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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bird's Nests and Puppies

Hi everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend.
I've gradually been getting back to my crafting, and it feels good.  Like many of you, creating has always been like "therapy" for me.  No matter how crazy life got, I always had my crafting. Well, for a time I really didn't even have the heart to work in my craft room.  So I have been quietly working on a few projects that I thought I would share with you today.
What could be more spring like than birds and nests and eggs! I had never worked with polymer clay before, so I thought I would try my hand at it.  So, I created a bunch of tiny faux eggs, and had so much fun making them!  After baking them, I painted the eggs a pretty robin's egg blue, then gave them tiny little brown flecks.  I think they look pretty realistic, if I do say so myself!
 All of the nests you see here are real.  Hubby and I have been hunting for them on our daily walks. The nests are from last year, so no worries of stealing a new little birdie's home:)
This little nest below is so sweet.  I think it may be a cardinal's nest, not sure.  I thought it looked so cute in my vintage silver creamer.

 This is a really cool nest!  It was built oh so carefully around the branches of a tree.  I am continually amazed at just how hard little birds must work to build such masterpeices!  I need to Google nest identification, because I would love to find out what kind of bird built this.  It is very sturdy!

 And here is one last nest. Woven a bit hastily, it looks!  It was created from grasses, leaves, and even a tiny bit of hair!
I will be placing all of the nests and eggs in my Etsy shop. I had so much fun making the eggs, I can't wait to make some more!
 Thought you might like to see what our little Katie has been up to.  She is now 10 weeks old, and is growing like a weed!  Here she is getting her first bath a little over a week ago, looking none to happy!
 Play time.
 A mischievous pose!
 And ready to pounce!
 Now she's ready to curl up in a spot of sun and take a nap (which means that I can actually get a few things done!).
She is helping to fill the empty spaces in our home and in our hearts.
Hope you have a great week!


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Welcome back Donna! I'm happy to hear you are smiling again, as well as crafting. I do believe it is very therapeutic indeed. I know you will always cherish your memories of Emily and now your big hearts are making room for sweet Katie. She's adorable!!!

Susie said...

Donna, I wish all bird would wrap their nests into branches. We usually find some in the yard after big storms. That puppy is so darn cute.xoxo,Susie

Bente said...

Hi Donna. The nest and the eggs are so pretty, but I must say that Katie is the big winner here. She is so cute.
All the best from me.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Crafting is definitely great therapy, but your sweet little bundle of fluff is just what the doctor ordered. She's just precious. Hugs!!

NanaDiana said...

Your nests are wonderful. I love nests, too. I hope our birds come back and rebuild this year-the ones we had last year.

Look how cute that "baby" is!! She is just darling and I am so glad that she is filling that empty spot in your heart- xo Diana

Gina Gao said...

This nest is so pretty!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Crafting is such a great and creative way to express feelings! Love the nest! Oh and your new puppy is so adorable. I'm glad you are feeling more like blogging!

20 North Ora said...

Your nests and eggs are so pretty. Love that precious Katie! She is so cute. I know you are enjoying her.


Gracie's Mom said...

Just LOVE that baby girl!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna,
I just love your nests and the differences in the details of how the birds built them. Such talent in nature and intelligence. Your eggs are darling. They do look so real. Love them and I bet they were fun to create.
But your little darling steals the show. What an adorable girl she is and so cute in every pic. I am so happy she is filling the empty spot in your heart.

We are bracing for bad storms after midnight with up to 70 mile an hour winds. Tis the tornado season here now.
Have a wonderful evening.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Isabell Kruse said...
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Isabell Kruse said...

Katie is so cute....lovely pictures from Katie...:))))


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How can one resists to such beautiful eyes ! So many kisses on her sweet little nose. Miss Puppy (she's a ginger 11th months French poodle sends her many kisses also!!

Debbie said...

Your eggs, and nests are wonderful, Donna!
Katie is a little doll!
She looks like she could be a ball of energy. I love the picture of her resting on John's shoulder.
Enjoy your new baby.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Katie is a little heart stealer! So cute! LOVE the eggs and sweet nests!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am just loving all of these pictures of Katie, she is sooo cute. Oh, she looked mighty sad at bath time!