La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Yet Another Seasonal Decoration


What do you do when you don't want to think about shopping lists and christmas menus ?
Indeed, you try anything to avoid facing up to real chores.
Find yourself an old birdcage, preferably one that has no bottom anymore ;). 



Before you can start filling it with tat, you'll need to make a bottom from an empty little crate of clementines.  Paint and/or wallpaper the outside and voilà !  There you have a brand new base.

A few twigs, tinsel, strands of ivy, moss, fairy lights and 2 birds(obviously decorative birds) later and there you have it.



No fear of animal cruelty, the cage door has been left open, so they can come and go as they please.


Shopping list ... there's always tomorrow !

Patricia xxx...x

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