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Birds in art :-)

Hi birb friends, I'm taking two classes towards my BFA this semester and one of them is all about ornamentation. If there's a way to sneak a budgie into homework, I'll find it :-D We had to design three different patterns and this is my figural example. I took some drawings from my budgie colouring book. My goal was 80s inspired and it ended up more pastel than Lisa Frank, LOL! I would really like to see this one on a shirt. I think I could add another budgie and improve where the edges meet. Pattern making is such a journey. Here is what it looks like tiled.

Tiled budgie pattern

Bird Talk magazine

I am cleaning my spare room from the clutter that accumulated when we moved. I have several boxes of Bird Talk magazine from the 1990s. They're not "collectible" condition but not falling apart, and I hate to trash them if someone would like one or several. Not charging for the magazines but would appreciate a few bucks for mailing costs. I will be taking them to the recycle next weekend so if you are interested, please let me know ASAP what type of bird/article you're interested in and I can pick those out for you (and if you're in driving distance of south Georgia you can have the whole lot if you want to pick them up).

Also have some old Reptiles issues if you know anyone herpy. :)
Muffin Buffin

Cockatiel Crochet

This is the first of two posts about crochet and cockatiels and both kind of happened at the same time. I was at a holiday market this weekend and just happened to be across from a vendor named Jubblier and she had crochet budgies and a cockatiel. You can bet I bought one of each! They are as just as cute as they are on their Etsy listing.

My real tiel wasn't so sure about the imposter :-D

Crochet cockatiel

Feather cysts

Feather cysts!

After decades of having birds, I finally have my first case of a feather cyst. The budgies are all moulting right now and I thought that one of the budgies, Will, had roughed himself up. The bird lady came today and confirmed that it was a feather cyst. We will probably go to the vet, but any and all stories would be appreciated right now. It's not bothering him and he's not picking at it.
Muffin Buffin

Ahhhhh Muffin!

I know I don't have to explain to folks how destructive birds can be...whenever Muffin finds a hidey hole, I put lots of stuff in there like boxes and paper so he doesn't chew on the walls.

Muffin stripped the vinyl covering off the baseboards to bare wood. You can't buy this kind of trim anymore, so we'll have to get some pine. Last year I was on the ball about putting some wood around there, but instead of buying pine, my husband bought cedar because it's more durable. That's true, but apparently cedar can be toxic to birds, so that was a no go.
Muffin Buffin

My little dinosaur!

For $5 I got an accidental piece of paleoart yesterday at a craft sale. I think the artist may have mixed up cockatiels and cockatoos, but no matter. He asked if he could draw me a dinosaur, I suggested a cocaktiel and got something in-between. I'm trying to imagine herds of six foot cockatiels wailing and screaming, hehe.

99% Invisible recently did a half hour podcast on the transformation of paleoart from sluggish grey lizardosaurs to dynamic feathery beasts. So worth a listen.