Saturday, February 14, 2009

Birds of a Feather Blog Party and Victorian Valentine Winners.....

"Birds of a feather, flock together."
People ("birds") who are similar to each other ("of a feather") often spend time ("flock") with each other ("together").

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Valentine's Day is most commonly celebrated as a holiday to express love and appreciation, most often in a romantic relationship. Today, I want to celebrate Valentine's Day in the relationship of friendship. I am blessed to have two very close friends, going on a twenty year friendship, who have stood beside me though thick and thin. I am doubly blessed to have "met" so many new friends in the blog community. I do consider my friends to be "birds of a feather", sharing similar tastes and spending time with one another.I joined with a group of artist through Soul Journal in participating in a Valentine Blog Party. The theme of the party is "Birds of a Feather". The idea is make an art journal page playing with the theme. I took one of the suggestions to pay homage to friendship. I created a two page spread in a small art journal I just began. I used images, words, and phrases that are symbolic of my friendship with my two oldest and dearest friends, Pam and Sharon. I think this definition pretty well sums up what true friendship is: Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more people. In a sense the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge , esteem, affection, and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crises. Friend's will welcome each others company and exhibit loyalty towards each other. Their tastes will usually be similar and may converge, and they will share enjoyable activities. They will also engage in mutually helping behavior, such as exchange of advice and the sharing of hardship.
A friend is someone who may often demonstrate reciprocating and reflective behaviors. Yet for many, friendship is nothing more than the trust that someone or something will not harm them. Friends have the tendency to desire what is best for the other as well as provide sympathy and empathy. Friends are honest, even in situations where it may be difficult to for others to speak the truth. Friends have a mutual understanding.I chose a nature theme for my collage journal pages. The base paper for this friendship collage is really special, it is ledger paper that my friend, Pam, used in her accounting class in college and it has her handwriting on it.
"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails"
~Donna Roberts~"A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half cracked."
~Author Unknown~"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."
~William Blake~
"Friendship is a sheltering tree."
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge~"A True friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart."
~Author Unknown~"If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want to hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me."
~Author Unknown~

As a special Valentine gift to you, dear blog friends, I made up a sheet of vintage bird images for you to use in your art. These are from various sources in my personal collection. Notice that each one is different, unique in shape, size, and color but they flock together so beautifully on the page. These birds represent the blog community of friends I have made, each one unique in skill, talent, and ability with blogs that differ in content but that sing so harmoniously the song of friendship, community, and connection.
Now, on to the winners of Victorian Valentine Give Away! If you missed the tutorials for these, you can visit here to learn how to make your own. And the winners are.....

#11 ~ Vee
#15 ~ Laura
#24 ~ Becca
#30 ~ Dawn

Congratulations Ladies! Please email me your mailing information so I can get your packages on their way. There is a bit of a surprise involved as I will not tell you which one you won, you will have to wait until they arrive!

Happy Valentine's Day,
Miss Sandy


Alexandra Knittel said...

Your journal is fantastic and your bird sheet is wonderful. Thank you very much.

TinyBear said...

Oh - I won, I won. What a lovely surprice. This is the first time I have even won anything. Thank you Miss Sandy.
I love your journal. SO beautiful.
Tina x

Vee said...

This is just too delicious for words today. Every time I visit Quill Cottage, you provide me the gift of friendship, Miss Sandy. What a great blessing that is and we both know that I am indeed half-cracked. ;>

Thank you so much for this gift...I think you already have my information??

Hope that you are enjoying a happy love-filled day!

Lady Farmer said...

Oh, your journal is such a beautiful tribute to friendship! I am sure it was a joy to create!
I so love to visit your blog ~ it is so full of wisdom, beauty and inspiration. I am always refreshed and encouraged and look forward to my next visit ~ just like a good friend. Thank you for provided this place of welcome.
And thank you for the beautiful birds and I am so excited to be the recipient of one of your lovely Victorian Valentines.
Happy Valentines Day to you, Miss Sandy!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Miss Sandy,
Your journal is spectacular! What a true blessing the gift of friendship brings to our lives.

I will eagerly await my token of love. Thank you so very much.

Sarah Whitmire said...

Happy Valentines day! Beautiful artwork and beautiful music to go with it. :)



Mar said...

the journal spread is awesome
as is the message therein
happy valentines day

Susie said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Sandy I loved your tribute to friendship. All the words are lovely. You are so lucky to have two friends like you mentioned. How very fortunate.

Tammy said...

So beautiful!!!!

Grannie Annie said...

Simply beautiful, that describes your artwork and your blog. Happy Valentines Day. Many blessing - Deann

di from di-did-it said...

Great addition to your art journal ~ I love the colors, words and overall mood!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Stepping off the edge said...

What a wonderful blog.
Happy hearts to you and your dear friends!

KathrynAntyr said...

Your pages are gorgeous! I love all of the details. When I enlarged the full spread I felt like I was in the room and I could touch it! Ooooh you delight me. Thanks for the birds. You are a dear one. Thanks for coming out to play!

Happy Valentine's Day.
{soul hugs}

bethbbk said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the art and the messages behind them today.

Caryn Lynn said...

Your journal was captivating. Such beautiful images and touching words. Thank you for sharing you bird images. Happy Valentine's Day!XoXo, Caryn

The Feathered Nest said...

What a beautiful post as always dear Sandy and about friendship, one of my favorite things to read and talk about as well!!!! And I am THRILLED to win another piece of your beautiful artwork Sandy!!!! Thank you so very much ~ you are an angel of a friend to me, xxoo, Dawn

Julie Pia said...

You are such a talented lady. What beautiful birds. Happy Valentine's Day!

Shell said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Miss Sandy. A beautiful collage. I love that you honored your best friends. I feel this day represents all kinds of love not just romantic love. Thanks for the birds for all us to use.

Thauna said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I love the journal pages you created, just beautiful!

Aimeslee said...

Congrats to the winners, your loot is amazingly beautiful!

Miss Sandy, thank you so much for visiting my blog during the party. And that is so generous of you to share all of those images! It's not that easy to find a Vic-scrap gentleman in colonial garb with the wig. Score!

Have a great evening!


Megan Warren said...

What a beautiful journal and the vintage birds are a lovely gift!
Happy Valentines Day!

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Sandy!!! You won MY giveaway!!!!! My nest box! Please email me your address again to! xxoo, Dawn

LiLi M. said...

Hello Miss Sandy. I'm too late to wish you a happy Valentine's day but not too late to tell you that I have enjoyed your Valentines day friendship book so much. It really is gorgeous, The pictures, photos and especially the words are so beautiful. Something to read again and again. Have a nice Sunday!

vikki said...

a beautiful page in your journal. a true treasured keepsake. it is lovely. your creations show how much you love what you do. i love nature & the vintage feel that is shown with all the details. it will truly make you smile everytime you see it ~ seeing the love you have for your friends. we are soo blessed. thank*you for sharing your friendship with us. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Barb said...

Just came over from Dawn's at the feathered nest. Congratulations on your prize!

The story your put in today's post was wonderful, and a good reminder for us all. I'm sending my friends over to read it.

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings as you serve Him,

Barbara Jean

Lisa said...

Your journal is incredible! Thank you for the bird sheet. :)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I am just delighted to be among the winners!! I will email you my information; and I thank you SO much!

kathy said...

SAndy , the journal is so lovely -
love all the color combinations --
it is such a harbinger of spring
and renewal -- and so so lovely , just like you -- Kathy - ga

Mrs. Stinky said...

Love your journal! Hope you enjoyed your Valentine's day. Sorry I'm late.
Heather :)

Carrie said...

thanks for coming by my blog..nice artwork

Angie said...

I wanted to comment on your Valentine's tutorials, but it's been disabled :)

I love your sweet Valentine's ideas. Especially the mirror and the tussie mussie! They're great!

Dawn said...

Your art is beautiful! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet words. Digital art is soooo much fun, I hope you have fun learning it with your program - warning - it's addicting!

Best Wishes ;o)

Lisa said...

WOW! Your valentines journal spread is incredible!! Your blog is lovely. I will return. Thanks for visiting me! :)

Lady North said...

And may I add a Norwegian proverb: "To a Good Friend's house, the way is never long."
I admit to being a slow turtle (hands hurt from typing after a while and I can only do so much..darn) as I unfold and comment on the wondrous and creative Valentine Partylist - but just wanted to let you know I was here and enjoyed your blog very much! Thank you for sharing - Happy World Friendship Week! Blessings LN

*SHeRRy B* said...

These pages are so whimsical! I have really enjoyed looking at them!

Mandy said...

Your collage is absolutely amazing. What inspiration!

Joy said...

Sandy, I am in awe of the altered journal. It is just sumptuous. I could get lost in it. And thank you for the bird images! I am definitely going to save it for future use.

The wonderful WINTER collage arrived yesterday - thank you so much for the thought and care you put into the presentation and for the beautiful collage itself. I am posting about it tomorrow if you'd like to swing by when you have the chance. :o)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What a beautiful blog! (I'm still catching up from the party last week) Thank you for sharing the darling birdies, I'll think of you when I use them! Have a wonderful day.

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