8.12.2014

Imagine That! ~ Bird Cage Wind Chimes

Added a new page to my blog recently, Re-imagined.   Just high-lighting a few of the projects I have done the last two years or so. It's an easy way to find them instead of using the "search" tab on the sidebar.  Hope you'll check it out.  So on today's blog post, I thought I would show you some things I have done around our home, re-purposed or re-imagined if you will.  :)

I use an old restaurant menu holder as a way to display pretty cards that I receive in the mail.  I can't bear to just toss them out.  This way I can enjoy the card for a while 'til another comes.  This one happens to be from a dear customer of  mine. :)

This was an old standing ashtray at one time.  The base was broken off so I just stuck it down in the soft dirt.  It now functions as a bird feeder.  The birds think the scrolly design and chippy, rusty paint is wonderful.  How do I know?  Well, ......the birds and I have a wonderful conversation every morning.  :) They told me so.

 An old carpenter's tote, re-imagined as a "by the sink" holder for those everyday boring essentials.  Makes it ever so much more interesting, don't you think?  I especially love the old white and red paint and that little holder on the side, now holding my "have to have" straws. 
 

A piece of old tin.....normally just tossed.....made a cute sign for my front porch.  ( no one pays any attention to it!)  :)

Old ironstone turned into art work.  Old pieces that are not sound, such as having a major crack, work well for this project.  My friend made this piece and you can imagine how much I love it.

So many of us use books as risers, but why not make them more interesting by covering them in old papers.  These I did with old sheet music that has that gorgeous old, mellow patina.  These were some of my old college books.  Probably getting more use now than they did years ago. :)


Storage....no matter how big the house, it seems we all need more storage.  I use big and small old trunks as well as suitcases.  This stack fits neatly under my old, small farm table and makes a great place to stash magazines and all my notes I am forever making,  without  cluttering up the family room,


I am fond of keeping the silverware out of the drawer and stored on the counter top.  It seems so Frenchified.  :)  non?  Here I have them plunked down in a white, rusty caddy.  So easy to get to.

A vintage European canister I recently found, not an entire set, but just this piece.  Makes a fabulous flower vase.  This old piece will be going on The Vintage Nest website for sale.  Love it!!

Always be on the look out for unusual pieces that can be re-imagined and displayed as art work.  This antique store front sign is one of my most prized possessions because it has New York and Chicago in cool graphics at the bottom.  A lot worn off and hard to see in this photo, but these two cities are where my sons now live.

Perhaps one of our biggest endeavors at re-purposing and re-imaging is our chic hen cottage.  It was once a hand made child's gingerbread play house.  Made by their grand-father for two little girls, who are long ago grown up and sold by the parents who were moving and down-sizing.  Our chicks love their home.

Old bird cages, with missing parts, can be re-imagined all kinds of new ways.  This hangs in the old dogwood out back.  Now a cottage cute wind chime.  Old tea cups, tiny vintage vases, a china bird, candle votives and beads all chime together to make the sweetest sound.  


Want to hear what the birdcage chimes sound like?  (sure hope  this works, ..... never done it before :)  Be sure to turn up the sound on the video clip.  Have a wonderful week....see you soon.  P.S. I am marching down town this week to look at new computers.  This one is giving me fits!  :(
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18 comments :

Betsy Brock said...

Gorgeous stuff...I feel so inspired now!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your wind chime is the cleverest thing I've ever seen! Sounds delightful too. How fun to include a sound clip! Your chicken coop is the most darling thing ever. You really have a wonderful way with old things.

Pam Kessler said...

I love your wind chime idea!!! The video does work and it sounds wonderful!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love all the inspiration here Lynn. My fave is the hen house. Those hens have a super place to live. Too cute.
Kris

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Everything is beautiful and very creative. I love the wind chimes.
xx,
Sherry

Alycia Nichols said...

Wow...I spent a lot more time than usual (and I usually spend a great deal of time!) on this one, Lynn! Just the idea of repurposing so many beautiful old castoffs is romantic in and of itself, but to see them in action (especially the birdcage wind chimes!) is genuinely cool! Of course, my pinning finger got a good workout! :-)

The chicken coop is way cool, and I love it that you were able to find a vintage sign that actually has those 2 specific cities on it! That's a blessing! Love the vintage trunks, too. My Dad had an old hard-sided suitcase that my Mom gave to me after he passed away last year. I have it just waiting for some assignation. I think I've found it thanks to your inspiration!

I think it's a great idea to devote a page to this craft. It will offer your readers a little one-stop DIY/reduce/reuse/recycle/repurpose shopping! Way to go!

Have a beautiful and creativity-filled weekend!

Audrey said...

Hi Lynn ... you totally have me inspired to be more creative. Love that chicken cottage. My friend has an old playhouse in her back yard that needs to be re-loved. I would love to have it, but chickens would be too much work.

Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Old suitcases and old books, two of my favorite things! The chimes sound beautiful! Oh, and I also "had to have" those straws!:)
xo Kathleen

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun post, I love the tote by the sink and the suticases and of course who doesn't love the chicken coup!! YYikkes good luck with a new computer..I always hate the learning curve!

CArol

Beverly said...

Love them all, Lynn.♥

Crochet Hooks said...

love it all and especially the chimes! Great repurposing ideas here.

Patty Antle said...

I love posts like this one showing all kinds of great ideas. I especially like the bird cage idea too and your video is awesome!

laura Madalene said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful! Love your home. Every detail is perfect!
unique-home-design

Mascha said...

How gorgeos is that! Amazing idea...
Happy pink Saturday :-)

Rhondi said...

What fun ways you found to repurpose interesting things. I love the bird feeder

Ann said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the birdcage idea. I have the perfect white birdcage and the perfect tree limb to make this happen in my yard. The sound is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your great crafting projects.
ann

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very clever re-do's! Love the wind chimes and they sound great!!

Sandra Cronje said...

Love you bird cage. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful week. Greetings from South Africa

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