Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Inspiration & Preview - Winterbird Collection

Over the past several days and nights, I have been diligently working (aka: sculpting, carving, painting, drinking hot apple cider, and watching Food Network) on my new line, titled: 


After re-evaluating some things in my personal life, I wanted to create a line that represented 
freedom, flight, and the notion of unlimited possibilities.

The Winterbird is an elegant, romantic lady; a woman who knows how to weather the storm, take flight, and sing in the dead of winter.

All you creatives know how it is: you turn off your light, pull your covers up, snuggle in, get comfortable... and wham. You're hit with a brilliant idea. (They actually do say that laying down increases creative activity in your brain) I've learned the hard way that I just won't "remember it in the morning", so I flick my light back on, flip open to a new page in my sketchbook, and start sketching. 

The Winterbird line started this way: as a 2am sketchbook must-do. Each feather pendant in the collection is hand-carved from individually mixed colours of polymer clay. I took care to cut each feather in a unique way, and select special gems, vintage pieces, and findings for each pendant. Each feather is hand-etched, and some are hand-painted.

Over the next couple of days, I will be updating 
My Etsy Shop, { The Little Bird }
with all of the new Winterbird necklaces. This is actually only a preview - I have 9 gorgeous, unique necklaces that aren't even pictured here! Keep your eyes on my shop this week to see all of the new pieces!

(All images above are (c) Erin McManness / Mirilovelove 2011)

Lastly, I wanted to share some of my inspirations for creating the Winterbird line.
(All images below are credited to pinterest.com and their respective owners)

Thank you for reading! Happy Wednesday! 
(and don't forget to check out my shop!)


  1. Cool feathers and pictures too


    Stopping by from Blogging Buddies on etsy

  2. Love the colors especially the purple one. Very dreamy and mystic.

    Here's another item to add to your inspiration above. I just hearted it today.

    - Alice

  3. Love your feathers! Hmm, I might have to check your shop to see if you have a peacock feather. Really loving those right now.

  4. Love the feather necklaces - so creative and unique.

    I don't think Ive seen anything like it on Etsy before.

    Beautiful job with the first picture/ad. What program did you use to create it? (You should be a graphic designer!)

  5. Christie - thank you!

    Alice - thanks! Purple is my mom's favourite colour, so I always have a little inspiration from her ;) And lavender reminds me of winter! Thanks for linking up that feather ring - gorgeous!

    Brooke - Thank you so much :) I do have 2 peacock necklaces! One in gold (http://www.etsy.com/listing/81672973/peacock-feather-necklace-gold-necklace) and one in purple (http://www.etsy.com/listing/81854521/peacock-necklace-purple-lavender-vintage)

    Lilly - thank you so much! They were a lot of fun to make! And thanks for the compliments on my ad. I like to make my own for all my collections. I use Photoshop to design; though I'm not a graphic designer, I'm certainly a huge graphic design appreciator ;)

  6. I absolutely ADORE these!!
    You're super talented and I'm pleased to meet you!
    Heading over to heart some items and your shop now :D
    And I'm your newest follower :)

    Please stop by and say hi!

    Katrine :)

  7. I love all these inspiration pic, just lovely!

    Red Mera Vintage



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