Remember the trip Mr. Q and I were supposed to take this year? It was going to be a cruise round trip from London stopping at 8 ports of call in Europe. Not only was it an amazing itinerary, but we had gotten upgraded to a mini-suite.
I have to admit, I had a feeling it was too good to be true. Us? In a mini-suite? Hard to imagine.
Sure enough, along came COVID and that put an end to our travel plans. And at this rate, I have a feeling it might be 2022 before European cruises come back. Damn!
Well, no use crying over spilled milk and I’m sure most of you are playing the world’s smallest violin for me. I know, I know, there are far worse things happening out there. A missed trip is nothing. But I have been thinking about it a little bit lately because had our trip taken place, we would have just gotten home this past weekend and by now I’d be sharing stories from our travels.
I’m mainly bringing this up as a segue to today’s post. You see, one of our ports of call was Hamburg, Germany. So when Daggi from Gone Paintin’ sent me some of her stencils to try out recently, knowing that I was going to miss visiting Hamburg, she included a postcard!
That’s because Daggi is located near Hamburg. The last time I shared a link to her blog, several people asked how to translate it. I’m really not all that savvy with techie stuff, but when I bring up her blog using google, the google translate pop up box comes up automatically in the upper right hand corner and gives me the option of translating to English.
Hopefully that will work for you guys too because Daggi’s blog is definitely worth a visit. Her style is very similar to mine, so if you like my stuff I can almost guarantee that you will like her stuff too. It’s like my stuff, but with a European twist.
She painted that dresser in Fusion’s Cathedral Taupe, and I especially loved how she rusted up the handles (you should check that out in her post). She used a European product that is very similar to Dixie Belle’s patina paint.
When Daggi contacted me a while back and asked if I’d like to try out a couple of designs from her new line of stencils, naturally I said yes. You guys know I love a good stencil.
That brings me to the birdcage that I purchased recently at a garage sale.
The birdcage actually came with a broken plastic tray at the bottom that was held in place with some clips. I immediately trashed the tray, prior to taking the ‘before’ photo above. It was a little gross.
But I kept the clips because I was optimistic that I could come up with something else to use for the bottom. Then I remembered the wooden chargers from Prima Marketing.
Sure enough, the largest 14″ size was perfect for the bird cage. I tested it out and found that I could even attach it to the cage using the clips. It was kismet.
I painted the charger with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy first. Then I taped off some grain sack style stripes and painted them in DB’s French Linen. Once dry, I sanded the whole thing to distress it a bit.
Then I pulled out one of Daggi’s stencils called Getreide Müller, which apparently translates to Grain Miller as per google translate. I stenciled the design onto the charger using Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road. I wasn’t able to fit the entire design onto the charger, so I re-arranged it a little.
While I had the Gravel Road out, I also painted the little swinging perch that came with the cage.
Once everything was dry I gave it all a coat of clear wax and then reassembled the cage using the clips.
I wouldn’t necessary use this cage for a real bird, but it would be fun to use for decor purposes. Plus, since the bottom so easy to remove and then re-attach, you could put whatever you want inside the cage.
Like a vintage book, an old pair of binoculars and a black and white photo for example.
It’s would also be perfect for a plant since you could easily remove it for watering.
What would you place inside this cage?
You can find Daggi’s stencils in her Etsy shop (click here). Although they ship from Germany, the shipping cost is not prohibitive and in fact is quite a bit less than I paid to have stuff shipped to me from Utah recently. So I encourage you to check them out!