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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, August 11, 2014

Bird Themed Cloche

Hope you all are off to a good week!
The summer sure is flying by, and with working in the yard, playing on our lake, and other fun things, it's been hard for me to get motivated to write a blog post!
And I apologize that I've not been visiting much lately either!
So today since it's raining, I thought it would be a good time for me to finally sit down and write:)
I love glass cloches of any type, don't you?
So when I spot those vintage cheese domes and their bases while out thrifting, I usually swoop them up. 
(Actually my hubby picked this up for me, he's my very own personal "picker"!)
While they can often be boring as is, with a little paint and embellishing, they can go from drab to fab!
This cutie is my latest transformation, and  I had so much fun making it!
I painted the wood base a pretty pale pink chalk paint.  I distressed  it just a tiny bit to give it what I like to refer to as "that aged over time look that is so appealing".
 I then created a sweet tag by using one of my all time favorite images, this gorgeous French bird graphic from the Graphics Fairy.
After mounting it on heavy chipboard, I just had to add some glittery fun!!

 To the inside of the cloche I tucked one of my faux bird's nests, which I fashioned from Spanish moss and green moss from the craft store, and even a few little twigs and leaves gathered from our yard.
Nestled inside the nest are four adorable little pink bird eggs, which I created from polymer clay and oven baked.  I even added brown speckles, to make them look more realistic.
(you have seen real pink eggs before, haven't you?)
 Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I tied to the handle a pretty pink bow of crinkly vintage seam binding.
I've placed this cutie in my Etsy shop.  Now I just need to find more cloches to transform!
Have a great week!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

how adorable! When I go to GW and see all those old wood pieces from the 70's I always say to myself " I wonder what Donna would do with that"

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Super charming design, Donna.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Donna, how lovely. It really turned out so good. I have some in the closet and I should get cracking
but I never seem to have the time LOL.
Glad that you are enjoying your summer. Fall is approaching fast and I can hardly wait to have some cooler weather. We never had any winter or spring to speak of just warm and hot weather. My flowers are really confused. My iris are blooming again and they are not the kind to bloom more than once in a season. Oh well, I just pray that we have rain soon.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and give that Katie a big hug from us.

Susie said...

Donna, I love that cheese dome make over. It is so cute with the nest of pink eggs. Hope you are enjoying your summer time. It is going by fast. xoxo,Susie


QUe preciosidad!!!!!! bss

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love that you have a personal picker. Smile. The pink is the perfect shade on this special transformation.

Okio B Designs said...

Very sweet, Donna. I get very excited when I see them in Goodwill. I grab and get busy making them over. Yours is perfect!


Bente said...

Love it, Donna. The eggs are so cute too.

Hugs from me

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It's adorable, polymer clay eggs is genius!! Pink eggs...See them all the time lol!


CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, Love this creation with the vintage cheese server. The pink is gorgeous and your pink eggs are so pretty in the nest you created. I love to find these domes too but haven't lately. The added tag is perfect and I love that graphic.
Happy Creating.