Alice Melvin is an extraordinary illustrator and children's author. I came across this gem of a poster, Alice's Aviary, while reading the blog, The Baking Bird. One of Alice's children's book, titled "Counting Birds," is such a cute idea and beautifully drawn.
Wow, I have been on a long hiatus. I have an excuse though, I was getting married. Any bride can agree that it is the most busy and stressful time of your life, at least until you get pregnant. :-) It feels great to be finished with all the wedding planning. Being the crafty girl, I took it upon myself to DIY and make my own invitations, cake topper (needle-felted birds!), centerpieces, ring bearer pillow, table luminaries, and engagement photo guest book. It was a spectacular day, but I am looking forward to my simple life again... crafting, blogging, TV dates with my new hubby.
The photo guestbook was a big hit. We had some terrific engagement photos. I could look at our wedding photos all day long and relive the wonderful memories.
Somebody must have told Martha Stewart that I love birds. She has a whole gallery of DIY bird decor, treats, favors, and accessories on her weddings website. I love all the ideas. And I want to do them all, but I have to pick and choose, because time is running out and I can only produce a limited amount of crafts in one day. Thanks for bird love, Martha!
Abby Glassenberg makes these amazing soft fabric bird toys. I had trouble deciding which one to feature because she has so many wonderful toys in her shop, While She Naps. I love her blog too, to see her new creations!
What a lovely weekend at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Everything smells wonderful, the air is so fresh. It is such a nice alternative to polluted city air. My fiance and I love nature and our little inside joke is that we use that term to describe everything. When there is a caterpillar on the path, I scream "Don't step on nature!"
A happy little purple martin pair at the colony.
Pretty forget-me-nots. They are really tiny, this shot was taken with a macro lens about an inch away.
I stumbled across this print on Etsy, and I was like "Wow!" This lovely design is by artist Afsaneh, of Joojoo. Check out her blog too. She makes cute polymer figurines, but Afsaneh, you need to get into those watercolors more often, this is wonderful!
Hello everyone! Sorry I have been on a hiatus. My hunny surprised me with a trip to Vegas and an engagement! I must start designing my bird-themed wedding invitations. Haha. I won't go overboard. I promise no craft birds in my hair or bouquet.
I always stop at the Flamingo's wildlife habitat every time I am in Vegas to say hello to the birds.
We see many images of caged birds in the art community. Some are quite lovely, striking, and powerful. In the famous poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, she expresses that "the caged bird sings for freedom." So does an image of a caged bird stir up feelings of entrapment and sadness? Or does a cage represent home? A little bird all snug and secure in his home, singing his song because that is what he knows best.
These bird paintings by Dennis Witnauer are exquisitely beautiful! His shop, Little Bird By the Sea, also sells baby clothes with his bird silk screen designs. It is my dream to live by the ocean and paint birds full-time as well. Kudos to you Dennis!
Ahh, the holidays have come and gone. Everyone deserves a break from all the shopping and gift-giving. As others try to hold onto their new year's resolutions, I will work on one of my own - 'be more productive'. I am busy at my doodling desk, brainstorming more bird ideas. There are more prints to come, as well as some needle-felted birds. I am also working on some bird wedding postage for my zazzle shop.
There is so much to do, and so many birds to be drawn!