Sunday, 17 May 2015

Vintage flowers and hungry birds

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.



Today I have another mixed media piece to share. I used another of the round Camembert-cheese boxes. This time I gave it a quick coat of gesso, and then used a small diamond stencil to add some texture with structure paste over part of the top and sides. It was  then painted  with Vivacolour rust paint. I sprinkled Frantage vintage EPs in gold and copper over it and heat dried it. I used some patina cream from Deco Art to add more definition.


I recently got given a bag of dried flowers and seed pods to use as a decoration. I took a few out of the bowl and gave them some blobs of acrylic paint and then dipped them into Frantage gold EP:


The butterfly was crackled, distressed with the Deco Art patina and also dipped into Frantage gold. It curled a little when I heated it, which gave a wonderful effect:


Then I used my heat gun to put it together to make a little vintage garden.
I am linking to  Mixed Media Monthly, May flowers; Anything but cute, vintage garden, and to Moo Mania and More, Flowers





We saw the sun for a few minutes this morning, but that was it; the rest of the day was cold and wet.



Chocolate Chip muffins are good as a sunshine substitute, so I baked some today, as my neighbour was celebrating her birthday.
(Sandy, you wanted to see food again!)



And today the female Jay came and got food for her brood, but not before she had had a big row with her husband and sent him back to the nest!  She is darker than her Mr, a little larger and can eat much quicker than he can! She also has a crest of feathers on the back of her head, looks a bit like a punk!






Have a good day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

39 comments:

  1. ¡La mariposa es preciosa!
    El sol de la mañana y ese pájaro punk, me encantan :)

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  2. Your box is really beautiful, it is stunning how you have changed a paper box into this fantastic garden! Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

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  3. Fantastisch ist diese Käseschachtel... ein Traum! So raffiniert gewerkelt!
    Deine Eichelhäher Frau scheint sehr resolut! Gut so!
    Tolle Bilder hast Du da wieder gemacht!
    Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More♥♥♥
    Happy Sunday!
    hugs
    Susi

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  4. AJA und nicht zu vergessen: Danke für die leckeren Muffins!
    Aber jetzt ist Schluss damit!
    Keine Schoki mehr!
    LOL!

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  5. Yummy buns and amazing photographs Valerie.The bird is definitely enjoying her visits to you and your balcony

    The altered box is stunning with the wonderful textures everywhere. The seed pods are a very inspiring, I must try some of those when they are in season.

    Have a beautiful day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. Gorgeous box Val!! love the texture and gold!!
    Thanks for sharing beautiful bird pictures.!11

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  7. A gorgeous little box Valerie, love the butterfly and as for those cakes, yum!! Xx

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  8. Gorgeous photos, just a yummy cup cake and awesome work of art.xx

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  9. I love your altered box - it's stunning and the muffins look yummy.
    xxx Hazel.

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  10. Nein, was sind das für tolle Eichelhäher-Fotos. Er ist einfach niedlich, sieht hier so strubbelig aus.
    ... und was du dir für eine Mühe mit dieser Box gemacht hast! Wow.
    LG Ulrike

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  11. Exquisite composition! Wonderful colors and textures, I love Butterfly !!

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  12. Very artistic interpretation of our theme! Great design!
    Thank you so very much for joining our Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

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  13. Really wonderful perspective, and the photos are immense!

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  14. Lovely mixed media piece and gorgeous photos. You are a good baker, that muffin looks so good Valerie.

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  15. Wow there is always so much to see at your blog :) Your mixed media box is stunning, I love it very much! Also the bird photos are amazing and the muffins look very tasty. I hope you are having a great Sunday, Shirleyxx

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  16. What a beautiful creation Valerie. Love the seed pod idea too. Lovely to see Mrs Jay so friendly too. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  17. Wow Valerie, so much to ooh and aah at today!! Your mixed media project is out of this world amazing! I am really loving the contrast of the gold Frantage metallic accents against all the natural elements like the dried flowers! The butterfly is perfectly antiqued, you really must do a tutorial on that sometime!! Another outstanding work of art my friend!!

    Now, about that muffin...if you pop one in the mail now, it might be here in time for a midnight snack!! haha!! The pictures of the bird are incredible! I am such a huge fan of birds but I rarely get to them up close like that! Just amazing!

    Have a lovely Sunday and thank you so much for joining us again at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. So sorry, they have all disappeared overnight - it must have been those greedy fairies again!

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  18. Another wonderful mixed media piece with the cheese box! I really like the metallic effects of the Frantage and how your dipped your pods and butterfly in it. The curling of the butterfly is really neat! What a wonderful altered box!

    Thanks again for joining in our first challenge, "Vintage Garden", at Anything But Cute! Hugz~Niki DT

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  19. You are so talented. What a little masterpiece you made from bits and pieces. I love it, especially all the gold.

    Your muffin looks yummy and I think that Jay wants to be on the cover of Vogue.
    Hugs
    Teresa

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  20. You always manage to capture such fabulous shots of nature! AND I've saved those round boxes too! NOW I have an amazing (gorGEOUS colors and textures!) source of inspiration from you to tackle them! xo

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  21. Woow, another stunning mixed media piece from you! Love your fabulous texture and gold accents! Fantastic design with all those natural elements and gorgeous butterfly!
    Thank you so much again for joining in our Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Branka DT

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  22. love love your art piece! thanks for sharing it ! great idea the Camember box! I will keep it in mind. and your bird is soooo beautiful!!!
    hugs bibiana

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  23. Wow, awesome and gorgeous, loving the textures and the beautiful butterfly.
    Super photos, I can picture those birds having a domestic, I hope Mr left Mrs some choice pieces to eat.
    Yvonne xx

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  24. Saw this earlier and was completely bowled over by your ingenuity, your vintage garden is astounding and I will never look at Camembert boxes in the same way again.
    What seriously good photos of Mrs. Punk Jay, she is definitely hamming it up for the camera.

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  25. Fabulous post today Valerie! I hardly know where to begin. Since I love birds so much I will start with your FABULOUS bird pictures and story. Fabulous pictures! Now since I love food and really love your food pictures I will tell you how FABULOUS your chocolate chip muffins look with that yummy, shinny, FABULOUS, chocolate glaze! Why can't I be your neighbor!!

    What a FABULOUS box you have created - very creative with FABULOUS ideas.

    I can safely say that I had a FABULOUS time on your blog!!
    Sandy xx

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  26. FABULOUS! Thanks for the details on altering your box. The photos of the bird are wonderful too.
    Hugs,
    C

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  27. Valerie,
    Your blog is always such a lovely place to visit! This time you have really touched on a special place in my heart with butterflies, birds and chocolate! All favorites! Your cheese box is so beautifully transformed into an artful garden. I appreciate that you have guided us through the steps you have taken, and I am in love with that Frantage! Gorgeous effect on the natural bits and butterfly! Happy accident with the curling on the wings!

    Thank you for linking this beauty up with our Vintage Garden Challenge at Anything But Cute! hugs!
    Sara Emily, DT

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  28. Valerie,
    Your blog is always such a lovely place to visit! This time you have really touched on a special place in my heart with butterflies, birds and chocolate! All favorites! Your cheese box is so beautifully transformed into an artful garden. I appreciate that you have guided us through the steps you have taken, and I am in love with that Frantage! Gorgeous effect on the natural bits and butterfly! Happy accident with the curling on the wings!

    Thank you for linking this beauty up with our Vintage Garden Challenge at Anything But Cute! hugs!
    Sara Emily, DT

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  29. Hi Valerie, I just love your newest design. The texture and details are perfect. The bird pics are a favorite and you captured the best shots.
    Wishing you a creative day.
    Hugs, CM

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  30. Wow, was aus einer Käseschachtel alles werden kann. Traumhaft schön.

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  31. This is fantastic Valerie! Such rich colour and texture! Your photos too are fabulous- especially the Jay! As for the muffin I will have to pass-I had cake over the weekend so have to be careful with my sugar levels!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  32. So hard to believe that your beautiful project started out as a cheese box! Your up-cycle is truly amazing!

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  33. That box is Fabulous!! Val!! Absolutely gorgeous!! You have to know by now,just how much I love texture and sparkle and the organic-ness of this is just the best!! I love that you repurposed the box also!! xo
    ps..still drooling over that cupcake! ")

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  34. This is stunning Val, I love the frantage (the muffins look pretty good too) Love your bird photos xx

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  35. Stunning! Love the textures you created. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  36. Gorgeous project! Awesome colors and textures. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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