Monday, June 15, 2009

300th Post Birds & Books Give Away Winners and Other Fun Stuff.....

"When nature made the blue~bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast."
~John Burroughs~(image source)
I so appreciate each and every one of you who visit here at Quill Cottage. Thank you for your sweet comments. Every one of you is a winner in my book! Since I am unable to send everyone a gift I have included the following images for use in your artwork.

I love this colorful cheerful vintage greeting card!Doesn't this make you want to get out your crayons? I am thinking about using portions of this image to transfer to white cotton tea towels and stitch the outlines in red.I love all these colorful birds on one sheet. This is from an old children's dictionary.Breakfast with the birds!A sweet little song sparrow from an old bird book!A tree full of birds graces this storybook page!
Just right click on the image and select "save image as" on your pop up menu and the image will be saved to your computer. Enjoy!

Congratulations to the following winners of my Birds & Books 300th Post celebration give away:

"Sweet Tweet" Bird Journal winner ~ Lori of Before the Stroke of Midnight!Mixed Media Nature Collage winner ~ Katie of Ragamuffin Gal!Altered Golden Book Cover winner ~ Jodie of Everything Vintage!

Please email me your name and mailing address information so I can get your goodies to you! Thank to all who played along. Special thanks goes out to those who helped to spread the word for this give away: (Just click on the highlighted blog title to visit each of these lovely and inspiring blogs. If I left anyone out who posted on this give away, please let me know and I will promptly add your link to the visiting list.)

Before the Stroke of Midnight
Lady Farmer Parables
Decor to Adore
Over the Fence
PEA's Corner
Simple Pleasures

After finishing the above projects I had a lot of odd snips and rips of paper left over. While visiting Beth of Gathering Dust I came across a fantastic idea for using up those odd scraps. Beth suggested that you keep a glue stick and a piece of card stock handy while working on your project. When your work area starts to get cluttered with scraps begin to glue them onto the card stock.

I worked in a haphazard fashion like this:Beth's was so much neater, her papers were more squares or larger pieces. When you are finished you will have a what looks like a bit of a mess like this:If you have a tag punch, punch out tag shapes, if not, just cut with a scissor in the desired tag shape of any size you wish. I cut mine into three large rectangles. Let the fun begin and embellish away! Here is the set of sweet tweet tags I made with my leftover paper:
I still have to add some small real twigs under the birds feet and then I think these will be finished.

Beth also had another brilliant idea ~ save your old phone book. When spreading glue open the phone book and lay your paper or image face down, spread the glue on the back of the image, then lift the paper or image and stick to your project. Simply flip or rip out the used phone book page and you will have a clean surface for gluing without the mess! This keeps your work surface clean and neat. I have even used this idea with small items requiring spray adhesive. Thanks Beth for sharing such great ideas!

I know I am behind on visiting around in blog land and I hope to get by to see all of you soon. We are still in the throws of our pond project and closing in on the finish. I have been working between rain showers to get what I can done while still trying to maintain my daily routine. I have been so tired in the evenings I have not even turned on the computer to visit. I can't wait to catch up with all of you and to show you the finished project!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Miss Sandy


Becky K. said...

Those are excellent tips!

Congratulations to the winners!!

KathyB. said...

Great tips & beautiful finished art. Now that summer is upon us it is hard to balance the outside fun and work with the inside fun and work AND get enough rest. Too bad sleep is a human need, hey?

Barbara H. said...

Congratulations on your 300th post and congratulations to the winners!

That's a great idea for using scraps!

Linda said...

You provide some really lovely ideas, things I wouldn't have even thought of. :-)

Congratulations to the winners!

Lady Farmer said...

Congratulations to the winners and to you, Miss Sandy, for your 300th post!
You simply amaze me ~ you can take what I would toss into the waste can and make it into something so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your terrific ideas!

kathy said...

SAndy -- so lovely - congrats to the winners !! I love the tags and thank you for being so generous with pics -- ALL about the birds Now -- and thanks for reminding me of Beth's idea -- Blessings , Kathy - ga ♥

lorhen82 said...

Thank you for the journal, Miss Sandy! I seem to be on a winning streak lately! I'll send you my address. ~Lori

Anonymous said...

A hearty congrats to your winners. Thanks for the beautiful images and great tips this morning. Can't wait to see your pond.

Sand Flat Farm said...

Some lucky ladies there. I love what you did with your scraps! No wasting such lovely papers. You are such an artist with those birdies! Looking forward to seeing what you did with your pond!

Andrea said...

Sandy, thank you, thank you for the lovely ideas and beautiful pictures! I will enjoy downloading them and using them.

You are a special person. A treasure, who blesses all.

Take care.


Ragamuffin Gal said...

Miss Sandy ~
What a lovely surprise! I am so happy and the collage is so beautiful ~ I LOVE it! But the real prize is having you as a blog friend and your charming blog to visit! With a Grateful Heart, Katie

Jodie LeJeune said...

Miss Sandyyyyyy!!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank You!!!!
(I'm grinning from ear to ear)
Wow girl...this is just what I needed to hear today ~ you've totally made my day!
And thank you for the sweet tips on scrap paper! I think I just might have to spend the day playing with my scraps...wonderful idea!
Thank you for your inspiration...I just love love LOVE your site!
everything vintage

LiLi M. said...

Congrats to you for 300 posts! Whow! Well done! I hope to be one of your regular visitors for a long time. Thanks for highlighting Beth's tips, I'm fond of her blog too, she deserves to be highlighted! Have a great week, keep those inspiring posts coming!

TinyBear said...

Your new tags are beautiful - what a great idea and thanks for sharing.
Congrats to the winners too.

Shopgirl said...

I love these tags, I am thinking about the tags I make for our church in the fall. This is lovely!
Hugs, Mary

Susie said...

Congrats to all the winners! I can't wait to see the finished pond.

Terry said...

Hi Miss Sandy
Congratulations to you and all the lovely winnners.
Blessings to you for sharing the wonderful photos today and a really great tip.
Have a fabulous week.

Shopgirl said...

You will never guess what I am doing. I am making the tags from scraps of paper, I am such a copy cat. I will share them when they are done. They will not be like yours, but kinda.
Love all that you do, Hugs, Mary

bluemuf said...

Congratulations to the winners of these beautiful items. And, a big thank you to you Miss Sandy for sharing the beautiful images with us.

Hugs karen

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you know I hate to waste anything so the tag idea is brilliant.

So too is the phonebook. :)

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