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Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Decor and Decorating with a Bird Cage

Happy spring!  Wow, even though the sun is shining and it is a gorgeous day, it is cold here.  Yesterday morning, we had 40 mph winds, and it sounded like our roof was going to rip off.  The wind calmed down some, but blew hard all day.  As I type this, the wind is howling once again!  There goes my Spring Break yard work for a few days anyway.   

Even though it's cold outside,  I've been working on bringing a little spring into a few rooms of my house.  I started with my grandmother's vintage table that I love decorating for each season.  Please bear with me as I figure out exactly how to use my new camera!  Oh, I love it, but have so much to learn.  I literally have taken over a hundred photos of this table to play with the settings.  Now, I can't find where my computer hid some of them.  I have to read up on that, too!!   

Spring Decor with cloches and a bird cage, eggs, bird's nest, wire cloche, Annie Sloan Emperor's Red Silk with gold gilding wax

I have been so excited to decorate with my bird cage that I bought from Amazon a few months ago.   It came with a smaller one that my daughter is using in her room.  I had wanted that cage for awhile.  So when I won a $25 Amazon gift card on a blog giveaway, I knew what I was going to use it on.  The pair of cages were more than I wanted to spend, but the gift card made a huge difference.  

There was only one thing that bugged me about it (minus the price) was the reviews on it. Many complained about the color or the finish.  Since I loved the shape and style, I decided I could slap some paint on them if I didn't like the finish.  After receiving the cages, I do understand why one customer returned them for an awful finish!   It could use some work, but I love it anyway!  The yellow helped to brighten up the dark table.   I just haven't had time to smooth that finish, yet.  I really thought rubbing on a little Annie Sloan dark wax would do the trick to even out the finish, but it didn't.  You can see for yourself on the up close photos.  

spring decor with bird cage, butterfly tea pitcher, roses, wire cloche, eggs
Here is the top view.  I probably should have done a better job of hiding that wire on the bird.  : )

spring decor with bird cage, butterfly tea pitcher, roses

Lovely finish, huh?  Thank goodness it really doesn't look bad from a distance.

butterfly tea pitcher
I filled one of my grandmother's many pitchers that I hoarded, and filled it with some of my estate sale roses I told you about a few weeks ago.  The pitcher was the perfect addition for spring decor.  

spring decor with bird cage, butterfly tea pitcher,
I tossed in a few eggs in the bottom of the cage.

vintage cup and saucer, bird's nest, English Chippendale
I found this vintage English Chippendale over-sized cup and saucer at an estate sale a few weeks ago for $2.   It was the perfect color for my red table.  I loved it so much, I decided I would check Ebay for a few more pieces.  Oh, I found a gorgeous teapot to match, but at $300 I'll be happy with just the cup and saucer!  I filled the cup full of shredded brown construction paper, and added a bird's nest and bird that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  

wire cloches, cloches, spring decor, eggs
I also had been eyeing these wire cloches on Ebay, and finally gave in and made them mine.

spring decor, cloche with candle with flowers and eggs
I placed a few flowers on the candle with sticky dots and put some raffia with birds eggs around the base of the candle.  

Spring decor, cloche, eggs, floral
I added a few more larger speckled eggs to my gold tray.

ideas to display eggs, handpainted floral egg
I put my grandmother's floral egg on a brass candlestick holder. 

spring floral arrangement,  cloches, eggs
I also changed out my fall flowers for some lighter colored ones in my floral arrangement. 

Spring decorating ideas, Spring Decor with cloches and a bird cage, eggs, bird's nest, wire cloche, Annie Sloan Emperor's Red Silk with gold gilding wax
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!  I am always thrilled to hear from you.  Have a wonderful and blessed week!!

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Thecreativeme23 said...

Kathy - I love the bird cage...I have one out in my shed that I never think to use in the house! You just sparked a few ideas in my head - thanks!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

Unknown said...

Kathy, everything is gorgeous! I love the bird cage, cloches, memories of your grandmother and that table! I have one very similar! Absolutely beautiful!!~~Angela

Unknown said...

The bird cage is beautiful and the pictures turned out great!

Diane Higdon said...

Looks like Spring has Sprung. Now if the weather would just cooperate. :) Looks really pretty, and love that you have used the pitcher in the bird cage. Cute idea. :)

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Everything looks so great together. Welcome Spring!

Jeanette said...

What a great vignette! Love the birdcage and the clever use of the pitcher!

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy,
I wanted to make sure I came by and followed you on Bloglovin' also. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be there on Thursday.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is the first time on your Beautiful Blog. Everything is gorgeous! I love the bird cage, cloches, You did a wonderful job putting this post altogether for Easter. Im your newest follower on your blog now. Hoping you and your family have a wonderful Easter.
XXOO Diane
Come see me if you can.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Don't fret about the finish, because it looks lovely as is. Kind of a weathered imperfection, which warms my heart. Your table is really lovely, Kathy. And the vignette atop it flows nicely.


Unknown said...

What a lovely vignette! The bird cage is a great shape, I can see why you wanted it so badly. Finish doesn't matter because it's changeable so the complaints must have come from "uncrafty" people! I stopped by from Cuddlebug Cuties Sunday Linky party.
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Sumaya at Evocative Vintage said...

Ooh! I love your Spring decor. You have a knack with styling that I love. The bird cage is similar to mine and I think its adorable!

Happy Easter Kathy!


Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

That is so pretty, Kathy!

JP said...

Happy Easter, Kathy...your table looks sweet with your special touches and "eggstra" special that you have your grandmother's beautiful pitcher and egg. 3 weeks 'til moving day...it's gonna be rough!

Cynthia said...

I think that the table is a beautiful piece of furniture to have and to have something that has some history in the family. That vignette is beautiful, the pitcher and all the cloches and that birdcage are all gorgeous. Have a great day!


mail4rosey said...

Everything looks great. I love the round table too, that's a nice one!

Jen B said...

Wow! Everything looks beautiful. I love how all the pieces come together. Looks great!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

I love the bird cage, the cloches, and the teacup!! Serious fun. Now only if winter would go away!! :)

Winnie said...

Just beautiful bird cage, and I love the way you use it. Lovely photos :)

Audrey said...

Very pretty Kathy ... Happy Easter.
Audrye Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Cranberry Morning said...

Such lovely vignettes, Kathy! I hope they inspire me enough to do the same. My house could do nicely with a few of those special touches!

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

Kathy, the birdhouse is beautiful! Who cares about the finish, I know you can make it look wonderful. But it doesn't look that bad in the photo.
Lovely job on your vignette, and I love your grandmother's table!
Debbie :)

Stampin' VMG206 said...

Love your arrangement! So cute ~ love the monogramed plate :)
I’m visiting from Two Girls and a Party. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206

Unknown said...

I love that birdcage Kathy!! Your vignette looks so pretty, thank you so much for sharing at the Pretty Things party :)

xo, Tanya

Dawn said...

The cup with the nest is my favorite. The pitcher is second. Oh heck, the whole table is awesome. You have such a flair and lovely home.
Thanks for sharing with us at "In and out of the Kitchen"

Anonymous said...

Your spring display is just beautiful! I like how you pulled off rich colors and yet made them spring-like at the same time!

I am coming from Kathy's blog, Delightsome Life for the first time!

You have a lovely blog here!

DIY Mama said...

That is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing on our linky party!

NeeCee said...

Lovely as always.....

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

How pretty! I love all of your spring touches and you've reminded me that I should probably find my birdcage and do something with it!

Unknown said...

Lovely, just lovely. I love that you used family heirlooms in the mix!

Thank you for sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party!

Holly at Not Done Growing

Emily Thompson said...

I love the red tea cup! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?

Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

Very nice. Love the little eggs in the tea cup.

Julia Forshee said...

Cathy this is so creative!! I have a bird house and I never would have thought to use it this way!I know our readers would love this, too. We have a weekly link up party going on now (Thursdays), and we would love to see this post and/or any others you would like to share at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you soon!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Kathy, Beautiful vignette and great ideas for decorating!
I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Easter!


menopausal mama said...

The bird cage idea is great! new follower on your blog lovin under the name marcia doyle, from the hop. Would love it if you could visit and follow back! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Just a note to say that I love the bird cage. We have similar decorating tastes. :)
(I love the chairs, too!)

Becky @ your modern family

Pam said...

Beautiful spring decor! So pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. We have much in common. I'm a new follower. Have a wonderful weekend!

With A Blast said...

Lovely vignette, Kathy! I really, really like that bird cage .. am looking everywhere for something similar, but no luck as yet! And the wire cloche !! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

Julia @ It's Always Ruetten said...

Hi! You were the link before me at the Anything Goes link party! Just wanted to stop by and say hi! Great decorating!

It's Always Ruetten

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

LOVE the patterns! And we have birdcages I HAD to have but haven't used in our decor yet. Thanks for the inspiration and for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!

Kristine -The Foley Fam {unedited}

Unknown said...

Beautiful! My sister collects bird cages!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Kathy,
Just popped in for a visit to see what you've been up to and wish you a happy Easter. LOVE the birdcage vignette!!!
As you know they are my weakness. Love how you used yours.

Christine said...

I just love the decor Kathy!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week!

Mandy Coffey said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love the bird cage!


Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Thank you for linking up!

Happy Easter!



Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

So pretty Kathy. Now that Easter is over I will be pulling out more of my birds. Love that you have some of your grandmothers treasures! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Unknown said...

Very pretty! I love this!
I would love if you link this to my party:

Crystal Grandeur said...

Lovely decor...very beautiful...:):)

Mixed Kreations said...

Love the table and the birdcage. Very springy. I think the colors nice to, kind of weathered. I have been wanting to find a birdcage. Not quite sure what I would do with it, but I'm sure I would figure that out (-;

Dropping by from Round Tuit. Have a gret week!

Linda @ MixedKreations.com/blog

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a sweet arrangement. That table is beautiful. Lucky you to have a great family heirloom. I love bird cages too. Those roses look yummy inside it!

Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


Betsy Pool said...

LOVE the vintage table and what you did with it. Looks like it's in good shape. Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

Kathy said...

Hello Kathy, I can see why you were excited to decorate with this birdcage - it is gorgeous - love the painted egg that was your grandmothers - the vignette is marvelous - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Lisa said...

I am a new follower and enjoy your blog very much. I love the birdcage. I have one (not quite as lovely as yours) and never thought of putting a flower arrangement in it but just love it. I will be playing with mine tomorrow.



Unknown said...

Hi Kathy! Thanks for sharing your lovely table-birdcage at the Rock N Share! Understandably, it was a popular post and will be featured in the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery tomorrow. Hope to see you again soon! Blessings, D

DIYbyDesign said...

Really beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

Hani said...

Love the birdhouse and nest.. So springy.. :)

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Love the bird cage and nests. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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Unknown said...

Kathy this is beautiful. I featured this post on my weekend link party. It will go live around 7pm tonight at The Patriotic Pam! Thanks for sharing it!!!

The Tablescaper said...

Great to have you be a part of SEASONAL SUNDAYS!

- The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

Just love your home decor!!! Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #10!

I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope to see you link up again at the party this week that just went LIVE for the weekend!


The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

Simply Gorgeous!!! hugs and thanks for sharing : )

Julie said...

I love your decorations, Kathy! Thank you so much for sharing them at this week's Marvelous Mondays party. Pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board. Have a great weekend!

April said...

What a beautiful arrangement! I especially love the butterfly pitcher. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great weekend and come back soon!

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