Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beautiful weather has returned and so have I

Spring has come to Elk Grove and my family and I couldn't be happier. We spent a pretty big amount of time outside, cleaning up the Winter mess and seeing if any of the Berry bushes we planted last summer survived the winter and it looks like 3/4 of them have! Even the Virginia Crawler fence plant survived, I thought it was dying in the fall but I've got buds. I'm hoping it will start to really crawl and grow all over my back brick wall to give a rustic look to the brick.

I was avoiding being in my craft space since I shared the Loft with my Babushka and now that she isn't there its a little lonely. Our house is quiet, no hum of the oxygen concentrator so I've started to listen to music in there since I don't have her to sing to me either.

I had this weird little metal bird that I bought from Cost Plus-World Market a couple years back, I've grown to really dislike this bird and for some reason its just stuck out like a soar thumb to me lately. So decided I needed to make it pretty, this is the first project I undertook when I went back into the loft. 

Say Hello to my little friend!....I couldn't help myself, so here is my little Babushka Bird. I was really surprised with how adorable it has turned out to be. It was this ugly little gun metal gray bird but now I think its found it true look.

I used Mod Podge to get the small strips of paper to adhere to the metal which I was surprised by how easily it worked. After I got all the paper on I let it dry and then applied some ink to give it a little vintage look (I could have inked the paper had I thought of it earlier), then after a  10 min. drying time I followed it with another layer to seal the ink in place.  Finished it off with some flowers and ribbon and wah-la! Oh I did discover that glue dots did not want to permanently adhere the flowers to the mod podged bird so I used Glossy Accents to get that and the bling of the eye to permanently stick.

What I used on this Bird:

  • Metal Bird 
  • Junky Book
  • Flowers: Prima and Hero Arts
  • Ribbon: unknown
  • Ink: Antique Rose, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain (TH-Distress Pads)
  • Bling: unknown
  • Mod Podge
  • Glossy Accents (Ranger) 

Thanks for reading,

1 comment:

  1. How creative to podge modge an ugly bird and turn it into something artistic !