It's time for the long-awaited Cloche Party, hosted by the much beloved and always gracious Marty of A Stroll Through Life! Please stop by Marty's beautiful blog, see who the participants are, and pay them all a visit.
First of all, I don't own a cloche. I know ... it's an embarrassing thing to admit. Marty said an apothecary jar would also be suitable ... let's see ... nope, I've missed out on that trend as well.
I have cake domes and cheese domes ... but I like the elegant shape of Marty's taller cloches.
Looking around the house, I spotted an old bird cage made of wood and wire. Not a real bird cage mind you ... a faux one purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.
It seemed to call for a bird, but I didn't have one ... faux or otherwise. Then I spotted the pair below at a local junk store last Saturday. I bought these, the little round beribboned lidded box, a basket of potpourri (new in bag), and a ceramic fish (not pictured) for a total of $1. So this is an affordable cloche-y creation!
I went around the house gathering things I thought would be at home with the caged tropical-looking birds. My goal was to include a variety of textures, earthy colors, and interesting shapes.
I set this up quickly ... and then waited for the sun to move lower in the sky.
I love the drama the late afternoon sun creates ... with the intense light and the long shadows!
This poor bird needs sunglasses, doesn't he? I don't think you've ever seen me display a "chippy" painted object on Affordable Accoutrements before. The cage used to live outside as a home for a potted asparagus fern. So the chippiness of the wood and the rustiness of the wire were purely unintentional! Having said that, I like it better now than when it was new and perfect.
The textures of fabric, feathers, wood, and wire are all obvious in this shot.