I was at IKEA this weekend buying a computer table for my new printer and saw these cardboard magazine holders for $0.49 a sheet (which contained 2). I am strapped for cash these days, so I decided to make these cardboard magazine holders into decorative organizers with some simple supplies; scrapbook paper, circle punch, and rubber cement.
I cut 3.25 x 12 " strips of scrapbook paper and punched a circle punch where the cardboard magazine holder's hole would be. Then, simply glued them on.
Because these will be on my bookshelf, you won't see the side panels so the cardboard is hidden. Now I can clean up that stack of magazines off the floor! These were so easy, and at $.25 a pop plus a $.50 scrapbook paper sheet, I have myself some nice magazine holders for only $1.25!
I cannot get enough of Kate Wilson! She brings together birds and sweets, two of my favorite things! (She does much more than that, but those are my particular favorites.) Her prints are for sale in her Etsy shop, kwilson544, aka Little Doodles. And be sure to check out her blog too www.little-doodles.blogspot.com, which showcases recent doodles. Her stipple pen & ink style is really beautiful work and it's not easy to achieve with out a good eye and steady hand. Keep doodling more birds, Kate!
Here is my new mini painting, ,"Swirly bird." It's a 4 x 4 inch painting. I am really enjoying adding fun design elements to my paintings. It makes birds more art chic. Landscapes and lifescapes can be so ho-hum, why not display art that is a little more modish?
Vinyl wall decals have been the hot craze recently. These are some great ones for bird lovers. These are "Birds in a Birdcage" by Single Stone Studios. The best feature is that you get to chose your colors so it will match to any room. They have 27 colors to choose from.
If you love bird gifts, surely you have already come across this site. Just in case you haven't, you must visit the Fat Finch - Boutique for Birders. You have all your birding supplies like seed, feeders, and birdhouses; but in addition to making your backyard birds happy, you can make yourself happy with bird notecards, dinnerware, clothing, address books, etc. So after you finishing shopping you can read more tidbits about birds and birding in the Fat Finch Bird Brain Blog.
My Closest Friends cards are now available for sale in my etsy store. I absolutely love the way they turned out. I have many more "close" friends, but I picked out four of my favorites for the first round of printing. They are standard A2 card size, 4.25 x 5.5 inches and blank inside.
I am loving Geninne's work, 20 Birds. These are limited edition prints from her watercolor series. She has such creative style and I love her use of postcards and unique paper appliques in her artwork.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Frontier Days craft fair in Arlington Heights. It was a great first show and a great experience meeting all the bird lovers out there. I loved all your suggestions and I definitely have my list of "most wanted birds." You should see coming soon...
Cardinal Downy Woodpecker Bluebird Wren Chickadee
...just to name a few! Check back soon to both my website cgartsonline.com/birdart where you will be able to shop online via paypal checkout (without signing up for an etsy account), and check back to the blog to see my newest work completed. Also, I should be getting a wide format printer soon, so I will be offering 11 x 14 inch prints and 8 x 10 inch gallery wrapped prints. If you saw something at the show that you don't see in my shop you can always send me an email at email@example.com.
"Hello, Mister Robin"! My previous print, "Bonjour, Lil Robin" features a European robin. I love robins and I see them bouncing around the lawn everyday and so I had to make a tribute to my little bouncy friends. So I drew an American Robin for this print. He will be available on blue and green backgrounds. But not until after the fourth of July weekend. I will be at the Arlington Heights IL, Frontier Days Marketplace this year, and I have been busy making inventory for the show. It's my first craft fair so I don't know what to expect! Happy Fourth of July everyone!