Friday, October 19, 2012

A Cloche Call

I love all the cloches I've seen in on so many blogs, but had none of my own...gasp!  No self respecting blogger should be without a cloche!  I kid :)

One fine day while I was strolling through Habitat Restore, I spied twins of these curvy ladies.  They called out to me as I approached them.  

I love that moment when inspiration wells up from the depths of your being and bursts brilliantly through your know, the light bulb goes on.  I think they are from outdoor lights like this one:

4 House Lighting

I love the imperfections in their glass like this bubble.  They aren't as young as they used to be, so the glass has yellowed slightly giving them a beautiful vintage look.  Some gals just age well, but these two were tight-lipped.  They wouldn't tell me their secret.

First I removed the rubber rings around the bottom by slicing ever so gently through them with a zacto knife.  They didn't even flinch!  I think it was like wearing a tight girdle...they felt so much better after I released them from their bindings.

Next I primed their metal tops gray.  Kind of like getting a perm, in reverse.  Gray is so in you know.  But they needed some highlights.

So I used a technique of Rosemary, from Villabarnes, to give it an old world look, by painting on and then wiping off white gesso.  Now the twins are stylin' don't you think?

Then one of the twins and I started playing.  We played in the house for awhile...We played hide seek with my mini stacked pumpkins, but I kept finding them.  Her hiding places are so transparent. 

It was so beautiful outside that we had to go play in the sun for a bit.  We sunned ourselves on a rock for awhile, but it was a little too bright in her eyes.

So we moved to the front deck at the north of the house, and sat on the stairs.  

When that got boring, we decided to move around to the east side of the house. next to Mr. Galvanized Tub.  I introduced the two and it was love at first sight.

She's a bit of a loner, so her twin sister decided to move out.  She's available in my Etsy shop waiting for someone to adopt her and play with her too. Update - SOLD

Playing isn't just for kids you know!  

This post linked to these awesome parties:


  1. Very pretty! I would have never thought to do that. They're perfect.

  2. I love Cloches too... Those turned out great... Happy Weekend....
    Ciao for now...

  3. LOVE how you painted this-it turned out great! Such a fun and unique cloche!

  4. That really turned out great. I love it, I have used a few of Rosemary at Villabarnes technique's myself. I am ashamed to say I have never heard of a cloche? But hey, I learned something new! Hugs, Lynn PS How are those chicks doing?

  5. You are going to separate the twins!?! I think you went far beyond the cloche to a whole higher level. These are much better than a cloche - they have true characte5r. I enjoyed her trip around your house to her home.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. Love the cloches, very creative! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog!

  7. Your post on the twin cloches was a delight to read! Thank you for coming by my blog for a visit and leaving such a sweet comment! Hugs, Penny

  8. Well, I do believe you have the fairest cloches in the land. Quite beautiful and I love the gray. Some things age beautifully with the gray, don't they?

  9. Love,Love,love it. I hope I can find something here to do the same. I love all the cloches in blogland too,but they are too expensive here. Love this one better than the usual kind, :)

  10. How cute and creative! I love to shop at our local Habitat Restore. I try to go at least once a week. Enjoy your day, Gail

  11. So very clever!! Love the gesso technique. Brilliant!!

  12. What great finds. And, you did an amazing job on the gesso technique. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Looks awesome, Deborah. Thanks for the shout out.

  14. These turned out really well!! Love them. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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