BRING THE WILD INSIDE: Birds and Feathers
SAVE IT ALL
Birds are beautiful creatures. Their meat and plumage has been enjoyed in a variety of ways over the years. Gamebirds and their feathers offer limitless decor and entertaining opportunities; not only are they appetising on the dinner plate, but look just as pretty surrounding the plate, on the table, on the mantle, bookcase or wreath. I wish to inspire you or your hunting partner to bring ALL the bird home from the field and into the house. DON’T THROW ANYTHING AWAY!
I save all the feathers, wings, bird bands and tail feathers. This year I am trying my hand at saving the whole pheasant for a hanging still life. Eldena Stearns at Santa Anna Hunting Preserve beautifully skinned 5 of my pheasants. I brought them home and prepared them for drying.
This is the look I am hoping for when my pheasants are ready.
MAKE A DISPLAY- BOOKCASE, MANTLE OR TABLE
I like to make theme related vignettes like on my mantle below. I have the perfect base for a bird theme, my Audubon print Mississippi Kites and my clock featuring huntress Diana with her gamebirds. Then I just started adding from there with color, texture and feathers, eggs, skulls and even a nest that recently blew down in a storm.
Add a little of the absurd in your vignette – the leaves, twigs and nest from outside with some sparkling crystal or shiny silver – worn leather books.
a nice contrast in texture & tone, yet keeping with the avian theme.
How about feathers instead of candles? Pop in a little Oasis to steady pheasant feathers, moss, acorns & leaves. A found Blue Jay feather for accent.
TAXIDERMY TO THE TABLE
Bring your taxidermy to the table.
Blue & Brown, prints and pattern.
A shock of lime green with a nest and egg.
Add a pop of unexpected color like hot pink!
An inspiration for sure, add bird taxidermy to your bookcases……
…Over the bookcase or ….
..over a clock…
Add feathers to your favorite hat.
Would look nice on a ladies jacket too.
Feathers in fall wreaths
REPURPOSE THE HUNT – EAT THE MEAT & SAVE THE REST
Gold leaf antlers, dried pheasant, pine cones, feathers, oak leaves and acorns.
…and arrangements – super feather, moss and mushrooms.
Vintage duck call hung over lamp finial and a great place to string those duck bands.
Easy & pretty on invitations & personal note cards.
Feathers, eggs, nests & bird taxidermy- be inspired – Save them and reuse them.
LET BIRDS INSPIRE YOU
BRING THE WILD INSIDE!
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