My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Mar 15

 

 

Parrot

Did you find this bird hiding amongst the flock?  This is a parrot.  He makes a great mascot for International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, which is on September 19th.  Its not a holiday, by any stretch, and therefore is not officially included in my regular holiday bird collection.  But he does hang out with them.  He is, of course, the perfect bird for this Internationally recognized day.  No other bird even comes close!

 

Now, as promised, I would like to officially recognize the one and only winner of my Find the Bird Contest!  And her name is…….SAMANTHA KROHN!!!  Way to go Samantha!!!  Of course, she is one of my biggest fans (and oddly, I’m one of her biggest fans, as well!)  She is my youngest daughter, as most of you may know.  And she therefore may have had a bit of an advantage, knowing me and my work as well as she does.   But no other entries were even close, so there you go.

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Feb 07

 

Holiday Birds Complete Set - Plus One

As promised, here is a picture of all of my Holiday Birds in one inclusive group photo.  But if you have been following this blog for the past year, you might notice that there is an extra bird in the photo.  I have included him here to see how many of you can identify him.  However, if you figure it out, we don’t want to give it away with mere comments, right?  So, send me an email at mycreativitis@gmail.com and let me know if you’ve found him.  I’ll give you a small hint:  I was planning to use this bird as one of my original holiday birds, but changed my mind because there was a much better choice out there.  In addition, this particular bird is perfect for one of those random internationally recognized days that aren’t really holidays.  If you can tell me what this day is called, let me know!  I’ll post any winners by name – unless otherwise specified.  Have fun!!

NOTE: THIS CONTEST OFFICIALLY ENDS ON FEB. 28th, AND THE WINNER WILL BE PUBLISHED AROUND THE FIRST PART OF MARCH, SO PLEASE HURRY!!  IF YOU NEED A HINT, THE EXTRA BIRD IS SOMEWHERE IN THE LEFT HALF.

 

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Jan 01

This is the last bird in my Holiday Bird Series.  As I mentioned in my last blog, posted yesterday on New Year’s Eve, it’s “out with the old and in with the new.”  The bird for New Year’s Day is as new as they come.  A newborn baby bird!  This particular bird is rather generic, but in many ways reminds me of a brand new baby robin bird, with it’s big overgrown yellow beak, and it’s featherless body.  Not that you could really see the feathers on my other birds, but still….this one IS featherless.

 

And here he is, in all of his newborn innocence:

Brand new baby bird

 

Baby Bird side view

 

Baby Bird top view

This bird is made of Polymer Clay and is 13/16 of an inch tall, and 1 and 1/4 inches from tip of bead to tip of tail.  Don’t worry, he’ll grow into his beak.

 

I hope you have an awesome New Year!  It’s going to be lucky, I just know it!  HURRAH FOR 2013!!!!!

 

 

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Dec 31

I have waited all year to post this bird!  He’s one of my absolute favorites!  My pick for the epic role of being the  New Year’s Eve bird must first be explained.  Traditionally when we think of New Year’s Eve, it’s “out with the old, and in with the new,” right?  And you often see pictures of an extremely old man with a cane and long white beard, next to a little crawling baby.  Well, the bird that leaps to mind to fill the role of ‘extremely old man’ is the Vulture.  They just have the look, ya know?  Bald, wrinkled head, stooped shoulders, and a big hooked beak.  So maybe it’s hard to think of an old man as a vulture.  Well, how about the most awesome vulture in the world?  The largest flying bird in North America….the California Condor!  I think this bird deserves a holiday of it’s very own!

 

I must admit though, that the bird I have sculptured for this blog doesn’t have all of the characteristic markings of the California Condor.  But the general look is there, and the condor was my inspiration for this creation.

Vulture/Condor profile

Notice the pot-gut on this particular bird.

Vulture/condor front view

Here’s a back view:

Vulture/condor back view

This particular bird is made of Polymer Clay and is 1 and 5/8 inches tall, and 1 and 5/8 inches from tip of beak to tip of tail.  That would mean his wingspan would be about 4 and 5/8 inches if he was to spread his wings and fly.  That may seem small to you, but multiply that by 258 and you’ll get an idea of how many inches the wing-span of a real California condor is!

 

Anyway, back to New Year’s Eve…I hope you can look back on this year and be grateful for all you’ve been able to accomplish, and for the wonderful memories you’ve made.  I hope it was as epic as the California Condor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 25

Probably the second most well-known bird to be associated with a holiday is the Penguin at Christmas time.  But here’s the funny part: you see, even though Santa is known to be from the North Pole, or the Arctic, there are no penguins in the Arctic.  They all live in the Antarctic, which is the South pole.  However, I found out that the Great Auk that used to live in the North Pole was called a penguin years ago, before it became extinct.  It was spelled differently, and somehow or another the name ended up sticking to the birds that we now know as penguins.

 

But, in spite of the fact that Penguins and Polar Bears live down south, and Santa is up north, the penguin is still my favorite pick as the Holiday Bird for Christmas.  For one thing, they love snow!  And who cares about all those other minor details?

 

So, here is my happy little Christmas Penguin!  He’s very friendly, even though he’s a tad shy.  And he’s very excited for Christmas!  In fact, if he doesn’t calm down he’s going to make me crazy, because his excitement is rather contagious!  But today is a big day, and excitement is a wonderful thing!  And being crazy is pretty much normal for me, anyway.  So, here we go!

Happy Penguin

Another view:

Penguin

This little guy is made of polymer clay, and is about 1  1/8 inches tall, and 7/8 of an inch from the front of his foot to the tip of his stubby little tail.

Merry Christmas

I hope your Christmas is the best ever!

 

 

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Nov 22

The Thanksgiving Holiday Bird is, of course the turkey.  Everyone knows that.  We don’t even need to discuss it.  But I do want to mention that this was the bird that started it all for me, as far as the whole Holiday Bird thing goes.  When I made this little bird he inspired me, and the rest is history, as they say.  I got a little bit bird-brained, and went a little crazy.  But for me, that’s quite normal.  So, here is my turkey:

Thanksgiving Turkey

He’s a bit uptight, as you can tell.  But I can’t say that I blame him, under the circumstances, even though we’ve had some serious heart-to-heart talks and I’ve told him that I couldn’t possibly eat him!

Turkey Front View

I think he’s trying to be friendly, but it’s not coming across so well.

Insulted Turkey

Oops.  I think I’ve insulted him.  So let me tell you about his particulars: He is 1 and 1/4 inch from tail feathers to tip of beak, and 7/8 of an inch tall.  So, let me wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you enjoy your……stuffing.   And Pie.  :)

 

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Nov 11

Choosing a bird to represent our war veterans was a bit of a challenge, but after pondering different options I hit upon what I felt was a great choice – the falcon.  Then I did a bit of research (not too much, of course.  Mustn’t over do it), and I felt even better about my wise decision.   For one thing, the falcon is the fastest bird in the world, and is a fierce predator.  I mean, look at that face!

Falcon

But, in addition, the falcon just happens to be the mascot of the Air Force Academy, and I’m sure they didn’t make that choice lightly either.  I found this out AFTER I picked this fine specimen to represent our veterans.  Isn’t that cool?   Well, I suppose I might have had that knowledge stored away somewhere in my brain at one time or another, which could help explain why the falcon made such perfect sense to me.  But if so, I’d forgotten it, so I don’t know if it counts or not.

Falcon Face-off

This particular falcon is 1 and 3/4 inches from beak to tail, and 1 and 1/4 inches tall.  Don’t mess with him!  He’s a veteran of the skies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 31

When I think of birds and Halloween, there are two that come to mind more readily than any others: the Raven and the Crow.   The Raven is famously eerie in part because of it’s role in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem called, The Raven.   The credit for the famous eeriness of the crow comes, I believe, from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds.

The Raven

They are both great candidates, but if I have to choose one, I must go with the Raven.  It is bigger, and has more of an ominous presence than the common crow.

Raven profile

This particular Raven is made of polymer clay, and is 1 and 7/8th inches long and 7/8th of an inch tall.  He takes Halloween quite seriously, so you’d better watch out!!!

Raven top view


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Oct 08

I originally chose the Albatros to represent Columbus Day at the suggestion of my mom, because this bird spends its life over the oceans and seas, and is often known to circle ships.  The Albatros is a magnificent bird with a wing-span that can reach up to 12 feet in the largest species.   There are only 13 different species in the world.  I can imagine that on the voyages made by Christopher Columbus he and his crew often saw several different species of Albatrosses as they explored the world.   Maybe the Albatrosses flew alongside their ship and gave them hope and encouragement in their long journeys.

Albatros

However, after doing a bit of research on the subject of Columbus I realized that there is a lot of controversy surrounding this holiday of which I have been blissfully unaware.  Apparently he has been blamed for all that has happened to the American Indians since his discovery.  While that might be a bit extreme, based on his own writings he did a lot of things to the natives that were extremely cruel and indecent that we truly ought to be ashamed of as a nation.  However, to say he was the only one to do such things at that time is ridiculous, and  instead of blaming everything on him we should just start with ourselves and make the world a better place based on what we now believe, and learn from the mistaken beliefs of our forebears.

Albatros front view

In my studies I ran across something else that makes the Albatros an even better representative of this holiday, based on my studies of Christopher Columbus.  There is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleride called, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  It is about a sailor who shot and killed an albatros.  His fellow shipmates felt that it would bring the ship bad luck so they made the guy wear the dead Albatros around his neck.  Since then the saying “an albatros around one’s neck” has come to mean a difficult burden you can’t get rid of, or a reminder of something you did that was wrong.   How perfect is that?  The horrific treatment of the American Indians is ‘an Albatros around the necks’ of the American people, and apparently it all started with Columbus.  But, we can rise above it and make better choices, and create a better world for all of us!

Columbus Day Bird

This particular Albatros (pictured above) is made of polymer clay and is 2 and 3/8 inches long, and 1  and 1/8th inches tall.  He is a bit fierce looking, but he also has a gentle nurturing side as well.  I wouldn’t mind wearing this little guy around my neck as a reminder to always treat others the way I would like to be treated.

He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.

(An excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

 

 

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Sep 03

The word labor, of course, means work.   Coming up with a bird for this holiday took a bit of thinking, but it ended up seeming quite obvious once the bird came to mind.  Have you ever been startled from your sleep by a bunch of hammering and blamed your husband, or father, or neighbor for disturbing your peace – only to discover that none of these people are responsible?  If you’re lucky, you may have just been among the privileged few who have heard an actual Woodpecker working hard at finding his breakfast.   Can you see why I have chosen this distinguished bird to represent such an auspicious holiday?  It couldn’t be helped, really.

The Distinguished Woodpecker

This particular woodpecker is a member of the Pileated Woodpecker family.  He looks a bit shell-shocked at the moment, but when you consider what he does for a living, you can’t really blame him.

Pileated Woodpecker

This stunning creature (or should I say ‘stunned’?) is made of polymer clay, and is 2 and 1/8 inches long, and 1 and 3/16 inches tall.  He’s quite ready for a day off, although his food storage plan leaves much to be desired, so he might have to work the holiday.  Poor guy!  Sometimes life is just unfair.

Woodpecker heading off to work

 

 

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