Monday, 25 March 2013

Just to keep you on your toes........

Good morning peeps
Do not panic, you are at the right blog! But I thought I'd surprise you this morning with a project that is not usually associated with me! This little bird house......

 Yes, I know, I shock myself too sometimes! Still, I like to keep you on your toes.  I have had this in my studio for about two years now, this is what it originally looked like.

So, after adding gesso over everything and letting dry I began to spritz with Dylusions Inks and dried it with a heat gun. The roof was fabulous but the sides turned out a rather garish pink so, to prevent any colour bleed I sealed it with a matte aerosol sealer and then began to add layers of colour with acrylic paint until I achieved a softer more subtle colour.
 I added some self adhesive lace along the fascia line and used opal liquid pearls to add some sparkle.
To finish I added some of the flowers I made a while ago and the wooden bird embellishment too. The flowers go along the base too so it looks pretty from the bottom too as it hangs. Not my usual thing but I like it, as I must have done something right as my daughter has stolen it for her room!

I also thought I'd make you jealous and hungry by sharing my birthday cake from yesterday with you!
 And a couple of cards......
 Only my younger daughter would think of a calculatingly insulting yet loving card like this!
I also heard this morning that I won the Smudgy antics challenge so that's fabulous news!
 I'll leave you salivating over the cake and I hope you all have a lovely day.

12 comments:

Helen said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday, you don't look a day older...
Very cute style for you - very different!

Judy McCarthy said...

Oh yum..that cake!!Too cruel! Hope you had a lovely day.
Love what you did with the bird house.Gorgeous!
Love that candle card!

Francesca said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. Very cute bird house, showing your inner girlie side....Have a good day love francesca.

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Congrats on winning Smudgy antics and glad you enjoyed your birthday. Cake is always the best reason to have one. As for your bird house, no wonder your daughter stole it, it is bloomin gorgeous and yes, different to your usual style. You can really rock the Shabby Chic look. Looks like we share something in common, the ability to create in a variety of different styles (& thank you for your very kind comment on my post). Have a good day. Pxxxx

Ria Gall said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday and congrats on the win.
This bird house is sooooo pretty I love the softness of the colours and all the embellishments are the icing on the cake
Ria

Karen said...

Yes, I am dribbling here Neil! Your cake looks very tasty :D Your little birdhouse is a lovely surprise and so very different for you!!!! x

JoZart said...

Hippy Burpday, Neil! It looks like you had a good onewith that cake....shame we couldn't share for real. your bird house is fab and quite quirky too. It's certainly not your usual style but it's good to experiment and it paid off well.
jJo x

butterfly said...

Wow - okay, yes, I was NOT expecting that, but it's an adorable make! And yummy looking cake too... belated happy birthday!
Alison x

Janene McAnally said...

Glad to hear you had a really good birthday...and I had a good belly laugh at the card your daughter gave you! Love the bird cage and I don't blame your daughter for pinching it lol! Beautifully done and yes not something that I would have thought that you would do! But it is good to go outside our box sometimes isn't it!!

Nan G said...

A belated happy birthday! Good thing I'm on a diet or I'd be drooling over the cake! :) Very sweet bird house! Unexpected maybe, surprised no....look at the colors in your printers tray blog header...lots of pink in there. :)

Kyla said...

Winning a challenge, fabulous birthday (hhmm...cake!) AND making something in PINK!!!

Your on a roll!
Hope you had a fabulous birthday

kyla

zandra said...

Yum, Happy Belated Birthday, hope you did something fun! Love, the bird house! Like to see more like that.. ;o)
Hugz, Z