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Birds on a Branch

No power tools for me this week...my vertigo has been, shall we say, winning?  It makes everything a challenge and using power tools is a really bad idea.  In between visits to the chiropractor, eply maneuvers, and resting on the couch, I did manage to get a little staining/painting done.  
This design was inspired by an item I saw at a home decor store.  I wasn't crazy about their version, so I got out my pencil and starting designing my own.  When I was finally happy with what I had, I cut-out my patterns on the back of a cereal box, or it might have been a 12-pack of beer. Every kind of thin cardboard or chipboard is fair game around here!
After cutting everything out from pallet wood, the birds were rubbed with stain on a rag.  
The branch was dry-brushed with white craft paint then rubbed with stain.  Sorry, I don't have pictures of that.  I tend to get a little enthusiastic about my projects and forget to take pictures.  
When I was pretty sure the stain was dry, I brushed red craft paint over the birds.  I wasn't fussy and left the spots that didn't cover well.  When the paint dried, I gave the birds a light sanding and what you see is what you get!
I watered-down some green paint for the leaves and painted them.  
I wanted a more primitive/rustic look.

I also created another one using yellow paint covered with red - another rustic look:
They are both available at Apple Street Crafts on facebook.

Next week, I'll start sharing my Fall-inspired projects.  I'm hanging-on to the last bits of Summer until September 1st!

Come back again soon and enjoy the Summer weather while we still have it!


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  1. This is so cute. It makes for a sweet decoration. I am with you about starting fall on Sept 1st. Isn't the year flying by?

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    1. Thank you, Debra, and, yes, the year is flying by. I can't believe it's the end of August already!
      I'm so glad you stopped by. Come back again soon.

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  2. Such a fun little project!
    #handmadeMonday

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! Glad you like it.

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  3. Your birds are cute and what a fun project! I hope you start feeling better soon. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. Fortunately, the vertigo is starting to subside!

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  4. I love this, those little birds are adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I had to giggle at the cereal box or beer case confusion. The birds are very cute and you have given me an idea!
    :) gwingal

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    1. Cereal and beer....what's in the recycle bin??? LOL
      Thanks, Nikki. I hope you'll share what I inspired!

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  6. This is so cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica. I'm happy to share!

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  7. I love how the birds turned out. The red birds remind me of the cardinals in my backyard. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. They remind me of cardinals too, Rhonda. Glad you like them!
      Thanks for stopping by...

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  8. Ann, I too chuckled about the cardboard! The birds are wonderful! You did a fantastic job with them!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie...I'm here to entertain! LOL
      Have a great week.

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  9. What a great rustic technique you have created. I would never have guessed them to be from palette wood.

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Pallet wood is pretty much all I use. It's versatile, inexpensive (free), and recycled!
      Glad you stopped by.

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  10. I hope your vertigo is better. I've dealt with it twice in my life, both times it lasted close to a week and I remember it well. I had to lay on the sofa with one foot on the floor.
    Love your birds! It's Sept. 1 and now I'm ready for Fall too! Thanks for partying with us at Merry Monday. Nice tip about the cardboard.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. My vertigo is getting better. Unfortunately, I live with it all the time, but when there's a 'flare-up' it's really bad! September 1st and our morning temperature is 43 degrees. I guess Mother Nature has decided it's Fall - bring on the Fall projects.
      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Very sweet and I love the colour of paint you choose for them.

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    1. Thank you Claire. I really thought the red was pretty striking.
      I'm so glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  12. These are so sweet, love them.
    Hope your flare up has settled down a bit and you are feeling better.
    Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday :-)

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Fortunately, the vertigo is calming down - whew!
      So glad you like the birds.

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  13. Your birds are so cute--great job! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

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  14. These are wonderful! It's true about being so enthusiastic you don't take pictures. Lol! I get that! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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    1. Someday I'll always remember to take pictures! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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    2. I love the style of these unique birds! Thank you for sharing them at Party in Your PJs. I've pinned and shared them.

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    3. Thank you so much. I appreciate the pin and share!

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  15. Those birds are lovely in their rusticity. I love them as I love all things rustic. Love your method of painting with watered down paint, then sanding. I've made things out of cereal boxes too...namely for watching the eclipse, but it really didn't do it for me...ha! But I've made other things out of those. They can be handy. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you like them. Pallet wood definitely lends itself to the rustic look!

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  16. These are so adorable. They would instantly put a smile on my face if I had them hanging on a wall.

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    1. Thank you, Mary - happy to make you smile!

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