Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Burlap roses, nests, and birds are everywhere.  They are popular motifs for pillows, bags, and all kinds of decorative items.  So, today I am going to start working on three things.  One with a burlap rose, one with a nest motif, and one with a bird.

First, some inspiration . . .

Nancy is an extremely creative blogger friend of mine and
has a great tutorial on this burlap bag:
Burlap Purse with Shabby Rose, Purse Tutorial, Burlap Tote

Next, Pottery Barn once sold a beautiful "Nest Sentiment" lumbar pillow on their site for $49.  However, it is no longer available.  Hmmmm . . .

and last but not least . . . for the birds . . .

This first bird pillow is sold at Pottery Barn.
Bird Embroidered Pillow Covers

I would like to use a printout of one of my bird paintings for the pillow - probably my Brown Thrasher.  I painted him from a photo in a magazine I saw while sitting in a waiting room somewhere a while back.  The painting is in my Etsy shop, but why not get a little more mileage out of him?

Brown Thrasher from Birds and Blooms Magazine

This one is pretty too - I like the collage effect with the typography and crown in the background.

So that is my day.  I wouldn't be able to even THINK about doing any of this if I was still in the classroom.  I can't even describe how wonderful it feels to be able to make things to my heart's content!

 And yes, I am working on recovering the bergere chair I spoke about a few days ago.  However, our dinner party has been postponed for a bit.  Therefore, with the pressure off, it's on the back burner.  It IS sitting in my living room though - in a state of unfinishedness.  

This will get to me.  


1 comment:

Late Bloomers said...

Rooster paintings. I need 4 roosters/chickens for this hutch, to add to the doors on the top instead of the metal caning that is just not working for me.



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