August 7, 2012

Vintage Birds on a Cloudy day

In Panama we are right now in our rainy season, therefore it is very common to see cloudy and rainy days, and maybe I was feeling blue but I thought of decorating a box with vintage birds on a cloudy day.  It is also meant to be a gift for my lovely sister in law.  Here it is the result:

I started by painting a rainy and cloudy background using gray, white and light blue colors combined all together at the same time in the brush on the lid of the box, and same colors but without the clouds in the rest of the box.  The clouds were painted with a white base and then gray touches to add light and dark shades. 

Next step was using a stencil to paint the branch & leaves where the main bird would be standing on, I chose brown for the branch and orange shades for the leaves.

Then I glued the birds to the lid of the box with Mod Podge along with two postage stamps to complement the composition.  The box was a new wood box I had purchased some time ago, and therefore it did not required further surface preparation than sanding and one coat of liquid gesso.

I love stripes and so I thought to paint some and give the box a special look.  I chose the orange color to maintain the same color palette existing in the bird’s feathers and painted uneven edges to create a rustic look.

For a final decorative touch on the outside of the box, I looked in my vintage stamps collection for some graphics that would work well with the theme and so I used the “a little birdie told me” stamp in the front of the box as well as a feather stamp on the left and right side of the box.  

For the inside of the box, I went for a simple white background and one bird on the lid.

I stamped as well in black color, some words related to shipping as “airmail” and “fragile” to go along with the theme as the postage stamps on the outside of the box.

To protect the project I applied 4 layers of water-base polyurethane varnish and viola! The project is finished and looking cute, is it not?.


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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in any particular order, just from the oldest till the most recent one I started participating on:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor 
Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above
Catch as Catch Can @
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thrusday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson  
Transformation Thrusday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage 
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Feture Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln 
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful box with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi Bolocofsky

    1. Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
      Debi Bolocofsky

  2. What a gorgeous box. I bet your sister is delighted with it. I might have to scrabble around and find some boxes of my own, so thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Excellent work and gorgeous blog background!

    Popped in from Wow Us Wednesday.

  4. Very cute, a lovely gift! Two of my favorite things - birds and stamps!

  5. So very cute! It is rainy here too. Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  6. this is absolutely lovely! You are so talented and creative! :)

  7. Wow, this is so beautiful! Just love it!! Liz

  8. This is sooo pretty.. I just adore the handpainted sky.. the birds look soo happy flying in it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. Absolutely stunning! Visiting from the Bowdabra Blog link party.

  10. Just beautiful, as always! .... I wish you could send some rain our way!

  11. Your art work amazes me. So beautiful and very creative. Your sister will love it. I love the extra touch of the stamps and stripe. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this creative box on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the birds and stamps you used. Beautiful!


  13. This is really quite beautiful! I noticed the weather systems around the Atlantic and the Gulf area - so much rain! We've had an extraordinary amount ourselves - today is the first day I've seen clear, blue skies! Love your box - quite inspired - the cloudy sky is perfect! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  14. What a fun project, so artistic! Thanks so much for sharing this project on Show & Tell at SNAP! xoxo, Tauni

  15. What a gorgeous box, you are so very talented. I really love the birds, so beautiful. Your work is always outstanding! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  16. Very nice box, I do love birds and vintage is even better, great job. Newest follower, hope to see you visit and follow too.

  17. i love this. it's exactlly the work that i was looking for. but i wold understand how did you transfer the figures and the letters to wood. thank for the post. Antonio

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