Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shutter Restyle

I knew when I first saw (and saved) this image over a year ago that eventually I would like to make my own adaptation. 

I was lucky in that I didn't have to search too far to find some old shutters. These shutters (along with another set) had been collecting dust in the barn for years. After a little rinse from the water hose they were ready for step two.

I knew I only wanted to work on one panel at a time so I just unattached the two by removing the hinges connecting them. After sanding each individual louver, I primed both sides of the shutter using my all-time favorite primer.

The next step entailed a trip to the copy store. (In my case, Office Depot.)  l knew I wanted the bunny shape to be confined mostly to the slat area of the shutter; using those measurements I had a small bunny-shaped template enlarged which I then traced and cut out of poster board to make a more durable stencil. Using just regular masking tape I attached the stencil to shutter and sprayed over the entire shutter using Valspar spray paint in Cameo Pink.

After removing the stencil there were a few small spots that required a little touch up with a small paintbrush,  otherwise the method I used worked out very well. I bought a few egg-shaped wooden cutouts and painted them in a variety of springy colors and added some glass glitter for a little sparkle. They are attached with hot glue.

I knew I wanted something more original than just a regular pom-pom tail. I knew I wanted her tail to be flower, but what to use? Then it hit me, chenille! I found the perfect lot of scraps on Etsy and this piece was in the mix. It was perfect and exactly what I was envisioning! It's attached using these Velcro coins.

I'm really happy with how it turned out, and have already started on bunny shutter #2!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Collection: Bird's Nests

Before I tell you a little about my bird's nests collection I wanted to go into a little detail as to why it has been a week since my last post.

Over the years, I have supported a handful of my favorite blogs by being a sponsor. On occasion, I would submit/donate a handmade item to be included in a giveaway on these blogs. Only recently did I consider offering a giveaway here on Whimsical Woodland.

It is disheartening that after an entire week I still have no entries. I have since changed the post from a "giveaway" to an "I made this" post in hopes of erasing the evidence of my failed attempt at a giveaway. I gave it a week which I thought was ample time to garner a response, and now I am moving on.

So now about that collection of nests.

I have collected/saved birds nests for quite a long time. At one time my collection was more expansive than it is currently. This in part to my method of storing these delicate items. (Storing nests in a barn is probably not the most intelligent thing I've ever done.)

So this is my collection currently. I have collected these nests from a variety of different places long after they had been abandoned. Some were found when cleaning out bird houses, others from low lying branches, but the majority were found in the yard after a storm had blown them from their perches.

I think it would be a fun little challenge to try and identify which nest belongs to which variety of bird.

These nests would look great displayed in something like this.