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Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Recently my crafty friends and I enjoyed a Bird-themed luncheon.  We were being instructed by the very talented Hap on how to watercolor paint a bird and a sunflower.  She made us all look like accomplished artists. 

Here is the bird she taught us to paint

It's my first attempt, so don't judge to harshly, okay?

This is my sunflower attempt, much better.  Hap did, however do all the beautiful outlining.
Take a look at the bird theme tablescape we enjoyed with our Thai lettuce wrap luncheon.

The bird themed plates are from Pottery Barn (a few years ago).

Unfinished wooden bird houses served as nametags.

The beautiful vintage blue glassware is from the 1930's.  I was blessed to find it at a reasonable price.

Thee pattern is Fosteria June Blue.

Wood handled flatware and natural colored napkins finish the look.

A natural looking plant served for much of the centerpiece.  It didn't seem right  to add a lot of flowers.

 The cutest looking salt and pepper shakers ever!

Blue birds were  positioned at each end of the table so that all could enjoy.
I hope you have enjoyed this little walk through the birds lives.
My group and I..."Birds of a Feather Flock Together".

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How to Make a Designer Tray for a Fraction of the Cost!


Greetings my friends!  

Today I will show you how to make a MacKenzie Childs knock off tray for a fraction of the cost.  My crafty friends and I undertook this project with great anticipation and we were not disappointed! 


Below is a look at the higher priced MC tray



 Here is the tray we made for under $20! You  could spend more to find a tray with sides and open handles but I like the openess of the one below.

 The completed tray 

You can embellish it any way you wish.  The black and white striped ribbon is a MC look.

Here's how you can make it:

Start with an unfinished wood 17' by 17" frame.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.  With a 40% off coupon you can get it for $6.


Purchase a 12" by 12" square of black and white tile at Home Depot for about $10. Remove the tiles from the mesh.. Glue all of them to the bottom of the inside of the frame with E6000 glue.



Tape around the tile so that you can paint the frame with black chalkboard paint. 

(So that you can write on it with chalk!) 

After you paint the frame, apply black grout between each square.  

Wipe off the excess grout.  Clean the whole tile service

I have used these numerous times in numerous ways.  They coordinate with almost everything!