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Spring Craft – Birdhouse Bookends + Stands

I’m so glad winter is over, at least according to the calendar.  Here in the Seattle area there still is the occasional snow/rain/hail storms.  This weekends weather forecast indicates  conditions will improve.  That means clear skies and a little sun.

The girls of blogland ( no reality intended, but it does sound like a TV series, lol).  Anyway,  Layla, Kate, Rhoda, and Sarah are having a Spring Fling party.  If you missed the Monday get-together you really need to check back and see the mantel party Layla hosted HERE because you will find plenty of inspiring ideas, including my very own.

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Kate is hosting today’s Spring crafts par-tay.  I’m on a “what can I craft and not spend any money” kick, aka what is sitting in my house stashed in a corner or in the crap craft closet.  I found a box of wood items the other day and ended up just spray painting primer on them for future use.

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Today I’m sharing a few things I did with the birdhouses and all you need besides them is spray paint, gorilla glue, tiles and time, all of which I had on hand.

I took some square tiles, 2 sizes,  from a bathroom project, and glued one on top of the other, then glued a birdhouse on top.  I spray painted it glossy white.  If you make two of them, then you can use them as bookends!

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Since I was on a spray paint and glue roll, I also gave two wooden candle holders and two more birdhouses some color.  Add some glue to stick them together and you have some decorative birdhouse stands which eventually, when the weather gets warmer, will move to the front porch.

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I replaced some of the darker accessories with white and yellow and gave my bookshelves a fresh Spring look.

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I’m always amazed at what a few simple changes can do to put a “Spring” in my step!  Have you done your Spring decorating yet?

-renee

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Penny Roof Birdhouse

Everyone have a good weekend?  The weather was still a bit cold and windy to spend much time outside, the grocery shopping was done and the house was clean.  It was one of those weekends to putter so I went to the craft closet to see what I could do and not spend a dime.

I have a big basket of wood pieces that I’ve slowly been whittling away at.  Not too long ago, I shared my button boxes which was another small project I was able to complete with items I had at home already.  Today, I want to share with you my Penny Roof Birdhouse.

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As I said before I have a big basket of wood objects so not yet knowing what I was going to do I just primed a bunch of birdhouses and a few candlesticks. Then I decided on the birdhouse on stilts.

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I used some copper metal spray paint, ACE brand was on my garage shelf.  I covered the roof in pennies. Here’s a bit of a look at the roof.  The left side is still bare of the pennies and the other side still needs a layer but you get the idea, right?

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I added 3 layers of pennies to the roof, then used a blacker painter pen to color the eves.  I also found an old scarf ring in a bowl full of old jewelry, took out the crossbar, sprayed it with the copper color and used the black painter pen again to add some lines to it.

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Here’s some more pics…

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Happy Monday all!  Did you do any crafting over the weekend?

-renee

linking up to the following parties this week…

Movated Monday @ Be Colorfull

Metaphorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Tip Junkie

Home Stories A to Z

Shabby Creek Cottage

Katherines Corner

Serenity Now

TT & J

Glass Rod Iron Table

Hope everyone had a fantastic 3 days off.  I know I did, in fact, I had 4 days off.  Bonus!  I scored the best deal from a friend’s husband who buys storage units.  I was one of the lucky ones to get the preview sale and this glass rod iron table was a deal for $8.00.

Glass Rod Iron Table 001 I was so excited to put the table in place I didn’t have time to make the deal with my husband to move the sub-woofer.  Stay tuned, still working on that one.  Here’s some additional pictures and yep, I’ve got a little bit of clean up.

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I decorated with all the things I love; a mirror I scored at Tuesday Morning, a plant from Michaels on sale, a picture of my son and his golf team, seashells from our cruise stop in Aruba, copper birdhouse, and Reader’s Digest and other books from a collection my Dad left me after he passed away.

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I’m hooking up to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality.

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Hooray for the RED, WHITE and BLUE

July 4 will soon be here.  Do you have your decorations up?  BBQ party plans?  Any baking or crafts in the works?  I’ve been thinking about it and thought I would do a search on the internet. 

From Martha Stewart I found a few fun ideas to consider…

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If you have a gazebo this would be so much fun to sit in the bright white chairs with blue and white accent pillows and the paper lanterns hanging.  I also love the trim on the edge of the roof.

_icebucket3_xl I’m looking at the ice buckets and thinking this pattern of stars would look adorable on a number of things; wood tray for the special day, birdhouses, table cloth, etc. etc.

Flags_xl Flags are such a simple decoration but grouped together it reminds me of a freedom parade and sends such a strong message.

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Yummy!  That’s what I have to say…YUMMY! Go Martha!

Sunset Magazine also had a few pics I liked…

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From holiday-crafts-creations.com

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Below is the best picture of all…

IMAG0640 Do you have ideas for July 4th?  By all means, please share!

latte Lattenene

Button Crafts

When my mother-in law passed away in 1994 she left me some very old and very unique buttons.  Since then whenever I’m at a craft fair, Goodwill or a Fabric store I’ve always got my eyes out for buttons.  As I was cleaning out my craft closet yesterday I was reminded of how many I have.  The question is what shall I do with them?  A quick search on the internet gave me some great ideas.

Martha (Stewart, that is) came up with this great idea for a clock.  I love the shapes and colors of  the buttons. 

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At Planet Green I found this crazy gorgeous necklace and an idea for a button bouquet.

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How about this button purse.  I wonder how many buttons this took?  My friend Joy made this birdhouse.  CUTE!!!!!! 

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At Crafts Love Crafters they have kindly given the following on buttons….

  • Button craft Ideas can be anything from simple to elegant. Attach mother-of-pearl buttons to anything and it becomes quite elegant.
  • A woman that is armed with a glue gun and buttons can create many different button crafts.
  • Adorn the lapels of your favorite jacket. Remember, if you have a tiny hole or stain on a blouse you can just make a little design with buttons and then you don’t have to throw it away.
  • Make your own tie backs for curtains. Just sew buttons in a variety of colors and sizes and you now have custom tiebacks.
  • Handmade jewelry is so easy to make when you combine buttons, charms or beads to make pins or brooches. You can take an old elegant looking button and attach it to a velvet choker. String buttons on wire to make a necklace or hot glue buttons onto ear posts for that one of a kind jewelry. This is a perfect gift for woman of any age or a young girl!
  • Glue colorful buttons on a white lampshade for a very casual look. For a more elegant look, glue mother-of-pearl buttons on a black lampshade. You can put as many buttons on them as you want or else just a few.
  • Make small button wreaths and use as Christmas ornaments. Make a loop out of ribbon to hang them with and tie a small ribbon on the top. Kids love making these and they are so simple.
  • Napkin rings made with buttons sewn to an inch wide elastic band really can dress up a table. Make place mats with matching buttons finish off your table setting. Sew buttons onto the edge of pillowcases transform them into a decorative sham.
  • Hot-glue a small magnet onto the back of unique and colorful buttons to use for hanging important memos or children’s artwork on the refrigerator.

What do you do with your extra buttons?

latte Lattenene

Things To Do On A Rainy Day

The Pacific Northwest has not been too kind to us sun lovers.  It has
rained and rained and rained.  In fact the news just said it has rained for
38 days straight.  Sometimes rainy, dreary days allow me to just do nothing
that I need to do, but a few things I enjoy doing.  A list….
Divot sleeping

Cuddle with puppy…..

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Plan a vegetable garden…….

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Decorate bird houses……

It's Complicated

Watch “It’s Complicated” with hubby.  Meryl Streep, Alec
Baldwin, Steve Martin.  I’ve watched this movie a dozen
times and I  laugh as hard now as I did the first time I saw it.

What do you do on a rainy day?

Lattenene