Thursday, December 13, 2007

Show & Tell Friday - My Garden Birdhouse

Hello Everyone! This is my first Show & Tell posting. Today I'm going to share with you one of my tolepainting projects. My garden birdhouse!

Since my view outside the window is white and wintery (and has been for two weeks now with over 2 feet of snow) I thought I would just reminisce for a few moments about my summer patio garden.

My friend Cynthia called me a couple of Christmas' ago and asked if I would help her paint a birdhouse and sign to give to her mother as a gift. I'm not really a painting teacher but as her friend I said I would do what I could to help her out. Well, you can imagine my surprise when she arrived with not only one birdhouse but two! Her husband knew I liked them so he made me one too with some extra wood that he had.

Well, I had a very hard time selecting which design to decorate the house with and thankfully, you can't see the 5 or 6 different layers of paint underneath the finished project! I finally decided to have it basically match the colours on the outside of our home. Then I found a pattern that I could put on three sides and designed my own picket fence and flowers. The arbor with the pink roses is my favourite part. It was finished this summer (like I said, it took me a long... time to decide) and I kept it outside as a decoration with my patio garden.

I would have liked to have had it hung up outside before winter but our heavy snow came early this year and we just didn't get to it. So, for now I have it with the plants I brought inside to winter over. Maybe in the spring I'll get around to hanging it outside and the little chickadees will find a new home!

Thanks for taking the time to read my Show & Tell. I hope it was a blessing to you. Now if you want to see more you can head over to Kelli's at There Is No Place Like Home .

13 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

It is just AWESOME

I love it....love the colors and the 3 d effect....you did GOOD!!!

Judy said...

Very nice, my mother would love that birdhouse.

Daughter of the King said...

Oh...I just love this...what a gift....you did a great job...thanks for sharing.
Deby

ellen b. said...

You did a beautiful job! It will be fun to see it hanging out your window! Blessings...

Barbara H. said...

It's so cute!! I've always wanted to learn how to tole paint.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Kathy b said...

It is refreshing to look at a breath of spring or summer. You have such a pretty birdhouse, too pretty for the birds!

LBP said...

Wow! That is fantastic! I can't paint to save my life, and my MIL is an artist and has tried and tried to show me how!

Blessings

Linda

Tammy said...

You're so talented! That bird house is adorable! :D

Revee said...

What a great nice job on the birdhouse! You are very talented. :)

Mary said...

The birdhouse is awesome. I just love it. My grandsons gave me a birdhouse for Mother's Day last year. It is a treasure to me.

Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed my visit.
Blessings,
Mary

Mammy said...

I'll bet you had so much fun doing it. It is just beautiful.
Nancy

Kelli said...

Welcome to show and tell!! Your birdhouse is so pretty, you did a great job! I hope you have a new bird family living in it this spring. :)
Kelli

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I missed this S&T. Cute bird house, nice painting job!

I hope to see you at more S&Ts!

Katherine