It's been a productive week Chez McLean. I bought a box of 6 little birdhouses from Amazon a few weeks ago and as I've just signed up to take a stall at a Christmas Craft Fair in Caithness Horizons in town, I decided I better make a start on painting them.
I came up with and quickly discarded several ideas on how to decorate them. I'd been thinking of doing Big Skies, Little Planet scenes on them or perhaps little patchwork patterns or suchlike but it just didn't feel right. Then I woke up on Saturday morning with a lightbulb moment - they already are little houses so why not just keep them as little houses and give each one a different theme and a different little bird?!
So, here is the first of them. I was going to do a seagull but those cute little puffins just keep calling out to me!
|'Birdy Beach Hut' - painted birdhouse|
I also had an idea on how to possibly raise some funds for the animal shelter I volunteer at. I'm offering to do commissioned pet portraits of rescue animals that people have adopted and I'll donate 50% of the commission fee to the shelter. I ran it past the charities head office and the manager at the centre and they were happy for me to put up some posters at the shelter to let people know. I've also put a notice on a local community website and I plan to see if I can get an article or an advert in the local newspaper as well.
That then led to an idea of creating gift certificates which I can sell at the Christmas fair. That way, if someone wants to give the animal lover in their life a gift they can purchase certificates in multiples of £5 towards the cost of a commissioned portrait. I'm going to list these on Etsy too.
Last but definitely not least, I wasn't the only one being productive this week, my lovely, romantic, husband disappeared off to his man stuff in the garage on Saturday and then presented me with this:
|Driftwood Love made by the very lovely S McLean|
He made it out of little bits of driftwood that we'd gathered from the beach when we came here on holiday way before we ever dreamed we would get to live here. We'd taken them home with us to Ireland and then brought them back here when we moved. I love it so much - he's such an old softie at heart!
I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday. Be sure to pop by to see the many & varied artists who join the party each week.