All posts tagged: birds

Pinterest Project # 4: Painting is For the Birds

I’ve been a big fan of the late Texas designer, Enid Collins’, quirky 1960s box purses for many years. I own a few of them, and I’ve even made a few of my own inspired by some of her designs. As I hobby, I like to search for antique furniture pieces and revive them. I recently found a boring wooden cabinet, and it reminded me, in some way, of this Enid Collins purse called “For the Birds.” So I decided to create the same design on my cabinet. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Advertisements

Sweet little bird

I recently spotted this little fellow on the sidewalk in downtown Jackson, and my heart went out to him. I believe he may have fallen out of his nest. I was afraid to move him, but he let me get very close to take his picture — an indication something must have been wrong. He appears to be wearing a mask or some really cool shades. I looked him up to see what kind of bird he is, and he appears to be a cedar waxwing. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Bird is still the word

I’m a fan of the bird motif, and today I ran across this vintage-style pillow with blue birds made by Hattiesburg seller AvalonSewingCo. I also found this pillow featuring caged birds by Jackson seller CottonColors. Click here to read previous posts about bird and tree motifs. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.   Save

Coming out of their shell

I had posted part of this earlier, but I took it down, thinking someone might decide to be mean and bother my birds. Here is the rest of their story: About three days ago, they hatched. They woke me up screaming in the middle of the night, and I knew they had come out of their shells. I have never been a fan of repetitive sounds, and they were so loud I had to stuff toilet paper in my ears to sleep. The noise made me start to worry. If I’m plugging my ears, will the neighbors complain? Will they tell the apartment office about them and make someone remove my little birds? I dreamed that happened. I hear them chirp every morning before sunrise, the newborn sound of spring, although they have gotten quieter. They were the loudest when they first emerged, unsure of their surroundings and unaware that they live in a flower pot. They chirp when their mother leaves them briefly to retrieve food. One morning I caught her in the act …

Little bird safe after storm

I was so worried about my little bird today. As usual, another tornado blew its way through the area doing damage, and when I saw the gray clouds and strong winds blowing outside the window, I started worrying about my little bird. I was sure I was going to come home and find the flower pot that she’s residing in blown over, eggs smashed and all. And if I had, after spending an hour on the road trying to slowly make it back to my apartment with rain pouring down and traffic lights knocked out, I was sure the sight of such would make me lose all faith. Luckily the flower pot was heavy enough to withstand the storm, and my little bird was still sitting on her nest. She ruffled her feathers to shake off the rain, but she wasn’t about to let a tornado keep her from her babies. Mother Nature is on her side. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

My beautiful little bird

First there was the unicycle-riding banana, then the forks in the road (or plastic forks scattered on the ground), and let’s not forget the mysterious wizard. Now a bird has taken up residence on my porch, and I believe it must also be a sign. I discovered it one morning when I went outside to sit on my balcony. I was talking on my cell phone, and when I turned around, there was a bird two feet from me sitting in a dried up flower pot. At first, I thought it couldn’t be real. Why didn’t it fly away? I was sitting right beside it and staring right at it. Then I realized she was nesting and wasn’t about to leave her babies. So now I stand at the door and watch her every day. It’s a nice gift to be able to watch a wild creature so closely, and pretty soon they’ll be more than one. I looked her up online, and apparently she’s a mourning dove who is expected to lay two eggs …

The impact of the ‘going green’ movement

I guess the environmentalism movement is influencing art and fashion. Two recurring themes I’ve noticed lately are trees and birds. The desire to be one with nature may have popularized these two images. I’ve seen many handmade products listed on Etsy with both themes. The $25 “Tree on the Lake” glass necklace above is one example. The seller took the picture herself and created jewelry with it. And this sweet little bird necklace by New Mexico jewelry artist Lauren Tobey of Meltdown Studio costs $88. Etsy seller Hollyhawk has sold out of this tree-printed cuff bracelet, but she has others. This one-of-a-kind $88 bird necklace made of a recycled locket and wood carving (center) also appears to have been snatched as soon as it was posted, but you can still buy this $55 stainless steel Polli Elm Pendant at Doe. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save