It’s the time of the year when the birds are doing nests and enjoying their little houses. You see them coming and going, with bits of dirt and grass, and happily working on their projects. Then, you see small eggs and small heads popping out of their homes. We have a second year bird resident, an eastern phoebe, who built her nest again under the roof of the steps. We have named her Toivo and hear and see her every day going about her usual bird life.
There are many crafters who have chosen to build bird houses and make them their primary craft. Here in our small coastal town you see various stores selling handcrafted bird houses. Today, I also saw them used as a decorative design element on a shore house, in a way that I haven’t really seen them used before. All these colorful little homes can get your inspiration going, what a lovely decorative element. This could also make whimsical accessories, such as jewelry and pins. I was also thinking – how about a bird house belt buckle?
I’m not too familiar with this craft, but the results sure are interesting. There are plenty of different materials used and the color schemes can be quite remarkable. I was getting really inspired by these little homes since I kept seeing them on my bike ride along the coast. I then decided to stop at a little local gift store that carries a wide variety of bird houses. I was amazed at the artistry and variations!
After seeing all the materials, colors and small design elements involved in these bird houses it all evolves into new ideas forming for my crafting. I have been considering various concepts in my head of wooden decorative items, sort of three dimensional paintings. It’s a bit similar to the small scale of bird houses and their decorative elements. This is another opportunity for me to use the items I keep finding washed up on the beach – ropes, wood, lobster trap parts, and so on, and this seems like something worth exploring!