Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Make a little birdhouse in your soul...

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. 

Here's the poster I've put up at the centre:


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. 

30 comments:

  1. What an old romantic! Love the bird boxes - des res!Good luck with the posters! xx

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  2. Fabulous ideas. Love the birdhouse and the pet portraits. Maybe you can do something with kids or pets names on them For example have the Puffin birdhouse (or something else) ready and painted and then just paint some kids name on it. People love to get their kids (or pets) name on things.

    And that "S"! Whatta guy!

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  3. OMG !!! What eye candy you have here... OK - first.. I LUV the project your Hubs made - how wonderful.
    The GC for the portraits and Charity idea sooooo rocks - well done you.
    The little bird house.... well all I can say is - Eeeeeeek !! I am sooooo in LUV with the Puffin house I could just die with delight. I would love one of those - pity I don't live nearer :-)

    Huggies

    IKE in Greece xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Wow Nic! You are so 'on the ball'. You have thought hard about where you are going with your art and have some great ideas. I love the pet portrait idea and your generous offer to the shelter. The gift voucher will be perfect for the Christmas season and the little bird houses are beautiful. With all your great ideas and amazing art, how could you lose? Good Luck Nic, you deserve it:)

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  5. Love!!! How romantic.... what a lovely gesture,
    as for those bird houses.. fabulous, those puffins are so cute, if puffins could or would like to live in a house this would be for them. Infact I think they should forget the burrows!! Gorgeous, people will LOVE them!!

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  6. Oh my! Your little puffin houses are so adorable! :)

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  7. Lots of terrific ideas here Nic and the birdhouse is gorgeous, am sure they will be snapped up. Loving your husband's make as well. Happy PPF, enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  8. That birdhouse could not be cuter - it'll get snapped up! I think your gift cert. idea is really a good one, especially at a show where people can see pictures of others you've done, since they're so wonderful. And your hubby - he's a keeper for sure!

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  9. Wonderfully darling birdhouse. And your idea about the pet portraits is excellent. I wish you good luck in that.

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  10. Your birdhouse is adorable. Lucky you to have such a wonderfully creative husband as well!!

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  11. Adorable house for birds, they'll love it! Sweet husband is creative too! Kudos to him as well! Sweet gift ideas all around! HPPF!

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  12. wow! very productive and generous week you've had. You made me smile with all the wonderful ideas you've made come to life!

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  13. Oh Nic, those birdhouses are adorable. What a great idea to paint birds on them. And you've been full of great ideas it seems. Putting up these posters in the animal shelter and thinking up those gift certificates .... way to go! Also love the sign your husband made. Very creative couple you make ! :-)

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  14. People will snap thise bird cages up! Especially the tourists! And how sweet is you husband! I love his sign x

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  15. Oh they will eat your bird houses up, what a great first start....couldn't be more perfect. YOur gift certificate is a marvelous idea to help the rescues and hubby, well, gold stars all round. xox

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  16. LOVE your birdhouse and your driftwood piece hubby made, perfect!! HPPF!

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  17. A Little Birdhouse in Your Soul!!! They Might Be Giants! These will be fantastic, and should get snapped up in a heartbeat. The gift certificate idea is pretty genius too.

    The driftwood is so romantic and beautiful. What a wonderful gift.

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  18. Wow, you have indeed been very productive. Your bird houses will do well. You are amazing with your ideas on the commissioned paintings of an adopted rescue animal. How great! You are a person with a lot of heart, plus and awesome painter. Great post.
    gloria

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  19. Adorable birdhouses Nic-I bet you sell many! What a generous way you use your talents to help the shelter animals, and you know I love the portraits. What a sweetie your hubby is-such a romantic gesture-beautiful.

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  20. Nic, these are perfect for a Christmas craft fair! People will grab them in a flash... they are adorable!

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  21. I love your birdhouse. It made me think of those little beach houses I saw in Southwold when I visited there. You are on to something great! The certificate idea is brilliant! Love what you are doing here :)

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  22. I think the idea of sharing the fee with the animal rescue is great, I've thought about something similar for the place I have my exhibition, as it is a centre for art and culture, free of charge and with a lot of possibilities. A great way to support the institution and the artist at the same time :-)
    And of course the sign of love, how wonderful to have such a man!

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  23. I really love your idea(s) for the animal rescue. Very inspiring and so sincere. The certificate is great too! I love it all, not to mention the fact that your husband made that for you is soo awesome!! :)

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  24. I don't think that bird house could be any cuter, and such a lovely idea!

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  25. You have such brilliant ideas, the gift cards and the 50% donation of the fee! Love the bird house, so incredibly cute!

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  26. As I read your post I kept getting more excited. Each thing you shared was so creative but also represented the Nic that I have gotten to know through your blog so well.

    It is inspiring to meet someone with so much talent who uses that talent in so many ways that can also benefit others. Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas and work with us and the world.

    Have a great week!
    PS I love your husband's sign as well.

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  27. This is a packed post! Good job. My sister collects birdhouses. This one with the puffin would definitely catch her eye. Why do we live so far away?
    Love the poster and that you are going to donate half of what you make for a good cause. Excellent!
    What a super gift of a placque!

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  28. Your poster is fantastic and the idea behind it is perfect for you and for those sweet animals that need a loving home. So proud of you! Btw, I adore the birdhouse and all the little details and the soft color. I can't wait to see more! Happy Weekend!

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  29. Oh my, you really have been busy! What wonderful ideas you've come up with, so exciting! Love your birdhouse! It's so sweet, and yes, I definitely prefer the puffin to a seagull. They're just amazing. Looking forward to seeing more of your birdhouses!

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  30. Love these little bird houses...so cute and wow hubby is so talented too! Great driftwood piece!! All the best on your commission work!

    Hugs Giggles

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