Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some things I love about Fall!

Here in Oregon we have a pretty down right spectacular fall, since we have hundreds of varieties of deciduous trees here, including many varieties of gorgeous maples. The leaves are just starting to change and there is now a bit of a chill in the air, along with the site of local apple trees laden with apples.
It's such a great time of year, though I do find it to be bittersweet, knowing that we will be going into our rainy season before too long. Still I am embracing the fall and plan to do some decorating this week!
Here are a few ideas that I've come up with for easy and inexpensive Fall decorating:

Candles are always a must for this time of year, I like to use a variety of pillar candles, the apple, spice or pumpkin scented are perfect at this time. I place them on plates or tray and then surround them with moss, pine cones,pods cinnamon sticks, mini pumpkins or other fruit. This really makes for a gorgeous, fragrant display!


Wreaths are another favorite of mine, last Spring toward the end of the blooming season I cut back my hydrangea bush and dried the blossoms to be used in bouquets and a wreath. All you need for this wreath is a grapevine wreath, dried hydrangea blossoms and a hot glue gun. You simply just glue the hydrangea stems all the way around the wreath and you're done. It can be displayed on your wall or a door.

Pumpkins and gourds, always fun and festive! I like to buy a few in different sizes, the smaller ones to be used as a table display, along with a colorful table runner and the larger ones for the front entryway display.

Pillow and throws will help spice up any room, it's fun to add a nice fall colored throw to your couch along with a couple of seasonal throw pillows, this is really an inexpensive way to make a quick and beautiful change to your room.




Friday, July 31, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIES!! JULY 31ST!!

FRIDAY FREEBIES ARE BACK!!! TODAY JULY 31ST!!

1 Free necklace, your choice ($20 value or less) when you spend $40 or more,
2 Free necklaces, your choice ($40 value or less) when you spend $70 or more

PLEASE CLICK HERE BOTANICAL BIRD'S STORE

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Colorful, Pretty Flowers

Here are some gorgeous flowers and plants to check out. All of these shots were taken on my recent trip to the coast...enjoy!!

1. Acalypha (chenile plant)
2. Gloxinia siningia (gloxinia)
3. Cosmos Bipinnatus (cosmos)
4. Papaver (poppy)
5. Digitalis (foxglove)





Thursday, July 23, 2009

Handcrafted Jewelry...For American Cancer Society

Here are some very cool pieces from Laura Slocum. Her beautiful work can be found at one of her two stores on Etsy. Laura Slocum Painted or Creatively Tangled

Laura is a dear friend of mine and a fellow etsy artist. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a few months ago and is currently undergoing chemo therapy treatments. She is amazingly brave and is a shining star, and for sure an inspiration to so many. You can read all about Laura, by going to her shop or by going to her blog which is called Stay Tuned 09

CHECK OUT LAURA'S BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY!! PROCEEDS DONATED TO HELP FIGHT CANCER!!
(please click on one of the links above)





Friday, July 3, 2009

Upcoming outdoor markets!













Hey Portlander's,
This post is to announce my upcoming outdoor shows. I hope you will stop by and say hello!
I will be having a couple of giveaways for various necklaces from my store.
I'd love to see you there!

First show is at: Multnomah Days
date: Aug 15th, 2009
Time: 10:00-4:00
Place: Multnomah village, capitol hwy (I'll be set up near Starbucks)

Second show: Belmont Street fair
date: Sept 12th, 2009
Time: 10:00-5:00
Place: on Belmont st. between 33rd-35th ( don't have my exact location yet)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Seattle's Pike Place Market

Hot town summer in the city!!!
I just had to say that, Seattle was really all that for me during my recent trip there. Fun, fun, fun are three words that come to mind. I just went on a mini vacation there for 3 days. I rode the train, it's a quick 3.5 hour trip from Portland to Seattle. The train depot in Seattle is close to the heart of downtown, so very convenient if you're staying in the downtown area.
All of the pictures here were taken at Pike Place market, which is a world class farmers & artisans market. This fabulous market boasts a myriad of delights, including, the freshest seafood you can buy, bakeries, coffee shops galore, rows and rows of fresh produce, herbs and flowers, along with artisan crafts from A-Z!
If you are in Seattle, this place is really a must see, and please allow yourself at least 4 hours to really explore, as this market is huge!
I have had an ongoing fantasy about renting a place near this market just for the summer, so that I might immerse myself in the colorful, eclectic world that is Pike place market!









Monday, June 15, 2009

Giveaway & Feature on Rainbowswirlz blog!!

Hi all here is another fun giveaway along with some pics and a little write up about my daily routine. You will need to go to Rainbowswirlz blog, click on the link below.

CHECK OUT RAINBOWSWIRLZ BLOG HERE!

GIVEAWAY NECKLACE

Saturday, June 6, 2009

BOTANICAL BIRD 3 DAY SALE!!

BOTANICAL BIRD SALE!!

3 DAY SALE!! FRI-SUN JUNE 5TH-7TH
10% OFF ALL ORDERS OF $30 OR MORE
20% OFF ALL ORDERS OF $100 OR MORE

A GREAT TIME TO SAVE AND STOCK UP ON SOME LOVELY JEWELRY FOR SUMMER OR ANYTIME!

The discounted amount will be refunded to your account, contact me for details.

BOTANICAL BIRD'S STORE

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BOTANICAL BIRD WILL BE SELLING AT UPCOMING CRAFTS SHOW

Hey Portlanders!
I am excited to announce that I will be showing and selling my jewelry at an upcoming arts & crafts show in Portland, Oregon!! There will be a range of artists and crafters participating. The show is on a Sunday evening, there will be music, food and drink, so come check it out, what a fun way to spend a Sunday evening!

DATE: MAY 31ST
TIME: 4-8 PM
PLACE: CAPITOL COFFEE HOUSE & BISTRO
ADDRESS; 6446 SW CAPITOL HWY

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Giveaway!! Dogwood Blossom Necklace

It's been awhile since I did a giveaway from my shop, so I thought it would be fun to do a Spring Necklace! This contests is called the ABC's of flowers.

For a chance to win this lovely necklace, please name 3 flowers, one beginning with an "A", one with a "B", and one with a "C". Then leave the answers in the comment box here, for extra entries, post this contest on your blog and sign up to follow my blog. Be sure to let me know you have done so. Winner will be chosen through a random drawing of all of the entries.

This contest runs from May 5th-May 24th

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE ON MAY 25TH!!

BOTANICAL BIRD

Monday, May 4, 2009

CONTEST WINNER!! Congrats to Prospero's Girll!

The winner of the "Firefly" art glass pendant is Prospero's Girl

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Winner was chosen through a random drawing

A new contest will be announced on Tue 5/5/09!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIES!! May 1, 2009

Today's Friday Freebies are:

Receive a Free necklace when you spend $44 at Botanical Bird
or
Receive a Free pair of earrings when you spend $24 at Botanical Bird

Please be sure to mention Friday Freebies on the etsy invoice in order to redeem this offer!

BOTANICAL BIRD


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

GIVEAWAY!!

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win the art glass necklace!!

See details in the post below!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

GIVEAWAY!! WATERCOLOR ART NECKLACE

I'm thrilled to offer this beautiful watercolor art glass necklace!

This beautiful necklace named "Firefly" is hand painted and was created by etsy artist Laura Slocum of Laura Slocum Painted
This lovely necklace comes on a 17" long red silk cord with lobster clasp.
Arrives in a cute little tin.

For a chance to win this necklace please leave a comment here letting me know your favorite item in the Laura Slocum Painted etsy store!!
Sign up to follow my blog and receive an extra entry in the contest!

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY 5/4/09

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Eco friendly craft show!!! April 15th-29th

Looking for Eco friendly stuff?
Come check out the I heart handmade Eco Show

FREE GIVEAWAYS DAILY!!!

Some fabulous things you'll find there include:
Baby & Kid items
Bath & Body
Clothing & Accessories
Fine Art
Food & Edibles
Home & Garden
Jewelry
Papercrafts
Toys









Lillipops Designs









Mr. Buddington













Dancing Mooney

Friday, April 17, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIES!! April 17, 2009

Today's Friday Freebies!!

Buy one necklace and receive one matching pair of earrings, buy two necklaces receive two matching pairs of earrings and so on. I will create a lovely pair of matching earrings to go with any necklace in my store!

Please mention Friday freebie on the etsy invoice in order to redeem this offer, also if you are not already a follower of my blog and you sign up to follow my blog I will include another free gift! please mention "new follower" on the invoice


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Vintage Easter!

Wishing everyone a beautiful Spring time and a wonderful Easter weekend! Here are some adorable vintage Easter images to check out~ enjoy!




Thursday, April 2, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIES!! April 3, 2009

FRIDAY FREEBIES!!

Today's freebies at Botanical Bird are:
Buy one necklace and receive one pair of earrings!
Buy two necklaces and receive two pairs of earrings!

Please mention Friday freebies on your etsy invoice to redeem this offer

Botanical Bird


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Skagit Valley Tulip Fields!!












































I lived in Seattle for about eight years, during that time I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Skagit valley tulip festival almost every year! I have to say that it is truly one of the most magnificent sights I've ever seen!

It's best to visit the Tulip Festival during the week when their are less crowds. If you go on the weekends you will deal with more traffic and crowds. Once you get through town and into the tulip field areas, the traffic is not too bad. The Skagit Valley is 60 miles north of Seattle, Washington, 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Traveler’s can take I-5 and then use Exits 221 - 236, all of these exits have tulip brochures at the nearest business.

The tulip fields are spread out over a 15-mile radius and tulip festival events are scattered around the entire county. There are many festival sites, It's a good idea to pick up the free Skagit Valley Tulip Field Map for locations of the tulip fields. Checking out their site and maps will help out in planning your day trip to one of the most colorful and spectacular display in the Northwest corner of Washington State.
If you live in the Northwest or you are visiting the Seattle area during the month of April, I highly recommend a day trip to the Skagit valley!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's time for Another Giveaway!!!!

Read the Botanical Bird Interview and sign up to win this necklace!

Checkout this blog for the latest giveaway!! Contest is 3/19-3/25
RainbowSwirlz


Orange Apricot Necklace

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Heart Handmade Spring Show!!

Find lots of Handmade wonderfulness at this cool online craft show!
Show runs from March 13th - April 5th!!

Come see Botanical Bird there, I am offering a special free gift!

Here are some things you can shop for there!
Soap, Candles, Baby Clothes, Jewelry, Eco-Friendly stuff, Home & Garden & much more!