From Trash to Treasure


This is the project that brought me out of a period of extreme uncreativity. After days of frustrating failed attempts at creating art, depression was setting in and my husband suggested I ignore all deadlines and create something just for me. I remembered this old birdcage my nephew found in the trash for me and got to work cleaning it up. This is how it looked after a bath.IMGP2156

I added a few strips of May Arts ribbon and some vintage buttons around the base.



I used fake flowers and some blingy garland from the Michael’s and Hobby Lobby … cutting them up to fit where I needed them to go. I broke down and bought a hot glue gun (I despise them) to save time. It actually worked out okay … I only burned one finger and I managed to keep the stringy glue under control.

birdcage_Candy_Spiegel3I also found some colored burlap flowers at Pier One. They were meant to be used as confetti on the table, but I added vintage buttons and adhered them to my project.


I added a little bird’s nest and eggs to the inside, along with some additional flowers.


I love how it turned out … it adds a bit of spring to my living room. I also found myself reaching for these same colors again and again … must be my new favorites … and have scattered them around my living room and kitchen. It is so pretty!birdcage_Candy_Spiegel4


Thanks to Jakob for knowing I would love this birdcage and bringing it home for me. And to Matt for reminding me that sometimes we have to do something for ourselves!


Searching for Spring

This winter has been cold and snowy and really, really long … I am not sure spring will ever come.

But that did not stop me from completing my Mosaic Moments assignment … a spring scavenger hunt.


I used lots of dies, a little glitter and Shimmer Sheetz to make the page springy.

For details, close up photos and more, click here … 

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Spring Fling

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the soft colors, the chicks and bunnies, the buds on the trees and the return of the birds.

For the monthly heritage class, I wanted to do something that would celebrate all that I love about spring, but be versatile enough that it could support anyone’s photos on any subject relating to spring.

Using Graphic 45 papers, here is what I came up with …

Some of the techniques included in this class are making charms with shrink plastic, working with Adirondack Color Wash and layering paper flowers.

The class is the third Friday of May at Scrap Tales in Brighton. Call the store at 810-225-9636 to register. See you there!