Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Time of the Singing of Birds!

I have a collection of old books that I keep in a bookcase in my bedroom! They are all treasured by me for various reasons, whether it be the author, the title or just the look; I love them all! One of the books by Grace Livingston Hill is called "Time of the Singing of the Birds," and it came to mind today as we are officially entering the Spring season because when I think of Spring, I think of birds!! It seems like I see them everywhere and hear them too.....all the beautiful melodies of the song birds and the noisy "caws" of the resident crows! Spring has sprung!!

If you know me very well, you know that I am terrified of real birds, even though I love them! Sadly, I have had several encounters with our flying friends, once almost falling down a spiral staircase as a bird that was getting his exercise happened to fly right in my face, and another time when a bird got loose from his cage and kept dive bombing me! If I venture into a pet shop and a bird is loose or on one of those perches, you can bet I will find the nearest exit!!!


What is so amazing is that I love MAKING birds!!! I have quite a collection of them and have some lovely patterns by some fellow artists and they are one of my favorite things to create!! I tried my hand at my own designs and even made one with a gusset, which is a challenge, but so lovely with contrasting fabrics!! Since it is Spring again, I have the nesting urge to create more birds and right now I am working on some Pea Hens from a lovely pattern by Barbara Stein. They are so fun to do and I am going to do contrasting gussets, wings and tailfeathers, making them each unique and one of a kind! They truly make my heart sing!!



"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather" ~ Terri Guillemets


It is indeed a " Time for the Singing of Birds!"


Blessings ~ Julie