Creations, Polka Dot Birdhouse

I bought this birdhouse months ago and even though I loved the white,

I was itching to do something to it

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I know you’re thinking STOP! Don’t do it! It already looks lovingly weathered and perfect!  I know…

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It is adorable…

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Maybe just a little touch of color…I am currently OBSESSED with turquoise, sea glass, aqua, or whatever name of this wonderful blue you’d like to call it.

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It looked pretty at our Bunny Brunch, but I knew it would probably change a little more~if you look closely you can see it doesn’t have a steeple in this photo~I didn’t even notice this when I bought it, but eventually I heard something rattling around…some thoughtful soul had tucked it inside! So with a little shaking I coaxed it out and glued it back on

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And it all came down to a few polka dots and a stripe or two

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I just love polka dots

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and black and white……..and my new favorite turquoise

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So I set a little table for tea in the garden with turquoise, black and white polka dots and a flowered stripe tea towel

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The birdhouse is nestled in an airy wreath of blue buds on a cake stand surrounded with a stack of aqua grapevine wreaths at the base

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How fun is this crazy bee cup with the silver honeycomb saucer?  I love the unexpected!

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This little feathered friend is nesting on some Hatching Bird’s Egg Cookies~if you look closely you can see the eggs are hatching!

{If anyone knows how to bake with M&Ms without them cracking, please let me know!

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There are some savory nibbles in the polka dot apothecary jar to compliment the cookies and tea

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I painted large gray dots on the birdhouse back to mimic the entry hole on the front.  I hope the birds don’t get confused!

Sometimes my sense of humor is questionable….the other day in Hobby Lobby a fellow shopper in the fabric department asked me if I knew where the invisible thread was…well now, I could hardly pass up this opportunity, and I said, “I really don’t know because you can’t see it!”  Of course I thought this was hilarious but she just went on with her shopping…

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Look at the little windows on the side, aren’t they sweet?

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What a wonderful day for a spot of tea in the garden!

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Thanks so much for your visit today!

The bee cups were on clearance from One Kings Lane, $12 for set/2

The black and white polka dot plates are from Amazon.com

The blue plates are from my local grocery, Publix, $2 each

The rest of the settings, flatware, chargers, and pewter plates I have had for years.

The flower dome and polka dot apothecary jar are from JMdesigns

I purchased the towel from World Market {$3.99} and it was large enough to cut in half to make 2 napkins

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The cookies were just a version of the traditional 7 layer bar with the addition of peanut M&Ms…it looked pretty before I baked it and they cracked open, hence the “Hatching Birds Egg Cookies” but regardless they are soooooo easy and so good.

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7 LAYER BARS  for a printable version click here

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts OR peanut M&Ms
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Place butter in 13 x 9 inch pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat bottom and sides with butter.
Spread crumbs evenly over bottom of pan and mix well with butter, patting to form crust.  Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts.    Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool, cut into bars.

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I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY and OH, THE PLACES I’VE BEEN!

Between Naps on the Porch for METAMORPHIS MONDAY & TABLESCAPE THURSDAY

Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY

A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY and ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

check out these amazing blogs!

Comments
27 Responses to “Creations, Polka Dot Birdhouse”
  1. I love the polka dotted birdhouse and the table setting. The colors are wonderful!

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  2. My favorite part of the birdhouse is how you displayed it on a cake pedestal!! Fab!!!

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  3. Jana says:

    I liked the cute birdhouse before but I love the after! Sometimes a little added paint and a few designs change everything. Very cute!
    Visiting you from Met Monday, hope you’ll stop by for a visit too.

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  4. Wanda says:

    Jenna, your table is adorable. The little birdhouse was sweet painted white but now it has character and charm and also reflects your artistic abilities. Wish I could relax and have tea with you and enjoy those bars. Yum!

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  5. Luisa says:

    Super cute after birdhouse! Oh…and I was thinking the same thing about the birds getting confused…now that would be a sight to see! 😛

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  6. Kim Hood says:

    I adore polka-dots! Your bird house is awesome, and the black and white plates teamed with the blue plates look very nice. The “napkins” caught my eye, too. Thrifty move there. 🙂

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  7. Wow…that lady in Hobby Lobby had NO sense of humor! I thought it was a very clever remark!!!!!!

    You did so GOOD, girl!!! You just took a bird house and created THREE for the money!!! And they all looked great! You are such a wiz with the paint!!!!! I really like the last (I hesitate to say “final” because something tells me this bird house will undergo many future transformations!) look with the polka dots and stripes. They really jazz up the little house, and it goes SO great on your tablescape!!!!!!!

    I have no idea how to bake with M&Ms without them cracking. I hope you find the answer out there somewhere. I don’t make a lot of sweets anymore since I discovered martinis for dessert (and lunch, and brunch, and….), so I’m no help at all.

    Have a great week!!!! You did a BEAUTIFUL job here!!!!

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  8. Your birdhouse makes a great centerpiece!

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  9. Vel says:

    Super cute tablescape!!!I love the dots on the birdhouse! Thank you for dropping by my blog too Jenna!I’m folowing you on bloglovin’ 🙂

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  10. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my word, how cute is this. I love it. The polka dots are just such a fun idea. Love your tablescape too, the polka dot dishes are my favorite. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  11. Hi Jenna, I laughed at your joke about the invisible thread! The wonderful thing about paint is how transforming it can be. You did a great job with your birdhouse. Love this color blue too!! Linda

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  12. Zuni says:

    Cute, cute post, and cute, cute table, and cute, cute, cute birdhouse! Really enjoyed my visit. (And I think your thread response WAS funny…too bad some people can’t laugh!).

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  13. Hickory Trail says:

    Love love love the polka dots. I’m hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!
    Angela

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  14. RoseMary says:

    I love your blog, your table setting is just the Bees Buzz! LOL
    I love Bees, can you tell me where you found the bee cup and saucer set.

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    • hi RoseMary, I got the bee cup and saucers at onekingslane.com about a month ago. I almost bought some honeycomb edged dinner plates too, and am still thinking about them! Check out the website, they have great stuff and good sales!
      Jenna

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  15. Diane says:

    I can’t believe how much you fit into this post! Love the bird house, all of the polka dots and the fabulous recipe. Wow! You really outdid yourself on this one – fantastic black and turquoise color scheme!!

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  16. You just took that birdhouse from cute to fabulous!! I too am very smitten with turquoise this year and keep trying to refrain from redecorating the whole house!! Your table is darling. The napkins turned out great and the polka dots really make me smile.. xo marlis

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  17. lois says:

    hi,
    Just found you! but will be a daily visiter for now on….just love the birdhouse, I picked one up in Joann’s and couldn’t decide what to do with it – now I know! poka dots! but mine will be yellow and pink for my granddaughter’s room….
    love your blog!

    Lois from PA

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  18. nicole says:

    I love your birdhouse! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Have a great day,Nicole

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  19. Sarah says:

    Cute! I like the mix of the black and white with a pop of turquoise. Great idea to cut the towel for two. I need to remember that idea.

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  20. Joyce says:

    Such a delightful birdhouse-you added just the right amount of everything! Table setting perfect-can we all come over soon!
    Happy Hugs-
    Jemma
    Visiting from the Dedicated House

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  21. Michele says:

    Sincerely beautiful! LOVE the colors and whimsy with the polka dots!

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  22. Christine says:

    Oh I love it! It is so pretty…Christine

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  23. navywifeypeters says:

    Gorgeous birdhouse! I love the colors. I love birdhouses, so I’m pinning this to my birdhouse board!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://www.usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/05/submarine-sunday-31.html

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  24. I love this Jenna! The Birdhouse is adorable, and the whole table just screams spring! Those 7 layer bars also look delish!!! Thanks so much for sharing this on the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! Have a wonderful week! =)

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