Monday, August 20, 2012

For Helen: A Bird Cage

I have had this birdcage "in process" for it seems like months now. Found it at the second hand store wayyyyy back in Spring.

First I painted it that cream color. Then went shopping for flowers and didn't find much I really liked. Well, I did find that garland with the beads and berries I used under the flowers. Interestingly enough, it was in the spring clearance items in Michaels.

At one point, I ended up with my cage and the little crystal top out in THE MAN'S shop and we figured out a nice way to make sure it was installed firmly on the top of the cage. There is a before photo of the cage minus the gold crystal finial.

And, here is a little close up of the crystal top.

The crystal topper was originally a pull for a ceiling fan. For some reason, the chain kept breaking every time we used it, so I decided to repurpose it!

I did have LOT of fun with some gold alcohol ink and some Tim Holtz hardware. LOVE the feet I added with the little gold lock! Wanted them to match the crystal.

More more photo, this time a close up of the Manor House Flowers that I added with the little bird sitting on the gold nest. LOVE those flowers. Had no clue how truly lush they would be in real life.

This creation is flying via Air Mail to Africa as we speak to Helen. I cannot WAIT for her to get it.

She uses bird cages as decoration around her house!

Hope this makes your Monday Helen from South Africa!


  1. Mitra this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and beautiful design. I am sure any birdie would be very happy inside it. Hope you are having a fab Monday.
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  2. I am sure Helen is going to be ecstatic! You make the most fabulous gifts, Mitra :)

  3. Helen is ecstatic indeed!! Woohoo I am sooooo excited I can't wait!! That is DEFINITELY the most BEAUTIFUL birdcage I have EVER seen. Thank you - thank you - thank you!!!!

  4. Gorgeous Mitra...Helen will LOVE it!!
    Alison xx

  5. This has to be your crowning achievement; I pronounce you Queen Mitra of Bird cage World. It's superb in every aspect- gotta love those legs & how clever is that crystal knob! If Helen gets 1/2 the joy I get out of mine, her cup will be overflowing indeed:):):):):)

  6. OH Mitra, this is just "crazy" good. What a wonderful present, all warm and cheery. Helen will be sooooo pleased.

  7. Just love this and I know Helen will too. You're such a sweetie. xx

  8. I can attest that your gifts are sensational! I still have my Christmas trees and tag hanging up!! We should hopefully get tons of snow this year. ;)

    Loooooooooove that birdhouse!! My gosh, flippin' gorgeous. :)

  9. Beautiful! The colors, the flowers, the repurposed chain pull...sigh...

    Once again, I am finding myself wondering how you find all of these fabulous things to alter! If I find anything really cool around here, they want a small fortune for it!

  10. Again you have such a way of turning the boring into something beautiful, this is gorgeous.


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