Friday, November 27, 2009

Blog Hoppin!


Welcome Welcome! is it Black Friday already? wow- this year has really gone by quickly!
Over at Bobunny we are doing Thankful Blog Hop! To those of you coming from Rita's Blog, thanks for coming by
!

What are you thankful for this year? I have so many blessings in my life. Definitely one is getting back in touch with my sister Kelly, and reconnecting with her has been such a joyous part of my life. Of course, I'm also thankful for my family's health, our home, and I can't forget my children and husband.
I wanted to share something else I believe is a blessing in my life, my love of crafting and artistic ability. Not many days go by where I feel that I need to create and just sitting down in my office- making a few cards or a more elaborate project brings me such joy.


I created this beautiful Christmas birdhouse, out of this church styled birdhouse I've had for several years- sitting there unfinished. My youngest daughter had started painting it deep burgundy, and we'd let it sit.
Recently I reclaimed it- and pulled it out to work on it.


To create it- I first used Crackle Medium and let it dry a few hours, then painted it with a rich cream acrylic, letting it dry for a couple days. ( that's just me- you can just make sure it's overnight) I added glittered fern leaves from Autumn Leaves, a few red and pearlized berry sticks from the silk flower department at the craft store, I used raffia to make my bow, and I used Bobunny Pear Double Dot paper to cut out my holly leaves. I also glittered them with light lime glitter. I also used a Bobunny Glittered Brad in the K&Co chip on the bottom. I added the K&CO chip banner to the top of the birdie hole, and called it complete.

Next on stop on the Bobunny Blog hop is Julia's Blog- check out everyone's blogs as many team members are doing small giveaways!


If you'd be so kind as to leave me a comment- I'd love to know- Do YOU do the crazy shopping on Black Friday- or do you stay at home, enjoying leftovers?


We typically decorate our house on Black Friday- I don't do crowds well- so we'll be enjoying our day trimming the trees and listening to Christmas music.
thanks for coming by!
kris

84 comments:

Ann Cicilie said...

What a cool christmas birdhouse! Nice!

We don't have black friday here in Denmark, but I sure do some internet shopping from american scrapbooking internet stores, there are so many great offers!

Carmen O. said...

Your birdhouse is fantastic! Love the crackle finish and all the little details.

No black friday for me, I prefer sleep and no crowds. LOL

Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabulous BoBunny goodies!

Kim said...

That birdhouse is so TWEET!! LOL!
I am thankful that I made it to Walmart by 3 a.m. this morning and had EVERYTHING on my list and was back home before 6 with over half of my Christmas shopping done!! WOOHOO!
Thanks for the chance to win some Bo Bunny Goodies!
Happy Holidays!

lotsa scrap said...

Fantastic project! I stay home with family here for our annual reunion.

Jodee said...

I don't do the shopping thing. I've always had to work. This year I am just enjoying myself at home!

Frankie said...

That birdhouse is fabulous! I have a thing for birdhouses anyway, so I loved seeing yours and reading the details that went into creating it. No Black Friday shopping for me -- I'd much rather stay home and avoid the crowds and craziness!

Scrapthat said...

love your house!!
I'm CDN so no black Friday for me :( TFS your project...it's Gorgeous!

Whimcees said...

I love the church! You have created a lovely work of art that can be displayed again and again! I love the Double Dot paper and have it in all colors! I stay home on BF as I don't care to fight the crowds and would rather stay home and create.

Barbara Diane

TeenaBugg38 said...

Beautiful birdy house!! I wouldn't be caught dead out shopping today.....lol. I have already done most of my shopping online so i can avoid the crowds and parking lot brawls....lol

Juel said...

I stay home because I don't like being around some people that are in a got to get it mode.

mustangkayla said...

What a cute birdhouse!

Chris said...

Adorable birdhouse!

I slept in as opposed to BF shopping. I've never gone out in it, and really kind of refuse to leave my house on BF. Too crazy for me.

Lora Oliver said...

LOVE this!!! TFS!

Angie said...

Yep we do the black friday here! My mom and I went out this morning and fought the crowds, it has turned into a yearly tradition for us.

Cynthia B. said...

That is a gorgeous birdhouse! Great job on it.
As for Black Friday...really I'm the one who does most of the shopping for Xmas - Black Friday or not. But THIS morning, my dear husband actually got up at 4 and braved Walmart! I stayed w/ the kids and got donuts later for everyone. My hubby is just one reason I'm thankful...and truly blessed. :)

Piali said...

Stunning!! Love the birdhouse..Thanks for the chance to win fab BB goodies.

HazelQ said...

Aww what a cute birdhouse!! Thanks for the inspiration :)
hugs
Hazel

Lyneen said...

Love the Church Birdhouse... great reclaim!!! No Black Friday shopping for this girl... the crowds are tooo much! The sales are not enough to entice me out and stand in long lines to pay for my purchases...

Amy said...

Beautiful birdhouse. I'd let it sit a couple days too lol.... NO WAY on the Black Friday shopping for me!!!

Brandi said...

Your birdhouse is gorgeous!

When we have money I love to go Black Friday shopping... but this year we will be decorating for Christmas... should be fun!

mva.gehrke said...

What a gorgeous birdhouse! I would rather go to the dentist than shop Black Friday!!!

Judith said...

Love your birdhouse. I live in Australia, so we don't have Black Friday here.

ZoiHoku said...

Crazy Blak riday shopping? You must be crazy! Naw, I don't do it though. I hate crowds

Krystina said...

Seeing as how I had to work today, I was really wanting to get up extra early to get some shopping in, I did manage a small stop before work, but that is it. I can't get up early to fight crowds not attractive to me!

Katrina said...

uh...I went scrappy shopping today, does that count?? I usually have to work, so I don't ever hit the sales.

Cute decoration!!! Love it!

KellyG said...

Love that birdhouse! Some years we go out and some we don't, today we did not go shopping, and I am still tired!

Charisma3103 said...

Here in Canada we don't have the Black Friday madness like you all have I wish we did it would make shopping so much more easier

Janie Boots

** Paula ** said...

Love the birdhouse - its brilliant!

Unfortunately we dont get to do the whole thanksgiving holiday nor black friday here in the UK but we love to read about what our fellow scrappers and friends do in the US x

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing that beautiful birdhouse. So pretty. I have done the Black Friday thing before but this year just too depressing I guess. Enjoying the day off work and playing in my scrapbook room.
Thanks again,

*Suzy* said...

Love your birdhouse!!!

I live in a small rural community and had no intention of shopping today, other than online. BUT, the one & only clothing store had 50% off the entire store (it has gift collections also) from 6-9 a.m. ... so on my way to work I hit it and bought funky flannel pjs for my sister in law & myself for Christmas.

Cyndy said...

Great crackled, distressed look on the birdhouse!

shiningdove said...

Love the birdhouse!

Unfortunetly i've been stuck at work all day - dealing with unhappy people all day, complaints and whatnot. At least crafting gets me away from it.

The Savvy Scrapbooker said...

I live in Canada, so no Black Friday for me.... I went to strollercise this morning.... that's how I spent the day.

katy said...

I love you bird house, I did the crazy black friday thing today.

Pamk said...

love the bird house. and though I usually do the Black Friday thing but not this year.

PamS said...

I took 2 classes on inking at my lss today. It was my way of missing all those packed parking lots and busy cash registers.

denise said...

very cute.... just love birdhouses!

Tracey said...

Love your birdhouse!! Gorgeous!

Teresa Jaye said...

I stay home on black Friday and do a little cyber shopping! I love your bird house, it's adorable!

perezmom said...

That birdhouse is gorgeous! I brave the black friday sales and then come home and make a turkey day dinner on Friday since we are everywhere but home on Thanksgiving day!

-Kristin

Queenie said...

Wow stunningly gorgeous i love it!!!
I am from Scotland and we dont have Black Friday here Sadly.
Hugs
Tracy
xxx

Jean said...

Love that bird house! No shopping here. the kids are older and there are enough other deals that I did not need to shop so early.

Janet Z said...

I'm Canadian so we don't have Black Friday.
Love your birdhouse!

sclugo said...

Love your birdhouse! The crackle finish is beautiful.

Tams said...

that bird house is so gorgeous, what a great idea, and a definite holiday treasure for years to come. I'm Canadian and we don't have Black Friday, some stores have specials on this weekend, but not anything I needed. I do have some friends who went over to shop. Enjoy your Christmas festivities.

scarthur said...

We hide at home on Black Friday and REST! The people are way too crazy! Maybe someday when the babies are older and they want to come along!

Debbie Flowers said...

I love your beautiful birdhouse. I stay home on Black Friday and enoying the leftovers while I work on craft holiday gifts.

Kathy said...

I never even heard of Black Friday until I moved to PA from CT, but it is a big thing here. I have never done it....I don't like crowds either, and the waiting in line, and the crazies that are out there. I used to work on Black Friday, but am retired now and just took today easy! Your birdhouse is lovely.

superwidowmom said...

I prefer to sleep in and avoid the crowds. I'll pay a little extra not to have to deal with the vultures.

SnapWhiz said...

What a super cute little birdhouse! I love the crackle detail on it - it turned out fab!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Scrapamum said...

That birdhouse is wonderful.
We don't have black Friday in Canada but we are just across the form Seattle and I think I want to give it a try maybe next year. It sounds like so much fun!

LoriBell said...

I did do some shopping online, the blog hop has been a nice break. Thank you.

NanaBeth said...

This is exquisite. I know I have a birdhouse buried somewhere around the house-I'm going to find it as soon as I'm done hopping.

sandee said...

Your birdhouse is a classic! As for today, I had to work. No shopping, no leftovers...just work.

Fleursbydesign said...

Gorgeous bird house. I wish we had Black Friday here in Canada I would definitely shop:)

MelanieC said...

No black shopping for me this year...I had to work :(

nicole said...

My DD was born on the 27th of November so most of the time we are either preparing for her birthday or we are actually celebrating... if I can get up early enough we make it out to buy extra bday gifts...lol

Jill Oriente said...

That birdhouse is gorgeous! I love the name of your blog, BTW! :) Thanks for the chance to win some BoBunny goodness!

Lynn Stevens said...

i Love Love Love your birdhouse, A true delight to see. TFS

BishopsMommie said...

I do if I have money..but sometimes it is a waste of time

alwayscharlie said...

I love the birdhouse!
No shopping for me! I'd rather pay more than be part of those crowds! Now with internet shopping I can do both - great deals and no crowds!

Katies Button Boutique said...

super cute Birdhouse! thankyou for this hopping carazy event heheh xxx

Lisa said...

LOVE that birdhouse! I have a few "unloved" birdhouses that I'm now inspired to go collect and make them pretty like the one you did!
I went out shopping on Black Friday but just to my local craft stores to stock up on supplies. I was back home by mid afternoon and started cleaning and organizing my scraproom so I can do some serious crafting in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Angie Smith said...

Kristen, I love the birdhouse! What a great inspiration for the holiday season. You are so talented and I am so thankful that Bo Bunny is sharing you with us during this blog hop. Keep up the good work!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the crackle finish to your bird house. I'm from Canada and we don't have black friday, but some stores in my city did have midnight madness sales last night. Tara-Lynn

luverlie said...

luv, luv, luv the birdhouse!
It used to be a tradition to do the black friday shopping until a few years ago. A major job loss brought lots of unplanned changes. We now stay home and focus on decorations and other holiday preparations and worry less about the $$$ part of the holidays. Grateful for the little things that make the holidays. Bo bunny products make gift making and gift giving easy. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.

Shannon R. said...

I love this project. I typically do some shopping on Black Friday, but I refuse to get up early. I just go when I wake up and see what's left. I've found Target typically still has their doorbusters even 5 hours after they've opened.

Nicki said...

I LOVE bird houses, this is so darn adorable, thanks for sharing!

Erika M. said...

Lovely birdhouse! I've done Black Friday two times in my whole life and that was enough for me.

Miranda said...

The birdhouse is gorgeous. I live in the netherlands and no black friday here.

zgagi said...

Your birdhouse is sooo beautiful! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Poland, but I've done some black Friday shopping over the net.

Alita said...

Hi Kris!
What a lovely Birdhouse!
Sadly, after having 7 back operations that has left me with permanent nerve damage and having my hubby of 35 yrs and my older brother who I take care of both have alzhiemer's - so No I don't do the crazy Black Friday. I try to shop online as much as possible all year round.
Thank you for sharing your project and allowing us to be inspired by your craftmanship!

Heidi E. said...

That is a great birdhouse.> thanks for sharing.. I went out for Black Friday at 4am and dont really do it for any bargains.. I more like hanging with my girlfriends and the experience.. :) although I am pretty much done with my Christmas shopping now.

detra said...

I got in the havit of black friday when I worked a night shift. We would all head to Wally World and grab what we could before the sale started officially.

Beth said...

Sometimes I do BF & sometimes I don't. This year I did a little bit, but with no luck whatsoever. Shoulda just stayed home & scrapped!

Vangee said...

Your birdhouse is beautiful! I love the crackle look because it makes it look aged. I don't do the crowds either. We stay home, put away fall decor and get out Christmas decor. Then we watch a Christmas movie that the kids choose. What a fun, relaxing day!

Maria said...

Yes, I'm one of the crazy people out on black Friday. We were out of the house by 5 a.m. and home again by 10.

LOLena said...

Was planning to stay home Black Friday but when the cricut machine on sale at walmart dot com disappeared in my cart 2 seconds after 5am, I stupidly got into the car with yesterday's makeup on having not slept at all for 2 days and couldn't believe the crowds. No parking spaces and No cricut machines anywhere! Geez I should have been here. But i collapsed after getting home about 5 hrs later.

silvia said...

Gorgeous Birdhouse!!!
No crazy shopping for me on Friday. Home with the leftovers is the place to be.

Hanna said...

No, I am not doing any Black Friday shopping here in Sweden. I wish I had found out about the online stores that Ann Cicilie mentioned in her post. LOL I am just enjoying a Sunday blog hop 7 AM in the morning. The birdhouse is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine said...

I worked this year on Black Friday - however my son normally goes out with me, EARLY in the morning and loves being the only GUY in the craft/fabric store on Black Friday! :) He hears all sorts of nice things about himself -- which is why he always wants to go! lol

Kim M said...

We stay at home, I would never get out in that crowd.

Tracy said...

That is amazing!

Paper Dolls said...

I stay home... Your birdhouse is quite lovely!