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« on: February 04, 2014 07:00:59 AM »

I recently participated in the Artist Trading Block Swap.  For those of you who are wondering, an ATB, is basically a 3-D version of an ATC (Artist Trading Card).  A small work of art, to be given away and shared.  While stalking my partner's Pinterest I noticed she had pinned an altered art tag, which had the lyric "Make a little birdhouse in your soul" on it.  If you are unfamiliar with this brilliant song by The Might Be Giants, you can watch the video on Youtube.  A brief explanation is that the song tells the story of a nightlight, which watches over it's owner while they sleep.  The night light tells the listener to make a birdhouse (being a safe place for something small and vulnerable) for the light it creates in their mind and soul.

And after seeing noodle-bug's amazing hand stitched Birdhouse for Your Soul, I knew I had to completely steal ahem, take inspiration from her example and create a Steampunk Birdhouse for amaryllisroze's Soul. 

The front contains an antiqued blue bird in a frame, as a reference to the lyric "Bluebird of friendliness", and a set of antiqued chipboard letters.


The first narrow side includes a window looking onto an Edwardian lady, and a metal bee, as a reference to the lyric "Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet."


The back contains a 3-D metal birdcage with a delicate Swarovski crystal heart dangling from it, in reference to the vulnerable parts of ourselves which we try to sheild.


The final side contains a bit of ruler, with a tiny hinged tin box that says "passion", and a light bulb full of glitter which is a reference to the fact that the song is told from the point of view of a nightlight.  Below that is a "Cherish" token, a clock, and the symbol for infinity, which references the line "My story's infinite".  While I was working on it, I searched high and low for a picture or embellishment with a lighthouse on it for this side, but seemed to be thwarted at every turn.  Of course I found the perfect one 2 days after shipping it.   Tongue


And finally, the whole thing is topped with a small bird's nest, which contains the Ace of Hearts, a gear, watch hand, a button, and freshwater pearl "eggs".  I had a devil of a time getting the nest to stay on top, so I ended up using a Vintaj brass embellishment, bent up into the shape of a bowl to support the nest.


I hope you enjoy it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014 07:12:57 AM »

This is gorgeous, Jennie! All the details are wonderful and everything flows so well together.
So thoughtful and kind. (as if you would ever be anything else!) Absolutely love it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014 07:20:36 AM »

Aw dang!!! This is just incredible! I love the song & you totally own it with this project! I'm completely jealous of your swap partner!
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014 07:47:17 AM »

It is beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014 08:29:08 AM »

Thank you ladies!
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014 09:00:01 AM »

I love all the references to the song. Such a beautiful and thoughtful swap gift. Lucky partner!
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014 01:05:36 PM »

Fun, I like to look at all the details you put.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014 03:08:02 PM »

This is gorgeous! 
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014 05:07:06 PM »

Nailed it! Exquisite work, Headmistress.
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2014 07:27:19 PM »

Thank you ladies!  I'm so glad that I stumbled upon the ATB Swap.  It has been such a magical project, and so satisfying to see the brilliant work done by everyone in the swap.
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