Is it spring yet?!?!?

Been getting LOTS of spring things ready to go to Stars!

2.16.12 stars projects 001Batch of vintage apothecary jars.  You can tell the ones that are older because the inside rim of the topper is frosted glass.

2.16.12 stars projects 008This was one of the birds with the wire feet; except the feet broke off on this one.  So I put it in a nest!

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2.16.12 stars projects 009BIG vintage tin cup filled with paper shred and eggs.  (those are ‘real’ sized eggs).

2.16.12 stars projects 010I didn’t have any ‘grass’ to use so I just used my custom paper shred mix.  Since the cup is turquoise, it worked just fine.

2.16.12 stars projects 011Nest with eggs in apothecary jar.

2.16.12 stars projects 014The lid to this crock broke, so I couldn’t sell it as a crock anymore.  Just filled it with moss and added a bird and some tiny eggs. (made these eggs using Fimo clay)

2.16.12 stars projects 017Little tin watering can had a weird logo on the front, so I covered that with some tea stained paper.

2.16.12 stars projects 022Vintage cherub wall sconce nest.

2.12.13 etsy projects 034I had lots of eggs left over from last year to use up, so I didn’t need to buy any this year!  Pulled out my stash of jars that I collect year round and a bag of moss and started filling!

2.12.13 etsy projects 035A single egg on a bed of moss in a small jar.

2.12.13 etsy projects 036Covered pedestal bowl was just the right size for one of the nests.  Just added a bit of moss in the bottom.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 038Little bell jars with moss and one egg.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 040Bigger jars filled with nests.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 042Short squatty jars were too small for the nests, but had room for three eggs and moss.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 044Slightly bigger jars, but still to narrow for the nests; so again, just moss and eggs.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 047I had more of the cream colored eggs left, so I filled this coordinated set with them.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 032Vintage repro bird post cards that I framed.  This set went to my etsy shop and has already sold.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 039The rest of them, in these weathered wood frames will be going to Stars.

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And now I just have to price and pack them all up to take to Stars!

Have you started on your spring/Easter decorating yet?  Easter is EARLY this year, March 31st!

I LOVE ‘rub n buff’!

I’ve seen what other bloggers have done with it, but not tried it myself until now.  I an usually able to get the multi-layered colors effect I want simply by painting and sanding.  Old gold frames (wood OR plastic) are really easy to do that way.  Just paint them black and lightly sand for the gold to show through.

But recently I decided to paint these little resin urns black, to go with the Paris apartment look I am trying to create in our antique mall space.  They just didn’t look ‘right’ when I sanded them.

I love black and white, but these just weren’t doing it for me.  Time to break out the tube of Rub n Buff!

It really takes only the TINIEST bit.  Spreads on like SILK, but you have to work fast because it dries almost instantly.  I just used my finger and smoothed it over the raised areas where I had sanded. 

This was EXACTLY what these urns needed!  Love they way they turned out. 

I added some moss and a robins egg blue egg to a couple of them.  NOW, what else can I use this Rub n Buff on?!?!?  It’s rather addictive!

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Nesting instincts

Bringing a little more spring into the store and I’m on a ‘nest’ kick right now.  Finding unique ways to display them has been fun.  Some domed pastry stands worked great for these little nests.  You can’t see them too well in the picture, but there is a little felt bird ornie in each nest, and the nests are sitting atop a red pip berry wreath.

Left the one nest with three little blue eggs out on it’s own.  The wood pedestal bowl was originally one that I wanted to paint, but the ‘sticky marks’ inside it proved to be more more enduring than all my cleaning products and elbow grease!  Soooooooooooooo…… just cover that part up with a birdsnest!

The little Roman urn type flower pot worked great to just add some moss and an egg to.  The pots are more distressed than they show in the picture.  Would fit in with cottage or primitive style decor.  Might have to make a few more to add to the shabby beach section!

Got several different styles of the pots, and the eggs are Easter egg ornaments that I just repainted!  They are a perfect size; about that of a small hens egg.   They had a silk ribbon hanger on them which was only hot glued on, so it pulled off easily.  I sponge painted them with regular acrylic craft paint using antique white and mink tan colors.  Left a hint of the original color showing on the blue and green ones.

This big glass cake stand is probably my favorite one!  Got it at an estate sale.  Has a small chip in it so it’s not really usable for it’s intended purpose.  But it was just perfect for a nest and egg!  The smaller dome is one I got at a thrift store.  Probably from a cheese tray.  I just paired it up with an inexpensive clear glass plate and added a small nest and eggs.

Now what else can I scrounge up to put a birdsnest in?!?!?!

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