Robin Poem

This vintage page was inspired by a dear friend who gave me some pretty cream and gold napkins (thanks very much!), the new bird feeders that we have in our garden and a beautiful poem that I found which celebrates robins across the different seasons – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with one of the pretty napkins that my friend gave me using a glue stick and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick it into place. Then I added some pieces of bright gold doily using a Zig Memory System 2-way glue pen. The circular bird image and poem are die cut using a circular and square die from a book page that was in an old Christmas book. They are layered over the top of the gold doily along with a tag that I recycled from an old Christmas card which matched the circular bird image beautifully. Next I added the lace around the edges of the page and embellished them with some gold gems. To finish, I added a white bow to the tag which I made from ribbon that I recycled from a Christmas cracker and also a 3D sticker of a white rose.

I loved this poem as soon as I read it, it’s by an anonymous author who writes:

Robin sang sweetly
When the days were bright
“Thanks! Thanks for Summer!”
He sang with all his might.

Robin sang sweetly
In the Autumn Days
“There is fruit for everyone,
Let all give praise.”

In the cold and wintry weather
Still hear his song.
“Someone must sing”, said Robin,
“Or Winter will seem long.”

When the Spring came back again
He sang: “I told you so!
Keep on singing through the Winter;
It will always go!”

Here’s a close up of the napkin, the design is so beautiful with the holly leaves, ferns, mistletoe, wrens and robins.

Our new bird feeders are attracting lots of different birds, including our resident robin who seems to be enjoying both the fat balls and seed.

As we haven’t managed to capture a picture of our robin as yet, I thought I would share the garden flag that was kindly sent to us from our friends in America; this is our winter robin flag, isn’t it gorgeous!

Garden flags are not really seen here in the UK, they are far more popular in America. I loved the ones that we saw when we visited America this year, so our dear friends kindly bought us a flag for each season with a different robin on it – a perfect gift (grin!).

As this is my last post of 2018, I also wanted to thank you for all your support and kindness this year! You have made it very special and I am very grateful for your friendship and all your lovely comments – thanks so much! Wishing you all the fun of the Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth who blog at Altered Book Lover are hosting My Favorite Season, or ‘Tis the Season challenge over at Art Journal Journey, so I’m pleased to join them with my page which showcases a poem that celebrates all the seasons as I love them all (grin!).

I’m so happy to be able to join the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral vintage robin page.

I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Country View Challenges with my vintage Christmassy page as robins capture the Christmas season for me.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page too.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • RSPB Napkin from my dear friend – thank you!
  • Woolworths (Gold Doyleys) – from Charity Shop
  • A Golden Christmas Treasury – book from Charity Shop
  • Recycled tag from old Christmas Card
  • The Works Die Cutting – circles and squares
  • The Range (Crafting Lace CR0546)
  • Poundland (504 Gems 128133)
  • Recycled white ribbon from a Christmas cracker
  • Docrafts Papermania 3D Christmas Stickers (Victorian Christmas PMA805801)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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16 thoughts on “Robin Poem

  1. Jo this really is a beautiful and opulent page, just look at those rich golds a great addition with those sweet birds. I do love Robins. A lovely gift from a friend. Your bird feeder looks fab, i’m looking for a good sturdy one for my garden too. Thanks for sharing and also for reminding me that I had not put my link in for Simply Neutrals this month.. Silly me!! I will blame it on all those extra things i’ve had to deal with this side of the year.
    Weekend Hugs Tracey xx

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  2. Wow- what an AMAZING page – I am totally in love with it and with the whole posting! Your bird feeder is so beautiful and this adorable flag!!
    Thank you for yet another fantastic entry for Elizabeth’s theme! Much appreciated dear Jo!
    Happy last weekend in 2018 for you!
    Hugs, Susi

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  3. Your robin page is so pretty. Your robins look different than the robins here in Massachusetts. The robins here have black backs and a ruddy breast. They are also carnivores eating worms and bugs. I’ve never seen robins at my feeder. The poem you chose for your inspiration is delightful and so full of hope. Robins don’t winter over here so I’ll have to be patient and wait to see them in Spring. Your bird feeder and garden flag are awesome! Enjoy the weekend!

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  4. Happy new year to you also Jo. That is a wonderful poem and your robin page is beautiful. The gold makes it so (for lack of another word right now) fancy and really quite exquisite. I love the new bird feeder. I got one for Christmas also, but it is a whole pole set up you put into the ground, and ours is frozen right now. I think I need to pick up a feeder because mine is missing its top-I think the squirrels hid it because I can’t find it at all. And very nice flag too. I am surprised your friends could find your robin one here in the US. Hope you enjoy these last few days of 2018 and we’ll “see” you online again in 2019. Hugs-Erika

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  5. omg,your robin page such amazing,love that sweelty song,its so cute 🙂
    love the gold,the lace and everything.
    here are the winter is so cold,thank you my lovely friend for your kind words,my healthy was so strong to me but my questions is why.
    wishing you a wonderful new year with your family :_)
    hugs jenny

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  6. You certainly put that napkin to very good use, Jo. This is a stunner. I want one of those shimmery gold doilies, because the way you had it peeking through was absolutely intense. There’s something magical about robins. They live year round in my gardens. I also leave food and water out for them this time of year.

    Your friends are incredible to send those flags to you. Yes, many people have flags in their gardens here in the states. I love those new feeders, too.

    Thanks for being so supportive of Art Journal Journey this year and this month too, dear Jo. You have certainly graced our AJJ blog with some incredible art. Thank you for sharing this final beauty with us using my theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Have a fabulous, safe, fun filled new year, too.

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  7. Wow Jo this is a gorgeous page, the napkin is really lovely and makes a super background for your page.
    I also loved the poem. I always wonder when I read anonymous poems if the author wrote more, but it is impossible to find out.
    The birds must enjoy visiting your garden Jo and you must enjoy watching them, the garden flag looks so bright and cheerful as well.
    Happy New Year wishes Jo to you and yours.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. Hi Jo, I love your robin theme. The napkin was a great find, such lovely sketches of the birds as a background and the gold doiley gives it a sparkle. The sweet poem suits the theme well. Have a wonderful creative 2019.
    Cheers from Jesse XXX

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  9. Simply delightful, Jo, I love the colour scheme and the robin images! I like the idea of garden flag too, must think on how to make one with inks and stamps!
    I know the New Year isn’t until tomorrow but I ‘ll wish you Happy New Year anyway!

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