My shop currently looks like I hijacked Santa’s work space and kicked out all of the elves.
A friend told me about a bazaar at a school near Mt. Bromley. Vendors set up in the gym, and teachers and students come around during the school day and shop for the holidays for their families and friends. Older students take the younger ones around. Kids who don’t have extra spending cash are given some so that everyone can go home with a gift for a loved one. My friend said it’s the best show she does all year – not because of the sales necessarily but because the whole thing is just so heartwarming. She can’t help but leave the school happy and chokes back tears all day. SIGN. ME. UP.
So I did, with less than two weeks to prepare some small inventory for the event. What started off as making a few traditional wood slab ornaments turned into something that hatched accidentally. (Pardon the pun.)
Such a fitting name for a hodgepodge creature with so much personality. I had a pile of birch twigs in the shop, bottle caps that I’ve been saving (quite a lot from throwing Caribbean parties in the summer with 300-400 people), and leftover felt footies. And an orange sharpie. It was FATE.
Some resemble owls. Some resemble a wild-eyed creature you may see in a Pixar short. (“For the birds” anyone?) Some resemble a bird built like a kiwi that will never make it off the ground with that girth and it’s weight to wing ratio. A flightless, hefty birdie. With itty bitty wings and stubby little legs.
Some more traditional gifts that will be available are reclaimed black walnut or barn wood pen/pencil/paintbrush desk caddies. (Whew. That’s a mouthful.)
I personally think that felt footies, while practical on a walnut desk caddy, are better used as kooky bird eyes.
Kooky birds are available in many styles, from ornaments to desk pieces with or without pencil holders.
Kooky birds: $7-$12 + shipping