I had made two afghans for our nephews wedding gifts and my husband asked me when I would make one for him. He said it had to be bigger and wider so that is what I did. Let me tell you it weighs a ton but oh how it keeps him warm!
Tutorial for how to make miniature decorative bird cage - interesting technique with sticks stuck into styrofoam - easily modified for realistic cage. Good because I never have birdcage just laying around.