3.26.2008

Bling Your Birdhouse

Let the fun begin!
Karla of Karla's Cottage and Beth of Gathering Dust
are hosting a Bling Your Birdhouse party and everyone is invited. It starts tomorrow, Thursday the 27th of March. I am a little early because tomorrow is a fun day on the road for me. Those participating are decorating those cute miniature papier mache bird houses you can buy in the craft stores and decorating them with all kinds of fun stuff for Spring. But Karla said if you aren't doing those you are welcome to just show your favorite real birdhouses which is what I am doing today. But, I did make these birdhouses for our feathered friends. I mentioned in an earlier post that I used to make and sell birdhouses in a brick and mortar antique shop. They are all made from old pasture fencing, antique ceiling tins, old door backplates and anything else fun and interesting I could find to add. It's a beautiful Spring day here today.....in the 70's and the birds are just chirping away so it's a perfect day for this tour. This first house is on my deck. It's not meant for bluebirds but they have built in it before. That white flower under the eave is actually an old jewelry brooch.

The next house is on the side of our screened in porch. The little sparrows use this house every year. It is actually three feet tall and mounted on a corbel.


This cutie is mounted on a picket fence post. Look how rusty the old tin roof has become. And the front of the house has cracked right down the middle but the birds don't seem to mind. They always use it. The perch is a little tiny wooden house with a clock mounted in it....thus the name of this birdhouse is Time Flies.



This is one of my bluebird houses and believe it or not, contrary to popular opinion,
the bluebirds don't mind one bit that it is painted pink. We are lucky to have lots of bluebirds around here. I just love them. Bluebirds start very early in the year looking for a place to build their nest.


This house sits on my screened porch for decoration. It's a double decker, painted white and aqua. It has a ceramic birdbath on the front porch and a old hat brooch pin, covered with flowers, as a perch.


And last but not least, is the house that sits on my front porch. It's more for looks than anything else but every year the birds try and build in it. That always amazes me because Ben sleeps right beside it a good part of the day and there is so much people traffic there every day. Don't you just love the little gold cherub that lays on the front porch and the antique glass prism that hangs from the roof line? The antique tin ceiling that is the roof has the original lime green paint on it and the old backplate has the original pink paint on it. The house sits on an old baluster that originally came from a Hardee's hamburger joint.


I have many more birdhouses and think they are fun to collect. I hope you enjoyed my tweet little Spring house tour. They are rusty, weathered, worn and perfectly charming.
xo Lynn

55 comments :

Sugar Bear said...

I love all of your birdhouses. Especially the Time Flies - so cute. Love the little clock perch. You must have sold a lot of these - they are darling.
Karla

Theresa@CottageViolets said...

Hi Lynn,
What lovely birdhouses! I love weathered and worn, it fits my personna, lol. Would you mind if I made a copy of the Heaven's Grocery Store to put on my inspiration board. I have all kinds of scriptures on the board to inspire me when I work on my site. And that poem is definitely a keeper.
Thanks, Theresa@CottageViolets

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Hello lynn.
I was waiting for a new post so I could comment. I love bird houses too. I love bird cages,little bird figurines. Here is a funny thing...I am actually sort of scared of birds. I had two finches and I could barely stick my hand in the cage LOl. Well the poor critters did not last very long at my house. I do not have the bird touch I guess. I will have to check out the bling bird houses.
Have a great day- Sheri

bluemuf said...

I decided to take a peek early. What lovely birdhouses. They are beautiful and you have done a wonderful job.

thank you for sharing

Karen

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

THese are all so pretty and unique Lynn! I love the one with the little clock and the pink one :) I love birdhouses and have lots of them INside my house but would like to get some more for outside.

Hope you had a nice Easter!
Hugs,
Amy

Tara said...

Lynn

Love the birdhouses...I thought about joinging in on this but I am not creative...sp I'll just watch the parade, thanks for starting it!

:0)
TAra

Donna said...

What great birdhouses Lynn! I love the rustic look. The one on your porch is especially nice.
Hugs,
Donna

KarenHarveyCox said...

These are wonderful birdhouses. They are amazing, I love the one that says Time Flys. I have my post up early too, tomorrow I have lots of things on the agenda. I am so glad that I stopped by tonight. I love your birdhouses. You are so talented. Blessings, Karen

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

I love them all!! Time Flies and the last one on your porch are my favorites!! Those are some lucky birds!!

Hugs,
Brittany

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You have some really lovely birdhouses. I love that they are REAL and homes for our feathered friends. I especially like the one with the tin roof.

celestina marie said...

Hi Lynn, your birdhouses are all so unique. I love them all. What a wonderful collection you have. I love the tin roof birdhouse and the very first with the brooch! That is an awesome detail!
Love your post.
hugs,
Celestina,
La Rea Rose

Cherry's Jubilee said...

beautiful...cherry

She'sSewPretty said...

What a beautiful back yard tour of your bird houses. I'll bet the birds like to sing in your yard!

The Rose Room said...

Hi Lynn, I did enjoy the tour of your bird houses, how lovely to have them around your home:) Rachael

Alison Gibbs said...

Lynn love all of your birdhouses.
I think my favourite is the one on the porch
Alison

Ruth Welter said...

Lynn, all your birdhouses are just beautiful, I love them. They have a very rustic feel to them, I've always admired those types of bird houses. I would love to see pictures of the displays of your birdhouses, that you used to sell in that shop. Someday...if you do have pics, please post more of the displays...because these are just lovely.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love your "blinged" birdhouse. beautiful job!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Siobhan said...

Love your birdhouses....simply beautiful.
Siobhan

Lori said...

Lynn, your bird houses are wonderful and how sweet that they are all functional too...i love all of the perfect rusty bits!!! pop over and see mine when you have time:)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

You had me at the ceiling tin roofs, but then I saw the custom bird bath! LOVE it!

Susie Q said...

Such a fun collection! My favorite was the Times Flies on but they are all wonderful! A custom bird bath! Wow! I need more bird houses...my birds will be so envious of yours!

Hugs,
Sue

Angel... said...

I love all of your bird houses. I wish I can join you guys.. but I am not that creative like you guys..

see you later

Angel

LW said...

I love them all...

The Time flies one is so imaginative…

Louise

Cindy (Junque Art) said...

I just love all of your wonderful birdhouses! Thanks for taking us on a tour!

lollysnestegg said...

These are fantastic!! Thanks so much for sharing!
~Lolly

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Such lovely birdhouses! I am sure they will be coveted by any feathered friends who decide to move in!

jennalee said...

love all your outdoor places. Hope the birds love them too.

cherished*vintage said...

Your collection of birdhouses is wonderful! I bet you have some resident birds living in them.
-Karoline

Cami said...

I've been working on the inside, but plan to get out and do some country gardening. Your birdhouses are great inspiration. Hope you had fun on the road!

Marina Capano said...

I loved your birdhouse, your look is poetic!!I invite you to see mine.
xo xo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Lynn, I just love all of your birdhouses! I love that they are made out of old architectural salvage... Do you still make them?

Yes, sad that Monica is gone already...:-(...
xo
Penny

Mary said...

What a fun house tour! You must have some happy birds. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Do you have mountain blue birds ? Will Point, where I live, is the bluebird capital of Texas.. they have the sweetest song... and you are right I have had them nest in a mosaic birdhouse... I just did a post of a few mosaic birdhouses I did... talk about bling... vintage china really blings..
Hugs
Linda

Beth Leintz said...

Oh my gosh- what a fantastic collection of birdhouse- I love how you've recycled beautiful old pieces and given them new life.

Mary Isabella said...

You have given me so many ideas for making some new bird houses and feeders......Smiles to you from me!!!!!!!!

Sandi McBride said...

What beautiful bird houses...now you've done it, I've got the blue bird houses in the shed that we bought last year (we have about 8 of them put up, but I add several each year, and now I want to dress them up!!! I'll post a picture of the first one I finish, but it won't hold a candle to yours!!!
hugs
Sandi

bj said...

What adorable birdhouses! A wonderful collection....
hugs, bj

Bristol said...

Lynn- I love all your birdhouses~
Hope all is well!
Bristol

BittersweetPunkin said...

Love your bird houses Lynn...I'll have to take some pics of mine...Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Robin

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Hi lynn,
Just wanted to Thank you for visiting yesterday and invite you back. I am having a give-away in honor of my grand opening. All you have to do is Leave a comment. Talk to you soon. Sheri

Michelle said...

Great birdhouses! I love birdhouses, especially the ones my husband makes.

Michelle

Annabelle said...

They are so beautiful. I especially luv the Time Flies.

hoganfe said...

Wow what an amazing collection Lynn! Time flies is my fave!
xo
mary
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Brenda said...

love your bird houses. I used to collect ,but ran out of trees lol

Sophie Rose Designs said...

I love your birdhouses!!! They're so pretty....I especially love that last one with the ceiling tin roof!!! Gorgeous!!!

*huggies* Dara

Kasey said...

very nice site.
same taste!
Kasey
www.lolabboutique.blogspot.com

Miss Rhea said...

I love them ALL !! Really nice !!!

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, I love your darling birdhouses and their whimsy. Hard to pick a favorite...but the one with Time Flies is extra cute.
Have fun on the road...I hope you are treasure hunting. Linda

GMG said...

Hi Lynn, great series of birdhouses. Love «Time flies» in particular... quite appropriate for the night we are entering daytime savings and losing one hour... ;)
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter where I'm now strolling around Bilbao!
Have a great weekend!
Gil

Miss Sandy said...

Love your recycled reno for the birds! So creative and pretty!

Classic Charm said...

Oh Lynn, your bird houses are darling, I enjoyed your beautiful birdhouse tour!
Hugs,
Rose

Linda said...

Wow what a wonderful collection of birdhouses you have and clever you are to be able to make them from bits and pieces.
Cheers Linda

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Lynn!

Surprise! We are home for a short while and so happy to have some time to catch up with your lovely blog which we have missed so much!

How beautiful the magnolia, the colour is spectacular, no wonder you say that every year!! We would too! Love your birdhouses, and that gorgeous little daffodil popping up, Spring has surely arrived! How fab the Ralph Lauren books, one of our all time fave designers, what a great job to have! Beautiful book for the coffee table! And a gorgeous family photo too.

It's been so nice to stop by Cedar Hill, like visiting a friend and catching up over a cup of tea. We will visit agin when we can and know we are thinking of you!

Have a gorgeous Sunday Lynn:)
Jenn and Jacqui
xo

Amber said...

Great birdhouses, Lynn! My favorite is the second photo. You are so creative!

Merci-Notes said...

Well, i think the cute house on the corabel is my favorite... Your porch looks wonderful also, hmm, maybe we can have a tour of the porch for summer time and lemonade!!!
Lynn, how is your computer, do you have a PC or a Mac?
Hugs,
Mary

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