The April challenge at Berkhamsted Creative Challenge is All Creatures Great and Small.
Which gave me a good excuse to complete a project for Bethany which, if I'm honest, was supposed to be a Christmas present.
It all started with a wooden decorative bird house I found in a charity shop. Bethany loves birds (va va's) so I thought it'd be great decorated in her room.
It came as plain wood, although I didn't get a picture of that.
I started with a coat of gesso to prime the wood a bit and give a light under colour.
I then repainted the roof in blue to match the paper I wanted to add. With all those grooves I was bound to miss a bit, and if the undercoat was the same base colour it wouldn't show nearly as much.
I then decoupaged the birdhouse, using deco patch papers. I've had these a while, I can't even remember what the blue was bought for (I know the white I used on the picture frame that was the first thing I ever decoupaged).
I use a water and PVA mix - it gives a nice matt finish that I like. I've never tried the varnishes you can buy specifically for decoupage, so can't say if they're better, or just different - one day I'll want a gloss finish, or do something for outside, then I'll splash out on the proper stuff.
I tore the paper into pieces, but also made use of the straight edges of the paper, for the edges where the two different papers met.
For the bird, I used a pattern I downloaded from Ravelry, called the Bluebird of Happiness. It's a good, easy to follow pattern, quite simple but fiddly, using double ended needles for something so small.
I had a blue mix yarn, again, no idea what I bought it for, but I did use it to make a squid for hubby last year.
Even the cat was showing some interest !
And, as Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts has got a variety of birdhouse shapes in that I couldn't resist, Bethany will have a little village, and a flock of birds, to adorn her room.