Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A tweet, A Tute & A Giveaway!

It's my 100th post!!!! Wow! I am so excited! So I have been working on something special just for today. I have been working on a project inspired by Denise over at Living life Creativley, she made some of the cutest birds. So I have been working on my own little bird pattern, and sewed at least 10 before I was happy with my little birds.

It is a bit tricky to get the legs to wok just right, so some I glued to twigs to give them a more stable base ( my brilliant hubbies idea!) I also wanted to make some nests for one bird that I made and liked, but he had just a bit too much junk in his tail feathers if you know what I mean, and would not stand for nothing, so he needed a nice place to rest. Here is how I made the nest. I wanted them to look as real as possible, and since I live in northern MN, ans we have lots of snow on the ground, I couldn't exactly go out and get leaves, mud and twigs. So I stared with an old enamel wear cup that was the perfect size for my nests.

I then took a small hand full of spanish moss and molded it to fit in the cup. Leaving the middle open for the bird. Once I had a basic form, i removed it from the pot, and covered it with some super 77 spray adhesive, then used my hands to mold it together and to help it keep its shape.

Once it was dry, I added some dark and light brown spray paint to the inside and outside of the nest to help it look a bit more realistic.
Once the paint was dry I was able to add my final little details, burlap, fabric, and twine. I wanted to wrap something around the outside to give it a little more stability. But still looking very natural. I added a little more spray paint to the outside and it was done! Very natural looking, and you can make them any size you want. I have a feeling I will be making a bunch more! Well on with the giveaway! I am posting these fun little guys to my Etsy store, but I want to give my readers a chance to win one! Here is what you need to do to win! You can earn more than once chance too!

1. Become a follower if you are not already, if you already follow just leave me a comment! If I can reach 300 followers by Sunday, I am going to Giveaway 2 birds!

2. Go to my Etsy store and look at all the birds, then just leave a comment here as to which bird you would choose if you won.

3. Spread the word! Tweet, FB, or Blog about my giveaway!

You have 3 chances to get your name in the drawing! I will draw a winner on Sunday Feb. 21 and post the winner on my blog!

Thank you to all my followers and readers, you make blogging so much fun!
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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