The workbench and the shelf unit at the back are both made from Michael's hutches. (See Michael's Hutches Tutorial). Past the stool is a box of wood and two paint cans on the shelf of the workbench.
The stool seat was made from a covered button from one of my old houndstooth suit jackets. I forget what I used for the base. I wrapped around it some of the paper birdhouse border that is used to trim the workbench. You also get a glimpse here of some of the wood shavings that litter the floor in front of the workbench.
This two story log house on the other side of the doorway is made from a real twig, with other bits and pieces added.
The brown multi-story birdhouse around the corner is made from the same paper as the tin roofed yellow house. The corrugations are vertical on this house and the tin roof, horizontal on the log cabin.
Here's the right side overview. Just over the brown house with its weathered tin roof you get a glimpse of the worktable; and just to the right of the purple cage is another glimpse of the storage shelves made from Michaels hutches.
The purple cage was an inexpensive metal Easter ornament; I added the bow and flower trim. The blue bird was an early purchase at the old market in Juarez Mexico. I got a whole handful of little birds for about a quarter. This little blue bird is not as nicely made as most of the other birds, but is included for sentiment's sake.
The Woodland Country Club house was made from scraps off my work table. I just picked up bits and pieces and glued them here and there to small scraps of wood.
Here's the Woodland Country Club base and a birdhouse made from a porcelain egg. Its roof is one long continuous fringed strip of brown paper bag.
This rustic red striped house (on the other side of the egg birdhouse) has a blue paper roof spattered with white paint and was made by one of my grandchildren. He painted a large square wooden bead white, then added the red stripes, poked an extra hole for the perch, and balanced his house on a flat wooden bead that he also painted.
Here's the work table top with various tools lying about. I made the little wooden birdhouse tool carrier. The styrofoam cup is the cap from a glue bottle; the paintbrush lying across it and others in the flower trimmed holder are made from painted toothpicks. I used a craft knife to cut tiny slits in the toothpick ends to suggest the bristles. A dirty water wash helped make them look more real.
Here's another glimpse over the railing at the work table.
This little birdhouse box next to the hammer is filled with nails. There are paint cans and other birdhouses in the shelf unit at the back.
Here's the back of the birdhouse shop. I covered the joining of the two Michaels hutch halves with a bird poster cut from a magazine.
This funny little cat is after something. Aha, if you look very closely, you can see a bird perched on the old weatherbeaten house with the red roof on the right.
Hey, is that cat eyeing another bird? Is that red bird on the poster or is it perched on an overhanging part of the plant growing around the old birdhouse base?
The white birdhouse's brick base is made from a piece of red paper with white lines drawn on. The roof is wood with metal strips.
Here's an overview
of the little shop's left side. The hanging (crooked!)
feeder and bird was a gift. The "thatched" roof
birdhouse on the ground on the right is made from
clay. The yellow bird is another of those little
birds bought in Mexico.
The "bamboo" birdcage
on the right was made from a red Christmas ornament
that I painted brown. Dried materials, some greenery
and a nest with tiny eggs were added to the top,
along with a rope bow.
I made the standing bird feeder with the No Trespassing sign, complete with bird droppings. The wood was aged with the Thomases' Bug Juice. That bird on the messy feeder is looking at something.
Oh, I see. He's watching that cat watching another bird nonchalantly eating seeds that spilled from the feeder! Talk about confidence!
The cat and birds were show purchases.