I’m simultaneously hyperventilating and blogging at the moment because my friend Jenny Louuu–wheeeze (who also happens to be my DOC, sister of my MOH, Daughter of my officiant, a September 2008 bride and an all around kick-ass lady) just sent me her progress on my Ann Woods-Inspired cake topper she’s painstakingly hand making for me!
A little background…When Mrs. Gummibear received her huge shipment of Ann Wood’s Birds, I turned green with envy. I’d been tracking Ann’s Blog and Shop for a while, praying (seriously… like down on my knees every night) that she would resume selling (or at least taking orders for) her little birdies. I had shown Jenny Ann’s cake toppers, and my F-Step-MIL even hinted that if we were to hear back from Ann soon, Mr. Penguin and I might find the birds under the Christmas tree this year. About a month went by with no response, and no update to her shop, when Jenny stepped in and said she’d try to recreate the birdies just for us. She ran out to the craft store that night and kicked her childhood craft skills back into action!
Of course, as luck would have it, one week later Ann Wood had e-mailed me and let me know that she’d resumed her birdcrafting, but by then, Jenny had already began turning my bird dreams into reality! I’m SO SO SO thrilled to have one of my great friends make me some Ann-Inspired birdies of my own.
Here’s the story of the girl bird, as told by Jenny:
Hi! I learned something this weekend – these damn birds are harder than they look. But the girl is taking shape…
1. Thick floral wire strung through the body for the legs (My MOH’s idea!)
2. Legs before Feet!
3. Hot glue to make the legs more substantial and to glue on small pieces of wire for the feet (you can see her practice leg lying on the paper bag)
4. The legs and feet ready to be glittered
Now she has a face! She’s almost done. The eyes are a little too blue so I’m going to color the rhinestones with a black sharpie. She’s also pretty white so I’m going to shade her a little bit with some rose or tan eyeshadow (after practice on a dummy!) to make her look a little more “antique.”
Here she is! Rouge was added to her cheeks and belly and her eyes were colored black.
Ahh. SO SO SO cute. It’s good to have friends in crafty places. Now I’ve gotta run and get a paper bag to breathe into… all this excitement is about to make me pass out.
If you’d like some little birdies of your own, check out Ann Wood’s Shop
I’ll keep you updated on the boy-birdie progress in the months to come!