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15 April 2012

For the Birds

Caution: Another picture heavy post.
Last October, a challenge was issued by Margaret for 2012 Anniversary Gift Exchange. Similar to the Gingham Heart Challenge last year, in addition to a handmade item, every participant will have to include a Bird this time round.
Not an owl, a chicken or a duck mind you, but a bird. Note the discrepancies in this statement. I can assure you, objections were voiced but our protests were futile. The decision has already been made.
A week ago, I showed you a sneak peek of my silk ribbon embroidery. After yesterday's NNC Anniversary Meet, I can finally reveal to you... my Bird.
Yup, it's a zippered, fully lined pouch as you can see here.
I added a piece of satin ribbon to the zipper puller because I think it gives the illusion of certain birds with feathers behind its head ^.^
My bird wears a necklace of lace with a birdie pendant.
I embroidered its wings with some flowers and beads.
Here are the flowers I showed you in my previous post, located on each side of its body.
Both wings hid a secret... There's a pocket under each wing.
The tail acts as a handle to carry it.
And that is the bird I designed :)
As for my gift, I made a bag.
A bird cage bag to be precise. I don't know what's to be said about my sense of humour but it just amuses me to make a bag fashioned like a bird cage where the bird pouch can be put into it. LOL!
The black bars on the bag are actually sewed on satin ribbons. For my first dabble in appliqué, I pick Sweet Round Bird from Cinderberry Stitches Tail Feathers Block of the Month.
Don't you think he's the sweetest bird you've ever seen? Huge thanks to Jo for sparing me some of her HeatnBond so that I didn't have to buy an entire roll to make this.
I bought the wooden handles off Etsy. I love the flower detail on it.
I really hope Shanny likes them. I can now breathe easy again. I actually took Thursday and Friday off just to work on this. Am I the queen of procrastination?! Oh the stories I can tell you of my last minute induced panic, motivation and inspiration. ROFL!

39 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh wow! Wonderful! No wonder you won. Beautiful work!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a lovely bird, so much detail and so much beautiful stitching. Well done.

katica said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! A so creative!!! What a wonderful bag and that bird pouch is fantastic!!!

Shebafudge said...

Wow What stunning work! Absolutely gorgeous!

milly said...

Wow that bag is beautiful! You are very talented!

You have a very beautiful blog.

Giovanna said...

What a stunning ensemble! Congrats on winning the contest.

Jennifer M. said...

Your projects turned out amazing! You have such a creative imagination. I'm sure your partner loved them. :)

Christine said...

Absolutely stunning and very creative!

Ewa said...

that is SO COOL! I'm absolutely jealous of the person receiving this!

dulcinella said...

Both your creations are absolutely wonderful, amazing and beautiful. You are really very talented!!! congratulations on your winning, but by the look of your creation, i don't think there has been a lot of discussion)

Topcho said...

Wow! Oh dear , this is absolutey stunning! Every detail is perfect and awesome1

Autumn said...

That is SO CUTE!!!

Shaunterria Owens said...

You bird is lovely, but that bag is AMAZING :) Beautiful job on both; Shanny is lucky to have them

Ellen said...

Gorgeous! You are very creative and great at sewing too!

Enjoyed the photos of your NNC's 5th Anniversary Meet. The food sure looked yummy n I drooled over those birds!

Hugs,

Lisa V said...

Oh WOW Veronica, what stunning finishes,I love them both.

butterfly said...

Veronica, Wow just love your bird and the bag just beautiful. hugs.

♥ Nia said...

Great work!!!! :)
I love that little bird :D

Tatkis said...

What a lovely bird pouch! And the bag is just beautiful!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Rhona said...

Wow, wow and more wow!!! totally fantastic - love the little details.

Melanie said...

So so so so beautiful!! I just love both pieces. Good job!!

lesli said...

Veronica! Look at you! Your bird purse is absolutely adorable...I want one! :) You are such an inspiring designer!

Carol said...

I think that's the most fun, creative bird I've ever seen, Veronica! And your purse is darling!! Well done :)

Margaret wong said...

Congratulations again, Veronica! we love the bird!! I can picture Shanny sitting in the park this summer amidst loads of people, opening her bird cage bag and THEN, taking out the bird pouch. I bet she will be the centre of attraction at the park!!! Hope she throw some breadcrumbs around her so that birds will be around her at the same time! LOL!

Von said...

Yowzas! What amazing projects you've created! I'm really loving your bird zippered pouch with the clever hidden pockets and silk ribbon embroidery. SRE has a special place in my heart. :)

Fiona said...

WOW, the detail on your bird pouch and the thought and effort put into your bag too, no wonder you won and the recipient would be mad not to love it.

Natasha said...

I just LOVE your bord. What a beauty. And your bag is darling also :) Have a fantastic day!

zarina said...

The details of the bird. I was so amazed that day that I did not see the details, my photos did not tell a story like yours (I should be better than this), and those brownies. I did not see that at all.

By the way, I still owe you the photo.

Sue said...

Oh, my! Both of those are beautiful! You are so creative and artistic!

Mylene said...

wow! what beautiful work. You are very creative!

JO Yap said...

Love your work and creativity! They are so beautiful! Voted for your bird the minute I saw it!! Am so jealous of Shanny.....

Lynn said...

OMG, your project is amazing!!
I love both the bird and the matching bag! A bag that's a birdcage is so creative. I admire anyone with that kind of creativity.
All I can do is sit here and drool over the results. Well done!!

Kelly said...

Oh my, this is absolutely fabulous, you are so very talented indeed!

Julie said...

Your Bird purse and bag are brilliant,love the little hidden pouches.How do you think these things up?. :)

Anne said...

Absolutely gorgeous Veronica!! Both your bird and your bag! Your bag I covet!!! You are very talented my dear! What great fabric choices and that handle on the bag is so ornate and pretty!!

Hugs!

Kay Joy said...

Wow, the bird look great! The details and embroidery are quite impressive!! The bag is cute, too. I agree, the wooden handles are beautiful. :)

Catherine said...

Oh wow! I love both the bird and your bag! You are so very talented and deserved to win!!

Meari said...

Both of them are so adorable!!

Joysze said...

Oh welll done!!! I thought the bird was darling till I saw the bag. TOOO CUTE FOR WORDS!!!! :D

geeky Heather said...

Oh my gosh, they are both so cute!! But I am completely in LOVE with the bird-shaped bag!! Any chance you will share the pattern?? I can't sew to save my life, but I have a big sister that I could possibly convince. ;)