Birds Of A Feather

Summer sunshine and love are funnelled into projects throughout the year. Of course I was thrilled when  new Instagram friend, Jen, offered to exchange ‘Happy Mail’.  What is Happy Mail?  It’s when something arrives via snail mail that isn’t an advertisement or bill, thus initiating happiness.

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I actually gasped when I received this beautiful package from Jen.

Just for me?!  OMGosh, look at the aqua Canadian maple leaf pin! It’s really a tiny work of art featuring gathered crepe paper tipped in pink glitter and topped off with a blinged out ‘aqua’ maple leaf.  I guess it’s no secret that this foxy Canadian loves aqua 😀

Happy Mail From Jen

This beautiful confection started life as a simple brown paper bag. Jen adds stitching, fringing, beautiful thread work, stamping, beads and lots of TLC.  Inside, perfect little envelopes filled with all manner of loveliness. Each one holding a plethora of treats. Here’s a close up of the button. A-mazing!

Discovering every gorgeous bit was a little like digging into a really yummy desert. Jen has the funkiest art stamps too. Nothing like I’ve ever seen.

This is just one of two delicious creations Jen sent. I’ll share another soon!

Sooooo, what did I make for Jen?  A mixed-media canvas.

Without a firm plan at hand, I first covered a wooden canvas in printed tissue and added paint through a stencil to leave coloured feathers all over. So why an elephant? I think of elephants as being very drawn to their communities. Like WordPress or Instagram are communities for me.

The thing I really enjoy about mixed-media projects is adding all the layers until an unknown combination of this and that makes your heart sing. There’s no recipe or rules, it’s all very intuitive and that appeals to me. It’s defined as:

“Mixed Media (mikst ˈmēdēə) the use of a variety of media in an entertainment or work of art”

Little by little the image in my-mind’s-eye began to appear.  It’s an Elephant walking thru a colourful garden, trumpeting creativity.

That old saying, “birds of a feather flock together” might be a good way to describe Instagram and if you look a little closer, you might spot the nod to feathered friends in my creation. With this in mind, I left space for a wee bird to chirp this message added with an art stamp.

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen

and thinking what no one else has thought”

The wooden frame offered a generous border, so I was also able to add a small music box on top. This one plays John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. I thought it was the perfect note to top it all off. I got it while traveling in Europe and was eager to share it with Jen.

Have you discovered Instagram? Have you found your own Birds-of-a-Feather?

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Living the dream with Mr Right and two black rescue cats, Petals & Blossum. Life and Love expresses itself in the many ongoing art projects. Favorite quote "we'll grow kindness in our hearts for all the strangers amoung us, till there are no strangers any more" Singer-Songwriter Patti Griffin.

30 thoughts on “Birds Of A Feather

    1. Hello dear Johanna! It’s so nice to hear from you ❤ and thank you for your cheer. You can never be too tardy here. It’s been a summer filled with work, but I’m off for all of September and want to make more time for projects like this. I have an extra canvas, so who knows what’ll happen. Off to see Alys too soon so I’m in re-energizing mode. Hope your summer has been filled with wonderful things too xo K

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  1. What? I post from Boomdee? How lovely!
    I’ve not been able to post much lately either, and if it wasn’t for watching a college football game, I wouldn’t be visiting either. Thank goodness we have a trip in our future 🙂
    Even if I don’t know how you crafty people do what you do, I love the idea of fun mail.
    I am quite sure that Jen is as thrilled with your gift as you were with hers.

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    1. Hello you busy busy girl! I can’t imagine how you fit so much into your day. Well organized I would guess. l’ve taken this month off of work. I plan to regroup, reenergize and basically get my barings. Summer and work were too much. So when I see how much is on your place, I’m amazed.
      I hope you’re finding time to enjoy your awesome deck and the ‘odd’ glass of vino. We are currently tossing around our schedule for NZ too but first, I’ve got to get organized for CA. 😀 Big hugs xo

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  2. I LOVE your elephant art and the sayings you chose. Elephants are also said to bring good fortune. You did such a wonderful job of this ANYONE would love it. How thick and heavy are those wooden canvases? I’ve never seen them before. Your colors are so vibrant and wide awake. I love what Jen sent you as well but you seem to have an extra talent that speaks to me. I was so delighted to see you here again now that I’m up and running again. My world is perfect now. I have never tried Instagram and am reluctant as I can barely keep up with this. 😦 Not sure what I would use it for anyway. Do have a wonderfilled weekend and looking forward to more adorableness soon. 🙂 Giant hugs.

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    1. Hello hello, Marlene-a-go-go! Thanks for all your cheer, you always make me feel special. The wooden canvases are not heavy at all. They come in a ton of measurements, either with deep sides or narrow sides. They’re easier to use if applying paste and stuff thru stencils. As a canvas has give and will sag when you are pressing on it, so that’s trickier. Any Art store will carry a variety, I’m sure. They come pre-Gesso’d or raw. I prefer the raw and Gesso myself.

      Glad your computer is working for you again. My network connection is being weird since Telus upgraded us to 5G….it’s suppose to be faster? Gah!

      I had an action packed weekend as I hosted a part with all my workmates. It was in the Garden and that was just as much work as the party, LOL. Fun though and a beautiful day. Hows your garden doing? Gotta run to work, by for now dearest xo K

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      1. I’ll look for the wooden canvases the next time I’m at an art supply store.
        So far so good with our internet and now that I have a well working computer, I’m happy again. The garden is in progress with lots to be moved around once the massive heat abates. Mulch is ready to put things to bed for the autumn/winter season. Right now there is so much smoke and heat, I don’t dare go out except in the early morning. Yours was beautiful from what I could see.

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  3. That is very sweet. I love your mixed media elephant charging off in the post to make someone’s day. The snail mail revolution is great. There are big groups out there that send each other happy posts. So many positive and kind gestures. It gives one hope in these troubled times.

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    1. Hello dear Island Girl 😀 Isn’t it uplifting to find others that share your passions and/or love to be creative too? Maybe it’s a re-revolution? People are complimenting instant technology by using good ol’ snail mail to connect even further. Happy Mail seems to be where new meets old. My friend Julia, at Defeat Dispair, is actually writing a paper on it all as an academic. But in simplier terms, I think we can all recognize the joy of learning that the world is full of happy and good people just like us. So while times are troubled, it’s comforting to keep that in the for-front of my mind and heart! xo K, B, P 😀

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  4. Good to see you in my mailbox, Boomdee! That is a beautiful Happy Mail package from Jen. 🙂 I like that quotation, “Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought”.

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    1. Hello Hello Lavinia! Yes, I finally had the notion and time to post. This summer has been…..overwelming. I’m actually taking a month off of work and hope to be able to catch up on many things. Work demands were very heavy and lots of changes there too. I may share in a post sometime, or not. But looking forward to a breather. Jen’s work is so original and labour intensive! I love the whimsy and beautiful details. Every bit of it so thoughtful. Thank’s for coming bye! See you soon ❤ xo B

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  5. I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see a Boomdee post this morning. I love your new theme and all the wonderful changes you’ve made.

    Happy mail is the best. Having been on the receiving end of your lovely goodies on more than one occasion, I know Jen will be (or was) equally thrilled with your elephant creation. I’m so happy you found each other.

    As for elephants, here is something else you might enjoy:

    The elephant is associated with Buddha and the Indian deity Ganesh and can be used to symbolize power, wisdom, strength, protection of the home, fertility, and general good luck.
    and

    Many African cultures revere the African Elephant as a symbol of strength and power. It is also praised for its size, longevity, stamina, mental faculties, cooperative spirit, and loyalty. South Africa, uses elephant tusks in their coat of arms to represent wisdom, strength, moderation and eternity.

    I love the way you attached the music box to the top of the frame. That is such a clever idea. Hugs xo

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    1. Greetings from Bloggy Boomdee, ha!
      Tis’ I, lover of elephants and now so much wiser 😀
      Thanks for the extra details too. I’m not on board with the elephant tusk thing, but hopefully they use a ‘look-a-like’ product these days.
      Thank’s so much for visiting hon! The little music box stays on with a dab of construction glue. I thought it was fun and interactive rather than just setting something on a shelf forever more. Hugs-a-million for your cheer ❤ xo

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  6. I’m so glad you and Jen found each other — I’m certain your beautiful mixed-media collage will make her day, just as her little gift package made yours. I can’t imagine a more lovely reminder that (a) sometimes the internet can be used for good, and (b) there are still lots of wonderful, creative, kind, generous people out there. (Yourself included in that latter one, by the way …)

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    1. Hey Heide ! I thought I replied but I don’t see my message here. Gah! so sorry. I’m blushing at your note, thank you so kindly. Are you on Instagram? Many of the folks I follow there, also have blogs. I find, getting to know these communities of people makes me feel safer in the world. For me, it’s reassuring to know you’re on a path in life that’s dappled with like minded souls who care about the same things you do. BTW, your gravatar is adorable! x Boomdee

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      1. There is something wonky going on with the commenting system because my words have also disappeared into thin air now and again, Boomdee — but as the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts, right? And although I’m not on Instagram (because I scarcely have time to be here!) I will try to give your feed a peek every now and then for creative inspiration. As you say, it’s reassuring to find other like-minded souls on this crazy path we call life. Cheers to you, and happy Friday!

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