Little Bitty Bird Houses

I’ve bought these little tiny wooden bird houses at Joann’s for only fifty cents apiece. I could wait to bring them home and craft them up. I bought 10 of them and I’ve finished three. The rest I’ll decorate for Christmas gifts next year.

Altered Bird Houses

Trio of Altered Bird Houses

I used lots of fun glitter to them. To get get good glitter coverage and spread Mod Podge on and pour the glitter over. The Mod Podge worked great. I also used Mod Podge for the the Little French Bird house.

This Little French Bird House I covered with scrapbook paper, ribbon and buttons from the French General.

Altered French Country Bird Houses

The Little French Bird House


These houses were covered with glitter and decorated. I gave a little bling to my bird.

Glittered Bird House Craft

My bird has some bling!

My little Christmas Bird house is embellished with paper and garland.Christmas Glitter House

Speaking of glitter I found these beautiful glitters over at createforless. They have so many beautiful colors and in those beautiful bottles too.

Vintage Glitter for Crafts

Vintage Glitters

I hope you enjoyed these mini bird houses. When I make the rest I’ll be sure to post them.


Make Beautiful Things Spring 2012 Poster

Spring 2012 Poster

This is the Spring 2012 Make Beautiful Things Poster. I plan on making one every quarter to reflect the season. Maybe I’ll make a few in between. If you want the PDF file of the poster just contact me and I’ll send it to you.

A Blue Shade of Fall

When we think of fall we think of the beautiful colors this season ushers in. Warm hues of red,yellow and orange fill all of our senses and our emotions as well. I think that is why so many love this season. It brings with it comfort; warm wool sweaters, bond fires, pumpkin pie and the promise of happy family gatherings that are ahead of us.  I love the change of color that the cooler brisk air brings. But along with the warm colors of this season, autumn has another shade, a shade of deep rich blue. I found these beautiful autumn items on Etsy. Please click on the photo for more information.





So along with the change of the leaves the color of the sky changes, it becomes richer and deeper complimenting the other colors of the season.


My blue sky photo from last autumn. The contrast of the warm fall leaves and the blue sky….makes something truly beautiful!



A River Runs Through It, Bittersweet Beauty



The Young Maclean Family

I remember the first time I saw the movie A River Runs Through It, almost 20 years ago. I’m glad I saw it for the first time on the big movie screen, its outstanding scenery is breathtaking. I have seen the movie at least twenty times since then and is my favorite movie and my my favorite novella. The movie is just like life, beautiful and bittersweet at the same time. Filled with life’s contradictions that we won’t understand until the next life.

The movie is based on the young life of Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Professor and author) and his brother Paul. It’s a familiar story to most of us. Loved ones we want to help so badly are resistant to our efforts. I won’t recount the whole story. The movie has both scenic and spiritual beauty than is rarely seen in film. If you haven’t seen it I hope you will, just bring the tissues.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean (A River Runs Through It and Other Stories)