July 4, 2011

Red, White & Birds!

Once upon a time I saw these birdies...and they were cute.
But not so cute that I wanted to spend $22 for the 4 of them...
$22 is a whole lotta Del Taco, let me tell you! So, I saved the
picture {I don't even know from whence it came...ACK!} and
continued on my way...visions of birdies still in my head...
and $22 dollars still in my pocket!

Then I found these guys at The 99¢ Store...oh happy day!
{along with 99¢ Cheetos, 99¢ sour gummy worms and this
3-pak of tacos that are truly the quintessential junk food...I
have not idea what they are made of...nor do I want to know! ;}
But seriously...they are nearly identical...wow! And I got 3
for 99¢ x 3, plus tax...I'm thinking I scored...a hat trick, no
And yet, I knew they'd need a little something before I'd
adore them...brown and tan and glazy is just not my thing!

Then I saw these guys...
pitter patter...Bradycardia...
charged to 300...clear!

{sorry, this shot and the next flatly refuse to be big!}

They are from The Country House , a little known
catalog that I have never ordered from, yet do enjoy perusing. Now,
these guys are made of resin but have the very same feet...and I do
like their whiteness...but how to translate that to my shiny, glazy
little tweeters!?

GESSO! What real artists use to prime their canvases...canvi...?
And what I have always used to cover a multitude of sins and
imperfections! Pity that "gesso" doesn't make a cosmetics line! ;}
I love to use it to give a new frame that vintage look instantly, too!

It took two coats...and gesso takes a day to dry between coats...
but all in all...I am happy as lark with their new look!

And since tomorrow is the 4th of July...I knew these birdie guys
would want to get in on all the celebrating! So, like any lunatic would
do...I made them party hats! You, know...the kind of lunatics we come
from...who would tell the king just exactly where he can put those
red coats and I'll thank you very much not to tax my tea! ;}

Vintage postcards used to make these wee hats courtesy of The Graphics Fairy , of course!

Yes, I said hats!

Don't they look like they are ready for a hot dog, baked beans,
potato salad, homemade ice cream {Rolaids} and some sparklers!!??

Actually, they look like they are up to no good...insider trading
perhaps...hostile take over...Bilderberg Group, hmmm....

So, here's wishing you an INDEPENDENCE DAY that is ALL
sparklers & and apple pie...and bird's in party hats! ;}

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  1. Great job! And don't 'cha just love the dollar stores? (Until we remember they used to be the five and dimes.) I dearly love the little hats, too. Just sooo cute!

  2. You are so funny! I always smile when I visit. I love your little birds and their party hats! Perfect! Happy 4th!

  3. Your birds turned out gorgeous. Love their little hats also. Hugs, Marty

  4. Hi Most Sparkly One! I've not been around in a bit and look what you're up to! Fun fun fun and cute cute cute! Love your very reasonably priced birdies! They look adorable painted white, well, gessoed! and the hats! Now only you would think of making these sparkly little birdie hats! Too cute.
    Have a wonderful 4th.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  5. Love their little hats! Gesso? Wow. You're a clever one!

  6. You are a real bargain hunter. And you made it happen. Who would have thought of gesso? Nancy

  7. Love your sweet little birds!! I haven't seen any of these cuties in the dollar type stores we have but am going to keep my eyes out for them!

  8. Ah yes...another crazy woman hits the 99cent store! I love their hats...but what? No mini sparklers to hold in their little white "feet/hands"? Pity..and now I ask you...can they SEE with all the gesso in their eyes? I do believe that Joan Rivers has been using some of the gesso on top of her plastic surgeried face...

    Have a happy 4th- I know you will! xo Diana

  9. Very cute...I saw those birds at the Dollar Tree. They are adorable with the hats!!

  10. Adorable party hats for your transformed birdies! So cute.
    Happy 4th of July!

  11. Love the little birds...the pictures are so artistic!

  12. wow, I AM a painter and i use gesso all the time,, i never once thought of using it for anything else,, you are so clever!!!

  13. I like what you did with the little birds - but I especially like how you dressed them for the holiday!

  14. ha ha ha i love those little birdie hats how cute are they ;-)) They are turned out really nice in white you are clever. Happy 4th July to you, dee x

  15. Love the party hats! Now I must make a trip to the 99 cent only store. Too bad it is 1am and the store isn't open. Drats!

  16. love the bargin birds...lol. And what did you say???????? Cosmetic gesso.... oh dear oh my... i am on my way to the mall to find some gesso to fix my aging face...LOL... now that really made me laugh out loud literally=)

  17. Beautiful birds images. Cool idea.

  18. Love their little hats! I love when it all works together and "waiting" brings rewards.

  19. Awww...they are so cute!! and yet they do look up to something....Gesso is just the most amazing stuff. I hope you made yourself a matching party hat!

  20. Oh gosh I'm laughing. When you said you had to do a little work on them my mind went right to Glitter. Boy was I wrong. Like the reasult though and there is glitter in the hats.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  21. This is a simply PERFECT transformation. I had no idea Gesso would stick to glass so will absolutely be doing a little experimenting with that. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Great job with the birds. Happy 4th of July to you!

    I think gesso for the face would be fantastic - but could we smile? Would it crack?

  23. You never fail to give a laugh. Great post, cute birdies. Have a great Independence Day:)

  24. Too cute and you are very creative! I love those party hats - you can't not smile at that. Happy 4th!

  25. Clev-er !!! What a great idea. They look great!

  26. I LOVE the fact that you got all those goodies for so CHEEP! Birds kinda do it for me too! Enjoyed the post,the little birds are real patriots!

  27. Clever! Brilliant! Ingenous! Just the BEST!!

  28. Loved what you did with those sweet little birds...even before I got to the end and they were wearing those fabulous party hats!!! ADORABLE!!! How fun are you?!?!
    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to share your little birds at the Tuesday To Do Party!



  29. love your sweet little birds. I've been collecting little birds over the past year or so. Yours turned out so great.
    Hoping your 4th was fun. Hugs♥

  30. Ok - WAY cute! I have the birds - I have gesso - and I have the plates, too! YEAH! All I need now are the little party hats! LOVe It!

  31. Good heavens, Your blog always makes my heart smile..... I LOVE the way your brain works xx Ava

  32. You definitely get the shopper of the day award. I think a little bird added to any vignette is just perfect, and who can resist birds in party hats? May I ask where you got the precious red polka dot plates? Love them!

  33. This post reminded me of the Portlandia skit/video (Google it if you haven't!) about hipsters in Portland called "Put a bird on it." LOVE ME SOME BIRD DECORATIONS!

    <3 Maddie

  34. Hurray! wow, that was a great job you did on those adorable birdies. They are so sweet and if you hear a little noise at night while asleep it just might be the birdies going tweet, tweet saying thank you for making them look so cheery.

  35. Love it! The look great and were cheeeep! LOL! Couldn't resist!

  36. LOL for the hats on the birds! Inspired!


  37. Those birds look absolutely adorable in the hats! Too cute!!!!

  38. Don't you just love it when a plan falls together!! Your birds are gorgeous!

  39. I love what you did with the birds! If it were me I still would have spent $22 I would have reasoned that sincethey were a bargin I would buy 22 of them!

  40. Love the birds! Nobody would guess they came from a dollar store.
    The hats made me grin, and feel a little bit more sane :D So cute!

  41. Thank you so much for linking this up! I love it! So cute! Perfect for my first blog party celebrating the 4th of July!

    I'm hosting my first ever weekly blog party and it starts today! It is called {re}create into something new! So please link up anything that you have reinvented, repurposed, recycled, revamped, reused, reorganized or redone! http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-blog-party.html

    Thanks again!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

  42. oh my word,... party hats! I tend to collect white birds (or birds that I paint white) but had never thought of that little flourish... i'm inspired!


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