Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birdsong Peeps and Swaps

One of the best things about Birdsong is the "peeps" as Karla calls us. Here's a group shot of most of us.

I was thrilled that my sister-in-art Terry came all the way from California to attend this year. This is our second time to attend a creative event together. If you're new to my blog, you can read about our initial meeting here.
Below is a pic of our table group at Karla's - me, Laurie, Tamatha, and Terry. Lisa was also at our table. She's busy in the background shooting photos. That's Hope Wallace Karney at the next table behind Laurie. So excited to meet her, and to have a chance to look through her current journal!
(Thanks to Karla for this photo and the group photo.)

There were three swaps this year at Birdsong. I joined two - the altered bottle swap and the banner swap. You can see the altered bottle I made here. For the swap the bottles were numbered and each participant drew to see which bottle she'd take home.

I received the bottle made by Lee. It's sweet, simple, and filled with vintage pearl buttons from Muscatine, Iowa. You can read about Muscatine's button factory history here. The front of the bottle has a pretty translucent bird, bits of lace, and charms. Lee handmade tiny paper and button flowers. The bottle is bigger than it looks in the photo. I'm not sure if I'll leave it as is or use some of the buttons, but I do love it!

I was partnered with Tami for the banner swap. The word choices for the banners were either Birdsong or Fly Away, and each banner was to have eight panels. We both chose Birdsong and a neutral palette with pink and/or aqua.

Each of the eight pennants of Tami's banner for me are completely unique and wonderful. I love all of the beautiful details she incorporated.

(Sadly, I somehow tore the crepe paper on this one before getting it home,
but I've since replaced it with some from one of Karla's project kits.)

Tami wasn't aware of it, but she incorporated a line from one of my very favorite songs.

Isn't it all so amazing? I am truly honored to be the recipient of all this creativity and hard work. It is now hanging so that it's the first thing you notice when you walk into my craft room.

The banner I made for Tami is simpler (typical for me!) I used sheet music for the base and adhered lace using Glitter Mod Podge. I surrounded the pale aqua ovals with vintage millinery and lace bits. At the bottom of each pennant I attached lace, tattered tulle and vintage tassel trim. I won't show an individual photo of every pennant as all are in the same style, but each one has different lace as a background and a different arrangement of vintage millinery and lace bits around the letters.

I'll be sharing some recent projects in my next post, but I may sneak in another Birdsong mention or two when I finish my last class project or run across something I've left out that I think you might like to see.


  1. Oh my gosh, both of those banners are just stunning and so full of inspiration. Makes me want to drop what I'm doing and make one!

  2. Your banner is just lovely. And,oh, would I love to be a fly on the wall in your studio!

    1. Thank you, Colette! I'd love to be a fly on the wall in YOUR studio!

  3. Terri, thank you for sharing my banner...I am so tickled you have hung it in a place of honor! You know I love the banner you made for is so serene and peaceful. It hangs directly above my studio worktable where it greets me each day.

  4. Terri your banner is lovely!! i love the pale colors and the millinery used. That velvet cording is TDF!