Last month I got an amazing surprise package in the mail from a friend's dad. I met him early last year and we were talking about our mutual love for natural objects. He's a great and very interesting guy and a month ago he surprised me with an amazing gift of wings and feathers! He has a beautiful farm where he grows plants and flowers and he had collected the feathers and wings over time from birds that had died naturally or accidentally. The pheasant was a coyote victim. The turkey was a car victim. He didn't mention the hummingbird...but I'm guessing old age or window. There are lots of other loose feathers that I hope to make earrings, garlands and other things from.
He sent three full pairs of wings: a pheasant, a sparrow, and a hummingbird. Small, medium and large. I was so excited to display them that I couldn't wait until the holidays were over and I spent the new year cutting, positioning and labeling. I used antique and vintage frames I'd been storing in the basement, vintage crepe paper, vintage matte board and some wrapping paper too.
They turned out beautifully I think!
The hummingbird wings are my favorite...they are so so tiny and sweet. Poor little guy! I used the backside of a 1960's receipt to place them on for a pop of mellow yellow.
I'm not super happy with the pheasant wings frame job, so I may redo it eventually...but for now they are proudly displayed at the top of the stairs on the second floor. This old Victorian house is staying true to it's kind...the Victorian's just adored pretty dead things! :)
Thank you so much Huck!