Monthly Archives: June 2013

Week 25:  Birdhouses Beckon

Week 25: Birdhouses Beckon

Hi everyone, so when we started out the week, we weren’t really sure what our Sub52 activity was going to be.  I had a really busy week at work and didn’t have a whole lot of time to brainstorm on what we would do.  Fortunately, Ashley came to the rescue and thought it would be fun to make some no-sew hair bows.  So, at this point, you might be  wondering why the title of this post is about birdhouses.  Well, read on…

After we decided to make the hair bows, we swung by JoAnn’s and Michael’s one night after work to pick up some fabric squares for the bows.  Then, as we were walking down one of the aisles in JoAnn’s, Ashley spotted these cute little guys:


They were just calling out to us to be painted so we decided we’d decorate these in addition to making the bows.  I don’t have all the pics ready for the bows yet but I’ll post those soon.

The birdhouse project was a pretty simple and low cost project.  The houses were roughly $1.50 piece and fortunately we had everything else on hand ( craft stash to the rescue, again)!

Supplies used:
Modge Podge – Matte Finish
Small-tipped paintbrushes
Acrylic Paints – green, teal blue, yellow, pink, peach, antique white
Scrapbook paper – we used some pages from DCWV Garden Party and Kathy Davis’s Ambrosia cardstack

I don’t have a ton of step by step photos, but basically all we did was cut out the paper, modge-podged it onto the roofs of the houses, and then painted the remaining sections.  Then we applied a 2nd coat of paint, did a few touch-ups, and topped everything off with a final coat of Modge Podge.  We probably should have sanded the houses a little first, but since these are going outside, I didn’t get too hung up about the sanding.  (Plus, Tom’s our sanding expert and he was out of town!)



And here are the finished houses…as you can see the “birds” like them already!!!




As you can tell from the close-up pics, we weren’t super neat with some of the paint, but from a distance, you can’t tell too much that we had some slips.  Hopefully the birds won’t mind our messiness too much!

With July 4th coming up next week, I’m sensing a wreath making project is in our future…so check back soon for that!  I’ll post the pics of the bows soon as well.

Ciao for now,

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Week 24:  Grow Your Life!

Week 24: Grow Your Life!

Hi friends, with this posting I am going to be all caught up posting our weekly Sub52 creations.  I’m not sure how I got so behind on my postings, but it’s such a relief to be caught up!  Whew! Week 24’s activity was all about mixed media.  It was also a solo project that IContinue Reading

Week 23:  In Honor of Dads

Week 23: In Honor of Dads

Hi all…  I’m still getting caught up on posting…only  2 more to go and I’ll be up to date on our weekly Sub52 activities!  Woohoo!!! With Father’s Day being this last Sunday, I’ll give you one guess on what our creative project was for the week!!!   (Holidays are just the best creativity muses, aren’tContinue Reading

Week 22:  A Nesting Table Gets Its Stripes

Week 22: A Nesting Table Gets Its Stripes

Hi all, I’m still a a little behind on posting but I plan to get caught up this week and post our last 2 week’s creative activities.   Since we’re doing a kitchen remodel right now, we (well, ok.. I) have been on a furniture redo kick lately.  So needless to say, Week 22 wasContinue Reading

Week 21:  Furniture Facelift

Week 21: Furniture Facelift

Hey there friends!  Wow am I behind in posting!  We’re doing a kitchen remodel right now so that’s been taking up a lot of time.  We’ve still been working on our Sub52 Challenge every week though, don’t you worry!  So this weekend, I’ll be posting the last 3 week’s projects over the next few days and getContinue Reading

Week 20:  Denim and Lace

Week 20: Denim and Lace

Hi there friends!!!   For our Sub52 creative activity last week, Ashley took inspiration again from one of her fave YouTube beauty gurus, Bethany Mota (aka Macbarbie07), and wanted to make the DIY upcycled denim and lace shorts in Bethany’s vlog.  We went out on a limb and made not one but TWO pair and theyContinue Reading