LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sweet "Tweet" Retreat



The Yankee and I have decided that one of the best ways to declutter
around the farm...is to get busy with the projects that the clutter
was originally intended for.


So, once again this week, we pulled various items from the barn...
and got to work!


Even though my blogging friend, Tammy @ Tattered & Timeless, took a great
 deal of stuff like this off my hands, there were still a
handful of pieces tucked away in the barn.

The Yankee selected an old oil can and a rusty funnel—from the stored 
stash—for our latest creative project.


I grabbed an assortment of vintage insulators...


and a basket of rusty, crusty bits and bobs—
salvaged from discarded antique trunks.


While the Yankee was welding various rusty, vintage
 tractor parts together and deciding where he wanted to use
the old chicken feeder top,


I was gathering the embellishments to add even more
character and charm to our newest creation.

The piece used at the top was, at one time, an edge bracket to an antique
trunk, while the piece in the middle—with the hole—was part
of the trunk's lock.

Can you guess what the black curved piece used to be?


Here's another view.  Now can you figure it out?

It was the handle of an antique coffee mill—one of several we
had stashed away in the barn.


And, of course, I'm always looking for ways to "pretty up" our projects,
so this vintage aluminum butterfly and old furniture
knob rosette were just the ticket.


Here is the result of our day's effort—
with a bit of decluttering to boot—


a whimsical, sweet retreat...
for some very special
little tweet!


Do you notice anything different in this image? 

After the Yankee had put all the tools away and had gone inside, I found
 this in one of our bins.


And I really want this piece added to the base of our
"found object" birdhouse.

But...
I figured I would let my honey get a good night's sleep first. 

Then tomorrow morning...
 after he has eaten a hearty breakfast, I'll spring the news that he'll
need to drag all the welding equipment back out...
 to finish the project he thought was complete.   ; )



62 comments:

  1. Loove that piece, I wish I had welding skills! I love how the two of you created a beautiful bird house out of your found objects! And the spring was a plus! Thanks for sharing, Laura Cottage and Broome

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  2. That is the coolest bird house ever! Tiff

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  3. LOVE every, rusty, crusty bit of this! Some bird is really going to luck out...

    ~Chris

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  4. I love your sweet tweet creation for so many reasons!! Wow, love love love it!!

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  5. Great job! Love it! Can't wait to see what you two make next.

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  6. Beautiful photographs and really cool stuff! Do you ever watch Picker sisters? You'd like it I think:)

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  7. I love that Twet house how lucky you have a handy Yankee wish I had a handy Aussie lol

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  8. Very cool way to reuse some awesome stuff! I finally linked up whgen I got home this evening. Weird how last night none of those photos were showing or a place to link to.

    Enjoy your weekend:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  9. That is so creative and it really came out beautiful! I love how you two junk and work together - adorable.

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  10. That is the most charming bird house I have ever seen! I would love it (as well as my feathered friends) in my yard for sure. ;-)

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  11. This is the best thing I have seen in a while. It covers everything I love, rust,tin, galvanized things,whimsy and birds. Oh and you organized your stuff. I do really like this. My mine is just a moving.
    Lisa

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  12. That is the SWEETEST birdhouse I've ever seen! Lucky you!

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  13. This is far too cute! Simply adorable. I love it.(-:

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  14. What a great team you and your husband make! That is such an awesome birdhouse! I think the pieces and parts you found to use for it are just perfect. I love it!!
    Jane

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  15. That is the cutest birdhouse I have ever seen!! Just delightful! Keep them coming!!!

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  16. And then my jaw hit the ground...

    This is such an ultimate repurpose! It's junk art and productive as well. Seriously, this one deserves a magazine feature. And is it ok to admit I'm swooning at the side of your barn? What a fab area for photoshoots!

    Featured on FJI facebook for SNS 98. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150359280136141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  17. Absolutely fabulous tweet house!!! Love all the rusty bits and the blast of turquoise. Waiting to see they next one!! :)

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  18. Oh wow!!! That is fabulous. I admire your ability to repurpose things like that into something so sweet!! Great job!

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  19. What a great Rustic Birdhouse! LOVE IT!!! How blessed you are to have a welder as a hubby! I am your newest follower. hope you can visit me sometime soon :)

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  20. Some little farm bird is going to be verrry happy living in that sweet little house!!! You're so creative! Great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  21. How fun is that! I can't believe you just have all of that stuff lying around your farm. How fabulous!

    Hope you are doing great and that your Sunday is wonderful.

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  22. LOVE IT...I just love bird houses/feeders. Did I say I love it.... very well done.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  23. Oh what great Junque you have to create from! I'd be in 7th Heaven on a Junquing Forray there. Your Creations are so fun and so very creative.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  24. What a great little bird house! Totally repurposed and totally lovely!

    ...home is where you make it for sure!

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  25. Such a unique, rusty birdhouse! The handle reminded me of handle on the "foley food mills". Do you know/remember these? Early food processors. You simply screwed the device to a table, put the food to be chopped into the cup and turned the handle. I LOVED making ham salad after the Sunday ham dinner! Funny, thing is, had I seen your creation at a flea market or such, I would have been instantly attraced to the whimsyness of it. Would I have thought of it if you handed me all your "clutter". Nope! That is why I read great blogs like yours for niffy inspiration. Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for visiting and leaving such nice comment. Blessings,
    Lynn

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  26. That is awesome! What a fab job y'all did!!!

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  27. What a fun birdhouse! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!

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  28. I think this is the most clever birdhouse I've seen. I love your stash of goodies to build with. It's a real masterpiece!!

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  29. My mouth just dropped open - I am amazed at the creativity of this birdhouse! Cutest thing I've seen in a very long time!! So glad I found you!

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  30. Liz, This is just too cute! I love how unique the bird house is.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  31. I dearly love the recycled bird house, You were very clever is your pieces you chose. The photo of the wall which I assume is the bard maybe is a wonderful image. I love all the little rocks stacked inbetween the timbers. How old is the out building. Great Post.
    Drop by my site I am hosting a Giveaway in celebration of 100 followers. Kathy

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  32. glorious birdhouse- coolest one I have ever seen!

    Karen

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  33. Oh wow, this is "Vintage Heaven!"

    XO
    Cindy

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  34. A-Dor-a-ble!!!! This is the cutest creation, I'll be featuring it on VIF!!! thanks so much for sharing the inspiration! xoxo

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  35. I love love love it!! You and your husband make a great team!

    ~Donna

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  36. That really is the most unique, thrifty and amazing birdhouse. I love it. Amazingly creative!

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  37. You are right, it is so-o-o "tweet"! You are a creative genius! I love bird houses and that is the coolest one ever! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  38. oh, what a treasure trove, I would of kept it ALL!!!! what a super cute birdhouse!!!

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  39. This is so sweet!!! Sharing this at tonights party!!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  40. This had to be the most creative garden art EVER! I want one! I just had to pin it.

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  41. Love, love, love that birdhouse!!

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  42. Oh WOW, Liz, thank you so much for linking up!!! I am so excited to have you join the fun!!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  43. Oh WOW this is fantastic XOXO Zoe

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  44. OMG, I'm in rusty heaven! And that precious bird house!
    Brenda

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  45. Very creative! So lucky to marry a welder! :)

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  46. Loved seeing your treasures. We just returned from a holiday and while away to went to a Junk Fest...You would have loved to have been there...amazing! I love viewing your blog and am now a follower! Love it!

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  47. Stopping by from Cindy's Oh La La Link Party. So creative--amazing birdhouse!

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  48. Oh Wow! I love it what a great job you did! Saw you on a linky party co-host, now gfc following you. I love crafts and upcycling too - not as adventurous as you, but maybe you may inspire me! Karima :)www.karimascrafts.com

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  49. Your birdhouse is too cool - love it! So, you're a friend of Tammys too hey? I've been emailing her for years but never met her in person, lucky you! So, I was inspired by your birdhouse and have it linked to my bird houses post as well today, nice job!

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  50. Good gravy!!!!! THIS IS BEYOND AWESOM! LOVE IT!
    BETH

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  51. I just absolutely love your birdhouse (and blog!) and have shared them today on Friday Finds.

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  52. I don't think there's a person who wouldn't adore your lovely, creative-recycling birdhouse as soon as they see it. Would you please share HOW you were able to "string" the blue insulator onto the drill spike? Did you drill a hole in the glass? Did you use a special tool or technique?

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