BirdifactsOldandNew

Painted Bird Furniture & Unique Artifacts

Colorado, United States · 476 Sales

BirdifactsOldandNew

Painted Bird Furniture & Unique Artifacts

Colorado, United States 476 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Jessica

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Announcement   ****With every purchase you make on my Birdifacts ETSY site, whether one of my painted pieces or rescued goods, I will donate 10% (as of April 1, 2016) of the sale's profit to avian conservation organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and The Messenger Campaign (http://songbirdsos.com) to help educate communities on protecting birds and their habitats throughout the world. My goal as a mother of three children and avian artist is to bring a love of birds into your home and help guarantee that our songbirds will sing for generations to come--sadly, billions of birds die every year throughout the world, the majority during migration, due to many things we as humans can help prevent. It is disturbing to know that only about half of our songbird population remains in comparison to the 1960s (see the enlightening 2016 documentary The Messenger). I would like my furniture to inspire you to make a difference and help birds stay in flight and survive the perils they face on a daily basis. Other than buying one of my pieces as a symbol of your dedication to the avian world, there are four relatively easy things you can do in your home and community to prevent birds from disappearing. I call it Fight4Flight--details below!****

Birdfacts Old and New Background
What is a "birdifact," you say? The word describes what I offer: custom-painted songbird furniture (to instill a love for birds in hearts of all ages) and unusual old artifacts (to appreciate and use what already exists). Whether in their original state or repainted with feathered friends, my treasures will embark on a new flight with you and avoid a possible alternative of the landfill.

I keep an eye out for unique goods that have great bones and a glorious past--one can only imagine their stories! As for my reclaimed furniture, I give it a face lift by using non-toxic (no or low VOC) paints and then hand painting beautiful nature scenes, brimming with feathered friends of all colors and shapes that will stimulate your child's imagination. My "bird furniture" typically features songbirds, which I identify with a common and Latin name. I would like to inspire you and your child to explore nature close to home and learn what birds may live in your back yard and neighborhood. Each piece I create is an educational work of art that is also eco-friendly.

My Goal: Bird Lovers Can Make a Difference
What is the goal of Birdifacts? By bringing my bird furniture into your home, I hope to emphasize a passion for birds in your family and inspire you to help save our declining songbird population. In addition to the 10% contribution of my sales I will give to the organizations mentioned above, I would like to spread the word about how to take four steps to make a difference in saving birds: I call it FIGHT4FLIGHT.

Fight4Flight is my way of explaining how individuals like me and you can fight to keep birds alive and in flight to reach their destinations, especially during migration, which happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. Here are four actions that are not too hard to tackle and that you can achieve at home: PROTECT, PLANT, PURCHASE, and PARTICIPATE.

1. PROTECT birds from having a one-on-one collision with your windows and join the "lights out" initiative. Birds see reflections in glass, so they will continue to fly as though the window is not there, which causes a collision that typically leads to head trauma, broken bones, and death. Another danger birds encounter with structures involves lighting at night. Birds migrate after sunset until shortly before sunrise, and they can become disoriented with bright lights present in tall buildings; birds will circle the buildings until they die of exhaustion. By taking a few small measures, such as adding decals to windows and turning lights off, we can make a difference. Here are some helpful sites:

http://www.nycaudubon.org/project-safe-flight
http://www.audubon.org/news/make-migration-friendly-window-decorations
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/bird_safe_windows.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
http://www.flap.org/
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/project/lights-out

2. PLANT a bird-friendly garden and keep your pets (yes, cats--sorry) inside. With suitable habitats becoming more scarce due to development and other factors, the need for a perfect place to rest and fuel up before another night of migration is becoming more important for our feathered friends. Planting a garden full of native plants is ideal for many birds, such as tubular flowers for hummingbirds. Also, sadly, and I realize this is a controversial subject, but studies have proven that outdoor cats account for billions of bird deaths per year according to a recent study published in Nature (see link below). If you can keep your feline friend inside, it would help reduce bird mortality, and it would also prevent your kitty from possibly getting lost or injured from its own exposure to the outdoor elements.

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/How-to-Attract-Birds-to-Your-Garden.aspx
https://www.audubon.org/news/10-plants-bird-friendly-yard
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n1/full/ncomms2380.html
https://www.audubon.org/news/how-stop-cats-killing-birds

3. PURCHASE responsibly--buy shade-grown coffee and organic produce--and you can even buy this coffee on Etsy (just do a search on Etsy for the keywords "shade, grown, coffee")! Yes, while the purchase price can be a little higher for these items, the benefits tend to outweigh the costs. Coffee plantations that offer a mixture of cocoa plants and native forest allow a much-needed place for birds to live--"shade-grown coffee" is the result, which is much richer than coffee grown in clear-cut areas. Buying pesticide-free produce is also crucial to saving our birds and pollinators--not to mention better for your own health. Recent research suggests a link between the decline of songbirds and bees to the presence of high levels of neonicotinoids in water. Neonicotinoids (which some refer to as the next DDT) are commonly used to coat seeds farmers use to sew their crops. Plus, there is something to be said about the difference in biting into an organic tomato and a pesticide-ridden one--the sweet juice in the former is to die for. Here is more information you can peruse before you make your grocery list:

http://www.groundsforchange.com/learn/shadegrown.php
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/coffee/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140709-birds-insects-pesticides-insecticides-neonicotinoids-silent-spring/
http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/neonicotinoid-insecticides-zmgz13jjzmar.aspx


4. PARTICIPATE in your local Audubon Society (find out where your local chapter meets in the Audubon link below) and identify ways to help protect habitats and birds in your community. Going on field trips and attending chapter meetings are great ways to get you and your children involved in saving birds. If you have the chance to watch a bird-banding event, this is definitely an inspiration and key to understanding birds and their hours of flight traveling the world.

https://www.audubon.org/audubon-near-you

To help reduce your footprint on this Earth and instill in your child an appreciation of the wonders of nature, start by "going green" and purchase my vintage/antique artifacts or a piece of reinvented bird furniture! I hope that together we can make a difference and always be able to hear a bluebird sing and a robin chant...tweet.

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2016

****With every purchase you make on my Birdifacts ETSY site, whether one of my painted pieces or rescued goods, I will donate 10% (as of April 1, 2016) of the sale's profit to avian conservation organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and The Messenger Campaign (http://songbirdsos.com) to help educate communities on protecting birds and their habitats throughout the world. My goal as a mother of three children and avian artist is to bring a love of birds into your home and help guarantee that our songbirds will sing for generations to come--sadly, billions of birds die every year throughout the world, the majority during migration, due to many things we as humans can help prevent. It is disturbing to know that only about half of our songbird population remains in comparison to the 1960s (see the enlightening 2016 documentary The Messenger). I would like my furniture to inspire you to make a difference and help birds stay in flight and survive the perils they face on a daily basis. Other than buying one of my pieces as a symbol of your dedication to the avian world, there are four relatively easy things you can do in your home and community to prevent birds from disappearing. I call it Fight4Flight--details below!****

Birdfacts Old and New Background
What is a "birdifact," you say? The word describes what I offer: custom-painted songbird furniture (to instill a love for birds in hearts of all ages) and unusual old artifacts (to appreciate and use what already exists). Whether in their original state or repainted with feathered friends, my treasures will embark on a new flight with you and avoid a possible alternative of the landfill.

I keep an eye out for unique goods that have great bones and a glorious past--one can only imagine their stories! As for my reclaimed furniture, I give it a face lift by using non-toxic (no or low VOC) paints and then hand painting beautiful nature scenes, brimming with feathered friends of all colors and shapes that will stimulate your child's imagination. My "bird furniture" typically features songbirds, which I identify with a common and Latin name. I would like to inspire you and your child to explore nature close to home and learn what birds may live in your back yard and neighborhood. Each piece I create is an educational work of art that is also eco-friendly.

My Goal: Bird Lovers Can Make a Difference
What is the goal of Birdifacts? By bringing my bird furniture into your home, I hope to emphasize a passion for birds in your family and inspire you to help save our declining songbird population. In addition to the 10% contribution of my sales I will give to the organizations mentioned above, I would like to spread the word about how to take four steps to make a difference in saving birds: I call it FIGHT4FLIGHT.

Fight4Flight is my way of explaining how individuals like me and you can fight to keep birds alive and in flight to reach their destinations, especially during migration, which happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. Here are four actions that are not too hard to tackle and that you can achieve at home: PROTECT, PLANT, PURCHASE, and PARTICIPATE.

1. PROTECT birds from having a one-on-one collision with your windows and join the "lights out" initiative. Birds see reflections in glass, so they will continue to fly as though the window is not there, which causes a collision that typically leads to head trauma, broken bones, and death. Another danger birds encounter with structures involves lighting at night. Birds migrate after sunset until shortly before sunrise, and they can become disoriented with bright lights present in tall buildings; birds will circle the buildings until they die of exhaustion. By taking a few small measures, such as adding decals to windows and turning lights off, we can make a difference. Here are some helpful sites:

http://www.nycaudubon.org/project-safe-flight
http://www.audubon.org/news/make-migration-friendly-window-decorations
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/bird_safe_windows.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
http://www.flap.org/
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/project/lights-out

2. PLANT a bird-friendly garden and keep your pets (yes, cats--sorry) inside. With suitable habitats becoming more scarce due to development and other factors, the need for a perfect place to rest and fuel up before another night of migration is becoming more important for our feathered friends. Planting a garden full of native plants is ideal for many birds, such as tubular flowers for hummingbirds. Also, sadly, and I realize this is a controversial subject, but studies have proven that outdoor cats account for billions of bird deaths per year according to a recent study published in Nature (see link below). If you can keep your feline friend inside, it would help reduce bird mortality, and it would also prevent your kitty from possibly getting lost or injured from its own exposure to the outdoor elements.

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/How-to-Attract-Birds-to-Your-Garden.aspx
https://www.audubon.org/news/10-plants-bird-friendly-yard
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n1/full/ncomms2380.html
https://www.audubon.org/news/how-stop-cats-killing-birds

3. PURCHASE responsibly--buy shade-grown coffee and organic produce--and you can even buy this coffee on Etsy (just do a search on Etsy for the keywords "shade, grown, coffee")! Yes, while the purchase price can be a little higher for these items, the benefits tend to outweigh the costs. Coffee plantations that offer a mixture of cocoa plants and native forest allow a much-needed place for birds to live--"shade-grown coffee" is the result, which is much richer than coffee grown in clear-cut areas. Buying pesticide-free produce is also crucial to saving our birds and pollinators--not to mention better for your own health. Recent research suggests a link between the decline of songbirds and bees to the presence of high levels of neonicotinoids in water. Neonicotinoids (which some refer to as the next DDT) are commonly used to coat seeds farmers use to sew their crops. Plus, there is something to be said about the difference in biting into an organic tomato and a pesticide-ridden one--the sweet juice in the former is to die for. Here is more information you can peruse before you make your grocery list:

http://www.groundsforchange.com/learn/shadegrown.php
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/coffee/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140709-birds-insects-pesticides-insecticides-neonicotinoids-silent-spring/
http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/neonicotinoid-insecticides-zmgz13jjzmar.aspx


4. PARTICIPATE in your local Audubon Society (find out where your local chapter meets in the Audubon link below) and identify ways to help protect habitats and birds in your community. Going on field trips and attending chapter meetings are great ways to get you and your children involved in saving birds. If you have the chance to watch a bird-banding event, this is definitely an inspiration and key to understanding birds and their hours of flight traveling the world.

https://www.audubon.org/audubon-near-you

To help reduce your footprint on this Earth and instill in your child an appreciation of the wonders of nature, start by "going green" and purchase my vintage/antique artifacts or a piece of reinvented bird furniture! I hope that together we can make a difference and always be able to hear a bluebird sing and a robin chant...tweet.

Jessica

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Niki Watts

Niki Watts on Jul 21, 2016

2 out of 5 stars

Shipped late. Arrived and the frame was 2nd rate. The matting looked as if cut with a knife. I will have to reframe and mat it. Definitely not worth the money I paid. Oh well!

Jessica

Jessica responded on Jul 21, 2016

Hi Nikki, I really do apologize for the three-day delay in shipment, which I noted on the shipping data--we were on a short summer vacation--rarely taken. :) I am also sorry you were not satisfied with this item--the $55 sale plus shipping was what I thought was reasonable for a vintage batik from the 60s/60s that was gently used in a nice but simple wood frame and matting, as shown in the pictures. I hope you can reframe it to your liking! Thanks for your feedback and enjoy your summer. Jessica

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Improve the Present and Protect the Future of the Earth for Our Children and Animals

The goal of Birdifacts Old and New is to find homes for my painted bird furniture and collectible vintage and antique treasures, which may be neglected and otherwise thrown away. As an artist, and a mother of three, I would like to avoid filling the landfill for the sake of future generations!

I keep an eye out for unique goods that have great bones and a most likely glorious past--one can only imagine what their stories are! As for my reclaimed furniture, I give pieces a face lift by hand painting beautiful nature scenes, brimming with birds of all colors and shapes that will stimulate your child's imagination. I use non-toxic paints to create "bird furniture" that is safe for your child and better for the environment. My goal is also to inspire your child to explore nature close to home and learn what animals may live in your back yard and neighborhood. I focus on painting common birds, such as songbirds (bluebirds, robins), waterfowl (mallards, geese), and raptors (hawks, eagles), and I label each one with its common name. Each piece I create is an educational work of art that is also eco-friendly.

To help reduce your footprint on this Earth and instill in your child an appreciation of the wonders of nature, start by "going green" and purchase my vintage/antique artifacts or a piece of quality reinvented bird furniture for your child's room! You will allow my "birdifacts" to soar once again to new heights!

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