Thursday, January 7, 2010

~~Signs of Spring~~





As I sit here composing this, it is snowing..... just the start of what is to be a 5 inch snowfall by morning, and I am writing about, of all things, SPRING!  Creating things for Etsy and for art shows always has me "thinking ahead".  I want to be prepared for my next show coming up the end of January, and I know fellow Michiganders always think ahead to Spring by this time every Winter.  I have been creating several Spring-like items for this show, and for Etsy. The one thing I am addicted to creating right now, are these adorable paper-clay birds I learned how to make, courtesy of Dawn Edmonson of TheFeatheredNest .  Her easy to follow tutorial can be found here, along with a few of her other  amazing creations.   I am experimenting with soft pastel colors, variations of white and off-white, clear glitter, pastel glittler, vintage look tinsel, buttons, flowers, you name it.... all perfect for embellishing these adorable little birds. Here is just a sampling of some I have made.  When I complete a project I have in mind for myself, I will be showing that off, as well! 


I am also anxious to use this wonderful little nest my 18 year old son brought home to me.  He had found it in some shrubs while walking through them on his way ice fishing. How durable some nests are made, to withstand not only last years little occupants, but also storms, winds, winter snows and sleet. The bottom is completely encrusted in old berries, and leaves.  Perhaps a cardinal's nest? It will make a perfect Spring decoration!  By the way, it is snowing even harder as I finish this post!!

11 comments:

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Love your birdies - you'll so well with them! Can you believe this weather? YUCK!!! Hope to see you soon, Dawn

Kathy said...

Oh I had to come and see what you were up to. How cute are they? Great job, and I will be sneaking on over to see Dawn's tutorial. Looks like something fun to create, a bit different for us collage types.
I hope you have fun tonight!
~xx~

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Carol! I had to share your sweet bird with everyone, I hope you don't mind!!! Your paper clay art is BEAUTIFUL!!! Don't you love trying something new? hugs and love, Dawn

artistamyjo said...

Lov the bird,snow you can have, I can send extra!
After reading all through your blog,I read your profile. dumb me I found where you are-lov it and the shops as well. Do send spring when you see it!

chicroses said...

Hi, Came across your blog via Dawn. Love it.Your bird is adorable. But couldnt help sympathize with you on New Years Eve and the lose of your parents. My parents also have passed away a month apart. But Newyears eve is sad for me also. My mom would always call me on the phone at midnite if out celebrating with friends or if they stayed home. So if I make it to midnight I feel sad also. I love all your xmas decor.Now to figure out again how to put you in my favorite on my blog...Oh my mom and dad got married on Halloween1937! Sally

GypsyNurse said...

Hello Carol.. My Gypsy Queen! Happy New Year! Again... you have outdone yourself!!! Love your new little friend!
xo
Cat

ECLECTICMIXUP said...

Love the sweet little fellers, should be a great class!

Sad to think of you missing your parents :0 Stay warm and safe.Hugs
the other Carol

Carol Mae said...

Love your Art work, just beautiful, I'm now a follower of your blog. Smiles, Carol Mae

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Hi Carol, nice to meet you! I found your blog via a google search for altered tags. I've stolen many ideas from you & just wanted to thank you. ;o)Looking forward to copying (uhhh, I mean seeing) more of your creations!

Linda Hardy said...

Carol your bird is gorgeous! Congratulations :)

Zuzu said...

Sweet, sweet little bird. And I love your bird's nest. I brought one indoors after I was sure the birds were gone - such perfect, beautiful work they do when building their homes!
Have a Happy Fri, Carol.
Zuzu