Though I don't normally participate in swaps, I briefly forgot my resolution and signed up to participate in Jennifer's Bird Swap. In the past, I've participated in swaps and haven't done anything with the items I've created or received. Rather than keeping things stuck in my studio, as "inspiration" (or sometimes dust collectors), I try to only participate in swaps that will end up being something I"ll physically utilize or use. This one fits the bill! :)
Our instructions were to each to create 8 birds dimensional hanging birds, that were 5-8" long and wide in shabby chic or vintage colors.
I had such fun, and a few technical difficulties, creating my puffy birds. I purchased a pattern on etsy after seeing the sweet birds on several of my friends blogs. But, when I made my first one, it was SO small. It definitely didn't meet the size requirement - AND I had already cut ALL of the pieces. To top it off, the fabrics I had selected were very, VERY me, but were not vintage or shabby chic colors. (I don't always read the instructions all of the way through! tee hee hee)
Alas, back to the drawing board I went!
Fortunately, all was not lost. I significantly enlarged the pattern and got back to work. I found some fabrics that I felt were shabby in color (light pink, white, green and blues), and I cut each bird piece out of a different fabric. When they were stitched together I loved what I had! Heaven! But, I felt like my little bird needed a bit of something... so I added bits of lace to create wings. The lace was sprayed with mica mist to give it some bling. I thought about adding a crown to each one, but after cutting out several different ones out of different materials, I decided to leave them without head gear.
My birds got packaged up and sent to our hostess, Jennifer.
Today, my swap package arrived back from Jennifer complete with everyone elses contributions. It was such fun to look at how each person interpreted the theme and created their birds.
Here they all are for your viewing pleasure!(Each photo is linked to the artists blog)
Hope included the tag below as part of her packaging. It was SO gorgeous that I had to add it to my spring display! I love the sweet nest with mica sprinkled (kind of like morning dew!) and the sweet pearl "eggs" tucked into the nest. It's SO sweet! Thanks Hope!