Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Bird Houses!

I love weekends, don't you?! It's kind of rainy today and I am enjoying staying inside and dry.  So I decided it would be a good chance to work on my blog. I thought I would share some more bird houses that I did for my friend Pam. These are all little bird houses that her father in law built, and she had them sitting around the garage. She thought they would look cute with some color. 

This  little bird house was the smallest. Only about 6 inches by 5 inches. It was the last one I painted because I was thinking it was too small to do much that would be fun but it ended up being one of my favorites. Sometimes the simplest idea is the best.

I just didn't want to overpower it, and ended up loving the simple lines. 

What about you, do you like simple lines?

This bird house was bigger, and had a very rough textured roof. I actually loved the way the roof texture accented the paint. I like funky cats and thought this would be cute on a bird house.



This little bird house is more whimsical and free spirited. 

I love to do tiny flowers. It reminds me of a meadow of wild flowers and I always like to do the little birds flying in the distance too. 

This was the biggest bird house  and you can see the right had roof line is actually about an inch shorter than the other side. You don't have to start with a perfect piece for it to turn out really cute. 

All of these bird houses were just plain little houses, and looked really rough before I started on them. To see them, they would not be something that would even catch your eye or be special. You can do so much with paint, it is amazing. I can just hear you saying, "I wonder why she didn't post some before pictures?"  Of COURSE I wish that I had taken before pictures....but that would be too efficient now wouldn't it?? 

 I like to do variegated colors when I paint instead of just a  solid color, like the roof you see below. It gives it more depth and interest, and also ties in other colors that you are using for trim. Notice how the blue roof has a tinge of purple in it? That pulls the purple flowers below up and highlights them as your eye travels back and forth tying the purple together without you even realizing it.

I love dragon flies! 


So which one is your favorite? It is hard for me to choose, although I do like the simple little purple one. It took the most thought but was the easiest to complete. 

I hope your life is going well. I saw a quote I would like to share. 

"If you think you've blown God's plan for your life, rest in this. 
You, my beautiful friend are not that powerful."

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 Let me know which bird house is your favorite in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

4 comments:

  1. They are all so cute, I always love your work! If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the last one. Those three little birds make me smile and I love the variegated color on the roof. What brand of paint do you prefer?

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    1. Hi Christi, what in the world were you doing up at 4:54 AM???lol Thanks for your comments. I did have fun with the bird houses! I use acrylic craft paints. They blend the best and they are TOUGH! My favorite brands are DecoArt, Americana, and FolkArt ..in that order. I always sand, prime, and then paint, followed by 3 coats of polyurethane..usually Varathane waterbased Heavy Use formula. This is so durable it has withstood nightly use on a tv tray every night for 3 years. I painted my husbands navy ship on a TV tray and it still looks as good as the day I painted it. Do you paint? Thanks for the comments, hope this helps. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    2. Central Time I think it was 6:45 am, but we always get up early with our dogs! Better than an alarm clock!Thanks so much for the info about the paint. That is very helpful. I do paint some, but I can't compare with you. I'm really glad that you've begun posting on your blog again!

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    3. Thanks, My computer crashed and then when I got my new computer it didn't have the same software available so I needed to learn a new system of sharing pictures and to tell the truth I was just too darn lazy to do it HaHa! you will have to send me some pictures of what you have done. I am sure you have your own style and I would love to see some of your work. Send it to csoconnor1@gmail.com

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