Saturday, March 13, 2010

COLLABORATIVE BIRD HOUSE...

"Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination."

-Devin, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999-
I can finally show you the art piece that I sent to Diane(Diane Knott's Musings) for our Unfinished Project Swap as she has received it and posted it on her blog. Diane and I decided to send one another an unfinished project we had each started and have the other one finish it and send it back. If you missed seeing the beautiful collage she made out of my background, you can visit my post here.Diane sent me two 4"x4" Masonite tiles covered in beautiful embossed paper with vintage lace and the cutest paper buttons on them. Here is what she sent:I had originally planned on using them as an accordion book cover but that plan went awry in the execution stage so I scrapped it and started all over. While trying to come up with an idea I saw a little cardboard box sitting on a shelf that gave me an idea. With a few additional pieces of card board, glue, and various vintage book pages a bird house was born. Diane's tiles became the roof.Here is the finished project:
The tiny bird image below is one that Dawn (The Feathered Nest) shared on her blog quite some time ago. If you look closely, you will see bits of recent projects incorporated into this piece, such as the tiny nut sell egg:
Tissue paper printing on the front eve of the house and the hand dyed bits of fabrics:Egg made from left over paint paper on tag:Left over stamped coffee filter from the Alice "Drink Me" collage:This little bird is my favorite part! It is made from a stone that I found beside my garden pond. It was shaped just like a little bird body.
The stencil brush and twig chimney is a nod to Diane's beginnings as a painter and also to one of my favorite artist, Nina Bagley (Ornamental), who used a similar element on a piece of art she created for the book, In This House by Angela Cartwright (Said & Done) and Sarah Fishburn (Ragtags Studio Central). The rest of the design is purely mine.The egg shell is a real one that has been altered. The poppy pod is from my grandmothers garden and the moss is from a tree in my front yard.All the sweet feathers used in the project were gifts from real feathered friends who left little offerings behind on their trips to the bird feeders. Sometimes they do not share well and wings flap and feathers fly.Didn't it look so at home here at the Quill? Confession time, I kept it a few days just to enjoy before I sent it to Diane.I adored designing and creating this art piece for Diane and it truly was a collaborative effort. She was so sweet in her response that I was almost in tears. This was a fantastically fun swap and I would encourage you to do this with one of your blog buddies some time. It is a great challenge and stretch of the imagination.

I will be out of pocket most of the week this coming week so I have done some pre-posting until I can return. I'll check in and try to respond to comments as I am able. I did get quite a few items ready to list in the shoppe but they will have to wait until my return. I am so sorry I keep postponing listing but honestly we have so much going on here that it has just been a very low priority right now. I hope you all have a wonderfully creative and bliss filled week in my absence!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

21 comments:

LiLi M. said...

Ooh Sandy...each of the posts you have here are more and more amazing! I am thrilled to see what you made here for Diane! I could never imagined this coming out of the Masonite tiles! It is so pretty, you were right to keep it for a couple of days!

Thank you for your kind offer to send me the freezer paper, but I will try to find it myself when I am in the States this summer, no need to bother anyone else...yet ;-)!
I do hope you have a lovely time over there! Happy creating!

Dorthe said...

This is the most wonderfull little birdhaus I have seen, so many sweet details, and small wonders, it is just fantastic Miss Sandy, -a beautifull little-big-piece of art.
Dorthe

Diane said...

Sandy, I am the proud owner of this "work of heart"! It will always be treasured! I could never have dreamed our swap would be such a joy of sharing! I am so glad we did this, new sweet friend!
Blessings
Diane

Michelle Palmer said...

Gorgeous treasure! You told a story with every last detail...

Julie Ann said...

Oh my gosh, Sandy!!!! I am just blown away! What an awesome collaborative piece! Your talent is simply Brilliant!

Samantha said...

This is just gorgeous! She must have been thrilled to receive this back! And now you each have a beautiful memento of your swap and one less unfinished project...a win-win. :)

Jo said...

Oh my gosh, Miss Sandy!! Just seen your gorgeous creation on Diane's blog and had to rush over to post a comment on the actual creator's site too. What a truly amazing piece you have created, choc-full of details that encapture so much of Diane's interests. Love love love it!
Hugs Jo xx

Jo said...

Oh my gosh, Miss Sandy!! Just seen your gorgeous creation on Diane's blog and had to rush over to post a comment on the actual creator's site too. What a truly amazing piece you have created, choc-full of details that encapture so much of Diane's interests. Love love love it!
Hugs Jo xx

Lululiz said...

I saw this on Diane's blog and I was speechless. I just couldn't believe the incredible details. It is exquisite, truly exquisite.

Vee said...

So funny that you were almost in tears and I was in tears. This turned out so darlingly. I love every little thing about it, but incorporating the stencil brush and the use of the egg shell just blew me away. Wonderful, wonderful!

Robin said...

You are both extremely talented ladies and I admire the creativity of both of you. I really enjoy visiting your blog and reading your posts! Have a wonderful weekend and week.

Kom Achterom said...

What a beautiful house you mad there
Oh i will follow your site.
verry verry nice
greatings and have a nice day
Yolanda

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness this is too, too beautiful! What a work of art! I just know she was thrilled! How special that you used the bird-shaped stone and a pod from your grandmother's garden!!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Sandy, what a beautiful work of love! I know Diane loves it so much as I read her post and she "hinted" that she was in love with it...lol Your work is so beautiful and pieces that one would treasure forever. Great job! Have a good week and come back to us soon.
Sharon

lala said...

Absolutely AMAZING!!! In a million years I never could have come up with such a sweet, beautiful idea. The birdhouse is simply charming, I just love looking at it. You are truly a creative soul.

Lori said...

Miss Sandy, the birdhouse you made is so beautiful...i bet Diane was over the moon when she opened that package up...what a clever use of the unfinished project she sent to you!!!

The Gypsy Magpie said...

W.O.W. The birdhouse is simply stunning- what a fabulous work of art (and of heart). I'm sure that Diane will never look at it without feeling the love and creativity that went into it- lucky girl! It is beautiful eye candy for the rest of us...

The American Homemaker said...

I really love your style... just beautiful!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh my goodness, this is just amazing! Getting the idea to make a birdhouse from those tiles is fantastic but the birdhouse creation itself is beyond gorgeous!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

You did the most amazing job on this bird house. I love all those details you tucked inside. Hope you have a truly wonderful day!

peggy said...

fabulous! this is such a beautiful piece, made with such love.

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