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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sometimes ideas are so great "in your mind" BUT...

Do you know what I mean?
You've been thinking about an idea forever and
FINALLY you have the time to work on it!
it's a total EPIC FAIL!!
(This is SO Noah's phrase right now :)

A few images for you:

Here's my project:
I have several abandoned bird's nests that my sons have given me ~
I've been trying to think of a great way to display them....
and I'm always, ALWAYS wanting to hang more stuff on our walls.
SO ~
I had several old cabinet doors that I'd painted a few years back ~
they were signs that didn't sell in my antique space.
So I covered the sign part with pages from an old ledger and
thought that small "hammocks" would be a great way to hold
these nests that are so fragile.....
It looks like the nests are wearing diapers to me!!!!
So back to the drawing board on this project ~
I'll probably go with the wire...but they are so crumbly.
I'll be sure to share pics of it finished too!

Creating is such a learning experience, isn't it?
Trying to make something beautiful CAN turn out to be an EPIC FAIL
but the key is to move on and think of an alternative.

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I've got to share a few links with you!!!
Get a load of this beautiful ruffled streamer from the blog
Cupcakes and Cutlery!!!
You won't believe what it's made from.....

And you know how much I love gorgeous graphics, right?
Well if you'll visit
Bumble Button
Louise offers some of the most wonderful images
on a regular basis!

And always remember,
if you'd like to stroll through some of the images
I've offered here on my blog,
simple scroll down to my "tag list"
at the bottom of my blog and click
"free vintage images" or "free antique images"
or some of the other tags that
may have the words "photos" or "images"
in them!!

Wishing you a wonderful Monday my sweet friends,
hugs and love,


French Curiosites said...

Adapting is all part of the creative process. I have no doubts that these will be beautiful when you complete them.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Dawn:
I wouldn't call it an "epic" fail...just a little setback. You always end p with the most wonderful designs. I'm sure this will be no different.

Wishing you a wonderful week.

bes53913 said...

Dawn, I hope you allowed yourself a good laugh. Decades ago I bought some very expensive paisley lame fabric to make myself the formal ensemble of a lifetime, with the pricey rhinestone buttons. Oh, I was gonna be fancy! And of course I started cutting the night before the event. This was in the days of the peplum jackets. Well, at 2am when I tried on the jacket and looked in the mirror, instead of draping gracefully over my hips, the fabric stood straight out on the sides. It looked like a tutu! I gasped in horror, then laughed until I cried. I got a few hours sleep, then headed to the mall to buy an outfit!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh that is so funny- I never would have thought that till you mentioned it- the bird's nest wearing diapers! Well they are for baby birds!

I know your project will be great when you are happy with it (I like these!)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh Dawn, I love you, you are so real!!!! and hilarious!!! I would never have thought about the "diaper" hangers, I think chicken wire diapers might work, too! A great laugh at one in the morning!
xoxo Debra


LOL! I'm in the midst of one of those epic fails right now! Not nearly as creative as yours, but one step determines whether I chuck it in the trash can or if we proceed. Maybe the morning light will tell.

Keep least you had a very unique idea. You definitely get points for originality!

Judy said...

Great beginning idea though!! I envision a lovely large split branch to hold the nest like it does in a tree, wired on to screws on the sides with peices of your gauze tucked into the nest ;) but I do love the beginning of what you have here... diapers...baaaa haaaa, never would have thought of it till you said!! Maybe if the gauze were died a light blue tint it wouldn't be so diaperish, haaaaa crack me up ;0) thanks for sharing your process, I have the same one for scrapbooking though, the mess ups always bring to light a better fix up ;) love it!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I'm sure you'll come up with just the right look for your little nests. That baby looks somewhat familiar :)

Thanks for sharing Dawn. ~ Abby ~

Glycérine said...

it's what you call an epic fail !!! you should see mines lol..
Can't wait to see what will be the result ! I m sure this will be wonderful ! Hold on

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Dawn,
I really don't think it looks so bad...certainly not an Epic fail! However, now...since you said it...I can't seem to get the diaper thing out of my mind! Please show your nests after you have them just the way you want them!
Take care, Laura :)

Susan Hemann said...

Actually I don't think it's to bad. You are on to something there. Now my brain is going at lightening speed thinking of other ways to display them on the boards.

Al said...

Those bird's nests look very interesting, the way you have arranged them. Go easy on yourself. Harnessing creativity can be an elusive thing sometimes. From what I've seen on your blog, you always come up with an evocative solution. Have a great day :)

sassytrash said...

How generous of you to allow us to see all the stages of your creative processes--even when they don't turn out as planned!! It's so helpful to know that others have these ups and downs!!
(I have been mind-brewing an idea for a project for a long time, and, after accumulating things for it all year, I am a bit apprehensive about actually getting started!!) But the good thing about an epic fail is that if allowed to rest, the project always eventually tells you what it wants to become!!!

Dorthe said...

Hello dearest Dawn-
you made me laugh ,too--diapers --so sweet.
I know you will make it work for you, sweetie.
I have made one nest hang in a rustet netting-that was only behind-and under the nest- and then with a little piece of tulle beneth--and a piece of metal string to hang it,like that.
You are so wonderful showing ,what Noah thinks was an epic fail, :) they do have their big words,don`t they?
Big hugs to my precius friend-and love,Dawn.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

I know that you will create a masterpiece - and I really think what you have created here is awesome. I also love Noah's phrase! :) Happy Monday dear! :)

Karen B. said...

Sweet Dawn,
I really like these! But I can't wait to see what else you will come up with. Have a wonderful day friend!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

lifespassion said...

How about clear glass plates to hold the nests? Not quite so earthy, but then you could see the beautiful nests!

Theresa said...

Well, I like the look:) Have a blessed day dear Dawn! BIG HUGS!

Dianne Hadaway said...

Hi Dawn,
I actually like the idea you have there. Maybe if you tea-dyed the cheesecloth or used burlap or linen - something closer to the natural color of the nests it would look more like what you wanted. I also thought that little sticks or branches would work too. Love your creativity and can't wait to see what you end up doing with these precious nests. XOXO

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

YES, I know that feeling. :-)

Maybe you need to create tree branches? But I didn't think of diapers at all, I thought of maybe a little rearrangement of the "hammocks" could create a cloud effect.

LADY JANE said...

LOL Dawn...first I love you sharing with us Noahs EPIC FAIL and knowing how our children can be...oh excuse me...knowing how young adult young men can be I'm giggling thinking he MAY be rolling his eyes to hear his MOM use "his"lingo...Dawn you are "way cool"...giggle...giggle! I love to look back at projects and say "Really???? What was I thinking? Art and beauty are in the eye of the beholder...and behold your nest project is not at all as EPIC FAIL as you may think....
Suggestion if I may...add some moss softly hanging over the "diaper" tucked around the nest...perhaps add a few small twigs tucked in one..or a few dried flowers...EPIC TRIAL Dawn...EPIC TRIAL!

Kathy said...

I don't know Dawn....I rather like the nest diapers!!!!
Chicken wire maybe?
Your a hoot!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Sally L. Smith said...

Oh, Dawn, how I relate. I've had unfinished projects sit and stare at me for days/months until that one day when it all falls in place. You have a great concept here. In time you'll find the answer and I can't wait to see the result.

Vee said...

Thanks for sharing your "epic fail" with us. I see them resting in little hammocks more than wearing diapers. I just looked up and see that I am not the only one. I'm sure that you'll find your answer soon.

Sandi said...

Oh Dawn you make me smile!! I know you will come up with something wonderful for these beautiful nests and I can't wait to see it. Happy Monday!!
oh wanted to tell you that I made two Easter shakers and instead of the glitter in the shakers I put dried lavender. Will post them soon!! :)

Lisa said...

how about incorporating curly grapevine with your fabric..everything sticks to that! Lovely photos.. that baby has quite the large head!

Rustique Gal said...

Dear Dawn,
Your diapers are adorable! There are some good ideas here, and I'm sure you will find your way through this epic! I'm working on setting up my Rustique Gallery Store, spent 10 hours on it yesterday and woke up this morning thinking there is no way to order, just to pay. I'll get it figured out yet! Havin fun, tho!
Enjoy your day and a good laugh!

Brigitte from Past and Presents said...

Hello Dawn
great to see that we all can relate to some "crazy" projects! You have so much talent, you will find a way! I LOVE your blog, have a beautiful day Brigitte

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my gosh Dawn... You are right and that is so funny... Sometimes I lay awake nights thinking of how to do something and it is lovely in my thoughts but when I try it I was wondering what I had to drink that night before I went to bed... So funny... Just the rusty wire over the nests would probably be more to your style... Have fun....

Judy said...

Well, you COULD look at it as the cycle of life. We start in diapers and from what I've seen we tend to end pretty much the same way.

Maybe two birds in the first nest, eggs in the second, a nest full in the third, and just two old worn-out birds in the fourth (maybe holding up a sign that says 'florida or bust').

Anyway.., I think you are on to something!

sistersoftheart said...

Hi Dawn! These will be amazing when you are done - they are just works "in progress" right now. They just don't have the layers of lace & buttons & other bits. Have you thought of cutting your peat pots in half & using those as supports? Keep at it - we love to see your work as it progresses!!

Linda K. said...

Oh my goodness, Dawn. I was beginning to like your hammock nests until you said they looked like diapers! still chuckling here. Well aren't diapers appropriate for those sweet little nests? Not in your assemblege tho. How about a branch or two? They do look beautiful on the cabinet doors too. Would you be able to spray them with some type of matte sealant so they won't crumble? Hmm, I like them without anything holding them up. But that's just me. Can't wait to see what you do...

Love ya,

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

Hi Dawn, I can relate. I just finished something that I really struggled with. I wouldn't have thought of them as diapers if you hadn't said it. LOL Looking forward to seeing it when you get it finished. I am sure it will be beautiful. All of your things are great. Thanks for sharing.


kluless said...

Great post! It's good to hear I'm not the only one who rolls around a "great idea" for ages and when I finally do it, well, you know....
One of my clues is when I think it and think it until I have made it very complicated. That is a sure sign I have set my expectations so high there is no way I'm going to pull it off.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thanks for introducing us to two new shops today. What fun!

Vicki said...

Dawn, what about using a little spay adhesive on those nests to help hold together then glue the bottoms onto some sort of base? Even if base is just paper or burlap. Then maybe you could nail the centers? I'm sure you could hide the nail easily. Just a thought! Having a sweet giveaway at my place. Stop by if you can. It is an apron made from vintage linens. Take care!

Createology said...

I like your idea and think your inner critic is being way too critical. I see your vision with maybe some leaves added to a brown twig type of "hammock" to hold those beautiful fragile nests. Your art is super. Happy creating...


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