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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!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Whimsical Birdcage

Bon jour Mes Amis!
It's a chilly and drizzly day here at the Chateau, perfect for working on some creations in my craft room, and curling up with a cup of 
chocolat chaud (hot chocolate)! 
Do you ever pick up treasures in the making, only to store them away for months on end, not sure what you will do with them?  Well, that is just what happened to me when I found a gorgeous and glittery bird cage many months ago.  I knew that it would be a perfect project project to embellish and transform, but I just didn't know at the time what I would do with it!
So, I pulled it out of my cupboard a few weeks ago and just had it sitting on the counter, 'til inspiration struck!

 I began by pulling out various bits of this and that, including a large silk flower, which I transformed with my secret painting technique.
 I also had on hand these beautiful dusty pink and creamy taupe flowers, made of velvet, sheer glimmery fabric, and vintage book pages.  Look closely and you will see that the flowers have glittery centers!
The flowers are attached to a wire garland, perfect for embellishing the bird cage.
 Oh, I also added a few large faux leaves to the top, which I painted and glittered (of course!).
I had fun twisting and bending the wire, creating a fanciful effect.

 I guess you could say that crinkly seam binding is one of my signature looks, so I just had to add a very generous bow in dreamy creamy white!
Below is another close up of the large faux flower.  I really love how after being painted, it has a faded over time look!

Also for a fun and romantic touch, I added this cute little heart which I made from chipboard, and covered with a snippet from a vintage French book page.  A generous dusting of iridescent glitter adds even more bling!
 I had so much fun creating this whimsical birdcage!
I'll be putting it in my Etsy shop tonight if you want to check it out:)
Have a creative and glittery day!


Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! I love the birdcage you decorated! It's fabulous! But them again, so is everything you design! Have you shared your 'secret painting technique' before? I'm rather new here so I missed that post. The seam binding really gives it the 'shabby' look! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Again, you have made something special - it's beautiful. I love everything about it. I, to have bought something that caught my eye and stick in the garage and then I forget about it until I am digging around out there looking for something else and then - there it is. I really need to get in there and organize everything so I know what I have. You know the old saying "out of sight, out of mind" LOL - mine is going.
Boy your really getting cold weather soon this year. I wish we would get some cooler weather. I guess I better be careful what I wish for.
Have a great weekend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Donna, the birdcage is so pretty! I love the painted flower! Talented Lady!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so pretty, Donna...love your painted flower technique! This would be so pretty at a wedding...

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very whimsical, Donna. I love those sweet velvet petals.

NanaDiana said...

Donna- That is just darling. What a neat little birdcage to start with and then with all the additions it is beautiful.

You are still the Glitter Queen in my book and now you are the secret technique painted flower girl....

Have a good night, Donna- xo Diana

Gail said...

Aw that's so pretty Donna ! and I love the plant stand in your last post !!
Gail x

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, your birdcage is just gorgeous. Love the details, the flowers and the glitter you designed on this one. So pretty!! I love the painted flowers for the faded look and loved doing this too on old flowers.
You are incredible and so talented. This one will fly out of your shop!!
Happy Creating!!

Bente said...

The birdcage is beautiful, Donna.
Wish you a great weekend