Monday, May 23, 2011

A Whale of a Weekend

Happy Monday, I hope that you all had a great weekend.
We finished up Spring sports and I have to tell you that I am glad to be taking a bit of a break. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE watching the kids play and we had a lot of fun but it is so nice to just slow down.
School will be finishing up soon so we still have some concerts and recitals to attend but it will be a bit slower pace. :)

Last week I had some time here and there to try a small project that I have been wanting to do.

Here is my inspiration:


I have been eye-balling these for a while now and ever since I tried the jig saw on my daughters starfish headboard I had been itching to try something else.

So...

I drew a whale on a scrap piece of wood that we had

cut it out,

and gave it a coat of yellow paint and sanded it down a bit.

I am really happy with it and again, no straight lines so it was fairly easy to cut out. :)

I am sure that he will find a place in my kitchen somewhere, I am slowly adding some things into the kitchen and incorporating more of the yellow with the grays in there.
And who knows, he may just need a friend. :)

Have a great week!!!


I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful comments about the chapel that my brother and future SIL are getting married in, I try to reply to all your wonderful comments but with everything going on lately I just haven't been able to get to the computer, please forgive me.

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53 comments:

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

How gorgeous! He looks like a very cheerful whale to me! x

♥ Giovanna ♥ said...

Very original, you're really good, I find your blog and your great ideas delicious, compliments to heart.
See you soon
Giovanna

tinajo said...

This is so nice - I´ve always liked whales and dolphins! Well done! :-)

Have a great Monday!

Polly said...

super cute! i love yellow and gray together!

D and G Stories said...

So cute! I love how the knot in the wood looks like his little eye :) I also love the gray and yellow combo!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you did a wonderful job! it's beautiful!

Val said...

If I send you my address...could you just send me an ounce of your creativity?? ; )) Love this!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You are absolutely Queen of the Jigsaw, Michelle. How fab is this? VERY!!!

And I love the way the knot in the wood looks like an eye for the whale. All in all, I LOVE it!

Sarahxxxxxxxxxxxxx

NanaDiana said...

Mee-shell- my belle- You do whales really well! I love your yellow whale! xxoo Diana

Deborah said...

Michelle...he is amazing!!!!
You've even got it perfect right down to the position of his eye!!
He is the cutest!!!
You never cease to maaze me....I love what you've done, and cant wait to see the reveal of all of your creations together in that homey kitchen of yours!!
Love you!!

Deborah xoxoxoxo

dedeetsyshop said...

Cute! And a natural "eye" too! Can't wait to see it up in your room!

pam @ iLoveShelling said...

You are pretty dang good with that jig saw!! Very impressive and more importantly- so cute! (the whale and YOU)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I saw these on Maya's blog before and wanted one, but they are so costly. Yours looks very cheery and fab. I think I would want a Dolphin one.

Brandi said...

You are having a "whale of a good time" with your jigsaw aren't ya!!!! (Leave to me to be corny!!!) Great project Michelle! Yellow is my favorite color!

Red Gate Farm said...

Very cute! I like how the knot in the wood and the other flecks/graining shows up and makes "him" look so much better than a plain piece of wood would... well that ended weird! :)

~Chris

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely charming Michelle! Love your sweet whale and love the yellow too!! Great job!

Sarah said...

I love the whale! What saw did you use to cut that out? I asked Hubs to make me the same thing but he was under the impression that cutting curves like that would be extremely difficult especially for the blade.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks great Michelle!! So cute! I love how you make your inspiration pieces come to life! Looking forward to seeing more of your kitchen. :)

Amy Kinser said...

Girl, you rock! That is awesome and you are majorly creative.

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Cute, cute , cute. And the placement of the knotty pine eye-perfect!

High Street Cottage said...

Michelle, you did a wonderful job with the jigsaw it's lovely! My Hubby has done some vintage looking signs for me in the past and one was a cow. He did a great job, it's like you said, the curves make it easier. I've always loved those wooden whales, they remind me of the signs that greet you when you enter Fisherman's Wharfs and places like that. Great job, xxx

Martina said...

Love your whale - you're such a good crafter Michelle! Hope your monday is lovely! xx

Marie said...

You are truly truly amazing Michelle! There is nothing you can't do when your mind starts imagining. Sigh - I wish I have your talent. Good to read all your happenings again.
-Marie

Tanya said...

Sooooo cute! You did a great job. I have yellow as an accent color in my kitchen too :) Great minds think alike!

Shellbelle said...

I see others have already complimented you on choosing a piece of wood that has a natural "eye" in it, but I'm still adding in my two cents.

LOVE this project!!!!!! I'm kicking myself for selling my jigsaw when I made my last move. Of course now I need it!!!

Hugs

Kelle Dame said...

So cute! I love how the knot looks like his eye! Don't you love making stuff out of scraps?! Can't wait to see the yellow amongst the grays! Hope you're getting a good start to the week!
Kelle
xx

Kristin said...

Wow, great job! I just found your blog through Seaside Style and have been having a great time exploring. I just love your bedroom, especially. I'm working on my master bedroom, and it seems we've gained inspiration from the same places! :) your daughter's room is amazing as well.

Seaside Style said...

You rock girlie! I have been looking at them as well, and loving them, did you draw it free hand miss crafty? I just love it!! I would like to do a Dolphin and put it outside my door with our last name on it.. I may have to do this as well. You are soo good!! I have to share this!

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

You never cease to amaze me! It is adorable - I've been wanting on of these in blue forever...I need to give it a try.

Hey, hope you have time to come over & enter our "pick your summer pillow" giveaway. Cottage Coastal is sponsoring & retail value is up to $200! Have a great week, Michelle!!

Hugs,
Marie

Sandra said...

WOW! LOVE IT! Great job! Where did you find the time!? It's going to look fabulous in your kitchen/dining area, but I agree, she needs a friend!

You get an A+ for creativity my dear!
Love you and your blog!
XX
Sandra

Green Willow Pond said...

What a cute little whale. I used to use a jigsaw and cut out shapes that I sold at craft fairs. That was a loooong time ago though. I hear you about wanting things to slow down. Now that homeschooling is done, I am busier than ever getting ready for my son's graduation...but at least I can get some projects done...because they need to get done before anyone can see my house LOL!

Tonya said...

That's the cutest whale I ever seen!! You did an excellent job my friend!! Can't wait to see where his home will end up in your kitchen!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Can a whale be cute? Of course...love it!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH MY FRIEND, I am finally home from a long day at school, I am comfortable in my seat and I am loving what you are doing here!!!!! THIS IS A GREAT IDEA and you did it so well! Michelle, you could sell these! This is fabulous and you would be proud of me; in the middle of my French d├ęcor, I HAVE SEA SHELLS OUT! I put some in an old jar, and some in a white alabaster bowl and I love the feel of the place. I still have that French Farmhouse/chateau feel but let's say with a sea-side feel...Mont St. Michel style!

Oh dearest, a tornado hit us yesterday about 20 miles from me; I heard the sirens but one person was killed. We got nothing here but in North Minneapolis, a lot of damage was done.

Take care and enjoy SPRING!!! Anita

Rose West said...

Wow, you're quite adventurous when it comes to fun projects! I think I would end up cutting off my hands if I tried to do this ;)

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

wow! I love that you took on this project and it looks great!

Heaven's Walk said...

Ok.....so you may not be a gardener, but you certainly rock with those power tools, girlie! lol! Great job! He is sooo cute!!! Hugs!

xoxo laurie

ps And better start counting the days! Won't be long before the big Flea!! yay!

Kirsty said...

very cute idea. You cut him out wonderfully.

Low Tide High Style said...

You talented girl you...I love him/her and can't wait to see your little yellow whale hanging in your kitchen!

Kat :)

A Rosy Note said...

Your whale looks great Michelle! You're so handy :) The knot looks like his eye!

Tricia

Jenni said...

Michelle, that is awesome! I love "him" {is it a him?} and think he {there I go again!} looks so cute! You are very good with that jigsaw of yours. :) And I know just what you mean about no straight lines making it easier, too! :)

I hope you are having a great week so far, and hope you have a good night. :)

Hugs,
Jenni

Robin said...

This is such a fun project! I just love it!

Stormy said...

How cute is that!?!

Great job, Michelle!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

wow.. you clever clever girl.. love your whale!! and you used a jigsaw!!! you should hire yourself out as a handy-woman!! hehe

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Oh, Michelle..., going to all these sport events..., you still found the time to become a master jig sawer!!! Brilliant!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh he is going to look outstanding in your kitchen...love his color!!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh how cute. The knot could almost be his eye! Love the color. You did such a great job. I forgot I have a new jig saw. Hmmm...

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I have been wanting to do this project for awhile too. It turned out great! So cute. I am also looking forward to a much more relaxed schedule SOON! :) have a great week.

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Only you could say hmmm I think I'll make this and then make it and have it come out so cute. You're so talented. I love it. Show us where you end up putting it.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DING DING DING! I am commenter number 50!!! Oh dearest, we did escape the tornadoes, but just 20 miles north of us, they are still struggling to clean up! YES, I am buttoning up things at school and there is SO MUCH TO DO. I cannot wait dearest to PLAY THIS SUMMER!!!!! Have a beautiful evening and I LOVE THESE WHALES!!!!!! Love, ANita

Pearl Maple said...

cute idea and you are a brave woman to be picking up the jigsaw, thanks for sharing the creative inspiration

Simple Daisy said...

I love it!!! So cute:)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

You're becoming a master with that jigsaw! The whale looks so cute. I like the color too.

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