Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alice's Aviary

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.

© Alice Melvin,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Holidays

Hope your holiday season is going well so far. And may it be filled with hot cocoa and buri fiber bird ornaments.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wedding Bells & Birds

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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Martha Stewart DIY Bird Wedding

Songbird Cake

Thank you cards

Ring pillow

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!

© Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Andy Birch

Andy Birch has illustrated birds for international bird identification guides and journals. He has some original works available online, including these beautiful watercolor creations.

© Andy Birch 2008

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Red Hot Pottery - Stoneware Vase

Ooh, lovely bird vase in a great robin's egg blue color! This handcrafted stoneware is from the sculptor, Christine Tenenholtz, of Red Hot Pottery. I found this on Something Old, Something New blog.

© Red Hot Pottery 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Zazzle Designs

I just wanted to share some of my new designs for zazzle. These are so much fun to create! I have too much "wedding" on my mind and my doodles flow easily.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Desktop Wallpaper

There are some cute wallpaper images available for download at Pixelgirl Presents. This one is by Tabatha Alcina, called Gloomy Morning.

© 2009 Tabatha Alcina

Friday, June 5, 2009

While She Naps

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!

© Abby Glassenberg 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chicago Botanical Gardens

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

MNH Photography

I love the birdy prints of MNH Photography. And if you love them too, take advantage of the sale going on through the end of this week, 50% all prints! Woohoo! Great deal.

© MNH Photography 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Joojoo's Colorful Cactus

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!

© Joojoo 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Li'l Tweet

How cute is this? Stitch your own li'l tweet, from Twig and Thistle. I love do-it-yourself projects. Add a ribbon and make it an ornament or add potpourri and make it smell yummy. Hoot hoot!

© Twig and Thistle 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Quack quack. I love the work of Zand2ohs. They specialize in stylized graphic artwork of animals!

Image ©

Friday, May 8, 2009

Save the Date

Ooh. The save-the-date postcards came in, they look great! I illustrated my own design and had them printed at Great quality, I highly recommend them!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Snuggling Ducklings

It's the most wonderful time of the year... No, not Christmas. Springtime! I love watching the little ducklings at the pond. Look at them snuggling! So cute.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Lovebirds Invitation

From Cherry Lane Stationery, these lovebird invitations close by overlapping the birds and making them snuggle. I love the teal and neutral brown color combo too.

© Cherry Lane Stationery

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cupcake Liner

Wedding cupcakes - not so fancy. Laser cut bird cupcake liners - FANCY! You can find them here at Estilo weddings.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lenox "Chirp" Fine China

Should I register for it? I am in love with the Lenox "Chirp" line. They have place settings, serving ware, and even etched bird glasses. I love the tiffany-blue color as well.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Brooches for Spring Jackets

I recently saw these lovely upcycled wallpaper bird brooches over at Haute Nature blog.

Flamingo, Las Vegas

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.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Have a lovely day! Tell your friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to you.

Ooh yummy. I received Shari's Berries from my hunny. It is suggested that the berries should be eaten within 48 hours. No problem!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings...

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.

Here are some beautiful caged pieces.

Birds, Cages, and Roses by Liza Corbett

Growth and Tribulation by Cordial Kitten

Bird in a Cage (Green) by Naoko's Stoop

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Painting for Grandma

I painted this little european robin for my grandma. It is always easy to create artwork for grandmothers, they always love and appreciate everything.

"Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works." - Alma Gluck

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bird Wedding Designs on Zazzle

Here are some of my bird-themed wedding illustrations available as postage, magnets, and stickers in my Zazzle shop, Birdique.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Little Bird By the Sea

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!

© Dennis Witnauer

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year - New Birds

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!