Monday, June 23, 2014

Enjoy a Swap Journey with Me of Birdsong 2014

Please get comfy with a cup of coffee maybe even a glass of wine as this is a really long post.
One of my favorite parts of Birdsong is sharing creative swaps with fellow Peeps!

This year we had three swaps, a creative banner of BIRDSONG or FLY AWAY, an altered avian/garden Altoid tin and an altered bottle.  I signed up for all three swaps.

Here are my creations...

My BIRDSONG banner swap partner was Terri Wilkerson 
Terri & I chose our banner to spell out BIRDSONG

Terri had mentioned she'd be happy with a shorter word like SING, so on the reverse side of Birdsong I created a second banner of SING.  I used vintage & new tidbits of paper, lace, fabric, jewels, buttons, ribbons, trims, decoupaged napkins, feathers, acorns, millinery flowers & more.

I was thrilled Terri Wilkerson and I were partnered.  We share similar styles and I knew I'd love anything she would create!  I am looking for a photo that someone else took of me when I received her banner - can't find it.  I sooooo LOVE her banner and I will share it as soon as I get a photo. 

My altered avian/garden themed Altoid tin was to swap recipient Linda Postman.  Linda does not currently have a blog, but if she ever does, I know I will be a follower!   
Here's the tin I made for Linda
Linda LOVES bright, bold beautiful colors. I felt these colors were perfect for her.
The center gift box I created with vintage paper & handmade ruching to house her tin.

My last swap was an altered bottle swap.  This was my very first time to create an altered bottle.
I may be hooked on them!

This swap was not partnered, but was a number draw.  I hardly ever keep anything I create, but my hubby & I both really liked my bottle.  We chuckled maybe fate would bring it back home with me. 

Everyone of the altered bottles were beautifully created and to have any one of them would have been a blessing, but as it was, I was given the matching number to my bottle.  I'm not sure if it was fate or not, but I was delighted to keep my own bottle and bring it back home with me.

I still need to take photos of the incredible banner and altered tin I received.  Once I do, I will get them posted as I you will want to see them - they are beautifully amazing!

Until then, here are some photos showing the various swaps that were exchanged. 
I apologize if you were a swapper and your creation is not shown here.
Some of my photos were too blurry for use. 

Banner Swaps


Altered Avian/Garden Altoid Tin Swap

Altered Bottle Swaps


Well that's it for now.
I'll be working on snapping some photos of the incredible banner and altered tin I received, so please check back to peek at them.  
Thanks for getting comfy and sharing the journey through our creative swaps.
 Hugs, Tami

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Angie's Birthday & Birdsong 2014 Peeps

Welcome back!

On my last post we had finished our Friday shopping at the Kansas City West Bottoms.
I shouldn't say we finished our shopping as it is nearly impossible
to see every store in one day.

Next the Birdsong Peeps headed to their various Lawrence, KS hotels and met up again to celebrate Angie's birthday inside her lovely vintage store My Father's Daughter

Our lovely birthday girl

(photo by Karla Nathan)

(Lavender cupcakes made by Karla... Yum!
Photo by Karla Nathan

(photo by Karla Nathan)
Beth provide us a Make-n-Take project of vintage empherma,
old ledger cards, trims & stuff!  Thanks Beth!

 Hope looking marvelous even with her broken foot & scooter!

Karla & Beth

Kristi, Randy, Lisa


We enjoyed Angie's wonderful birthday party, had fun creating Beth's Make-n-Take, shopped for beautiful treasures while at Angie's store My Father's Daughter and had the opportunity to donate funds to benefit the Ballard Center.

Thanks to all involved for making this event a wonderful evening!

Our next morning greeted us with anticipation & excitement as Birdsong 2014 had arrived.

Old friendships and new friendships gathered in Karla's beautiful home & studio.
Lots of love, laughter & inspiration were shared

Happy Birthday Gail!

Beautiful  Mercedes

 Nora & me sharing a good laugh

I usually am not in a lot of photos as I am the one snapping them,
but this year I made it a point to get photos with my friends.
Randy & me

Tami  & Tammy 

I can't get Andrea's name to link, so please copy & paste to visit her site

Suzanne, Heather & me

Linda & me

Selfie  shot...Lisa, Hope -2 , me & Gail - sorry Gail we only got your lovely eyes.

My next post will include more Birdsong 4 Peeps, Our swaps and class creations.

More Birdsong 4 memories can be found on the linked Peeps websites within this post.
Please click their links to enjoy their blogs and shops.