Friday, April 27, 2018

Birds and Branches

This has been such a cold Spring... very few warm days with a lot of cold and dreary ones. The flowering trees and growing things got a late start. Then just when they thought it was safe, we had nights of temps in the 20's. So the peach tree, plum tree, and cherry tree have had their bloom time disturbed and cut short. 

The Apple tree is a little later, so I'm hoping it will not be affected. I went outside searching for something that was blooming and it was the only thing, but aren't they sweet? The little pink blooms look like tiny rosebuds waiting to bust out.

I love to play with paper, and I'm always on the lookout for old bottles that can be decoupaged for Holidays and the Seasons. There were some adorable bird graphics a couple of years ago from a line of Martha Stewart Crafts, but nowhere to be found now. I've kept that idea in my head, since I love all things "Bird-y". 

I've had this Cavallini poster for a year or so, and bought it with the idea of cutting out the individual birds in their "frame" and maybe putting them in a vintage frame with glass. But I realized I could use some of the smaller graphics for my Bottle Project.

You all know how to decoupage, but I just put a layer on the back side of the cutout, centered it, and then when it was dry, I did a layer of Mod Podge on the front. This keeps it from coming loose or disintegrating if it might get wet.

I found the large green tinted jug last week when we were out shopping, and the small flat bottle I've had in my stash for years. The little votive-like glass holder I found at Hobby Lobby last year in the candle section. It would be fun to do individual decoupaged glass candles for a table accent or along the mantel.

I wasn't sure where I wanted to group them, so they landed on the console table in the Entry. I moved my new/old oil landscape, and replaced it with another Cavallini Calender graphic on a canvas that is a little more "Spring-y".

The calender page was just cut down and attached to the old canvas with tape. That way I can remove it easily and use another graphic.

This photo is from last Fall, when I used a calender graphic of a pale gray Hydrangea on the Dining Room buffet. I love the brown speckles of "Foxing" on the old canvas.

This was such an easy little project, and a lot of fun. When the branches dry out, I can use some faux branches with Cherry Blossoms or Pussy Willows.

Oh, I forgot to mention that we have baby birdies on the hanging light fixture on the front porch. I didn't know if they would make it or not since it had been way below freezing. But Momma Birdie stayed put and did her job. It's so sweet watching the Daddy Purple finch helping out with the feeding. I saw the little couple fly off together yesterday and sit in the little Redbud out front. It was like they were on Date-Night.

I'm joining in on Friday for the Garden Party Link-Up at Poofing the Pillows.

also joining in here:

Sundays at Home at Little Farmstead, Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings, Tips and Tutorials at Home Stories A to Z 
Project Inspired at the How-to Home, Inspiration Monday at Refresh Restyle
The Scoop at Worthing Court, Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate and Decorate
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Keep in Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles
Talk of the Town at Knick of Time, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Design Showcase at Shabby Fufu, Share Your Style at 21 Rosemary Lane
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's, Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
Thursday Favorites at Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Farmhouse Friday at The Painted Hinge, Best of the Weekend at Ms Toody Goo Shoes


  1. This is just beautiful, Debra! I love the bottles all dolled up with the birds. There's nothing better than birds and nests for spring and summer. Bottles and jars are a favorite of mine too. I love the sparkle and shine they add.

    So glad you are sharing this at the garden party. :)

  2. I love your beautiful bottles and print. Isn't Cavalini the best? Wonderful graphics -- they make my heart sing! Good news on your birdies, too! I hope they all thrive!

  3. Using the birds to put on bottles is a neat idea! And I love calendar pages too and keep the pretty ones. You've sure shared some beauty on your blog! Happy Spring!

  4. Debra, I love these! Birds are always a great idea, aren't they? Decoupaged on your bottles, I love them even more!! Your bottles are just beautiful.

  5. Beautiful! There is something so fresh and springlike about blossoms on branches. We don't have apple trees, but the redbuds in spring offer the same type of beauty. It's one of my favorite things because the redbuds signal that spring has arrived!

  6. Debra, I adore your sweet bottles! The graphics are just perfect. blossoming trees are one of my favorite things about spring. My little twisted redbud is blooming right now and I love it! Cute birds on a date night. How fun is that? Thanks for sharing with the garden party.

  7. Your decoupaged bottles are so clever and look beautiful holding the blossoms. I hope you're having a beautiful and warm weekend!


  8. The bottles are so cute and the pink blossoms are beautiful. I am so glad we are starting to see Spring finally arrive here in Illinois. That winter was long and harsh. Happy Saturday. Have a great weekend.

  9. Love the birds and branches, Debra. We just returned from vacation - temperature shock, again. We stopped at Kroger's for milk, etc. on the way home last night, and I saw all the plants outside, with a freeze warning again last night. I was hoping for real spring on our return.....maybe this week.

  10. What a great idea to use them on the bottles so very pretty. We've had he some kind of weather here..warmer, cold and then budding then cold and everything shuts down. The branches in bloom are so pretty.

  11. Your garden bottle vases are delightful . . . visit a shop and just see what they would want for them. I love ideas like this that are easy and adorable and give our homes a touch of class and beauty on a budget :) Thank you.
    Connie :)

  12. These are so cute. I have some old bottles I could do this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Time to go digging under the cabinets for my apple cider bottles! Featuring this beautiful post today at TFT. Have a great weekend ahead Debra!

  14. Hi Debra, I am doing a post tomorrow sharing some features from our two garden parties. You will be one of them. Hope all is well!


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