While in the Florida Keys this winter, I had the opportunity to visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.
Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate,
and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or
displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that
cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of
coexistence with all wild bird species. I spotted some beautiful owls like the one in this photo that were rehabilitating there.
When birds ready to go back to the wild, they are often release gradually. They have access to the support of the facility while getting use to leaving. Some birds like it there so much that they stay. I met a pelican who lives there even though he can leave any time he wants. It is really an interesting place to visit. Lots of good is done there for birds who are hit by cars, swallow fish hooks etc. Their work is expensive so donations are appreciated and are used to help feed and shelter these birds.
Thanks to Harry Potter, the owl has had a resurgence in popularity. Throughout history,
the owl has received mixed reviews. The Greeks believed an owl flying
over a battlefield meant victory, while in other cultures, owls were
considered omens of death, prophets of doom. In modern times among Western cultures the owl is associated with wisdom. I tend to think of the owl as a symbol of wisdom and that is why I am drawn to it.
|Owl focal is by Blueberribeads |
I won the cute ceramic owl made by Blueberribeads. I have taken my time using the bead because I wanted to do justice to it. Also, I find purple very challenging to work with because there are so many different shades to this color. It took me time to find beads, crystals, and silks just the right shades.
Just recently I came across an artisan purple lampwork bead that I used in the center. I used Blueberribead's large
and very cute ceramic owl as the focal which I suspended from the lampwork. There are some flowers
and leaves hanging from the owl to add to the nature motif. Lavender
beads, green and purple crystals add lots of color and sparkle to the necklace.
has black and purple silk ribbons and large silver lobster
clasp along the back. This gives the necklace a contemporary look.
I have several owls by other artists in my jewelry. I love this pink owl that paired with a fushia silk.
I couldn't pass up this vintage German owl. Orange brings out the gray of the owl and adds some pop to this bracelet
I even feature owls on some of my handmade cards
I don't remember where I found this owl, but I thought he was a hoot. For more bird jewelry and cards, visit my online store
What a fantastic place to visit! Great inspiration!ReplyDelete
I love each of your designs, but especially the first ;) Your colour choices are perfect, definitely worth the wait! x
I just love the owl focal! It has such a lighthearted feel that I don't usually get from owls. And your necklace does such a wonderful job of highlighting the feeling.ReplyDelete