November 29, 2009

Ballard Birdies On The "Cheap-Cheap"!

When I saw these birdies in the Ballard catalog
I thought they were sooooo cute, I just had to
have them....


then I saw the price...they aren't that cute!
Hoochamagoocha!



Hmmmm...I just happened to have these
little tidbits so, I used that chipboard
birdie to make a pattern...added wings
and fancier tales...to create some species
of birds that exist nowhere in nature! ;}




A bit of vintage sheet music...



a smattering of GGG...



and I think the "Cheap" version turned
out ok, if I do say so myself!





I think I need work on my template
to give it a little more polished look...




but these fat ones will have a place of honor
as my originals.





Then I just couldn't help myself!
There had to be a nest somewhere!!





With a wee little musical birdie! He
was a bit of a challenge...but I think I
love him best!!!


There's still time to sign-up for Sarah's
THE SHABBY PINK CHRISTMAS SWAP !!
Sign-up through Dec 1st!






DIY Day @ ASPTL










45 comments:

  1. Yours are adorable! It's so nice of Ballard Designs to give us great inspiration. If you rework your template, please post! I'd like to make a few glittery birdies myself. I enjoy all your pictures on your blog.

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  2. Aww, so cute!! And with the GGG, even better than the expensive ones! :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love your musical birdies, and they look so easy that I think even I can make them!
    Happy Vintage Christmas!
    Carol

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  4. I think yours are much cuter! And inspiration can come from anywhere.

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  5. Oooh those birdies turned out adorable! And I LOVE the little nest! Bisous... Julie Marie

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  6. The birds turned out very cute. I love the old sheet music you used. Great idea.
    Jane

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  7. Those are so cute! I love getting inspiration from catalogs. You did a fantastic job!

    Thanks for joining the DIY holiday party! :)

    Roeshel

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  8. I just love these. I think you did a better job than Ballards. The GGG looks really beautiful. You've inspired me again.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  9. Very Cute-I hope you will come by and see my 4 different themed tree for my kiddos.

    Love the birds.

    Cheri

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  10. Ohhhhh, I love them. I'm going to have to copy. They are so adorable. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this cute birdie project.

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  11. your little birdies turned out so well. I like them much better than the ones in the magazine, because you made them. I love that you were so inspired you just had to make some yourself, and it's always good to save a bit of cash at this time of year!

    Just loving all of your Christmas photos.
    :o)

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  12. absolutely gorgeous!

    Ballard sure gives good inspo!!

    Sarah

    p.s. love all your glitter, was thinking I need to get some too, is it just regular old glitter?

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  13. SO cute!!! i made a bird cut out a while ago that i covered all in real silver glitter...i have it hanging from a branch i found in my yard...it is very cute, and one of my favorite things...you should find a branch to hang some of your cuties from:)

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  14. Thank goodnes inspiration is free! Using sheet music was just the ticket, M! ♥

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  15. Hmmm...a scanner or photo copier.... some scissors.... change one line so the copyright police don't get you and bingo! We have a birdie cutout! Good idea. Scuse me... I have to go warm up my scanner!

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  16. Your little birds look wonderful. Great job!

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  17. I love Ballard and I love figuring out how to "make your own" Ballard even more! Your birdes are lovely!

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  18. Your birdies are adorable and i'm partial to the nest<3
    Glitter just makes everything better!

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  19. I think your's are prettier than the ones in the catalogue. They really are 'song birds'! Have a great week! Twyla

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  20. Ohhh... I love a good knock off, and this one is beautiful! I've got a bunch of sheet music, I could do some of these! Thanks for the great idea!

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  21. Awersome! I love to recreate things I see in catalogs!
    Hope your holidays are going well so far!

    Dena

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  22. Awesome! I love to recreate things I see in catalogs!
    Hope your holidays are going well so far!

    Dena

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  23. I love these!! They are SO cute and you are so talented!!

    The tiny little one is my favorite too!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  24. OMG!! Those are adorable!! You dod an awesome job.
    *hugs8deb

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  25. Hoochamagoocha, I love it, that's a new one by me. Your birds are darling, you did a great job. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!
    Gwen

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  26. I like yours better anyway. So darn cute! Thanks for all your well wished last week. xx

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  27. Oh! I JUST LOVE this! It's one of the best holiday creations I've seen so far. Beautiful!

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  28. I just discovered your blog through Maya's Completely Coastal blog. I love your glittery seashells and starfish that she posted about, and I love these little birds too -- especially the tiny bird in the nest :-)

    After seeing your wonderful projects, I want to put glitter on everything!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  29. Those would be such precious ornaments. Love them.

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  30. Love your little birds....... I made a whole small tree with them and tiny clay pots I glittered ... I used old writing from a french book for french birds...
    I like your birdies better than the high dollar ones....
    HUgs
    Linda

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  31. Very pretty, great job and so much better than the Ballard ones! I think your template looks great by the way.

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  32. Super cute and thrifty, my two favs! God's blessings, Sarah :)

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  33. I love your birdies, they are so cute, especially the tiny one in the nest! You are so creative.

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  34. hey there, merry one!

    your birdies are beautiful! great job.

    i am signed up for the swap, too! looks like fun.

    guess what? lizzie is having another giveaway. i had to let you know.

    xo

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  35. oh my gosh, those are sooo cute! I love the glitter!
    thanks for sharing!
    gail

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  36. oh i love these! so pretty with all the glitter!

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  37. Cute, cute, cute! I love the paper you used too!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  38. Your work is adorable and for more special for being handmade.

    Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  39. Your birdies are so cute! Love all of your Christmas decor in the post below too...that banner on your fireplace is beautiful!
    Big Hugs,
    Queenie

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  40. What a smart girl you are with your scraps!! Good for you!

    Hugs,
    Sheila

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