Monday, December 7, 2015

Day 2 of Visions of Sugar Plums: New Blue Birds with Vintage Holly & Mercury Glass Bases

While shopping for Christmas stuff at Michaels, I noticed a few ceramic birds on clearance for half off. I decided that they would make most excellent candidates for candle stick make-overs! One of my most favorite spots in the Restore is where they have all the candles & candle sticks. Normally they have odd ones that are in need of repurposing! Plus your money goes to help Habitat for Humanity.

Let me show you what I started with.

I didn't do much to any of the candle sticks or the silver base that I also found at the Restore. The one candle stick & glass plate got a coat of looking glass spray paint so it would look like mercury glass. I wrote a post on how to do that here if you are interested. The silver got a little white tooth paste polish to take off the tarnish. I picked up a set of white sparkly branches to augument the vintage velvet holly leaves I also found at the Restore. After that it was hot glue gun work!

 A little spanish moss as a nest, some velvet flowers & holly berries and voila! Three upcycled decorations fit for my mantle!

Clustered up with a few other vintage finds, it's super pretty! Love those deer!

Blue birds, a vintage Scotty & elves all get along, right?

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  1. Sooo pretty, perfect holiday decor! love that altered project too!

  2. What gorgeous birds and photos x

  3. Always love seeing your up cycles.... These look just perfect & love the cluster on your mantle piece. Love that you HAVE a mantel piece!!!

  4. WOW stunning changes! Love love those birds - beautiful! TFS xx

  5. You are so clever --- my mind is always blank when it comes to repurposing (is that a word?) Any way, you are quite talented and your mantel looks fantastic. Is that an old bottle that you you did you mercury glass finish on. I really love your mantel!
    Sandy xx

  6. So pretty, it made my heart smile.

  7. What marvelous recycling and bringing in a new flavor...your projects are very creative and are a nice display on your mantel.

  8. These turned out beautifully!!!

  9. I love re-purposing and you have done a fantastic job with those candlesticks! Such sweet little birdies. So love what you have created!!! Merry Christmas

  10. Your ceramic birds decorated for Christmas are absolutely beautiful!!!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous!! They look amazing!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Your awe! So incredibly beautifully! And yes, blue birds, a vintage Scotty & elves most definitely play together perfectly!

  13. Those birds are such an amazing project! I just love mercury glass and you have made them fit so well with their pedestals! Gorgeous!
    Take Care!

  14. Your birds are wonderful - you've got a good eye! They look great on your mantle. So glad you're a part of Visions of Sugarplums!

  15. Very cool...My head is ready to explode with all of the ideas I get when I see one of your creations....thanks...I! :)

  16. The ceramic birds are so pretty and I just love the Christmas projects you made with them. The really cool thing is that you could change the greenery and flowers for the different seasons. That is what I would do because I would never want to put them away.

    Also the milk carton decoration is Beautiful!!
    Thanks for this great ideas!

  17. Oh your blue birds are so cute and love all the greenery around them too! Fabulous re creating!

  18. I was at the Salvation Army yesterday and you'd better believe I had my eyes peeled for something similar to these. They are gorgeous!!! Of course that didn't happen but I'm still looking. This project of yours has my heart going crazy and knowing where you got them....AHHHH! You're a lucky, lucky woman and Sandy is right....your mantel looks so cozy and inviting. I love the changing of the seasons when you show it off. BEAUTIFUL work my friend and that cloche.....SIGH!!!!

  19. These look so beautiful! You find the bestest stuff at your thrift store! I enjoyed seeing your mantel too - the elves are so cute!

  20. Birds are so adorable! Thanks for sharing and for your giveway!!!
    Hugs xxx;)

  21. I Love your altered birds so had to come back and look again. Can I just say gorgeous!

  22. Oh wow what a clever and creative transformation!!!
    Dr Sonia


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