A cage without a bird

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

What is it that fascinates me about bird cages?  I don’t mean actual bird cages, but rather the iconography of them; the metaphor.  I don’t even love birds.  (I like birds well enough, but I’m a dog-as-a-pet-person, not a bird-as-a-pet-person… ifyaknowwhatImean.)

Open birdcage with soaps…

When decorating my bathroom, I selected bird cages to decorate with.  There are mini bird cages holding soaps, bird cages holding make up, and bird cages perched (get it?) on the very top of my shelf too.

The bird cages in my bathroom started their lives in a craft supply store discount bin (and later I saw them at the old Inglewood Suzie Q Beads too, as part of their decorating scheme) and then they were spray painted silver, followed by a dusting of copper spray paint.  The result is something that feels vintage rather than metallic – like something that has started to tarnish rather than something new and shiny.  The copper warms up the silver too, which I really like.

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2021 – year in review

Last year I summed up what I’d been up to in 2020, so now I’ll come back and do it once again for 2021.

For anyone who can see how frequently I posted, and what I posted about – you’ll know that it was not a particularly good year for me.  I have been struggling with a lot of things, including keeping up with my beginning -of-the-year creative intentions, my hopes, and my endless to-do list/wish list.

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Mirrored pen cup

Mirrored pen cup

Mirrored pen cup

Ok… I’m getting a little extra now with all of the new decorations for my bedroom, right?

I loved the silver contact paper I used for my tissue box and hoped to use it for a pen cup (previously I had a coffee mug with Finnish metal musicians on it!) but I didn’t have enough. While I was shopping for more, instead I found a sheet of self-adhesive tiny mirror squares.

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