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.



  1. Your Frida is so stunning Kim!!! Your creativity is endless! Super fabulous!

  2. Hurrah! I found you again! This is even more beautiful on my larger laptop screen than my little phone screen on the train today! What amazing ideas you had. I love what you did with this bird-cage - it's a work of artistic genius! Well done, Kim! I so love your creativity and imagination: I think Frida would have loved this too! xxx

  3. Thank you Julie! SO glad you were finally able to find me again! I so appreciate you stopping by, you are always so kind and encouraging. How wonderful that you get to ride a train! We don't have trains here in my area to ride anyway, they are mostly transport for materials etc. What a lovely way to ride!

  4. Kim this is so Crazy GOOD!! I love how creative and inventive you are!! I hope you've sharing this amazing work with the RELICS & ARTIFACTS Tribe too!!! xoxo

    1. Thank You Sandra for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! I think I did post to the tribe but it's been a crazy week so I will have to check! She was a blast to make and Relics and Artifacts were the perfect additions!!!! XO


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