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10 March, 2012

Vintage Bird's Nest Cloche with Burlap and Chalkboard Sign

053 I am excited to show you this project because I am using some of my favorite treasures and Goodwill hunting finds! Spring is just around the corner and the bluebirds are inspecting my nesting boxes, so what better theme than nests!

071I was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed (Gotta love her!) to put together my own little version of a nesting cloche vignette. One look in my stash and I knew I already had all I needed…so it was free! Here are my basic elements…vintage books, a sheet music wreath and some little nesting-themed accessories!  A tutorial for making the sheet music wreath can be found here.

015 Our co-hostess Miss Kitty reminds me that I have forgotten the most important part…

023 …a clutch of tiny bluebird eggs and the wonderful little box where they usually stay!

040 Several years ago, Mr. Bluebird had a very high maintenance wife who could not be pleased. He built her lovely nests in several of my nesting boxes but none of them seemed to suit her. She even laid an egg or two in the boxes, but finally abandoned them all before sitting on them.

042So finally in the fall, I carefully gathered them up and stored them in this wonderful little box that I found. I love the bluebird egg blue interior…so appropriate, don’t you think? They have been there for several years now…my secret little treasure!

060 Another treasure is this sweet statue of an oh-so-frenchy little boy holding a nest with two tiny baby birds hungrily opening their mouths. I found it at Goodwill for under $4.00…one of my favorite finds!

033 The little sign was fun to make…a piece of poster board covered with burlap (attached with rubber cement) and another smaller piece sprayed with chalkboard paint and attached in the same fashion. Punch holes, add twine and voilà! Easy peasy!

page2And here is the copy cat shot…not identical, but of the same spirit! I’ll be posting this one at Debbiedoo’s for the Spring Copycat Party!

071 And there you have it…my springy, vintage-look nesting-themed cloche! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my nesting vignette! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Debbie at Debbiedoo’s for the Spring Copycat Party
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and the Spring Cloche Party
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday’s Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing into Spring and the Bunny Blog Hop

Jaime Lyn at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy for Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays and Spring Linky Party
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. What do I think? I think this is wonderful!! Love how you kept the blue bird eggs and such a sweet secret box! We have Blue Birds inspecting our nesting boxes also and I hope they lay some eggs and hatch them this year. Love the little nest sign and as always you have the best 'frenchy' things. Great copycat! Great vignette! Hugs, Linda

  2. Oh I love the little bird eggs and I am positive you have the story exactly as it happened. The male bird probably left an older, more plump bird for the sweet young thing and oh boy! He is paying for it now. Haha

    I love your copycat design, and your burlap chalkie is so sweet. I can't wait for our EGG-XELLENT SPRING PARTY to start this week and Marty's Cloche party will be a great start!!!

    Luv u, Barb

  3. Fantastic!!!! I love it Debbie, you did an amazing job. Funny, you will smile because there is another gal who did the same exact copy..yours are both unique and very clever thinking.

  4. I love it...nests in cloches are one of my favorite things!! Great Copying!!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the little dish the eggs usually nest in, so pretty :o)
    Rose H

  6. This is darling, Debbie...just a perfect little vignette! It shouts SPRING!!


  7. Debbie, I love your vignette. Always nice to use nests in decorating.

  8. Hi Debbie,
    This is so darn cute. I'm glad you saved those little blue eggs because they are so perfect in the next under the cloche.

    Great copy.


  9. HA HA great minds think alike.
    My post is also on MISS MUSTARDSEED..

  10. Here I sit reading blogs when I should be sprucing up my nest too.


  11. O'Debbie, what a beautiful cloche vignette! I love your copycat design. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Gail

  12. Two of my favorite things...nests and cloches! LOVE it Debbie!

  13. Oh how I covet that birdnest box!! Just so sweet! Your entire vignette is adorable. ADORABLE!

  14. Debbie that is just too cute, spring decorating is so inspiring. I can't wait for spring to come to Michigan.

  15. Great vignette! I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Debbie,
    Lovely vignette! I adore your Goodwill find! You have amazing great luck! Your creative touches are inspirational, indeed. Just thinking I need to create some Spring Cloches ... thanks for sharing yours!
    P.S. Always makes my heart skip a beat when I see your lovely Miss Kitty!

  17. I saw this cute idea too... and thought... I can do that... of course.. I haven't... but I could!

    thanks for sharing yours... it looks great! Now, I'm sure I can do that!!

    have a wonderful week! Dixie

  18. What a sweet vignette. I love the story about the eggs..poor Mama never hatched any of them. Your little chalkboard is darling and I love the way you put the whole thing together. xo Diana

  19. I think it's yet another charming idea of yours. You are full of wonderful ideas. I'm impressed that you've kept these sweet robin's eggs all this time. They are wonderful treasures, and the little box is a perfect place for safe keeping. Happy Spring! ~ Sarah

  20. I love it, Debbie! I love your little nest box to hold the eggs. I wonder if that is common for birds not to sit on their eggs. I used to find the shells already hatched in my yard sometimes, in the old house. Even cracked open they are beautiful.

  21. Love your vignette, Debbie. You tied everything together so beautifully!
    Have a great week!

  22. I love your sweet little robin's eggs, so cute under your cloche. I've been meaning to do a nest under one of my fake cloches (cheese dome).

  23. I love the chalkboard sign on your cloche...another project in my books! A gorgeous cloche vignette.

  24. aaaaah! I am such a lover of birds that sweet little nest and eggs captured my heart, love it Deb! Happy Sunday,

  25. Debbie, I keep telling you how brilliant you are, but it applies to every post you do. This is just a wonderful vignette, and I LOVE your $4 GW find! laurie

  26. Hi Debbie,

    My favorite springtime decorations. Well done for copying.


  27. I find myself increasingly drawn to all things bird. Your vignettes are wonderful thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  28. The little blue eggs look so adorable and has found a perfect home in that cute box. Love the burlap-chalkboard nest tag... your ideas are always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us!~Poppy

  29. This is so stinkin' cute! Gonna pin it to my Spring board. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh - tell Miss Kitty that I said "Hi". ;) I'm thinking about getting a Miss Kitty of my own.

  30. Your copycat is great, very pretty!

  31. Love your copy cat! Is so pretty!

  32. Beautiful creation and pretty vignette,Debbie. You really do great ccopies....Christine

  33. Oh Debbie, I am so thrilled that you joined the party, you did such a great job. Love your cloche with the nests and the eggs are unreal. How fun is this. Thanks tons for joining. Hugs, Marty

  34. Debbie your nest under glass is wonderful and I love the little chalk board.

  35. Amazing smart idea.

    Love every detail.

    TY for sharing. I got some thoughts of inspirations in here.

    Happy TTT...
    /Chubby & Chieque

  36. Oh so so cute! Love the chalkboard sign too!!

  37. Visiting from Between Naps on A Porch and I just wanted to tell you how much I love this idea! Thanks for sharing and for great inspiration.


  38. So cute and Springy! Love the eggs in your sweet nest.

  39. Debbie, your little bluebird eggs are so special! I did not know they could be saved like that! They are truly beautiful. And I was just telling someone I need a mini blackboard--now I know how to make my own. Your little box and little boy are also sweet. Linda

  40. Love everything about this, Debbie. the chalkboard sign really makes it so sweet!!

  41. Miss Kitty is sweet! I love the burlap around the chalk board. Sharing it with a friend.

  42. I love everything about your cloche vignette. The statue of the little boy is fabulous. What a great find!
    Mary Alice

  43. Great vignette!! I love the "nest" sign and all of the elements from the books to the nests . . . lovely job!

  44. So cute! I've been looking for inspiration for a cute little nest and cloche!! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Beautiful! Would love for you to stop by and link this up to my Creative inspirations party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  46. Wow, what wonderful finds. You always have the neatest posts. I am always amazed at your posts. They are lovely. those sweet eggs are just precious.

  47. this looks beautiful, i would love for you to come and link it up at

    thankyou so much enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

  48. So sweet! Love the little chalkboard tag!!
    Happy Spring!

  49. Love love love this vignette!
    I think I "need" a glass cloche! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie