Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birdie Love on Spring Break

Over Spring break my friend Amy and I got together to craft.  She wanted to do something with birds on it.  Birdie art is all over blog land and in designer magazines.  When my sister came to town she loved it and wanted to make one for my nieces room.  These are such a quick, easy and inexpensive project to add decor to any room in your house.  My inspiration came from the blog UNDER THE SYCAMORE.

my birdie's still need eyes

They are hanging on either side of the kitchen entryway.  They added more color here.

Amy's art
Cherie's art for my niece's room
I just love these colors!!  Wish I had a little girl's room to decorate.
Love this bird too with the pink eye.

My canvases were recycled, so cheap for me.  All you need are canvases of any size, scrapbook paper, mod podge, black sharpie, paint(if you want to add color to your canvas) and buttons for the eyes.  
1.  Paint your canvas if you want to add color
2.  cut our your birds and leaves(I printed some off line and cut them out then traced onto pattern paper)
3.  Draw out your limbs with a light pencil stroke. 
4.  Use the black sharpie to trace over pencil strokes.
5.  Place leaves and birds where you want them to go and then mod podge them down.  What for about 10 min and then go over the entire canvas with a layer of mod podge to seal.  

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Ballard Inspird Clock

This is the clock that started this project.  It is time to come out of my "theme" phase of decorating.  My Kitchen is coffee themed.  For 2 reasons...1) My husband is an addict and 2) I love the color scheme.  But it is time to move on and move on inexpensively.  If you aren't familiar with  
Ballard Design then go check them out.  If you can copy cat projects this is a great source.  Their items, in my opinion, are way over priced and can be copied for pennies.  My inspiration for the clock is all over blog land and in Ballard.
Original Art from Ballard Design

I am normally not a contemporary design kinda gal or abstract but I am drawn to this design each time I see it.  So here is what I did with my coffee clock.
supplies: mod podge, paint chips and foam brush

Paint chips are FREEEEE, but I felt bad taking so many which is why I did a small project.  Maybe if I hit different home improvement stores I wouldn't feel so bad. 

I mod podged the clock and the back of the paint chips.  Don't put any on top of the paint chips yet.

I decided to cut a tree out of the extra brown and leaves from the other colors.  Just to be me.  Makes it a little less abstract for me.
 I then flipped in upside down and trimmed the edges with my razor blade.

I forgot to take a picture of the step before this, but I glazed it with brown to age it a bit.  
I then covered the entire clock with 2 coats of mod podge.  Letting it dry between coats.
Horrible picture, but the walls are a yellow and this is the final clock picture.  I think the yellow was too overwhelming for my camera.  Sorry. 

Imagine the possibilities with paint chips.  This cost me next to nothing to make.  I already had the clock and the chips were free.  My only out was the use of mod podge.  See what you can redecorate in your house for next to nothing.  It's a great feeling when you do!!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

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