Altered Oatmeal Box


Bill regularly enjoys having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast…me, I like something more substantial to bite into.  Having grown up in an Asian household I’m used to eating all kinds of savory and somewhat odd breakfast meals consisting of rice (or porridge) with a fried egg drizzled with soy sauce and maybe some kind of sauteed vegetable from the night before.  I’m a big fan of leftovers for breakfast – pizza and pie are at the top of my list.  I know these choices aren’t exactly healthy, especially at breakfast time, but I try to be mindful of my portions and I don’t do it every day…practicing balance is a daily thing for me.  Anyway, back to the empty oatmeal box which I used…

…to create this hanging bird house project.  Bill thinks the shape of my house looks very much like the Pope’s hat, and I can definitely see what he means.  So, this project can either be a bird house or a hat…whatever you want it to be.

Making houses makes me feel warm and cozy inside…it’s my own comfort food, just like having a bowl of oatmeal.  What things bring you quiet happiness?



22 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Becky, this bird house is too cute! I have to say when I saw the oatmeal box I think of “years” ago my mom made me a halloween costume…I dream of Jeannie costume, red & pink just like the show. We watched an episode together while she took notes. The hat she made from an oatmeal box and it had a place for my blonde pony tail to poke through…I still have it. :-) Quiet happiness? Cool enough to leave the windows open to hear the fountains & the birds on a Sunday afternoon with the kitties & Russ. :-)

    May 15th, 2011

  2. How sweet; I love your style of using what is on hand! I’m a savory bkfst girl, too. Quiet happiness today was seeing a tiny black baby rabbit in my back yard and going out front and seeing a huge tortoise. It felt magically to see them, serene in nature. I hope to spy the rabbit again, sooo adorable.
    I did mange to get a photo of the tortoise; hubby thinks it is a snapping turtle. I was cautious~

    May 15th, 2011

  3. The transformation is stunning! You are a true artist when it comes to creating something beautiful out of something someone else would consider trash…incredible!

    xo,

    Abby

    May 15th, 2011

  4. laura huffman

    oh that is so pretty. can definitely see the pope hat, too funny. but i think it’s still pretty. any bird would love to call that home.
    a hot cup of cocoa, snuggled under a blanket, blogging. fun to see such treasures from the computer. joy.
    have a great week.

    May 15th, 2011

  5. Becky,
    Lovely project. We are hooked on oatmeal but like Irish oatmeal which has more bite but no nice oatmeal box! I am also a big fan of savory for breakfast but I also love real maple syrup on my oatmeal!
    I need to see if there are any Quaker Oatmeal lovers in my neighborhood!
    Big hugs,
    Suz

    May 15th, 2011

  6. So pretty. I love seeing such beautiful things on a Monday morning, it makes a great start to the week.
    I love breakfast and never skip it. Love a good cook up, bacon, eggs, toast but I also love my cereal and I have been know to eat the odd piece of left over pizza for breakfast.
    Quiet happiness for me is sitting in my craft room late at night, just me playing with my crafty stuff.
    love me :-)

    May 16th, 2011

  7. Pie has always been a big favourite in our house for breakfast – at Thanksgiving I had to make two pies, one for dessert and one for breakfast!
    I love what you did with the oatmeal box Becky – great idea!

    May 16th, 2011

  8. So beautiful! I love the little bird!

    May 16th, 2011

  9. Thanks for sharing everyone…I really enjoy hearing your thoughts. Also, thank you very much for the kind comments regarding this altered piece.

    May 16th, 2011

  10. JJoy

    Becky, you continually astound me with your vision and talents…what a unique idea…who would have thought..an oatmeal box, one of my favorite breakfasts with lots of butter (uh oh-should’ve put fruit on instead-lol). Lovely piece sprinkled with happiness! I find my quiet happiness knowing that people dear to me are happy and well…then everything else falls into place.

    May 16th, 2011

  11. ludid

    oatmeal with brown sugar and some walnuts are a favorite. what a wonderful way to re-use the box as well.

    May 16th, 2011

  12. Ann Marie

    Quiet peace — I love the “spa” channel on Sirius radio, I love the rain (which is indulging me a lot right now) and I love the first few sips of a warm chai tea. Mmmm. Oh — and I love your hat/house …. lol.

    May 16th, 2011

  13. Fabulos altered piece,Becky!
    Sanja xox

    May 16th, 2011

  14. Becky, this is fabulous!

    May 16th, 2011

  15. This is lovely, like all of your pieces! My husband is a fan of oatmeal in the morning too, and he likes what the real stuff, no quick oats for him. I call it John Wayne oatmeal because you have to be tough enough to eat it!

    May 17th, 2011

  16. Doreen

    Love the bird house! so whimsicle! (O:

    May 17th, 2011

  17. Oh, I did want to add my favorite way to eat oatmeal…add a heaping tbsp of peanut butter and sweetness of your choice…tastes like heaven~

    I agree it is amazing to see what one would recycle end up as a lovely sentiment and/or gift~

    May 17th, 2011

  18. Ivy

    Becky, love your oatmeal box house!! A real clever recycle project. I love how you see the possibilities in the everyday aspects of life!

    May 18th, 2011

  19. Becky, this brought back memories. When I was a little girl, I used to make doll cradles out of the oatmeal boxes. :-)

    Hugs, Diane

    May 19th, 2011

  20. Diane, what a great idea…you must’ve been quite the creative kind of kid.

    May 19th, 2011

  21. I have lots of oatmeal boxes, you give me an idea Diane. Thank you.

    May 20th, 2011

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