Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bringing the Outside Inside

Today I'd like to do something a little different.

For this Outdoor Wednesday I'd like to show you how I bring the OUTSIDE to the INSIDE of my home.

I so love the way they look outside, that I made some permanent arrangements of eggs with nests to have inside. They are all under glass domes with wood bases that I painted black.

The top two were made faux eggs and nests. The last one has a real egg and nest that was abandoned.

The leaves and stems are a combination of real and faux. On the backside of the domes, I attached old bird, nest, and egg prints.

The bird print in the last photo is attached to the backside of a glass microscope slide.

I call them Life Under Glass. Thank you for letting me share them with you.

I'd love to see and hear how you bring the OUTSIDE inside.


  1. Sweet! Adding the prints is a nice touch, you chose them well.

    Pleasant day!

  2. Another lovely display for all of us to enjoy!! Thanks ~The Sweet Gardenia

  3. Great display. I like to bring in nests( fake of course) and feathers,moss,twigs,branches. I love nature inside.

  4. So beautiful! You are an inspiration! I want one! LOL
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Amy @ The Lemon Cottage

  5. Just love the gorgeous presentations you ahve. TTFN ~Marydon

  6. Cute!!
    I love nests so much
    I am attracted to them whenever I see them!
    I love your idea with the pictures!!!

  7. very cool. i like that you have painted the base. adds drama. i am getting beachy ideas of painting a base pale aqua. thanks for the creative spark! lovely "LUG"!


  8. Oooh, oooh, oooh, love these lots! You did a marvelous job arranging everything under the cloches. Just so neat. Thanks for sharing this with us. Loved seeing it. And Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  9. In the words of my beloved little Grant..okay thats just so cool!!!!

  10. Beautiful arrangement in the dome! You are very creative....Christine

  11. Very pretty. I need to redo my cloche.

  12. You just gave me an idea of what to do with a little hummingbird nest. It looks so precious under your glass dome. Thank you so much for sharing, and what a wonderful post you have. Just beautiful. Please stop by and say hi. I would love to have you. Country Hugs, Sherry

  13. Awww, such a cute idea to bring the outside inside with bird nests and glass domes.
    Joyce M

  14. More inspired creativity! Painting the bases black makes your work look scientific and chic at the same time! Occasionally I come across bases without glass domes and vice versa. I have 3 domes right now without bases--what I usually do is match them up with an antique or vintage plate that's close in size to the bottom of the dome or cloche. You can use a shelf piece for this; with the pretty things in your domes, the dings on an old plate aren't too noticeable! I love what you put together-now to find an abandoned nest or two....

  15. Those are so precious. I like your idea, bring your outside inside. The faux eggs look quite real...

  16. Hi Joan, well, how clever you are. These are so lovely!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  17. What wonderful and clever displays. You also did a great job with the photos you took of them. Have a great day.

  18. You've really put together some beautiful wildlife cloches. You've got a knack for combining the elements in to a beautiful scene.

  19. looks like they can be exibets at a museum, just beautiful

  20. Love the picture you have painted under glass.

  21. Joan,

    Love this post..... beautiful....

    Just wanted to let you know that I deleted my post.... feelings all over the place yesterday.

    Your comment made me realize that maybe I was typing something that I need to realize,,, kind of like typing out loud, but only meant for me... I deleted the post.



  22. I love the nature displays under a bell jar (or cloche)..., and I have some inspirational pictures with shell and sea life, but not done it yet.

  23. Love your outdoors/indoors post...great idea!!!

  24. Hey Missy,
    I love anything under glass! I have a saying about this, but I won't post it, it's kind of crude!
    Keep creating!
    'til next time,
    Barb C.

  25. Oh, I love these! I love cloche displays and birds so these speak to me. The vintage prints in them are a perfect addition!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts


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