incorporates a bird or birdcage).


Luck was with me at the Second Hand store! When I walked in, this brown birdcage was near the door!


When I walked up to the counter with it, the owner said, well, I have this other green birdcage too, if you are interested...just needs a little piece of wire. 

Next thing you know, I am the proud owner of TWO birdcages for this challenge! Both were in pretty good shape, didn't need any repainting really in my book, except the little bird below who was pretty grungy. 

My favorite part of the project was incorporating this turquoise knob on the top! You will never believe how I attached it. I kept stacking up washers until I had made up enough room! Loved adding all the antique doilies and flowers! 


Although, making these nests by hand was a whole lot of fun too. 

I will post a very small tutorial shortly on how to make these. 


Here is a better shot of the nest on the top!




























Of course, while I was in nest making mode, I made an extra for Shirley to enjoy! She said blue eggs please!  



Here is another shot of the washers and the "hinges" for the green cage made out of a pearl earring finding. The washes are gold because I treated them to some alcohol ink which really made them pretty, even if you can only see it from the back of the cage! ;-)



And, here is the fun part! The brown cage is up for grabs!

 Leave me a comment with your link that you've played along with this challenge and I'll randomly pick someone and send it your way. Doesn't matter where!

36 comments:

  1. I saw you over at LESS-ology...great, inspirational blog...& CONGRATULATIONS on being GD...that's FANTASTIC!!!! I've gone in the challenge over there....& I think your birdcages are yum, yum, yum:):):)

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  2. Great job with the cages. Just love those adorable little nests. You are soooo very talented.

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  3. clever girl, congrats on the guest spot (I originally wrote gusset spot - not sure if that is appropriate or not..) - you are the master of altered items I think! I always chicken out from those challenges.

    And the birdcages are so cool...
    xxx

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  4. Glad you are joining us this month! LOVING those birdcages!! They are GORGEOUS!!!!

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  5. Oh gosh those are outrageously gorgeous! I am a bird cage maniac and have five of them in my home - all purchased at great expense here as there are no second hand stores - and that turquoise knob has me speechless...

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  6. oh wow these are gorgeous! love what you did with the turquoise knob on the top. very clever!~

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  7. 2 amazing birdcage finds! The fact that they are both so intricate already and then your Mitra magic mixed in and BAM....stunning pieces of art! The washers add such a great flair too. As always, I continue to drool at your work. :)

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  8. Love how you've decorated these! Too sweet!

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  9. Oh my gosh! These turned out wonderfully. I love the layered washers and the little nests that you made by hand. Seriously, seriously fantastic!

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  10. What a wonderful two birdcages that just shout joyfulness and creativity in making them from 'just birdcages' to so much more. Nice color combinations and laces! So sweet, and the bird is a great addition. Neat separate nest blooming eggs! Gretchen

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  11. Saw your cages on LESSology! They are even prettier here, with all those luscious photos! Great job! Going "Goodwilling" tomorrow with BFF! Never thought of looking there! My entry was a Hobby Lobby purchase, but at least it was 40% off! LOL!

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  12. You are a genius! These are amazing.. what a fabulous new lease on life they have and so cute.. I love the nests... these look great! Well done on your guest DT, I think they will have you back again!!

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  13. Love your birdcages and also the wonderful flower nest! Birdcages are so fun to use around the house - did you ever see the Man Shops Globe episode in which Keith Johnson decorates a birdcage in India? Just brilliant! I played along with Lessology - and thank you for the comment you left on my blog. chrisaiton.blogspot.com

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  14. WOW these all turned out so beautifully, I now have birdcage envy.

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  15. Fab job on these Mitra!
    Alison xx

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  16. LOVE this idea--I especially ADORE THE DOILIES!!! Gorgeous creations--so glad I saw you over at LESSology!!!! :)

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