It's another warm, summer like day here at the Chateau! The orange, red and yellow leaves tell us that autumn is here, but at temps around 80, it still feels like summer! How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
Today I wanted to share with you a blue bird collage wall hanging that I made, that I will be putting in my Etsy shop. This project incorporates so many of my favorite elements: birds of course, vintage French text (love!), Mod Podge, glitter, and crinkly seam binding! Does it get any better than that?!
I started with 1/4" luan, which dear hubby cut for me. I painted the back heirloom white, followed by Ralph Lauren's antiquing glaze. I decoupaged pages that I tore from a vintage French dictionary. I love birds, so I was really excited a few months ago when I found a huge book of James Audubon's bird prints. I picked it up at our libraries used book sale for just $5. I almost felt guilty about ripping out pages of this gorgeous book, but I figured hey, that's what I bought it for! I loved his blue bird print, and I ended up using a craft knife to cut it out. It seemed to take forever, as it was a bit tedious work! I decoupaged the birds on the plaque, then I also added my favorite French themed rubber stamps, just for fun. Around the edges of the plaque, I added a bit of Rub-n-Buff in Antique Gold.
For the hanger, I picked up some antiqued bronze toned chain at the hardware store.
I was really liking the way the plaque looked, but it still needed a bit something extra, I thought.
Enter my friend Cindy, over at Cindy Adkins' Whimsical Musings. Not only is she a paper artist extraordinaire, but Cindy is a sweet and thoughtful friend, too! Anyway, Cindy shared with me an idea for some neat paper flowers that she was using for a tag for her Etsy shop. Don't you just love her beautiful tag (below)?! Her flower was just gorgeous! And of course I love her addition of the Eiffel Tower!
I could hardly wait to start making some flowers of my own! You can check out Cindy's beautiful tag, along with the rest of her great Etsy shop here.
Bluebird Lane on Etsy, and it has become my latest obsession!
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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!