Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Burlap and Button Rescue

 I found this little picture at the second hand store this week.

I go there to pick up old bread for our pigs,
so, of course,
it's only right that I shop there once in a while.

(At least, that's what I tell my Farmer when he discovers my new "stash".) 

I loved the frame
but wasn't sure what I was going to do with what was in it.

 Then I remembered that Donna at Funky Junk Interiors was having a burlap party
and I found some burlap in the attic.

Burlap is handy to have around
and attics deserve to keep some.

I took the picture out of the frame...
 and cut the burlap slightly larger.

I sanded the frame.

I then put the metal piece wrapped in burlap back into the frame
carefully tucking and pulling
so that the burlap would be tight.

Gluing it would have been an option as well.

I decided I might ad some buttons to my picture.
Burlap and buttons.
That sounds so 70's doesn't it.
 I love my old box of buttons:
my colorful tiny treasures.
I picked out different colors,
trying to imagine them as flowers.
 I found this large brown one:
 a good nest, maybe?

 Ooo, I have this growing love for this color blue.
What is it called?  Peacock?

I'm tempted to do my base cabinets in the kitchen with it;
I painted the inside doors of one this color
and another one with the green that I also like,
and I asked Violet which she liked.

She said,

"Oooo, I like them both.
I really DON'T KNOW."

You know they are both great when she doesn't know!

 A combination is pretty,
but maybe too much.

 I decided on white.

 I sanded a side of the large button...
(Please excuse the green on my nails:
that is the possible cabinet color)

...and painted some eggs and twigs on it.

Can you tell I have a thing for birds and nests right now?
I adore hearing them singing their welcome to spring at this time of year!

I roughly painted the frame black,
painted a few tree branches with leaves
and a bird on the burlap,
and dabbed a little pink and yellow on the white buttons to make them look
a little more like flowers.

I could have stenciled the bird on,
if I had searched through my stencils in the attic,
but thought I'd just save time and paint one.

It's a long way up and down to the attic too many times
for one project.

I painted a sealer on the frame and buttons
and while that dried,
I lightly dry brushed a bit of brown in different places on the burlap
to make it look old.

 I then placed the buttons where I wanted them on the tree limbs...
 and used a little touch of glue gun to hold them in place.

 What a fun project...

 and it is perfect over the mantle where I have been needing a new picture.

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Smiling Sally




  1. Lovely! I admire your painting talent!

  2. How wonderful to create something so cool with nothing but a few materials and your own talent. I've always envied people with artistic abilities.

    Really neat project!


  3. What a beautiful piece that you have created out of that little frame...I think that is the loveliest piece of hand made craft I have seen in a long time.................Suzanne

  4. So beautiful! I absolutely love it.

  5. What a great rescue! And now you have a lovely work of art!

  6. I had to look to see how this was done. I beautiful, you are talented!

  7. I would never have imagined that. Just beautiful. I love that you showed me the thought process to create it too.

  8. Your very talented, the art work is beautiful! Love the new look.

  9. Another amazing project!!! Love it!

  10. Love this! You did a great job! So different!

  11. I love it and it looks so nice hanging right where you put it!

  12. Ahhhh I remember when those punched tin pictures were all the rage! Good rescue of a cute frame and the end result looks wonderful!

  13. How very creative!! I love it!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Beautiful!! You are so creative. You have a great weekend too! :)

  15. What a great gift God has given you!

  16. Girl you are amazing! I love how you just "see" it and jump right in and do it. Such confidence.

  17. Beautiful! It looks primitive and fresh all at the same time! Thanks for joining me at Dandelion House! I'll be back to see what you're up to!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  18. Wow, you've got some serious painting skills! Nicely done! I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime,

  19. As a crafter and painter, I think this is so creative and just a beautiful idea. I even sew too so this means a lot to be since it ties back to all of these processes. Thanks for sharing!

  20. This is just beautiful! You are such a gifted and creative artist!

  21. You are very talented and have great "vision"!!

  22. That is so sweet! Admire your painting talent. I love old buttons and have used them in several projects.

  23. That is adorable! You are so talented! I wish I could see something and fix it up like that. Good job! I'm following you from Keeping it Simple blog hop.

  24. loving your burlap and buttons!

  25. You hand painted that bird? Wow.Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  26. That's fabulous! So unique. Would you consider selling something like that? It's so charming.

  27. That never would have come to me, in a million years! So creative and pretty.

    Great job!

    Becky K.

  28. Beautiful photos!

    Come see my blues, have a great week ahead.

    I am now a follower. Please feel free to follow my blog, thanks!

  29. Very cute - you're quite talented!!

    I'm a new follower stopping by from Blue Monday...great to connect with you.

    Hope you can come visit sometime at :O

  30. I love this, birds and buttons and nest-all stuff I adore. Stop by for a visit sometime.

  31. Gorgeous!

    Please come take a look at my entry, thank you!

  32. Absolutely love this! You are soooo talented!!!

  33. that is just the sweetest thing - love your creativity!

  34. hiya , gorgeous piece and love how you showed your different colourways as you went , tfs i am visiting from amaze me mondays and am your newest follower hope you will stop by mine and follow me too

  35. This is adorable! You are very creative. I love that some of the buttons were actually flowers, and the shading on the eggs makes them look 3D!

  36. Love it! You should win a CSI prize for this!

  37. You are so talented! I love your project! And I LOVE your button collection! ;)

  38. Awesome! I gotta try this! Thanks!

  39. I absolutely adore that piece. Thanks for linking up to Marvelously sure to stop in next Monday for another party!!

  40. I just wanted to let you know I featured this project on my blog!! Feel free to come by and see the post and grab a Featured Button!!

  41. WOW!!! Thanks for the wonderful comments everybody!! I had fun with this project: always feels good to use up some old supplies to make something new. I really appreciate all your kindness!! :)

  42. I think my heart just melted!! What an amazing job you did! It's not easy to paint on that scale, let alone on such a rough surface. Amazing. I love your profile info- ditto to all of it- except I only have one, not 3 :) Thanks so much for joining in at Transformations and Treasures! so nice to meet you!

  43. Looks great! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)


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