Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guest Designer :: Heather Rowley, Speckled Egg


Our Guest Designer this month is someone who's work and shop I've admired for some time. Have you visited the Speckled Egg? If not, you're in for a real treat! The creative one behind it is the lovely Heather Rowley. Isn't her project just beautiful?? I love the feathers on the bird and the pretty, soothing colors, touches of silver glitter and of course the BUTTONS! Read on to learn a bit more about Heather and how she created her project.
Heather Rowley lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sweet little girls. From a very young age, she has loved crafting and collecting vintage treasures. She has always enjoyed using these found objects in her projects. Heather turned her hobbies into a business about 5 years ago when she started her web-shop, Speckled Egg , a wonderful source for craft embellishments, trims, and vintage finds. Her other favorite activities include flea marketing, decorating, baking, traveling, and spending time with her beautiful family.
Materials Needed:
Say It With Letters NESTING COLLECTION
Cream Colored Acrylic Paint
Vintage Wallpaper, Sheet Music, Ledger Paper
White Vintage Buttons
Vintage Brooch
Old Lace, Trims
Silver Glitter (Fine)
Glue Stick, Hot Glue Gun, Tacky Glue

Using a stiff, dry brush, paint the edges of all of the pieces with the cream paint. Let a little bit of the wood show through for a distressed look. Let dry completely.

For the Birdhouse:
Using a glue stick, apply background papers to the roof and main part of house. I used vintage wallpaper for the main part and old ledger paper for the roof. Add the brooch to the top of the house using hot glue. Create a mosaic on the roof with the buttons. Spread tacky glue on the very bottom section of the birdhouse; add glitter. Shake off excess and let dry. Add any additional trims/lace, as desired.

For the Egg:
Using a glue stick, apply a background of ledger papers to the egg. Add any additional trims/lace, as desired.
For the Bird:
Using a glue stick, apply a background of ledger paper to the bird. Cut feathers of various sizes from sheet music, and other vintage papers. Fold paper in half lengthwise to create some dimension. Layer on tail end of bird. Hot glue lace around the bird’s neck, and a button for the eye. Spread tacky glue on the beak; add glitter. Shake off excess and let dry.

I used mainly vintage materials for these projects, but scrapbook papers would work beautifully as well!

I hope you enjoyed her project. Visit her blog for other inspiring projects. She also has some fun swaps too! Thanks Heather for playing along. :)
Have a beautiful day everyone!

4 comments:

Raechelle said...

this is a beautiful set! The colors and buttons are wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

LaurieStar said...

I love this - of course, anything covered in buttons is okay with me! :)

Pamela said...

These are awesome!!!

Shirley said...

These cream colored goodies are so yummy! I gasped for breath!