Thursday, March 11, 2010

Butterflies and birdhouses

I finally got around to painting some of the mother of pearl buttons I bought recently at Tuesday Morning. Can you tell I'm longing for spring? What was your first clue? The little teapot is for a tote bag that I'm making to donate to the CQ convention in Omaha this summer. I've donated a bag every year for 4 years now, I think. They usually bring about $50 at the auction and the funds go for breast cancer research and for scholarships for CQers to attend the convention. Maybe someday I'll apply for one of those scholarships...

Rachel found out about this fund raiser that helps send hard to get but handy items to our troops overseas. They are raising money this year with a decorate-a-birdhouse contest. Rachel bought 5 of the little paper mache' birdhouses and gave two to Michaela and I to decorate. Here are Rachel's:


And here are Michaela's (right) and mine:


I believe they will be voted on by the public, then auctioned. Here's a link if you'd like to see the others people have done:
http://www.kjct8.com/global/Category.asp?c=183259

11 comments:

Maddie Can Fly said...

All of the buttons are great but my favorite is the little blue bird. Great job! Can you still see? (LOL)

Ann Flowers said...

Oh my goodness Janet!!!! You did a wonderful job on the buttons. Very pretty.


Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

FredaB said...

Hi Janet
The buttons you painted are just beautiful. I liked all of them and I do remember your bags you make for the auction. I have attended 2 out of the last 3 years. You should apply for a scholarship. It is a lot of fun.

I have to ask Janet - where is River City, Happy Valley. It sounds like something out of a novel.

Hugs

FredaB

pineapple_ing said...

So cute Janet.. Gerry K. would be proud! My fav. is the Tulip one, but that little tea pot is to sweet and looks so familiar too! Would you like some more? You obviously make good use out of them.
Hugs, ~Ing

Debbie said...

Good job on those buttons Janet, you must have been paying attention at the retreat! The birdhouses are cute too, and all for a good cause.Debbie (Maine)

Cathy K said...

Janet, you are so talented, and those buttons are yet more proof. Just gorgeous!!! Your bags at the Omaha auction are always a hit, and last year's went for $60, I believe, and worth every penny and then some!! Hugs, Cathy

Judy S. said...

Your buttons are fabulous, Janet! What kind of paint did you use? That tutorial you did on the birds is very good. Have you seen the book A-Z of Bullions? (Not sure the title is exactly right; it's upstairs....)

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Karen said...

Love those buttons and the birdhouses are so fun!! You are a fantastic artist!

Jane said...

You have quite the hand for painting!(love the teeny tiny detail on the buttons) and it looks like Micheala inherited the painting hand too. Tell her for me how pretty her birdhouse turned out, will ya? Thanks for sharing

Gerry Krueger said...

Geat job on thr buttons Janet... I look forward to seeing them on something now.... The shaped button are so sweet... Gerry K.