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Stars and Stripes – The AmeriCows

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Happy 4th of July everyone!
I’d like to introduce you to the Americows  (America + Cows = AmeriCows).

These two lovely ladies were offered to me by a friend who felt I could give them a second life. Of course I wanted them. Who wouldn’t want wooden cow cutouts?! (You? Ok, I can accept that, but only if you agree to send me any and all cow cutouts you are offered)

*Update: There seems to be confusion about the size of the cows, they are only about 8 inches tall.



They have been kicking around the craft room for a few months a little while. I had originally planned to paint them and hang them outside on the barn somewhere around the barn quilt. I’ll be honest, they lacked vision. They wanted more than just a coat of paint.

They wanted personality.

So when I saw this Patriotic Rooster:



(First I fell in love) then I had my A-HA moment.

First I glued the leg back on the black cow (she had a boo-boo) and pried the hanger off the back of the white cow so the back could be the front. Then they each got one solid coat of paint. The right facing cow is Valspar La Fonda Deep Blue, the left facing cow is apple barrel white acrylic.

I cut a slightly wonky star out with my Slice on paper and used it as a stencil for the stars. The white is more apple barrel acrylic, I more or less dry brushed it.

The stripes are intentionally wavy, I free handed them with a small brush with Valspar Fairmount Penthouse Garnet. For those of you keeping track this is the THIRD project I’ve used these little jars for and I still have more than half left in each jar. I wasn’t paying attention as I worked and ended up with 14 stripes, oh well!

These ladies are destined to live on a shelf I haven’t put up yet. I’ll be curating their environment and getting up new pictures asap!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you tomorrow for the party!

Summer Blog Challenge:

July 3rd: No big plans for summer travel, possibly a short trip to a water park or two with the family

Comments

  1. These are some beautiful bovine … great work and I love the intentional imperfections – they have great character 🙂

  2. I love it! I would love to drive by and see these. They are perfect! I’m sharing these on my facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Love the Cows, and tickled that my Patriotic Rooster gave you inspiration for this great job! So utter cute! Thanks for the feature!

  4. OOH!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cows!!! GREAT job!!! I am a big cow collector!! 😉

    StacySewsandSchools.wordpress.com

  5. Alecia, I am in love with these cows!! Featuring you on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iGottaCreate
    Thanks so much for linking up!
    <3 Christina

  6. Hi Alecia, I love your cows! They are adorable. Peggy~PJH Designs

  7. OMGosh! I love these!!! You did great!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂
    ~Susie~

  8. LOVE those! I wouldn’t have thought I would like some cow cut outs for my yard, but I’m rethinking that now…

  9. Couldn’t resist…You’re a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. I simply LOVE those Ameri-cows!!
    <3 Christina

  10. the Rooster is too cute – splendid idea!
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

  11. These are so cute! I thought they were yard art from the picture but you said they are going to live on a shelf? How big are they? I bet the friend you got them from is kicking herself in the hiney about now! I’m checking you out from the “Wildly Original Roundup” at I Gotta Create. If you get a chance check out my Sunflower Wreath at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3903374216259&set=a.3871155090801.2150445.1036342162&type=1&theater

  12. How big are they?

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