I recently posted a link to Martha Stewart's cinnamon bird ornaments, but I decided to design my own! Follow the instructions on the Martha Stewart website and download my bird ornament sheet for additional designs.
Christmas is approaching fast, but for those of you with some free time, this is a great holiday craft and they smell delicious!
What a lovely alternative to the evergreen wreath for your door. No pine needles to clean up! This is one of my favorites from the Constant Gatherer (Katie Runnels). See her Etsy shop, for other great wreaths!
I was a participant in the October PikaPackage, a collection of artists' goodies put together by Amy Ng over at the Pikaland blog. (Great blog, by the way). A perk of being a participant is receiving your very own PikaPackage. Here are the goodies included in mine. You can buy your own and receive 3, 5 or 10 -item goodie bags.
Take a look over at Martha Stewart.com, for instructions on how to make your own cinnamon bird ornaments, from 3 simple ingredients - cinnamon, applesauce, and glue! They smell delicious. I made cinnamon gift tags last year. I will be sure to make some of these ornaments.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, but now with Christmas less than 4 weeks away, it is time to start shopping for gifts and decorations! Here are some fun bird ornaments to decorate the tree.
Eleni's New York sells sweets, cupcakes, and adorable frosted cookies for all occasions. I love their "Bird Sanctuary" collection, and they have a variety of great thanksgiving themed cookies, including turkeys, pilgrims, squirrels, and fall foliage. If you can't bake, bring some of these to your Thanksgiving gathering to be the talk of the dessert table!
Although I am normally shy and like to blend into the crowd, I would love to be the attention grabber with this fabulous bird headband. Charm School Design consists of three artists, Alita, Dana, and Benjamin, living in Brooklyn and making jewelry and accessories. Their top-selling designs are feathered headbands. I love the peacock ones!
Many of you are visiting local pumpkin patches for decorative mini gourds, jack o'lanterns, and cider doughnuts. Make sure to pick up some larger gourds (Ornamental or hard-shell) to get an early start on making gourd birdhouses for next spring. They take about 4-6 months to fully dry and harden. Here is a full set of instructions for making Birdhouse Gourds.
These gorgeous bird notecards are created by designer Eleanor Grosch of Pushmepullyou Design. The set includes vibrant, stylized designs of a snowy egret, peacock, california quail, bird of paradise, pheasant, and crowned pigeon. You can find them here at Bas Blue.
I have been very intrigued and impressed with www.zazzle.com that I decided I would customize some of my own products! I made some keds shoes featuring my bird illustrations and I already won a "Today's Best" Award for Oct 15, 2008 for my goldfinch shoe! I am so pleased and excited! It makes me want to make more! My store's name is Birdique (A Bird Boutique). Hmm, maybe I should switch my etsy shop name to Birdique too.
Want to make mail more fun? Buy some bird stamps! Zazzle.com is a great site to upload your own photos and designs or choose from thousands of sellers' designs. You can even sell yours! They have a wide assortment of products from t-shirts, buttons, mousepads, mugs, hats, the list goes on and on! I am loving the postage category! You can make custom stamps for weddings, announcements, or holidays. Create postcards of your new pet bird, using sites like overnightprints.com or gotprint.net, and send them with $.27 stamps, featuring your pet bird!
I went to the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival at Starved Rock in Utica this weekend. I had a lovely hike through the Starved Rock trails in the morning and enjoyed some wine tasting in the afternoon. I love going to this wine fest because of the unique flavors offered! Where else can you sample pumpkin wine or chocolate-infused raspberry port? And of course, many award winning wines were available to sample.
I hope you have a World Market near your home. I usually go there to buy chocolate and wine. I like my chocolate 90% dark and World Market has a great international selection! Look at these adorable decorative bird cages too!
This mother and daughter team have some amazing paper goods over in their shop, PaPaYa! They work primarily with mixed media and collage. Their work is brilliantly colored, eye-catching, and full of global influence. They even hold mixed media workshops in exotic places like Bali. Forget vacations where you sit on the beach, let the creativity flow and learn how to make wallpaper panels! Woodland Forest - Wrapping paper
The Renegade Craft Fair is this weekend Sept 13-14. Unfortunately, it's been raining non stop. I really hope it clears up for them. I stilll hope to make it out there, maybe tomorrow. At least most vendors have an online shop. But it's definitely not the same. Walking through rows of craft booths is a fun way to discover something you may have not found online.
I am loving this wrapping paper from Snow & Graham, and you can find it locally here in Chicago at a store Virtu: A Curious Collection of Fine Craft on Damen Ave. You can always order online too. They have a great Snow & Graham collection of gift wrap, notebooks, calenders, and cards. Here are some of the fabulous bird designs, perfect for wrapping my (upcoming) birthday present in.
Here is a print of fun, whimsical, colorful birds, "bird sampler", by yellow monday. She is a video producer and artist living in Sydney, Australia. This color palette is great, it will be easy to match up with other decor.
Imagine smiling while doing dirty dishes. I would if I had these birdy kitchen towels from artgoodies! She offers block printed towels, aprons, totes, and pillows. And although there are also squirrel, deer, and other cute forrest friend designs, I love the bird set. She will also be in the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago on Sept 13-14.
I am so excited about the Craft Fair! I am just shopping this year, hopefully I will get a booth next time around. To get a complete list of crafters go here and click on vendors in the top navigation.
Anna Ruby King has great birdy illustrations in her etsy shop. She lives in Athens, Greece and draws birds. What a wonderful life! I studied abroad in Athens during undergrad and I absolutely fell in love with the city, and the souvlaki.
Anna is a participant in the August Pika Package. I have lately been loving the Pikaland blog and reading the pika zine that features mini interviews with all the great artists.
My prize has arrived! Hooray for me, I won second place on a Cabbages and Kings blog birthday giveaway, and I received these two ostrich notecards. Thank you Stephanie, and Happy Birthday! See more of her artwork at her etsy shop, Cabbages and Kings and get your very own ostrich notecards here.
I have seen this adorable birdcage fabric in many etsy shops as either totes or pillows. And I LOVE this fabric. I came across it on Urbanoutfitters.com as a bedspread. I don't know if people buy this bedsheet and cut it up into their various craft projects, or if this fabric exists somewhere mysterious and is available by the yard. All I know is that I love it, and I will check out the UO in Woodfield Shopping center close by to me. I am not sure if my boyfriend will go for this bedspread though. I am officially becoming a bird nerd and I don't know if he wants to express that in every decorative aspect of every room.
If anyone knows where else to find this fabric, please leave a comment!
Look at these cute artificial birds for crafting! You can find them at Clickhandicrafts.com, a crafting shopping site based in Thailand. Their bird collections are currently 20% off and range in sized from 2 " - 13". Check them out, they are cute!
I have been getting into needle-felting recently and it gives me more appreciation for the art. I found this cute little tea bird at the LittleSheepFelt etsy shop. This one is called "Olive Visits for Tea," the tea cup is included. Amy Plew, the person behind LittleSheepFelt, also makes cute owls with a barn gift box.
But what makes these gifts truly unique is that they are made from wool from her very own sheep farm. Now that's cute. Check out her site as well, www.littlesheepfelt.com
Finally, the top requested bird at the craft fair, the cardinal. It is the state bird (here in Illinois) and so easily recognizable. When I look out in the backyard in the dead of winter at a sheet of white snow, I smile when I see this little guy at my feeder. So appropriately, I named this piece, "Red Makes Me Happy." He is not shy at all, how can he be with his bright red plumage. I will look out through the snowflakes and count as many little red poofs throughout the trees as I can. And he patiently waits in a nearby branch while his girlfriend visits the seed, such a good guy.
An Owl a Day! I have various "fruity birds" paintings, and at the last craft fair someone asked "Do you have one with apples?" Well I do now! His white face is supposed to resemble the shape of an apple. It's not as obvious as some of my other fruity bird paintings, but I love him anyway. He is a smart (and sleepy) little owl. Literally, the teacher's pet.
These cards are gorgeous, handmade, affordable, and... plantable?! Yes, Porridge Papers sells plantable seed cards. There are wildflower seeds embedded in the handmade paper. So the person reads their greeting, admires the beautiful artwork, then recycles the card by planting it in the ground! Such an eco-friendly card for your plant and bird lover. Check out their website too, www.porridgepapers.com , they feature more than just plantable papers; they have glitter paper and food-based paper. Coffee-grind or parsley paper? I don't think it is meant to be eaten but I am sure it smells wonderful!
New Print! "Chickie Dees" is now available in my etsy shop. I am very excited because I am now printing with my new Epson R1900 printer using Ultra Chrome Inks, which are archival quality and shown to withstand fading for up to 100 years! It looks so beautiful printed out, these online images don't do it justice. The green is a beautiful pale yellow-green. The birds were easy to draw, it's always the design elements and colors that take the longest to get just right.
This ACEO, "Caged Bird," is the lovely work of Tabitha Emma, a designer living in Sydney Australia. This is a small ACEO piece, meaning it is 2.5 x 3.5 ", like a mini artwork trading card. ACEOs are great for collecting art from different designers without needing to dedicate much wallspace or cash to establish your collection.