Friday, May 27, 2011

Word Birds!





Since last we met, I've been dealing with major back pain and a general shirking of responsibilities both at home and at work. Having spent most of the past week and 1/2 on a hard bench in front of the tv, addled with pain killers, I will answer a question you may have asked yourself at some point:

Is it possible to watch too much HGTV? The answer, sadly, is yes. Same goes for Lifetime Movies. Oh my.

But today is a new day, and a Friday at that, so I thought I'd share one project that can be done in the aforementioned prone, drug-addled state. It's inexpensive, fun, and even has a cute name:


Word Birds!

I took old frames that I had previously painted in my favorite colors (heirloom white, black, aqua). I glued burlap to the back, and attached a cute paper cut-out to the burlap. I couldn't free-hand this, so I found bird shapes I liked online and cut those out first. I used old books such as Jane Eyre and a biography of Hemingway for my paper. The flock is a lot larger than this, but I thought I'd share a few today:


























The Word Birds and many other home accessories will be joining me at a flea market next Saturday, June 4! I will travel to my friend Theresa's charming store, Stifel & Capra, in Falls Church, Virginia to sell vintage and re-purposed accessories from my home.






Mirrors, trays, vintage jewelry boxes and travel cases-- you get the picture. If Falls Church happens to be local for you, please come by and see me! Hours are 10-2. I will focus on accessories rather than furniture because, well, my back kind of hurts, and I think I can fit more in my 10 x 10 space that way.






Happy Long Weekend! If you are spending yours at sports tournaments like I am, may there be an adult beverage somewhere in your future!






And thank you, God, for all who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom!


Linking up to:

The Shabby Nest

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Those are so cute! I love bird decor.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Very sweet. The owl made me think (more)of my mom--she loved to read AND collected owls.

:)

Thanks for that.

L said...

LOVE THEM!!

Jill said...

Lady!!! Why are you not in business??? You are so creative and amazing!!!!

Hillarie said...

Cute! I will try and stop by- how fun! I am not too far away (across the river) in Maryland....

Vintage Junky said...

love your birds!! they are adorable!

Headless Mom said...

You kill me with how creative you are!

And I'm not kidding about if you ever come to California. I'll pay you handsomely in free lodging and wine to help me with my house.

K A B L O O E Y said...

Uh, you're killing me, here. You're Martha Stewart on painkillers! Good luck selling your charming wares. (Wait. Is that right? Wares? Tchotchkes? I know Martha doesn't call 'em tchotchkes. Handmade objets de art. Yeah, that's about right.) Feel better and sell lots. Let me know when your HGTV show premieres.

AmnaAmjad said...

great work.......
visit my blog too...may be u find something important...
http://words-for-legendary.blogspot.com/

Cat@BudgetBlonde.com said...

Anna, I'm so excited for you that you are going to sell all this fun stuff! I hope it all sells - It completely my dream to do something like that someday like have a booth at an antique mall, etc. How much fun! Love your word birds too.... And sorry that you are still in so much pain....and sorry that I laughed when reading how you did it (You shouldn't be so darn funny when you write!!!)
xoxo
Cat

Glennon said...

anna, seriously.

this is my new favorite. how did you cut them out? can you tell me exactly without assuming that i know any of the obvious parts? that's where people usually go wrong with me.
also, did you get the burlap at a regular old fabric store? this is my anna fave.

LOVE. words and birds. and burlap. and things you can do on the couch. these are a few of my favorite things.

Anna Lefler said...

I love your word birds!

And I hope you're feeling much better...

:-) A.

Lauren said...

I was so inspired by these adorable word birds that I made my own!! Way too cute! Check them out!
http://lovethislife-ne.blogspot.com/

Heidi said...

Love them.