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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Song Birds

I decided to show off my dollar tree birds again....especially since there is a great party over at The CSI Project.  I assumed this would be simple, but nothing was  simple today...New pics were in order since most of my photos were done with a phone when I started out...Out came the camera and I took more pics. I edited, edited again, edited the original phone pics, and started to replace them in my post. This is where the nightmare began...seriously!! FIVE hours of my life have been spent trying to replace pics. I am still not sure what the problem was, but I ended up copying all my pics and moving them to a new folder on photobucket...miraculously that seemed to fix it. The things we do for the love of our blogs! Now that I am feeling a little more sane, let's look at my dollar tree project. I picked up a couple of "love birds" at the dollar tree with the plan of painting them white. I love all the cute white accessories out in the blogoshpere, and I couldn't pass up a chance to make a set of  birds for $2! Sometimes things don't go as planned, BUT even better....
Here is a glimpse of the original "sand" birds....
Sand bird????
As you can see they are not the cutest, but pretty good for $1. I assume they landed at the dollar store because some creative genius decided to put glue on em' and roll em' in sand....NOT the best idea! Maybe if they were completed covered in sand...a beachy theme?  Anyway I was not interested in beach birds so I started sanding. I believe the sand was applied with gorilla glue....but I finally managed to sand em' enough to prime...
Primed
These were taking way to much time to prep, but I needed smooth so I sanded AGAIN!
Unfortunately, the second sanding was not any more successful. So what's a girl to do when Plan "A" fails?....Forget the plan and move on!!  
More sanding...
Still not smooth!
Since these were not going to be "love birds" I decided to make them Song Birds! I have seen lots of book pages, and music pages used for EVERYTHING on Pinterest, so that was the new plan....Here goes...
Old hymnal....love
Music lover
Song Birds need music so I grabbed my garage sale Hymnal and removed a few loose pages...found the glue, and got to work....


I mixed up some glue and water, tore some pages in small pieces, and put them in the bowl to soak. After a couple of minutes I started placing the page pieces on my new Song bird....repeat, repeat, repeat!
Just glue and water
Not sure yet...
Getting better...
After I finished covering the cuties, they looked too plain so what next!...Urethane!
Need a little something...
I expected the satin urethane to give a satin finish, but I got an unexpected surprise. The urethane accentuated each layer, and gave an antiqued look....I just love when I get Great Surprises!!! 
Still drying but lookin' good!
After drying they looked perfect. I'm lovin' the dollar tree! So here they are out for a day in the Spring sunshine...
My New Song Birds....









Now I am waiting for another free piano on CL so I can put my Song Birds to use.....NOT!! My husband is wonderful, but if I drag home another piano (yes I have done this before!), he will move to the garage (if he could find a spot :) !!!
Well, tell me what you think...Do you like the white version, the plain song birds, or the finished "aged" song birds? What have you made from the dollar tree?
I love all your comments, and look forward to hearing from you.....Have a blessed day!


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14 comments:

Amy* said...

Your song birds are beautiful! As is your garden :) I love the aged look you have created with the urethane and the torn sheet music is divine. I have never soaked my collage pieces before applying...I will have to give this a try (this should save me a ton of time and aggravation). Isn't the dollar tree the greatest? I LOVE that place...treasures untold! Certainly looks like you found some treasure here.

Amy*

Morena Hockley said...

I like the idea of song birds. Very cute!

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

The white would be more my style but the songbirds look fantastic. I love their photoshoot with the flowers!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Such pretty little birds! Nice job. Thank you for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend :)

Katherines Corner said...

your song birds are lovely. I'm so happy you had a wonderful surprise with the anitque look. They look wonderful and weathered like they have always been part of your garden. xo

Kristel said...

I am loving your song birds! So creative and unique, I too have a love thing going on with song sheets..I think I may have to hit the Dollar Tree pretty soon. I'm your newest follower!

gail said...

I love your songbirds just like they are! Sooo cute!
gail

the poor sophisticate said...

Hey there! I found you at my 1929 charmer and just love your site and all your work. I can't wait to go back through your older posts and read what you have created! Thank you so much for sharing! Excited to be your newest follower!
-Molly
thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

Jody and Stan said...

I love how you used the music paper to cover the birds and the finished look is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this great project on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

Jody

Stacey said...

I adore these sweet birds!
Thanks for linking up - so glad you were here!
Stacey of Embracing Change

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Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

Love them in sheet music decoupage, but also quite like them in all white. Thank you for linking up with us at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

Love them in sheet music decoupage, but also quite like them in all white. Thank you for linking up with us at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

Nicole said...

Those little birds look wonderful!