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!

 

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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.
photo: scotslarder.blogspot.co.uk

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.
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Blue & Brown, prints and pattern.
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A shock of lime green with a nest and egg.
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Add a pop of unexpected color like hot pink!

 

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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.
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photo: craftsncoffee.com
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.
photo: craftsncoffee.com

 

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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4 Comments

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  2. Wow ! Looks great I love what you are doing will pass the word around in Beaumont. Lula

    • Thank you, Miss Lula! Hugs to your family. Rita

  3. You Rock! Keep creating beautiful to bring the “wild side” to the inside, wherever that may be…

    The HoneyMan