Thursday, March 12, 2015

Easter Birdcage

My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought,
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well. . .
With my soul. . .
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
- Horatio G. Spafford -

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Happy day to you, friends!
Guess what?!
I finally purchased a birdcage {I know, not too exciting},
but you see, I have been wanting one for the longest time :)
I see so many sweet ideas and uses for birdcages on my friends blogs
which in turn has inspired me.
So I finally went to Michaels and got one.

I'd love to show you what I did with my birdcage. . .


And when before the throne,
I stand in Him complete;
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
My lips shall still repeat.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
- Elvina M. Hall -


In my birdcage I added some Spanish moss,
a cross made out of nails {found at Hobby Lobby},
and some pretty yellow flowers.


I simply cut the flowers to the desired length
and tucked them into the moss.


There is a green hill far away, outside a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell what pains He had to bear;
but we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.
O dearly, dearly has He loved!
And we must love Him too,
and trust in His redeeming blood, and try His works to do.
- Cecil Frances Alexander - 


Worthy is the lamb who was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom,
and strength and honor and glory and blessing!
- Revelation 5:12 -


I begged asked my son if I could borrow one of the rocks from his collection
and he very nicely said I could - what a sweetie :)
He and I decided to place a butterfly on the stone.


O the love that drew salvation's plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!
Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary!
- William R. Newell -


I also printed out the third verse of How Great Thou Art
and applied it to card stock.
I thought the words were the perfect accompaniment to the birdcage.


And when I think that God, His on not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing;
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings me soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
- Carl Boberg -


I folded the card stock
and placed it in front of the birdcage.


I placed my Easter birdcage on some old hymnals.


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross
and exchange it someday for a crown.
- George Bennard -


Thank you for visiting
and may you have a beautiful day, sweet friends!

Linking up with:

Share Your Cup Thursday

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

62 comments:

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Oh I dearly love your beautiful birdcage, sweet Stephanie!! You did a truly stunning job of decorating it and now I want one too! I will have to keep a look out for one...:)
Blessings and ever so much love to you!
Kelly xxx

mamasmercantile said...

Your bird cage in preparation for Easter is stunning, a real delight.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I love how you created this wonderful bird cage. It is so inspirational. You have so much talent. Lots of little touches that make it so great.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I love how you made it the Real Reason for Easter with the cross and the old hymns. It's lovely.
warmly,
deb

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie, your presentation of your lovely bird cage along with all those perfect Easter hymns and quotes were just beautiful!
The close up photo of the yellow flowers and cross...oh did that ever touch the center of my heart, stunning.
"the old rugged cross" that was the first hymn I sang with some other ladies at church on Resurrection Sunday just after I gave my life to Christ and made Him the Lord of my life. I shall never forget the joy of singing that as a new believer in Christ.

This was an inspiration to see this morning, beautiful, just beautiful.

The Lord bless you today my dear.
Love you, Mom

Tamara said...

What a beautiful post Stephanie. And your birdcage is perfect and and full of inspiration and meaning. <3 You're so creative and thoughtful. I received your email. You're very welcome. Just wanted you to know that your kindness touched my heart. Have a blessed day sweet lady!

Tamara xo

Elizabethd said...

That's a beautiful Easter arrangement Stephanie.

magnoliasntea said...

Oh wow, your birdcage is really pretty! Love the songs, too. I especially love the verse from It Is Well With My Soul.
Have a wonderful day!

Debby Ray said...

What a beautiful bird cage but what's more beautiful is what you have put into it and into this post about it...intertwining it with these lovely verses about our Lord. You are such a blessing, Stephanie.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Isn't fun to try out something you have seen on other blogs? I think your birdcage is lovely and perfect for the Easter season. It's so nice your son shared one of his rocks. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So sweet. That was one of the early pieces I learned to play on the piano.

Miss Val's Creations said...

It's so beautiful Stephanie! I love that you will be able to change up the birdcage each season. Good luck with the internet. Technical difficulties are not fun!

Home Meadows said...

Your Easter bird cage is so pretty and looks perfect how you have placed it among the hymnals and family photo. How Great Thou Art is one of my favorite hymns. I hope you are having a great day. Thank you for your inspiration, Heather

Anne Payne said...

This is a darling decor idea! And of course your son is a sweetie. He has you for his mom!

{{hugs}}

CatTales said...

So happy you purchased a bird cage. I love your adornments and the beautiful lyrics.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie,
The Old Rugged Cross is an old favorite hymn of mine.
Love your Easter Birdcage. Such a great idea and to change up with the seasons.
Lovely accent!!
Hugs, CM

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Fabulous birdcage. Very pretty and elegant .. Nice pictures. Perfect for Easter .. We keep in touch

Shoregirl said...

I love birdcages too and love what you did with yours! It turned out absolutely beautiful!

Christine said...

A beautiful birdcage arrangement, Stephanie!
I so enjoyed the hymn verses too!
Have a great day!

Kerin said...

Such a sweet little birdcage.
You did a great job giving it some Spring Bling!

Best of luck with your internet issues too.

~K.

Sylvia said...

Love your bird cage,Stephanie,and the hymns. I have missed you hope your computer problems correct itself soon. Isn't it frustrating when that happens! I still get undelivered mail through yahoo.

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful. I pray that your internet problems get fixed. Blessings

Sola Scriptura said...

Stephanie, I like the look and style of the birdcage you purchased. The way you decorated it is lovely, I especially like the lyric card you displayed with it. Such beautiful words of praise to our Saviour!

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Your verses are so appropriate for the beautiful birdcage you created, Stephanie! You are a very lovely lady!

Judy Goddard said...

Forsythia has always been a special flower to me. Almost the first bloom. (right after the crocus) and it always reminds me of my sister, Ginni, who was born on March 22. They always remind me of her.

Thanx for stopping by Christ in Me. You comments are always warmly appreciated.

Camille said...

SO cute!! You are one talented girl. Your family must love the way you make your home so welcoming and cosy. Hugs, Camille

Merlesworld said...

That is a cute cage.
Merle.........

Mari said...

Your birdcage looks so cute, and I love the added meaning that comes from adding the hymn.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening dear Stephanie!

I LOVE how you transformed this by putting the little glass bird on top! Spring is inspiring you at your home, I can see! I can't wait to hear the song of the wrens when they make their nests in our bushes!

Enjoy your evening! Anita

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a darling birdcage, Stephanie! You did such a great jobs with decorating it. I especially love the rock that your sweet son shared from his collection. The verses that you shared with us are so sweet. Your hands are always busy creating something wonderful. I hope your internet problem gets resolved soon. xo

NanaDiana said...

That is just beautiful, Stephanie, and you did a wonderful job of honoring Easter with your cross surrounded by flowers. Just lovely, as are the verses you chose. xo Diana

Scrappy quilter said...

That is just adorable. I've been looking at bird cages for a bit now. This might just get me out to purchase one instead of just looking.

doodles n daydreams said...

A beautiful post. I think your birdcage is special and just great foe Easter, something just a little different.

Diana

Vee said...

Such a beautiful and meaningful display you have created. Love the bird on top and the forsythia and cross inside. The hymns you used for this post all tell the story so well. I can see that your son gave one of his very best rocks for the project, too.

Wanda said...

What a beautiful birdcage and reminder of the hill of Calvary. I love bird cages too.

It makes such a statement for Christ in your home.

Beautiful words too.

Conniecrafter said...

I love bird cages too, I have bought a couple at flea markets, love how you have decorated it! Great hymn to have with it!

Ida said...

What a lovely spring/easter idea. You did a great job with this.

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

Your birdcage is so beautiful Stephanie! Love the verses you chose. It's all just perfect for Easter.

hobbyloes said...

Such a sweet birgcage arrangement.
I was touched by your Easter poems.
Have a lovely day Stephanie !

Daniela said...

Good morning my dearest Stephanie and thank you for this gorgeous idea filled with sentiment and meanings ... I think it should be perfect for the Easter table !
Thank you for this blog of yours, to come and visit you here always put a smile on my face, sweet friend, believe me !
Have a blessed weekend
xo
Dany

Feral Turtle said...

What a pretty Easter project Stephanie! Have a great weekend!

Polly said...

That is enchanting Stephanie, and the bird on the top finishes it off nicely. A lovely Easter project.

Kira Krutulis said...

So sweet! I was standing in line at Michael's the other day and contemplated getting that exact birdcage! Cool to see what you did with it.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Stephanie your are so clever! I simply love your bird cage. Have a beautiful day! Jo

Amy said...

I just love your birdcage, Stephanie! Such a cute idea and I love the hymns.
This is just perfect for the season we are entering into.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Hugs,
Amy

PS... I am sending a little gift with Roxy for your son from my boys!


Jill said...

the birdcage is so creative and reading this post has me singing now!

Vicky Hunt said...

Love all these old hymns...I found myself singing through this post! Your birdcage is so lovely and the way you decorated and displayed it is perfection. Of course, everything you create is perfection to me! Have a blessed and beautiful weekend my friend.

Hugs, Vicky

Carol Z said...

Lovely! I hope all is well with your internet connection.

Nina said...

Congratulations on your Bird Cage, Stephanie, it is so pretty! The message of Christ's cross and the yellow flowers ... and pointing out to the heart-shaped forms in the care - the message of His love ... You spread grace and hope around you in all possible ways!
Love from Nina

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love what you did with your bird cage! Very pretty and meaningful! I am so sad that in my excitement of opening my new shop I sold my white metal birdcage that I had had for years! I will just enjoy yours!

Huckleberry stitches said...

Your birdcage turned out lovely! And those are my altime two favorite hymns!

living from glory to glory said...

Morning, Once again I feel inspired! I also have wanted a bird cage; but as I say everything in its own time!
It looks so nice can't wait to see your next idea for its use! I can hardly believe Easter is so close!
It is like it tells the whole story!
Resurrection-
See you in just a little while...
Love, Roxy

Debbie Nolan said...

Dearest Stephanie - not only is your bird cage beautiful but your post reminding us of our sweet Savior and His love as well. Thank you for sharing. I hope you get your internet concerns solved soon. Hugs!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Stephanie, your birdcage looks beautiful! Lovely Springtime decoration. Big hugs xx

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful!!
I have a few bird cages that now I need to go and play with!!

Tanks so much for your visits and kind words!!
Hugs,Deb

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Just beautiful! The cross in the bird cage is such a beautiful touch! ~Zuni

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, what a beautiful post! The bird cage is NOW so lovely with the flowers and all the decorations! And the Easter hymns are so precious! Yes, Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, HE washed ME white as snow! That's so very precious to me...it's why I personalize that verse! Thank you always for inspiring and encouraging us all and for bringing beauty into our lives with your posts! Hugs, precious friend!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just beautiful Stephanie!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, sorry I did not visit you sooner but last week was such a busy week for me!

I love this bird cage that you decorated for spring and easter. It just perfect and looks great on the books.

Thanks also for the sweet comment on the spring wreath I made for guest blogging at Tuula's blog today. It was so much fun to make and brightens up my kitchen back door.

Hope you have a nice day and week.

Hugs, Julie

Wilma said...

Hi dear Stephanie,
What a wonderful,meaningful post.
The decoration with the birdcage is so beautiful....with the cross and the flowers on the hymnals !!
The songs you added mean a lot to me ! Thank you so very much for sharing.

Hugs, Wilma.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Simply beautiful Stephanie! Just like you. I am always inspired when I visit you. I'm catching up today... seeing what you've been up to :)

Jann Olson said...

Hi Stephanie, I have quite a few birdcages. Some vintage some new. My three vintage ones sit empty under a table in my living room right now, but they will be filled and displayed when the Easter d├ęcor is put away. Love what you did with yours and I love that hymn! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs
Jann

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