Monday, June 30, 2008
So this is what I started with... a little frame..it has the glass in it. I wanted to really age the frame, so I started out with "adobe" then Tim Holz blue crackle paint, then glazed it with burnt umber,then crackle med. then champagne gold and a little highlighting. I love how it turned out
I will leave you with this question...What is your favorite color for July (mine changes month to month) Hydrangea blue is mine....
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Now onto my polka dots...I almost always paint the packages that I mail out...and add polkadots.
So I thought I would share with you different ways that I accomplish this....The Finger Dots...Yup, just stick that ole finger into fresh paint and smoosh...polk a dots!!!
Then their are the dabbers...they come in different sizes, I dabbed into an ink pad and you get the prettiest soft polka dots
Now I dabbed the dabbers into the paint...A little thicker look,but you can dab it into 2 different colors. A couple of other ways...punch a hole in a piece of hard plastic, like transparencies and then use that for a stencil. One other way, which I really like...is an end of a new pencil...the eraser...works like a charm...there are also dowels that have been sanded smooth. Oh, I also have a GREAT big black marker that is made for making big dots. These can all be done with glue and then sprinkle with glitter.
Check back with me on Tuesday..I'm going to be gone for a couple of days and I wanted to leave you with a giveaway to sign up for...that way I will know you wont forget me. lol.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I gave my shoe a bit of a new look with different buttons on this side.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Another place we check for eggs is outside of Independence, they were out of eggs, but look what they gave me...the sweetest LITTLE nest...it was on the middle of their lawn...no trees, no shrubs...just the nest that the wind had picked up and gently sat down on the lawn...I am preserving it under glass...brought it into the house and the kitties where sure I brought it for them.lol As far as the little birdie I am showing, I'm going to take it back to Ebay. I would like to sell it before the 4th.
I had a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. The most perfect Pink and Aqua!!! Rosalyn-Sue
from the Little Blue Bird Diaries sent me these!! They are just gorgeous! I cant get them around here. THANK YOU Rosalyn-Sue!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I picked this up yesterday at our local goodwill..$5. Its ready for a re-do.
The other birdie I made for a maniquins shoulder. It is sitting on a nest of vintage netting surrounded by wonderful flowers, this velvet bow was part of the "nest" The picture below is the back side.
I have been tagged by Melissa
rules of the game: Each player answers the questions themselves. At the end of the post the player tags 4 people and posts their names, and goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know that they’ve been tagged asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.
5 things on my list today. Oh my goodness! I am SUCH a LIST maker...do I follow them...well, I try!! Ok, I have a list like this: Clean an apt, show and apt, sit by pool for a bit (yes, I put that on my list.lol Call back people that left me messages after hours. Then there is the personal list: Go to Bridgeport for lunch, Drive half an hour to go get farm eggs, Get todays blog up and running (which includes this one) Paint one of my little coasters and give my sewing box a coat of paint
Snacks I enjoy. LOVE licorice (black and red) Love scones, Love popcorn, potato chips with cottage cheese....yummmm
Things I would do if I were a millionaire. Go live in Paris for 6 mo. Go to Cape Cod for 6 mo. Give Stacey a dollar or two.lol. I really dont know what I would do
Places I have lived. Pasadena, Ca./ Salem, Or. /St. Cloud, Mn
I'll have to tag others later, I couldn't get it to work.
I also added this one to Ebay...I LOVE the handle on this...A little black rub on letter in the blank spot, wouldn't that be a neat thing to do. I used Martha Stewarts brown glitter for the pin tops,to go with the polka dots
I'm working on more goodies...oh yes, please check back tomorrow I will have a little primitive fourth of july birdie.......
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I found another set of the little silver coasters that I paint the bird nests on.... While I was watching Jon and Kate plus 8 (anybody else watch them??) anyway, I got to clicking on crafty Youtube clips...there is soooo much info out there. This guy was using spray paint and watered down acrylic paints to make unusual finishes...so after my little show was over I went out to give it a try...(I am soooo glad it stays light late) This is what I came up with, I tried something different on each one...I love it!!! I cant wait to paint them (tonight!) Next time I'll show you the backs...they're done too, but look different because the paint slid off rather then puddle up like this side did....oh the fun I had!
Oh yes...my office was a big hit with my boss.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
After I painted my picture I contacted Kijsa for permission to show it on my blog.
She wrote back the nicest letter granting me permission, what a wonderful gracious lady!!
Kijsa's painting is for sale, you may contact her.
I have been working on changing the look in my office.
I remembered seeing one of Kijsas wonderful paintings, thinking it would go with
the look of my office, sooo I painted this using Kijsa's painting as inspiration.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I made a big mistake with my daughter...when she was 7 she went to 4 H...When they had their show she entered watercolors and oil paintings and cake decorating. As you walk around you can hear the judges and then they write on the tag...well, they thought she hadn't done the painting herself...she had a brush in her hand at 2...no she it isn't her design...but she did ALL the painting herself. That had such a negative impact on her, then in grade school she had molded a girl, sitting on a bench playing the piano (when I find it I'll share it) In order to get it done she was allowed to bring it home to paint it. Well, she had a liner brush to use for the keys...not one of those crummy brushes that they had around for years...The teacher told her she was going to get an F because she didn't do it herself...she came home in tears...I stormed back to the schools, with my brushes that she had used, and a box of paints and EXPLAINED that I had not touched it and she is quite capable of painting it herself...but the damage was done. It is so sad what damage adults can do. Oh yes, the cake, I called and asked what the cake should be on, they said to cover a board with foil, which we did...they didn't judge her on the cake decorating...they said that they didn't like what the cake was sitting on, the one that won was in a cake box...Stacey still blames me for that one.lol. I have had a horrible week, this post will probably reflect that.lol.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I pulled this piece out of my stash of old hats...This gal wants a bird that can perch on the shoulder of a maniquin...I'm thinking a little steam to fluff this up, this might work, what do you think
And then the birdies...see those little itty bitty beaks.lol. My kitties LOVE them!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I found that I had 3 of the most perfect shell buttons. 3 different sizes, and the color...just right! Look at the edge on the silver sugar bowl.
going through my stash I found these pearl earrings... oh they are "just right
The vintage flowers, after tweeking the color with a few colors of Glimmer Mist, I got the color "just right"can you see the sparkles that Glimmer Mist adds?? I even added a bit to the green leaves. A friend of mine invited me to bring my birds to sale at her party. So, I'll be pulling my birds out of Etsy next week for a few days.
Monday, June 16, 2008
This is just a tiny little thing. Have you ever noticed...small is harder to make.lol. As I was stitching the eyes on I thought of something I should share, did you know that there is a right and wrong end of the thread to put through the little tiny hole of a needle...if one end doesnt work, try the other end, I believe that it is the end that you just cut,that works the best...also, one side of the needle takes the thread better then the other. I just looked at this blog. The banner is a bit obnoxious,lol, I'll have to change that. I'm thinking aobut changing the ribbon on the birdie...this one looks huge in the photo, its fine to look at it, but once its on a photo they look different****************************
The winner of my little Rose on the tile is: TattingChic
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
It was a lot of fun...I couldn't do it again... The primer reacted to the paint and crackle med. which made crackles before it was suppose to...anyway, it has a very unique crackle on it.
So, I was worried about going to Etsy. A few nice gals asked me to join their group (thats the badge below) so I did, and my birdies flew out of Etsy, wow! So now I'm breathing, swimming along nicely...and panicking! lol. I've got to get to work on some more. How much fun am I having!!! Oh yes, If you would like a chance at my dry erase board I will GIVE IT AWAY on Monday. Thank you everyone!