My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Jul 24

In Utah the 24th of July is a holiday which is celebrated because it is the day that the early Mormon Pioneers first came into the Salt Lake Valley where they settled.   The bird of choice for this holiday is a ‘no-brainer’ if you are familiar with the stories of the early pioneers.  According to early Mormon records, shortly after they settled in the valley, the pioneers planted crops so that they could survive.  And as these crops got nice and green, but were still not to the point of being harvested, there suddenly swept into the valley a massively huge swarm of locusts (or crickets).  We’re talking epic porportions!  They tried to kill them, but it was pretty much impossible, so they finally did some major praying.  The next thing you know, millions of seagulls came swooping in from who knows where, and ate so many crickets that they would regurgitate them and then go back for more, until the infestations was totally under control.  Later, after Utah became a state and it became necessary to have a state bird, they chose the seagull, and to this day the hungry seagull holds a special, honored place among the Utah Mormon populace.

Seagull with Cricket

This clay seagull is quite friendly and sweet, and he just wants food.

Friendly, sweet Seagull

Not counting the cricket, he is  1  3/4 inches long, and 7/8 of an inch tall.

Seagull

 

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Jul 04

The Bald Eagle has been the National Bird of the United States since 1782 – only six years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.   The Bald Eagle was chosen to represent this country because of it’s strength and majestic looks, and because it has a long life span.   Choosing the Bald Eagle as the National Bird set a high standard to live up to, for we as a people, and as a country.

 

We should strive to make our country worthy of it’s representative.  The Bald Eagle is a beautiful bird.  But also can be fearless and strong, all while maintaining  it’s majesty and grace.   I think we have a ways to go to live up to that.

 

Bald

 

This is my fierce version of the Bald Eagle.   He’s strong and intimidating, and doesn’t take nonsense from anybody.

 

Bald Eagle

 

Even though this particular bird is only an inch and a half tall, and two inches from tip of tail to tip of beak, he is tough and formidable.   But he’s also loving and fatherly to those under his care.

 

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

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Jun 17

I think that the Mallard Duck is the most excellent choice for the Father’s Day Bird.  The following are some of my reasons. In my Mother’s Day post, I presented Mother Goose as my choice for bird of the day.  Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are related holidays, and therefore their birds should be related too.  Ducks and Geese are definitely related.  In addition, I have personally seen how Mallard ducks seem to hang out in couples, like mothers and fathers.  Also, Mallard Ducks are often associated with hunting, which is the traditional role of the father in the home.  For these reasons I have chosen this bird to represent Father’s Day. Well, plus the fact that I really think Mallard Ducks are awesome, and so is my Dad!

Mallard Duck

My dad and I’ve spent lots of time

Out hiking mountain trails

And we’ve had more adventures

Than we could possibly retell.

But of all the things we’ve ever done,

Our friendship means the most

And though we’ve done some crazy things,

It’s that of which I’d boast!

The Male Mallard

 

 

 

 

 

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May 28

The owl is often associated with being wise, and having wisdom and knowledge.   I have chosen this bird to represent all those who have gone before us, who have made our lives better by their examples and by the lives they have led.  It is a wise person who learns from the examples of those who have gone before, and remembers their legacies of love, and passes them on.

The Owl

This owl is made from polymer clay and is slightly under 2 inches tall, including it’s clay-rock stand.

 

 

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May 13

Choosing a bird to represent Mother’s Day was relatively easy.  As I was pondering Mothers and birds, Mother Goose popped into my head and I realized how perfect that was!  Of course, Mother Goose, according to legend, is a person who rides a goose, and is not actually a goose herself – but still!  The Mother Goose of legend is a story-teller, and has a very important role in the lives of children everywhere – just as all mothers do.

Mother Goose

My mother is the person who taught me how to be

The kind of mother to my kids that she has been to me.

She’s taught me perseverance, and forgiveness in her way.

Her life is my example, and I love her more each day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 08

This Holiday could have two holiday birds – chicks and ducklings.  I have decided to focus on one, and it had to be the chick.  I’m sure everyone associates Easter with chicks, and chicks with Easter.

Easter Chick

This is a very easy bird to make, and just for fun I made it in such a way that it also resembles the popular Peeps marshmallow candy treats that are always available at Easter time.  This Polymer Peep is 13/16 of an inch tall and is 1 and 1/8 inches long.

Chick with Peepish profile

Happy Easter!!

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Apr 01

I would like to announce the clear and undisputed obvious winner of the honor of being the Official (in my mind at least) Holiday Bird for April Fool’s Day . . . . . . The beloved Snipe!!  It’s actual name is the Common Snipe.

Common Snipe

Many of you may have been involved in a “snipe hunt” and have fascinating stories to tell.   The Common Snipe is, really and truly, an actual bird.  And it really is a hard bird to catch, even by experienced hunters.  However, many methods that are taught are a bit outlandish, I must admit.  I’ve heard some very crazy methods, and I’ve heard some even more crazy descriptions of what a snipe looks and acts like, which makes this such a perfect bird for April Fool’s Day.

Common Snipe - side view

I had a lot of fun making this bird!  In real life his beak is quite straight, but I took the liberty of curving it down a bit to give it a little goofier expression.   This little guy is only about 7/8 of an inch tall, but he’s almost 2 inches long, in spite of having such a short, stubby little tail!

Common Snipe - back view

I had fun adding the little details to this bird!  He is one of my very favorites!

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Mar 17

St. Patrick’s Day came about in order to honor St. Patrick, who, as a missionary in Ireland, converted the Irish to Christianity.  He even has a Catholic Cathedral named after him.  So, in pondering which bird to choose to represent St. Patrick’s Day, I naturally thought of the red Cardinal.  I realize that it’s coloring is not even remotely green.  However, when you think of Catholics, you also think of their Cardinals, I’m sure.  So it’s quite logical, of course.

Cardinal With Shamrock

And look how sharply the green shamrock stands out against the brilliant red!  It’s a beautiful thing!

Cardinal Right View

This particular bird is made of polymer clay.   He stands about one inch tall, and is an inch and a half long.

Cardinal Left Side

 

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Mar 14

Pi  = 3.14 (rounded to the nearest one hundredth).   So, with March being the 3rd month of the year, the 14th day of March is, obviously, Pi Day.   Clearly this amazing day is generally only celebrated by a certain group of people – namely mathematicians, scientists and other related nerds.  In our family, Pi Day is celebrated each year by the making and consuming of huge quantities of pie.  What could be more appropriate, right?  Some years we are more gluttonous than others, of course.  A lot depends on the circumstances.  My son, William, once made 50 pies for the occasion!  Of course, he had to invite a lot of family and friends over to help him eat them all!

 

Now that I’ve established the importance of the holiday, and a reason for it’s existence, we can discuss the perfect Holiday Bird for the occasion.  I believe that the Magpie is quite fitting.

Magpie

Look how eager and happy he is for the honor!

Magpie Right Side View

The most obvious reason for choosing the magPIE is for the name, naturally.   But I, myself, am rather fond of them anyway, so any excuse to fit them into my Holiday Bird Collection will do.  But I wasn’t even the one who first thought that the Magpie  would be perfect for this particular occasion.   My daughter, Samantha has that honor, and I thought it was brilliant as soon as she mentioned it!

Magpie Left Side View

I think Magpies are quite pretty, actually, in spite of their slightly disgusting eating habits.   Their tails and feathers are iridescent, and they are quite flashy looking birds.

Magpie Top View

This particular Magpie is made from polymer clay.  It is only about 7/8 of an inch tall, but it is 2  1/8 long.

 

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Feb 20

Politicians often times remind me of roosters.  They like to get up on tall things and crow about stuff.  Some of them want to wake up the world and some just want to make a lot of noise.  Roosters are very cocky birds, and they can be quite aggressive and sometimes hurtful, but where would the chicken population be without them?  The roosters are the protectors of the flock.   They fight for their brood, and they keep law and order.  You have to admire the mighty rooster, even as you fight him off with a long stick so you can gather the eggs.

 

President's Day Rooster

 

I would argue that the rooster should be the official bird of President’s Day for the above reasons.  Doesn’t this bird look the part of a politician to you?  He’s cocky and  self-assured, with a message to blast out to the whole world!

 

The rooster pictured above is made from polymer clay.  He’s just over an inch and a half tall, but don’t underestimate him!

 

 

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