Sunday, July 12, 2015


Rusted Evolution is actually the name of the Etsy shop where I came across this amazing vintage wooden bird house. I was shopping for some embellishments for a cage doll I was working on and when I saw this, well you know where my mind immediately went.

                                                    Vintage wooden bird cage

I loved the door and the metal sign above it, the way it latches and that it is all wood and obviously the original owners loved it too since it appears to be very well preserved and cared for.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED...... everything else got put aside as many of my projects do when I come across something else that excites me.  I gave it a good dusting, a little sanding and a good base coat of paint. I had a couple large Santos Cage Doll kits on hand from Retro Cafe Art Gallery for other projects and I already had a vision of making this a Frida Kahlo Santos Cage Doll. I had a few things to figure out, but if you believe in possibilities, everything is figure outable, right?

The best idea came from Tricia and Ryan who sent the bird cage to me. They took off the top piece with the metal ring (the part you use to hang the cage) and inverted it inside just for shipping purposes, so it would not be damaged. Thank you Tricia and Ryan, you set my mind in motion. I was just going to remove it and not use it at all so the Cage Doll would sit on top. I decided to leave the hanging piece inside the cage and use it to hang my flaming heart on from Sandra Evertson's line of Relics and Artifacts.

The back side of the heart is embellished with paper that matches Frida and a cross on the flame.
After giving the entire cage a base coat, I set it aside to let it dry and began work on Frida. I didn't actually have a Frida face, but this face from Retro Cafe Art Gallery worked fine with a little help on the eyebrows. I painted the body back and front, adding paper collage on the top half and adding a Frida quote on front bottom half and back side. The flaming heart is one Sandra's Relics and Artifacts that I painted and embellished. I also added a beaded embellishment as her necklace and a metal bird at the rim. 

 I had so much fun with this Frida. I found a hand woven large button in my bits and bobbles and used this as a base for her hat to which I added roses to the front of it. I love this quote as I myself have found it to be so true.
         "At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think" 

Many of the embellishments, like this one on the back side are jewelry pieces and some all round the cage are craft brads purchased at various places.

 After the cage was dry, I began to add my quotes and different colors. I also had this great vintage ruler forever just waiting for the perfect spot. The eye is also from Relics and Artifacts.

 On this arched door that I just love, I added one of Frida's quotes that says:
"I would rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, (the rest is on the inside of the cage)

 Than have anything to do with those artistic bitches of Paris".
 After I got everything glued on, I gave it a light coat of antiquing stain to give it that aged look and more depth. To my surprise, the Santos Cage Doll fit on the top of the bird cage like it was made for her. My heart did leaps of joy throughout this entire piece. Everything just came together. It doesn't always happen like that, but when it does... it's a great day!

The final finish - Front side - She stands 24" tall and the bottom is 8" wide. She may be available in my etsy shop in the very near future, but I am going to enjoy looking at her for awhile.

 Thank you Tricia, Ryan and Chloe for this wonderful found treasure, Retro Cafe Art Gallery for my beloved Santos Cage Doll kits and fantastic art supplies, Sandra Evertson for her forever inspiring Relics and Artifacts and for everyone who has stopped by to take a peek and comment. Hearts to All.


Sunday, July 5, 2015


Did you ever have the joy and dream of putting a message in a bottle and watching the tide take it out to sea, wondering where it would wash up and who would find your message?  Would they respond, or would your message be retrieved years later by someone walking along the shore perhaps hunting for treasures? Hopefully your message was one of playful fun longing for some mysterious adventure and not one of a distress call waiting to be rescued.

In the sea world, I believe there are messengers of hope and rescue and romance who find these floating messages and retrieve them sending them along their way on a path to their intended destinations. I couldn't think of a more fitting Sea Messenger than this Medium Octopus Sea Maiden Articulated Art Doll Kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. It takes a lot of arms to fetch all the messages in bottles that she finds floating in the sea. She is also called  a Sea Angel and there are many like her.

Each of her arms have 7- 10 tiny suckers made individually with paper clay. 
After they dried, I painted them all and then glued each one individually on her arms. The crab she is holding one of her beloved helpers. It helps to have helpers on land and sea.


 The crabs on the stands went so well with this doll kit that I ordered them together. The one on the right has a metal S.O.S. box that contains bottles with messages of distress. It is his job to make sure those bottles reach the shore where they are needed. The crab on the left works the land and sea delivering & retrieving bottles and re-directing them to insure their correct delivery. The crab on the far left, well, he is just grouchy and crabby and not much of a morning person, kind of like me! :)

                                                                     Back side of  doll

              Back side of crab, all crabs have been painted front and back

My husband really likes this one... he said, someone needs this by the coffee pot! I agree, that could be his cue to put the coffee on!

                                           "Blessed are those that work with their hands"

 Thank you so much for stopping by, please leave a comment so I don't get crabby! Have  a wonderful day and don't forget to eat at JOE'S! 

* You can find this these kits and all embellishments used here, and more at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.