LadyWhoLovesBirds

Dedicated to ALL Creatures. HELP ME TO HELP THEM!

Santa Cruz, California
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Announcement    Welcome to my shop, LadyWhoLovesBirds, where you will find DESIGNS LIKE NO OTHERS. Note that Custom Holiday Cards must be ordered by December 1st.

I am DEDICATED to HELPING all CREATURES, DOMESTIC & WILD, who cannot help themselves. Know that 20% of my profits go to these organizations that are doing great things (listed at the bottom) .
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I have an affinity for birds, particularly the BIMBY or Birds-In-My-Back-Yard. Creating ART from these little birds that frequent the many fountains and feeders in my Victorian garden on the Westside of Santa Cruz, CA. couldn’t be more rewarding. I live there with my family, 4 dogs and a cat named Woody.
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I also have great memories from Yosemite National Park and have a BATIK series of the most famous of the Yosemite landmarks: El Capitan, Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, Valley View and Tuolumne High Country. These are particular favorites of mine.
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I have my bachelor’s degree in ART with emphasis in Textile Design with most of my training in BATIK. (BATIK is a ancient method of creating fabric that involves applying hot wax and dyes or inks repeatedly to a piece of fabric, alternating the wax and dyes to achieve unique patterns and designs.) To create a new piece, I like to start with a photograph which inspires a drawing that might become a atercolor and, if the design is right, I will create the BATIK. I have to be very elective as to which designs become BATIKS. Each piece can take weeks/ months to create, and knowing what works and what doesn’t is pretty important.
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The best designs are put onto the computer, often altered a bit, combining and repositioning. They become illustrations that are turned into greeting cards and silk prints. These are the heart of my business here on Etsy. My BATIK originals and prints can be viewed on my website, LadyWhoLovesBirds.com. I also open my studio, which is in the ground level basement of my home, for our county wide Open Studios during the month of October and for the holidays.
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My love of birds started with me simply being more observant of the visitors coming to my home many years ago. My very first such observation was an Audubon warbler that came back year after year. He was extremely territorial and would chase away other little birds, one in particular (turned out to be a Townsend warbler) that also liked our yard. I began realizing that there were many birds that visited. I felt blessed and wanted to know about them. I picked up a beginner’s birding book and started identifying my BIMBY. They now form the basis of much of my art business, LadyWhoLovesBirds: bushtits, chestnut-backed chickadees, scrub jays, mourning doves, hermit thrushes, rubycrowned kinglets, juncos, pygmy and red-breasted nuthatches, cedar waxwings, Audubon warblers, and of course, CROWS!
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So do come in and browse. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for visiting my shop! And I can't forget to ask...."Who are Your BIMBY?"

Alexandra Sanders
The LadyWhoLovesBirds

Charity Water, Rainforest Action Network, Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Center, Greenpeace, International Fuynd for Animal Welfare, Nature Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon Society, Earth Justice, Takis Shelter, Pelican Harbor Sea Station, Santa Cruz SPCA.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 4, 2022

Welcome to my shop, LadyWhoLovesBirds, where you will find DESIGNS LIKE NO OTHERS. Note that Custom Holiday Cards must be ordered by December 1st.

I am DEDICATED to HELPING all CREATURES, DOMESTIC & WILD, who cannot help themselves. Know that 20% of my profits go to these organizations that are doing great things (listed at the bottom) .
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have an affinity for birds, particularly the BIMBY or Birds-In-My-Back-Yard. Creating ART from these little birds that frequent the many fountains and feeders in my Victorian garden on the Westside of Santa Cruz, CA. couldn’t be more rewarding. I live there with my family, 4 dogs and a cat named Woody.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I also have great memories from Yosemite National Park and have a BATIK series of the most famous of the Yosemite landmarks: El Capitan, Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, Valley View and Tuolumne High Country. These are particular favorites of mine.
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I have my bachelor’s degree in ART with emphasis in Textile Design with most of my training in BATIK. (BATIK is a ancient method of creating fabric that involves applying hot wax and dyes or inks repeatedly to a piece of fabric, alternating the wax and dyes to achieve unique patterns and designs.) To create a new piece, I like to start with a photograph which inspires a drawing that might become a atercolor and, if the design is right, I will create the BATIK. I have to be very elective as to which designs become BATIKS. Each piece can take weeks/ months to create, and knowing what works and what doesn’t is pretty important.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The best designs are put onto the computer, often altered a bit, combining and repositioning. They become illustrations that are turned into greeting cards and silk prints. These are the heart of my business here on Etsy. My BATIK originals and prints can be viewed on my website, LadyWhoLovesBirds.com. I also open my studio, which is in the ground level basement of my home, for our county wide Open Studios during the month of October and for the holidays.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My love of birds started with me simply being more observant of the visitors coming to my home many years ago. My very first such observation was an Audubon warbler that came back year after year. He was extremely territorial and would chase away other little birds, one in particular (turned out to be a Townsend warbler) that also liked our yard. I began realizing that there were many birds that visited. I felt blessed and wanted to know about them. I picked up a beginner’s birding book and started identifying my BIMBY. They now form the basis of much of my art business, LadyWhoLovesBirds: bushtits, chestnut-backed chickadees, scrub jays, mourning doves, hermit thrushes, rubycrowned kinglets, juncos, pygmy and red-breasted nuthatches, cedar waxwings, Audubon warblers, and of course, CROWS!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So do come in and browse. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for visiting my shop! And I can't forget to ask...."Who are Your BIMBY?"

Alexandra Sanders
The LadyWhoLovesBirds

Charity Water, Rainforest Action Network, Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Center, Greenpeace, International Fuynd for Animal Welfare, Nature Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon Society, Earth Justice, Takis Shelter, Pelican Harbor Sea Station, Santa Cruz SPCA.

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About LadyWhoLovesBirds

Sales 2,544
On Etsy since 2011

LadyWhoLovesBirds, a Shop for Those Who Love Birds and Dogs and Cats and Wildlife....

I think of myself as a designer foremost. I love to work on the computer-I work in Photoshop-and create different designs from my original watercolors. My little birds, the BIMBY (Birds-In-My-Back-Yard), form the heart of my designs. I manipulate them and configure them into ever changing designs. I love the holidays and use my little birds to express this. Each holiday has special meaning for me and sharing this and creating designs that others enjoy really makes my day.

I started my Etsy shop several years ago. I was a practicing artist at the time and was looking for an online venue to show my work. Although I had created a website, I found myself drawn to the Etsy community and enjoyed communicating with like-minded artists.

At this point in time, I am completely devoted to my Etsy shop and expanding it. I love the interactions I have with my customers and particularly enjoy doing custom work. Using templates that I have created from personal photographs as well as found designs (generally in the public domain), I use photos that customers send to me and create Custom Greeting Cards or digital files that they can turn into whatever they would like. This is a very fun part of my business. I truly love all animals and pets are right at the top!

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  • Alexandra Sanders

    Owner

    Alexandra Sanders, AKA the LadyWhoLovesBirds, lives with her family and three pooches a few blocks from beautiful Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz California. A lover of birds and dogs and all living things makes her an avid environmentalist and educator.

  • Bella & Bart

    Subject

    Bella crossed over Rainbow Bridge in January of 2020. She was a 60 pound terrier who icontinues to be the main subject of many of the Bearded Lady Series; she IS the Bearded Lady.

  • Ruby

    Assistant

    Ruby was a rescue. I adopted her on Leap Year Day 2020. She is half Irish Terrier; the other half is shepherd and husky. She takes me to the park daily. She will be 3 years old on August 29th.

  • Pipp & Gus

    Subject

    I love to do Custom Work using templates that I create from found images, generally in the public domain or from my own photographs. Here you see two of my other dogs, dressed up in their bunny suits and playing instruments. Very fun for me.

  • Woody

    Assistant

    Woody is a nut. He was given to us by a friend whose cat hated Woody, so we took him. Turns out, he and Ruby have quite a bond: lots of play.

  • The BIMBY

    Subject

    The BIMBY are the Birds-In-My-Back-Yard: Nuthatches, Townsend Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, White-crowned Sparrows, Goldfinch, Bushtits, Anna's Hummingbirds are my subjects for many of my watercolors and photographs. .

  • Townsend Warbler

    Subject

    The Townsend Warbler is a favorite and is the subject of this photograph.

  • Chestnut-backed Chickadees

    Subject

    The chestnut-back chickadees pictured here are mainstays to my garden. They are here year-round and provide hours of pleasure. This particular piece is a traditional BATIK, a resist process of dying fabric using hot wax to create the design.

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