A Home, made for Tweety Pie

About 12’ish’ years ago I made myself a paper mache bird house for the corner of my bedroom. I painted it; crackle glazed the roof; hand painted vines around it; sealed it and then I wrapped a length of Ivy around it and secured it in place.   I never got to hang that bird house because when my mother saw it, she loved it so much that she claimed it for her own bedroom!

So … I made another one.  That one ‘walked’  too – this time to a friend.   I made another, and kept it.  But word had got out and by the time I’d finished … I must have ended up making around 20 or so of these darling bird houses. I even made myself a couple more one for my conservatory and another for my living room – it hid the CCTV camera inside it!.

Then three years ago I moved home  (down-sized)  and decided that I would only bring one of those little bird houses with me. So I gave two away and chose the Geranium one I’d made, to keep ….. in fact … this one ….

Cobwebs Birdhouse 1

Yes … that’s the one.  Hanging on my door, right there.   People who have come to my cottage where I live now, and seen it, have always commented and admired it,  – but one person – … my fabulous parcel delivery lady –  (who has become a friend) –  said she really liked it and was trying to work out how I’d made it.  Here’s a close up …

Close up 2

… now –  to be brutally honest … it’s a little tired looking now.  I mean to say … it’s actually about twelve years old and has gone through many things in its little life, so it’s not as ‘freshly made’ and perky looking as it used to be – but I love it.  I love it hanging on my front door during the early summer days, welcoming people as they arrive. (The front door is under cover and very well protected – & doesn’t get any rain on it – so I knew it would be pretty safe hanging there.)

After my parcel lady had said she liked it, I said,  to Mr. Cobs,  that I thought I still had “a bird house waiting for painting, ‘somewhere’ – but goodness knows where!”  (I still have boxes in my loft that I haven’t unpacked from the house move  3 whole years ago!!!    Please don’t judge me. – I never said I was brilliant or anything near it!).

After some searching, the wonderful Mr. Cobs found it!  (give that man a medal, I hear you cry!).   I decided that I’d make my parcel lady a bird house as a surprise.  I got to work and, for the first time ever, I made a Roses bird house.  But ... I couldn’t find a little bird for the perch.  I searched…  I checked out florists, craft supplies … everything I could think of, but no luck.  So I decided to use the only thing I had – a little resin bird, in a gentle pinky colour, to match the roses.  I gave the bird house to her a couple or so weeks ago, and thought that now the surprise was ‘out of the bag’, I could share it with you.

So, dear reader, I present to you …. The Roses Bird House for Tweety Pie  (well, no, not quite.  It was for my parcel lady to be precise – but you know what I mean! lol).

the front 3

Left side 4

the left hand side

In the photo directly above,  you can see the crackle glazed roof, and the little hanging loop over to the left, at the back (top) of the roof.  However – if you make a loop of wire, for something to be hung on the wall etc – try to make sure that you ‘cushion’ the wire against something – (I used a leaf on this bird house) – so that the wire doesn’t damage any painted surface or wallpaper you have on the wall.

Right Side 5

the right hand side

It was such a delight to do a ‘blast from the past’ crafty make again.  It was as if time had rewound itself and I magically found myself back in time, twelve to fourteen years ago – and crafting in ways I’d forgotten I used to do.  It was a really sweet, memorable time in my craft room, and I absolutely loved it.  Memories of my mother;   old friends who my heart misses;  our girls when they were younger;   teachers at the school where I used to help out;  people I’ve known but have now sadly passed on;  others who I’ve lost touched with – like ships that pass in the night.   So many memories, and all so precious to my heart.   It kind of almost felt like a friend who I hadn’t seen for years and years,  had suddenly visited me out of the blue,  and we’d sat together going over old times, laughing together, remembering together.   Awww,  just wonderful!  ❤  

I hope you like the bird house as much as I do.  I was kind of sad to give it away.  It had bought back such wonderful memories as I crafted with it and it had left me all warm and snuggly inside.  But … it was for my lovely parcel lady – so I knew it was going to a great home.

Have you crafted with paper mache at all?  Would you like to?  You don’t have to actually make the paper mache item – there are hundreds of ready-made paper mache things which can be bought pretty cheaply at hobby stores.  You get to use your imagination to decorate them and go mad with paint effects, papers, adornments, twiddly bits and crafty  joy!  If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a ‘go’.  You never know … you might just find out that you love it.  Oh … and if you have little ones on school summer holiday/break – this is something they’ll love to do!  Paint, papers, glue … even coloured magazine pages would be great to stick to the ‘object’ using PVA glue.

Feature photo A

Thank you so much for coming to spend a few minutes with me.   I’m totally thrilled that you do.  Please feel free to leave comments.  I love hearing from you.

Oh,  before I go … Since this post is about a Home for Tweety Pie, I really should bring him in on the post:

Tweety

How very  true!  {smiles}

Have a truly blessed rest of your day ~

Cobs siggy sml

 

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17 thoughts on “A Home, made for Tweety Pie

  1. I love Tweety Pie’s cottage, and I’m sure your parcel lady was chuffed to receive it. Sure it’s sad (and sometimes very hard) to farewell a piece that you poured your heart and soul into, but just think of all the wonderful memories that it re-awoke in you.

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    • Hello Maureen, great to see you. I have some posts on your blog that I’ve got to catch up with … I shall be along there within a day or two to have a big ol’ read!

      My parcel lady did like her bird house and I think she said she was going to put it up in her bedroom.
      Thank you for your lovely words on my cottage. I’m only just feeling ‘settled’ into it and the new county in which we’re living in. (We moved 200 miles from where we used to live, to be nearer youngest daughter/son-in-law/grandson). Had to make some changes to the new home, but it’s been very worth it, as it’s become ‘ours’, which is such a lovely, snuggly feeling.
      Have a fabulous day Maureen. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. Delightful! Your front door is so inviting! Did you try a toy shop Cobs? If you need to make any more, try Amazon or Ebay. I got a wonderful raven from Amazon but he is much bigger, but they may do minature birdie versions. Your post lady is one happy soul now. xx

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    • Hi Sharon, thank you for your lovely comment – I love our front door too. :o) It’s really funny to see the ‘surprise’ on callers faces when I come to the door after they’ve knocked. It’s a stable door, so the top half opens and the bottom stays shut if you want it to – and when we get the usual double glazing salesmen/women, or folks of that ‘type’ come calling, and I open just the top half of the door to them, their faces initially register ‘shock’ (and they take a step backwards, followed by surprise, followed by a second of ‘WOW’, followed by amusement – because of this quirky thing they’re experiencing, and finally – joy! …(joy only because someone answered a door to them. lol). It tickles the heck out of me to watch all this register on their faces within seconds – and, all the time this is happening inside their brain and showing up on their faces, they’re looking around with little jerky movements of the head, trying to get the information to ‘compute’ in their brains. Ohhh, so so funny! You’d be tickled Sharon.

      Regarding the little bird: ….. I never thought of Amazon when I was looking for the little birdy! What a dope I am. (Like you, I too have a Raven, for Halloween decorating around the front of house, bought mine from Asda, along with the most fabulous Owl with lovely ambery coloured eyes – not a bit scary, but instead makes me warm and giggly inside lol!

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Sharon. I hope that everyone in ‘Sharon Towers’ is well and happy, and that mini Sharon is enjoying her school holidays.
      Sending hugs ~ Cobs. x

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      • That’s so great about the door! You are right, I definately would find it highly amusing. Have you ever pretended that you’ve got a horse inside that you will set on any really annoying cold callers? Hee Hee! Or maybe place a horses head upon your own and neigh very loudly as you open the top half. I sent you an Esty link to someone who is selling tiny birds – thought you might like to browse further and see what they’ve got. Bye for now xx

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        • Don a horses head? Nooo. (or should that be ‘neigh’).
          Got the link, thank you!
          Now .. I have an exposition of sleep come upon me. Whoops! Bottom!! … tsk tsk wrong part. What am I thinking?!! I’d obviously have to be Calvary Cobweb! Although mind … I’m not into killing Bumblebees nor scratching hairy heads. {shudder}.

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  3. A totally delightful little bird house, I especially love the flowers! I have crafted with paper mache items many times, but never a birdhouse. So glad it brought so many happy memories back to you and I am sure your parcel lady will love and treasure it.

    Hope you are keeping well, I’m waving hi from Australia where I am spending several happy weeks wit my grandies :o)

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    • Hello Astrid! :o) I’ve been thinking about you, lots, and wondered if you were in ‘the merry ol’ land of Aus’ (or to be precise Oz – if I were being true to the Dorothy song). I remember you telling me that you were going to spend some weeks on the other side of the world during (our) summer. Hope everyone there is fine and groovy and those grandbabies are growing well.

      Thank you for the comment, dear blogging friend. It’s so good to see you. I have some major catching up to do on your blog. I shall be visiting and leaving little messages of love and no doubt plenty of WOW’s too.
      In the meantime …
      Have wonderful days, happy evenings, and peaceful nights in Aus, and come back refreshed and ready to take on the world! Or at least Britain. lol
      Sending love through the ether, all the way round the globe to reach you. ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Your birdhouse is adorable. I’m sure your post lady knows how lucky she is.

    I love doing “Past Crafts”, it is a lot of fun. My daughter did a bit of Papier Mache using the premade products, she can mold them easier. The two that are my favorite was her Goblin Lady and a Baby Dragon. Both were meant to be fierce, but just looked adorable.

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    • Hello Kim – my fabulous, magnetic, blogging friend! Thank you so much for the comment. I love chatting to you.
      I really like the sound of the Papier Mache crafts which your daughter has done. I’ve never seen a Goblin Lady – so that must be incredible. And the Baby Dragon? Awww … that one sounds especially cute. You should blog about them – and post pictures too! I bet it would make a great read.
      Hope all are well on your side of the pond.
      Sending oodles of love ~ Cobs. x

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    • Ohh, bless you, Kim.
      I can see exactly what you mean! Maybe it’s those roses around the door (or in this case, the little pop hole) which make it so welcoming.
      Thank you for the lovely message Kim. Adore chatting with you. Have a truly lovely day! ~ Cobs.x

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