Apparently in some people’s opinion, birds are starting to fall out of fashion in the decorating community. They are rapidly becoming passé, outdated, sooooooo 2010.
You know what I think? Who gives a rip. I still like ‘em.
About a month ago, my mom salvaged a dozen Audubon bird prints from the trash at the elementary school where she works. Somebody was just going to throw them out! Crazy!
While I would love to have a whole mess of them hanging in my living room, I only have room for three. I had a hard time choosing, but I eventually settled on:
the Summer Tanager,
the Ruby Throated Hummingbird,
and Warblers and Bluebirds.
My mom also had some framed prints in her basement that weren’t being used. The Audubon prints are 8×10 and the frames she found are 12×16. Serendipity!
Since the frames are a unique size, I would have had to find custom mats for the prints. That can get pricey, so I decided against a traditional mat. I rummaged through the discount bolts at Joanne’s and found some tan faux suede marked down to $7 a yard. When the saleslady unfurled the bolt, she found that there wasn’t quite a yard on the bolt, which meant that I got the fabric at salvage price. $3.50 for it all. A-woo hoo!
So, it’s basically impossible to take a picture of glass in my living room without there being a glare. Grr.
All l did was stretch the suede over the cardboard backing of the frame and mount the print in the center. I reassembled the frame and hung them on the wall. Gorgeous bird art for $3.50 total!
See what loveliness can result when you just Put a Bird on It!
Let's be buds.
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