Vintage camper birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg

Hi everyone!

While I have time this morning (It's rainy and cold here in Michigan again), I wanted to post a giggle pic and hope to get some smiles.

My Dad has restored several campers/trailers in the last few years, and his first one was so cute that I had to replicate it for him after he sold it. He was so proud of it, and I wanted it to live long on memories. 

I used a picture of it and created a birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg that he could hang and enjoy.  He REALLY loves this. The birdhouse hanging from the birdhouse is a bit big for scale....but hey....they have big birds wherever they are.  {{giggle}}  Hope you get a smile or two:

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Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 21, 2017 at 10:06pm

I hear that, Tina. But as you said older people have wrinkles so I guess it is OK for older RVs to them too.

Comment by Tina on May 21, 2017 at 9:43pm

Hey Russ,
Sorry to hear about that. We have to live with wrinkles as we get older too...right? ROFL!

I've already run into a cabinet issue, was going to remove one end of them....but the previous partial restore job is a bit weird. The only way to get the ceiling panel out completely and put a full new one in is to remove the cabinets, but they are hung up there rather strangely. I had to stop and rethink this or I was going to have a crash. Things are just a bit more difficult when you don't have a helper around to hold one end steady, and you don't have a clue what the former fix-it person did. LOL

Comment by Tina on May 21, 2017 at 9:32pm

@ M K Wilkie,
Yes, after I completed it I really did want to keep it. But I knew my Pops would really enjoy it. He has it displayed in the living room, and won't put it outside for the birds to use. LOL I am West of Grand Rapids near Lake Michigan. What side of Mi are you folks?

@ Dawn Michelle,
I'm so sorry that you have had an aggravating weekend. Glad to know I could put a smile where it belongs. :)

@ Rich Thomas,

Yes, he loves it and thank you for the kudos! :)

@ Russ Johnson,
I'll be sure to take some pics for the blog for you when I get that ceiling tile cut away and figure out how to dismantle. I have the brand name on the handle, so maybe a google search will come up with an ancient schematic for installation if I get lucky. :)

Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 21, 2017 at 9:29pm

Having a plan is great, but be prepared for all the 'oops did not count on that' moments that throw a kink into the plan. Such as the screws coming from the top down on my cabinets. Killed any ideas of pulling and saving the cabinets I wanted to remove so I could replace all the bad ceiling panels. Just gonna have to live with wrinkled finish on those 2. LOL

Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 21, 2017 at 9:04pm

If you figure out how to get that antenna crank to come apart please share. I have tried 3 different times to get ours apart to get rid of it but no luc. I think the screws and bolts holding it must be somewhere the back bumper as I cannot find anything up front that will let it come apart. LOL

Comment by Rich Thomas on May 21, 2017 at 8:52pm

That is an awesome little replica that I bet in your dad's eye is more precious than the real one.  

Comment by Dawn Michelle on May 21, 2017 at 8:02pm

That put a smile on my face after an aggravating weekend!!!!!  

Comment by M K Wilkie on May 21, 2017 at 7:42pm
Very cool! It must have been hard to give up. Where in Michigan are you? We are too.
Comment by Tina on May 21, 2017 at 7:37pm

Thanks Russ!

Got my project delivered today. It's not worse than I expected, but as bad as I expected. LOL
First up, trying to get the ceiling panels out and cannot figure out how to get the old antenna crank dismantled. The screws just keep turning, but nothing lets loose. I'm off to search if anyone has dismantled these before. I might have to just cut that tile, probably would be better anyway because I don't see myself reusing that. ;-) This is going to be a long process, so it's time to plan 'da work and work 'da plan.

Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 21, 2017 at 11:33am

LOL, that is just adorable. Great job.



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