Bird in a box

I have had no time this week to indulge in a little crafty respite. 🙁  Last night I got home after a day in the office and had to carry on working just so that I felt like I was on top of everything. My email inbox for work looks like a giant slalom ski-slope – peppered with lots of red flags marking things that need my urgent attention. I have also made two lists – one to help me remember all the things I need to do and the other of things that must be done today without fail. I love a list, I love crossing thing off and feeling like I’m making progress. Unfortunately, I seem to be adding things rather than crossing them off at the moment!!!!

No matter how busy I am I determined to make time to share a little something with you all, so here is another of my little matchboxes from my Art from the Heart Kate Crane workshop.


Want to see what’s inside?


How cute is that little bird? When I arrived at the workshop, Kate had a selection of the matchboxes she had made for us to look at. Everyone that opened them squealed with delight when they saw the little paper clay bird she had made. The squeals increased when she told us that we would get to make one like it!!


The matchbox was decorated in the same way as the ones I shared earlier this week. The card to cover this one has a different colour palette. The draw pull is, I think, an Ideaology fastening by Tim Holtz. I’ve added some stamping and doodling, plus computer generated words, to the front.


The little bird was made by shaping the clay into a teardrop shape and then pinching the ends. The legs are some pieces of rusty wire which was inserted before the clay dried. We made the bird as one of the first things we did and then left it to air dry. I decorated mine once we got home and coloured it with Tumbled glass distress ink and Picket Fence distress stain.


The base of the box is lined with more Dylusion coloured card that has been decorated with doodles and stamping.


I am definitely planning some more of these birds – a pink one is definitely called for!

Thanks for buzzing by.



Bird in a box — 11 Comments

  1. This is so sweet, I love your little clay bird too. I too am a list maker, love the feeling of crossing things off, hope you get to yours today. ~Diane

  2. Adorable! The tiny birdy is to die for. You’ve inspired me to make one for my daughter who loves birds. Her motto…when all else fails put a bird on it. I like you am a list maker. Something good about crossing off what’ve you manage to accomplish. Except for my market list…I usually get to the market and find it laying on my desk…grr. I need to make a note to remember that note. lol.

    • Thanks Sandra and I hope you do make a little flock of birds. I love that saying of your daughter’s – I think my default is bee or butterfly!! Do you know I have been known to add stuff to a list simply to have the satisfaction of crossing it off. My husband (who does the shopping each week) left the major shopping list behind. He managed to come back with all but 2 things that were on the list:)

  3. Such a sweet tweet! Your little bird with the rusty knees is soo cute (and I know just how he feels, lol). I love how your matchbox design features your little bird and what gorgeous colours you have used. Great project.

    Dionne xx

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