Saturday, March 19, 2011

Signs of Spring - Birdhouses, birds and cloches

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The signs of spring have finally my house. Outside it's still a grayish slush called snow. Sigh.
I found this cheese dome and candlestick at a lovely thrift store in town. I immediately thought of those cloches going around blogland and had to snatch them up and make one for myself. The dome base was brown wood and the candlestick was black. I used Gorilla Glue to adhere them together and then painted them a nice caramel latte color. I thought it was too dark, though, and put a coat of ivory over the top and then sanded it down.

I like it. The little grapevine wreath in there is also a good will find and I spray painted it last fall. It fits perfectly inside the cloche.

Oooh, I love me some chippy paint.

This little birdie was black and a little too dark for me. I added a light coat of red and then sanded it down a bit.

I might add a little bit of white to make it a bit brighter...maybe not. We'll see.

This is sort of the "kids corner." Ah, who am I kidding? The whole house could be called the "kids corner."
The birdhouses we found at JoAnne's for $1 each and the kids had so much fun painting them.

I made the mistake of telling them we'd hang them up for real birds, but it's still too cold outside and I don't think a real bird would fit in there anyway.

So, up in the kitchen they went. It's just hot glue and twine on the roof of the houses and then I used tacks to stick them in the ceiling. It makes the kids so happy every time they walk in and see them. I'm going to keep them up for spring, I think.

So, with my little bird and birdhouses and my bright cloche with my fake kinda feels like spring around here. 

Kinda. We're still waiting for the real thing. 



  1. Love your little birdhouses and nest in the cloche. You're definitely ready for spring. Hope you get it soon!

  2. love the cloche. i did a couple and i love them

  3. Love the cloche! Looks like it came that way!!

  4. Cute.....I have a wire stand on my front porch that holds birdhouse in the summer time....I unpacked and loaded it up just today.

  5. Love the little red bird. I'm a sucker for anything red. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. I've been looking at two blackbirds that I have vacillating on whether I should paint them red. My mind is maid up! Thank you, I love it!! Looks great!!

  7. Love love love this! I'm doing our son's nursery in a bird like anthropologie theme.

  8. Very cute! Love bird houses:) Thanks for sharing! Stoppin in from sugar bee crafts party:)

  9. Dang! I need to get/make a cloche! I want some birdy stuff too! So cute!

  10. Love the birdie stuff, especially the nest! I did my Little Bean's room in bird theme!

    Found you from Sugar Bee Crafts, visiting from

  11. I just started a bird theme decor in my living room. Now I'm pretty sure a need a nest!

    I found you from cleverlyinpired!

    Kristen @

  12. I have a cheese dome waiting for a makeover too. Just trying to find the pefect base/stand for it. Haven't been lucky to find anything yet. Love how yours turned out!

  13. Love this! Thanks for the great inspiration.

  14. Love the Cloche! I FINALLY painted mine and glued mine together that I've had since the fall. And i LOVE the bird as it is now!
    Thanks for linking up!

  15. Found your cute spring decor from A Glimpse Inside's Party! Love your spring ideas especially the red bird!

  16. I just found one of those Cheese Cloches yesterday at my thrift store for $.99. I was so excited, but not sure what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. I need to find a cloche! I keep seeing all of these great ideas for them. And, I love me some chippy paint, too! Lovely!

    Erika from Bliss Images and Beyond

  18. L.O.V.E. IT! I have been thinking of these alot lately too!!

    yours looks fabulous.
    come visit

  19. Christmas and Spring are my favorite decorating inspirations. Don't you love bringing those fun touches of spring to your home? Too cute. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  20. love the cloche...I love white and birds etc...lovely!!!...take a visit to my blog, I'm hosting a giveaway. spread the word if you'd like....Happy Monday, Mariaelena

  21. Your cheese dome and candlestick were meant for each other, Meg. And the little red birdie looks right at home on top. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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