Nearly two and a half years ago, I agreed to temporarily care for a cockatiel who was between homes. Little did I know that this tiny ball of feathers birdie would wheedle his way into my heart and that my home would become his permanent home… and that I would, to this very day, continue to be amazed at his cleverness, his sweetness, and his love of human companionship.
I mean, how could I not fall in love?
So when I saw that some of the folks on Craftster were having a “Put a Bird On it” swap (no, it’s not about Portlandia, it’s all about the birds), I had to join.
I was partnered with the lovely charlieandwillow and as soon as I saw that her interests included Dia de los Muertos, I knew a skeleton had to be involved. Though I was unsure how I was going to put a bird on a skeleton…
[Rather than rewrite the explanation of the skeleton that forms the base of this project, I’ll just point you to the last time I used a skelly.]
My partner mentioned liking finches, tits, and owls, but as there is a grand variety of coloring and shapes for each of these birds, I asked her to give me her favorite in each category. She responded with: Zebra Finch, Blue Tit, and Little Owl.
And I knew what I needed to do with those birds: bird masks for the skelly.
I knew she would now be the Bird Woman — always waiting, always ready for the birds to come to her.
Oh yes, the feathers you see were freely donated by the resident cockatiel (he had already discarded them when I collected them).