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Monday, January 30, 2012

Rockin' Tangerine

Whoo! Hoot! I am finally ready to reveal the rest of the rocker...what rocker, you ask? Well back in January I revealed my Turquoise and Jewels  made from the back of an old rocking chair ( one of my great curbside finds). I could not stand to let the rest of this great wood go to waste, so I decided to create...again! Just a quick warning...this is a looong post, so stick with me. Here is where I started...
Curbside find...a bit wobbly
With no place to put this, and no buyers, I decided to take it apart and use the pieces...like this....
A bunch of curvy wood....etc


From this....
to this!
You can see the full transformation of the jewelry holder Here
Now to the rest of the story...Ever tried to be creative?....It just doesn't work, but  I was determined to "create" with this pile of wood...something that would work with the shape of the wood. My first ideas....an ampersand or a treble clef...like this...
First ideas
Do you see it?
I discussed this over with my husband (the carpenter side of this operation), and he said "Are you crazy I don't think that will work Lori."  Usually I'm a little pushy about my ideas, (not me!), but this wasn't the "It" I was looking for....ya know? 
I set it all aside and moved on...and I'm glad I did, cause'  the inspiration hit...
I just saw it!
I started laying out pieces and asking Cliff to fit it together. I didn't even say what it was going to be, cause' I didn't want to explain the "why" of it all. Of course, my sweet husband just went along....and with a smile too!
 Gotta love that man!!!!!
So here is how our journey progressed on the first day...
Arms of chair
Arms pieced together
Screwed and glued
First part done
Bottom of chair...scrolls

Pieced together
The parts of my creation...
ready to put together
Quite a lot done on the first day huh? Well it got a lot slower after this...I planned for a week...it took a month! The next several days were spent putting together the pieces, adding caulk,  and filling with wood putty....this is the part I hate!


Caulk it
Filling holes
Better than caulk
Holes filled
After another week....Owlivia was born...she still had a long way to go , but ain't she cute?...(well, she has the potential to be cute...just wait)


Dark and dreary
Owlivia needs help
Did you see that coming? I just love owls and when I saw those scrolls...I saw some "big ole" owl eyes...the rest is history. Here is the anatomy of an owl....or at least this owl...
Owl Anatomy
Scroll= Eye inspiration
The next 3 weeks were spent sanding, filling, painting, sanding and painting again, and again....
Filling and sanding
More sanding and filling
Primed
Turquoise?
Tried Turquoise (no pic)
Didn't like it....sanded again
Primed...again!
New color...
Nope...this isn't it
You can see why it took a month, right? I just could not make up my mind about the color...nothing seemed to look right, until I saw the 
color of the year, 2012....Tangerine! I knew I had found the perfect color....
Love Tangerine
The "IT" color
Once I had the color, I had to take a trip to Michael's to complete my vision for Owlivia...so off to the store to get some sparkle...


Pebbles...had to have
Here's my bling!
With bling in hand I grabbed my "Gorilla super glue", and got to work....this part only took 2 days...well worth it, don't ya think?...
Only Gorilla will do
Love Owlivia
Love it!
How big is Owlivia?
Pebbles "rock"!....I know, I
couldn't help it
I put a quarter in the pic above to give you an idea of her size....Now here is one more look at the before and after pics....
Curvy Rocker...
Tangerine Owl
So what do you think of my transformation from Curvy Rocker to Rockin' Owl?  
Do you love the tangerine or not? What type of vignette would you use with it, or would you let it stand alone? I really love hearing all of your suggestions and hints....tell me what you think!


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73 comments:

Artsy VaVa said...

That is one of the most creative things I have ever seen!!! Definitely pinning it. I saw a chair like this for sale the other day and remembered how you took it apart and made the jewelry display. I was looking at the other parts wondering what could be done with them. I never thought of an owl!!!

Anne said...

I agree! How exceptionally creative of you & I love the owl.

xox

the junk in our trunks said...

I love the owl. so cute and great vision.

Karyn said...

So cute, very creative!!!

Revi said...

Wow, I can tell I'm going to enjoy following YOU! Veeeery creative. :)
Thanks for visiting Revisionary Life and following - I'm glad we're connected!
-Revi

Deb said...

THAT is amazing - I love it!!

Tip Garden said...

In a million years I'd never figure that out without you! Love your blog! Thanks for the invite over to see you!

Tisha said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE... This is the cutest and most creative upcycle I have ever seen! And I love that you know that the Pantone color of the year is tangerine! Great job and thanks for sharing at my linkup!

Kristel said...

I LOVE YOUR OWL!!!! I am so into them right now, amazing how you were able to transform that rocker into this gorgeous little bird. You have to be super creative, that is for sure. Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hi! I'm your newest follower too!!!

Janeous said...

This is so neat!!! I would have NEVER imagined a jewelry holder and an OWL~! You are seriously amazing!!! :D
-your newest follower,
Jane @ urbanejane.com

VivaCindy said...

thanks for stopping by my blog lori!
i love those rockers....but you really found great use for one ready to be retired! great job!

Devi @Diddles & Dumplings said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest fan! I love your little owl that you created!! It's amazing!

Sue said...

Who would have ever guessed what you used to make this owl?! Amazing vision and transformation- you are an artiste! Great job, Lori. :-) Sue

Shellie B. said...

I love this owl! How clever you are to even see this in the remainder of a rocking chair. It makes me want to find one of those rockers and tear it apart.

Just Jaime said...

This is SO impressive!

Lori C said...

LOVE it!! Hoothoot! I liked it before the bling, but the bling is really over the top fantastic! Now I want to tear apart a bentwood rocker...:)

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Oh my gosh, I had to laugh out loud because I never in a million years would have guessed that it would be an owl!! I was scrolling down, looking at the pictures of the process, and I had no idea where it was going to end up..and then all of a sudden, there was an adorable owl! LOL...What unbelievable creativity! How in the world you looked at that chair and saw an the "anatomy" of an owl, I will never understand. Good job!

Button Bird Designs said...

Are you kidding me with that owl!?!?!? My mouth is still hanging open!!!! Is it for sale?? Loveeeeeee it! Beyond amazing!
Love
Angela

Jill said...

OH that is just too amazing! Great work - and I LOVE the bling on the finished owl!!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Calista said...

Nice to meet you, Lori. Thanks for following over at A House and Yard. Love the owl! Amazing and fun!

momto8 said...

oh my goodness...this is fabulous! you have a creative gift!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

UKMUMINUSA said...

OMG, I am amazed at your vision, I would never have seen an owl in that rocker in a million years! Thanks for the comment on my blog, I am now follwoing you too.

Sherry said...

Haha! That's way cool! I never would have guessed. I love it when artistic inspiration strikes and something unbelievable becomes a reality.

Thanks for stopping my and checking out what we've been doing at P3. We always appreciate your visit!

Kammy's Korner said...

No WAY!!!! Good thing you waited for the inspiration, you are TOO COOL! Owls, who would have thought.... :)

Jennifer @Miss Maggie's Place said...

Awww I love this sweet owl. Very creative!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for following my blog. This is great! I love how you transformed that rocker. My little jewelry box is overflowing so I'm going to keep my eye out for an old rocker. :) And that owl is adorable. I love the color you chose and how you dressed it up with the pebbles.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You are one creative lady - welcome Owlivia! Gorgeous piece and beautiful color, too!

Lori said...

I can't get over how clever you are! This is amazing, I love the owl. The eyes are awesome as is the rest of the spark. I wish I would have kept my old chair!

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh! Owlivia is awesome!!! I love how from far away it almost looks like she was dipped in sand.

Brassy Apple said...

that's just awesome! now that is really seeing a diamond in the rough! ;)

thanks for linking up to make it monday!

Camille said...

Quite the creativity. I like the owl idea.

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This is truly amazing! What a great way to recycle that old rocker and not let her go to waste. This one really hits the mark with your blog name! Great job!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh My Goodness! I am in LOVE with Owlivia! What a creative idea and such a fun (yet time consuming) upcycle. Just awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge. Karah

Melissa said...

Seriously!?!?! How in the world did you think owl when you saw those random pieces of wood leftover from a rocking chair? Pure genius, that's all I have to say!

America's Next Top Mommy said...

That is amazing!!! You are so creative!!!!

debbie refresh restyle said...

I can't believe this! I am going to look at bentwood rockers in a whole different way!! I love it! Thanks for the blog visit, I'm following you and I love your chair buttons!
Debbie

fiona anderson said...

Wow, that's amazingly creative - I definately would have passed by that chair. I need to think out of the box more !!!

emmieray said...

I will never look at a rocking chair the same again. Your art is very whimsical which is something I adore. I orange worked so much better, and the bling just makes this pop. GORGEOUS WORK!

Kim said...

Hi Lori,

Oh my! I love the owl! And tangerine is the perfect colour. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading all of yours!

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

I agree - this is one of the most creative things I've ever seen! Turning a rocking chair into an owl!! Too cute! Love the color you chose.

Thanks for sharing this on the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

Kajal said...

what a brilliant idea... love the owl.. it's soooo cute!

your newest follower from the hop. you can find me at http://purplechronicle.blogspot.com

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Hi Lori, how you ever saw an owl in the chair is beyond me. You're right, she is so perfect in tangerine. I liked her before the bling, too. What a fun piece to decorate with.

Jen said...

That has got to be one of the most creative projects I have seen! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home, following on the new linky tool now!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Owlivia is a hoot and I want her! I also need that jewelry holder!! So glad you joined our challenge - new follower here!
Kelly

Eclectically Vintage said...

Just featured Owlivia on my FB page!
https://www.facebook.com/Eclecticallyvintage
Kelly

Six Sisters said...

Such a creative idea! love it!! We're so glad you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" We loved having you! Please come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

Six Sisters said...

Such a creative idea! love it!! We're so glad you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" We loved having you! Please come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

Sheer Serendipity said...

What a great imagination! Amazing how you had the foreseight to turn pieces of a rocker into a cute owl. Incredible!

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

Are you serious!!! How in the world did you see that from a chair? Wow, I'm in awe!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Wow, what a transformation! Thank you for joining my Linky Followers! I am following you as well.

Would love for you to post your projects on my site www.ohmy-creative.com!

Susan,
http://www.ohmy-creative.com/
A community to Create - Share - Inspire

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Well, you've truly lived up to your blog name with this one!

Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

Fat Dormouse said...

How absolutely amazing! I'm gobsmacked by your creativity, your vision, and your talent. You rock! Awesome!Congratulations on making your impossibility possible!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is one of the most creative things that I've seen in a long, long time! Whoooooooooooo would have ever thought there was an owl in there? I'm definitely following you now.

Tonia L said...

How super creative! I love that owl!!

Brooke said...

Wow! This is the most amazing transformation I have ever seen. What an imagination you have! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. I am pinning this.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

No seriously this is just too cute, amazing transformation ever. Really words cannot describe how really cool this is. Now ever did you come up with this. It was so great to read on and on and see where you were going. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Party!

Katherines Corner said...

That owl is a hoot! I love how re-purposed the chair.Thank you for your blogy friendship and for participating in the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky Party xo

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Holy cow, or should I say owl! You have a great eye! What a great example of repurposing!

Becolorful said...

Now that is truly amazing. I saw the jewelry hanger post earlier but now to make use of the other parts of this chair is really inspiring. I am always in awe of people like you that can see so outside of the box to envision new shapes and functions for things. Well done. Thanks for linking this to Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
Pam

Gabby said...

Holy cow, that's incredible!!! I never ever would have come up with that idea. I LOVE it!!!

Gabby
The...Late, Young Family

trashtopleasure said...

Ok, how much? Name your price. I LOVE it. What an imagination you have to come up with that.

Danielle @ Antique Recreation said...

That is AMAZING! I truly never saw that coming! The most creative thing I've seen in a long time! Great job!!!

Reenie said...

Here from Better After....

WOW!! Very creative and cute. I would have never thought of that!!

Marie said...

You are queen of creativity! I can't believe how you came up with that owl, adorable and yes I like the tangerine. :)

mommyiscoocoo said...

Fantastic. Amazing! I don't know what to say that hasn't been said over and over. Wow! You did an awesome job. I am following now. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. You go!!!

Michele said...

WOW....so creative! Just fantastic!

Cassidy said...

Really loving this! Such a great ideas with that chair!!

http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

Belinda said...

Well, for heaven's sake, that's just plain awesome! All of it!

Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes said...

Clever Owl!! Following you back via the blog hop!

Design.Create.Make. said...

This is AWESOME!!! Thanks for stopping by Design.Create.Make. I love owls!!! Your blog is amazing!

Kate @ A Creative Cookie said...

AMAZING and FANTASTIC!! <3 it!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

that is just adorable. never seen before. truly creative.

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