Primitive Spring Aviary Box Crate with Magpie and nests
Happy spring to everyone and what a beautiful season it is that deserves instant celebration! The tulips and daffodils are finally blooming here on our farm and the birds have all come back to start building their nests that will soon welcome new arrivals! With this in mind I decided to create a primitive spring aviary crate that would look wonderful set on a window sill to help capture this fine season indoors!
Say hello to "Maggie" the magpie who is busy at the moment laying on her eggs! She is fashioned from calico fabric that has been gently antiqued and boasts detailed stitching on her body and neck. Her black eyes with a red dotted center (see image 2) allow her to keep a close eye on the comings and goings of her surroundings! Maggie has been blanket stitched as well and is stuffed with raw cotton as shown in image 3.
Her nest was fashioned from soft cotton and the handmade eggs were wrapped in cheesecloth. I used black paint to create speckles on these eggs as referenced in image 5.
She obviously shares this habitat with a much larger bird as referenced by the three eggs in the middle. The other (removable) nest held in the fork of a tree branch belongs to yet another bird but all of them get along quite well! This nest is comprised of excelsior and aged cheesecloth. The handmade bird eggs have been painted and speckled for a realistic look.
Prairie grass was placed inside the crate to gain height and russet brown excelsior was also used. Grasses and pods dot this woodsy landscape and capture the outdoor elements very well.
The crate was made using old wood and the top side strips protrude outward (see images 7 & 10). The second pieces of wood on both the front and back sides are recessed inward compared to the top piece. There is a gap of about 1 1/2" from where the top and bottom strips of wood do not join together as shown in image 9. I took advantage of this feature by inserting Prairie grass in this area to create dimension.
This aviary crate can be placed inside a cupboard with birds' nests scattered about or would look awesome on top of a blanket chest in the bedroom! What a unique and one of a kind artistic piece that would make an ideal display just about anywhere in your cozy home that certainly can be enjoyed all year long!
Overall height is about 13" tall @ the tallest point (including the branches). Crate itself stands almost 3" tall, measures 12" across (left to right) and is 4 3/4" deep (front to back). Maggie measures 6 1/4" across (left to right), stands 2 1/2" @ the tallest point (her head), body measures 1 3/4" tall) and she is 1/2" thick. Maggie's nest measures 3" by 3". Eggs measure 2 1/2" long. Small bird's nest in the tree also measures 3" by 3".
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