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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: My Birdcage
By David F. Palmieri Sr.


My Birdcage

Oh great! I didnít know when I joined this writers group that it was particularly for women. It must be, because now they want a submission section on sewing. The one on baking well nigh did me in. However, Iím eager for this endeavor since I recently resolved a dilemma concerning my birdcage. Feathers and seed shells constantly covered the landing of the staircase. My wife loves my Parakeets but is not happy with their mess. I tried a few items available in local pet stores to contain the matter but nothing seemed to work.

Then one day it came to me in a dream. Well actually in a daydream, I do that quite often. My mom used to have these things that hung under the birdcage and caught all the seeds and feathers. I thought she made them so I asked her. When she told me that she used to buy them, and knowing I couldnít find one there was only one option left for me. I would have to make my own. So I borrowed momís sewing machine, picked up some supplies from Home Depot and headed home to create a wonder.

I knew my wife had some extra curtains in her closet. I found a couple that matched the window next to the birds and got to work. I took measurements, laid out my fabric, and made a few cuts. Realizing it was time to start supper, I laid my project aside on the far edge of the table. Three days later I neatly folded the fabric and put it on the deacons bench next to the table.

A week later I was again vacuuming the landing under the birds. I turned off the machine, got the curtains off the bench and put them prominently on the table. That was meant to be a reminder that this was to be my next project. As soon as the cleaning was done it was time again to prepare supper. Obsessed with getting back to my project I literally flew through supper and cleanup.

Hanging the birdcage on a hook above my desk I draped the fabric over it. Iíd had some new design ideas since this all started and I wanted to try them out. Grabbing some safety pins from my wifeís sewing basket I began to tuck and pin together my creation. When it was all said and done I was quite proud of my work of art. After putting the cage back on the landing I knew that cleaning up after this would be a breeze.

A few weeks went by and my confidence grew realizing that my invention was working wonderfully.
A few stray feathers were all that managed to escape my barrier.
I was in my glory until the day my sister stopped in for a visit. She went over for a look after I told her how great it worked and that it even matches the curtains. She was quite impressed with my design especially since sheís the one who gave me the idea. She liked it all right but burst my bubble when she asked when I was going to sew it and remove the pins.

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Donna Powers 03/02/07
Very cute and a good laugh. There are a few grammar problems but it is a good story as it is. Nice work
Mo 03/02/07
Great ending!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/03/07
Good creative story...I liked how you worked in the challenge contests.
Jacquelyn Horne03/04/07
Good story. Surprised me in the end. I really thought that maybe the curtains might have belonged to your sister and she came to get them! Funny story.
Connie Pilston Shoemaker03/07/07
Funny! I am a gal, and thought these subjects were quite girly. I don't shop or sew. You did a great job with this one!...for a guy :)!
Myrna Noyes03/07/07
Cute and creative story! :)
Marilyn Schnepp 03/08/07
It figures. Thought you guys had a bad way to go with all the "lady-like" topics, but You did a tremendous job with your entry - proving men can also create, improvise and give Readers a go for their money with wit and honesty about alien topics that are not exactly their cup of tea. Loved it! AND Congratulations for placing Second!
Clyde Blakely12/04/07
Hi Dave, I remember reading this entry way back in Feb '07 and loved it then as well as now. This is the article which moved your up to Advanced. Well deserved - good to see a man who can beat women at their own topic!