Monday, September 21, 2009

songs for baby birds

Over the last couple of years I have collected songs about birds. This is because my daughter Adelaide loves them very much, and she loves singing and music, too. And so our search and discovery for songs about birds began.

But we hadn't listened to the bird song playlist in a while, and so the other day when Addie was at my computer moaning about something it took me a some time to finally decipher that she wanted to hear the bird songs again. I had forgotten all about them, but when I saw how she had remembered and loved them, I decided to select from them to make a mini song collection that I could share with some a couple of my mama friends and their new babies.

It was important to me that this little collection not be condescending, and so it is full of all sorts of songs: old and new, slow and fast, quiet and loud, folk and rock songs, adult songs and children's songs. I feel, however, a little nervous about sending music Addie and I love out into the world. So it is my hope that this mixture of sweet bird songs may find some appreciative ears.

Please note that if you would like to make a mixed cd of music for your friends, you really should pay for each copy of each song you share. You can find and purchase these wonderful songs on itunes.

Here now is the playlist:

free little bird - lisa loeb + elizabeth mitchell

spring has sprung - frances england

the littlest birds - be good tanyas

theres a bluebird on your windowsill - doris day

rockin robin - bobby day

mockingbird - inez + charlie foxx

three little birds - elizabeth mitchell

robin in the rain - raffi

blackbird - the beatles

winters come and gone - gillian welch

beautiful bluebird - neil young

little wing - elizabeth mitchell

bluebird - devendra banhart

wake up, little sparrow - ella jenkins

songs for baby birds by you.

To make the cd and cover, I figured and drew out a simple envelope template in Adobe Illustrator. (it is a basic pocket pattern really, that will fit on a standard letter sized sheet when printed out.) I google image searched birds to get an idea of their basic shapes, and drew out a few sketches. Then, using my sharpest sewing scissors, I cut out some bird shapes (Adelaide helped me pick out the fabric bits from our scraps). I used a 1/8" hole punch and some black paper for the eyes, and when I was happy with my birds I lightly glue sticked them together and scanned them into Adobe Photoshop.

To make the branches, I google image searched for "twigs". When I found a few images I liked I placed them into Illustrator, and used them as a loose map to draw some branches. I then added my own berry shapes with the circle making tool. When I had several of my branches and berries, I copied and pasted them into a new Photoshop file.

songs for baby birds by you.

I then copied and pasted my Illustrator cd layout into Photoshop, and tweaked around with all my birds, branches, and test until I was happy with the layout. I then saved just the image (no text) as a .tiff file and imported it back into Illustrator. (I do this because I do not like working with type in Photoshop, it's icky to me) The typefaces I used are from the Neutra family.

Once back in Illustrator, I added in the final typography and made and few tweaks here and there. I then printed the cd cover out on my Canon desktop printer onto Watercolour paper. Using a new xacto blade and an awl, I cut it out and scored the fold lines, and then glued everything into place. I always use a printmaking brayer to roll out and make sure everything is glued well and won't come loose.

I then made up a quick cd label using the same images, printed them onto a cd label, and burnt out the cds. It is my hope that these bird songs are loved as much as Adelaide and I love them.

songs for baby birds by you.

This giveaway has now ended. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments!

129 comments:

Shannon said...

Absolutely adorable and such an awesome baby gift!

amy said...

I have a little preschool in CA and my kids would love the bird songs! I saw there are a couple of songs by Elizabeth Mitchell...i just love her!

thehighernest said...

Darling, as usual.

Wes would love a copy. If not of the CD itself, maybe even just the playlist? :)

Ashley said...

We too love bird songs! My girls and I would love a copy, thanks for the chance to win.
Ashley

Annette said...

Adorable. I have a one year old who is beginning to really like music.

barb said...

I would absolutely LOVE to share this with my 15 month old son!

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves said...

OK. I never win anything, but I feel like this one might be meant for us. My son is four years old. When he was 16 months old, he became obsessed with animals and could name all 260 in his animal encyclopedia. At two years old, that love transfered specifically to birds. Seriously, he loves them. It might be all he cares about.

He can name more than 500 different birds and tell you the difference between a grouse, a cassowary, a kiwi, a guinea hen and a meadow lark. Plus tell you where they live and if they are male and female. It is crazy really. We thrift shop a lot, so we have hundreds of books on birds, and he collects small little vintage knick-knacks of birds and has more stuff birds than I care to admit. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he'll tell you... "I want to own a peregrine falcon and I want to be a vet, but not an animal vet, just a bird vet, and not all birds, just water fowl."

This love fills him with such gentleness, it makes me weep.

I love your blog. It is wonderful. Please pick us. We would adore this CD forever and ever and ever until the end of time. Seriously.

Kangaroo said...

I would CHERISH this compilation. The entire time I was pregnant with my youngest, now almost 2, I called him my little bird. I made my own mix, with some of the ones you've listed, and listened to it over and over again during labor. I still call him my little bird...winter's come and gone was sang for me at my blessingway...you get the idea. And your artwork is just lovely. Of course. Thank you for the chance!

chelsey said...

i too love birds and wrote a poem about my "little birdie" when i found out i was expecting.

this is beautiful and i would love to have one :)

Carrie said...

i have a little bird who would love this! we especially like elizabeth mitchel's bird songs...

Missy said...

This would be so fun for my daughter. She's my little song bird, who sings herself to sleep each night. How perfect it would be for her to sing along with bird songs!

More Caffiene, Please said...

Would love a copy! How inspiring!

Alison said...

Unfortunately, I do not presently have a little bird of my own, but am a great bird-lover. My grandmother was, too, & so I inherited several of her bird items & continue to collect to this day (including dirty ol' feathers - in fact, I just picked up one on the way in to work!)

I think this is a great idea & even if I do not win, I am encouraged to create my own. :)

allison said...

I love how you take a project and make it so inspiring. Whenever I read your blog, I want to go home and make something cute too!

OC wanderer said...

Well, if it was me, I would give it to the 2 yr old bird lover. Sounds endearing. Maybe you can share the playlist with us. My daughter loves nature and music. Sounds lovely.

nancy heard said...

incredible design work!!! i love the neutra fonts too! i'm so curious what all your song choices are. would love to hear them.

cindy said...

i don't have a little one, but absolutely love birds. thank you for sharing your how-tos, too! i would be very happy with the play list as the higher nest suggested.

Logan and Rebecca said...

Darling design. I love it!

Beth said...

This is so pretty and wonderful! I love your blog, it always inspires me and makes me cheerful, especially that sweet lil gal of yours.

We got your Adress file today, and it is gorgeous! Even the packaging is so thoughtful. I'm so excited to use it at my wedding this week!

erica said...

this is awesome! you are so talented. way to go!

gwen said...

oh i would love one of the cd's or at least the tracklist. i have a 3 month old son, my mind goes blank everytime i try to sing him a song!

Me? A Mom? said...

Lovely! I have a little "bird" of my own, Lila Wren. We also have a "gem," Rosalie Pearl. Both would love this as much as I would.

Sarah said...

So beautiful!

My little one just learned to say both bird and baby. This would be a hit with him!

kmdegroot said...

how beautiful!

my little bird and i would LOVE a copy of your mix. so much, that if i don't win the giveaway, i'd like to propose a swap. let me know if that sounds something you'd be up for.

thanks for the sharing your talent yet again!

Andrea de Haan said...

Oh my - that is very lovely! I would love to display that cd cover in my collection.

Anika said...

What a great idea! We're expecting our first baby in a month, so I've compiled a list of mellow songs I think we might enjoy together. I like the idea of compiling our favourites as a baby gift. Can you share your play list?

Corry O said...

This is such a beautiful idea! Birds have a lot of meaning for our family and I would love to win.

maxine said...

oh my! this is the sweetest cover ever! i love your blog so much! just discovered it from filth wizardry.

ann.e said...

I would love one!! You are so talented, I absolutely love your CD cover/label.

Briar Pedro and little Sarynn said...

Oh I would LOVE a CD- My daughters name is Sarynn which in different spelling is a little african bird.

Anonymous said...

wow! what a sweet idea!
would love to win a copy!
dinah, canada

The Andersons said...

Ahhh...so sweet. Or should I say tweet? I have two little girls that would LoVe a copy. My 18 month old quacks and quacks every time she sees anything that has a beak. Funny thing is I'm not really sure if she's saying quack or duck.Oh well... :)

wendy said...

oh my.. i love it! thanks so much for the detailed descriptions of how you put it all together. it's absolutely beautiful! and of course i would love to have one :)

Carrie said...

How beautiful. I would love to give this to my sister who is trying to have a little bird of her very own. She loves birds and studied them in graduate school (she spent months in the woods studying the mating rituals of the veery).

Nanna said...

My daughter is expecting her second child and this would be a great gift! The baby is due in the next 3-4 weeks.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Siew said...

How is it that you come up with such beautiful, simple designs? You make it sound so easy yet its your eye and talent that make it so fab.

Strongrrl said...

I know a little birdie for whom this would be perfect. Beautiful design, btw (but no surprise there. All your wrk is lovely!)

mon ami said...

As always your project blows me away - what a lovely tradition between you and your daughter.

Today my little girl turns one and this cd would be an amazing gift for both of us, so my fingers are crossed extra tight! We love singing together (of course her signing sounds more like ba-ba-ba but I swear she is trying to sing baby beluga;).

As well thank you for sharing your technique for creating the cd cover. I feel like I have had a peak behind the wizard's curtain.

Thea
oxox

K. Glyder said...

Before my daughter, Violet, was born a year ago, I made her a bird collage to hang in her room. Now we sit at the window and she points the birds out to me. It's the best. I would love a bird song collection to play for her...and I'll point the birds out on the beautiful cd cover too!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

This is so 'tweet'! Sorry, couldn't resist. I love your cover design so much - just beautiful! My music crazy kids would just adore this.

Jessica said...

What a darling design and great collection of songs! My daughter is obsessed with "birdies"!

Kimberly said...

I love this entire project -- songs and design.

crit said...

gorgeous cd sleeve. you are so so talented!

ali said...

As always, SO beautiful! I especially love the fabric-pattern wings :) Ella and I love listening to music together, too - we've even started creating while listening to Elizabeth Mitchell's 'You Are My Little Bird' CD each afternoon (our favorite is Zousan, Little Elephant). And thank you so much for sharing your method, it is such a wonderful idea for gifts...

kellie said...

I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for sharing the process of making that beautiful CD cover. Really interesting. Love the use of the watercolour paper. A really lovely design!

madame craft said...

This is a lovely cute an sweet idea, just soo cute and touching, the best whishes for you and your family, love

Anonymous said...

We are CRAZY about birds in this house! Your playlist looks delightful from what I can see!!!

Amber said...

WOW! you put an awful lot of work into that adorable cd cover. You should be proud of yourself.
I know at this point in the comments, that me getting a copy is a long shot. That's ok though.
The cover is so so cute!

Caroline said...

I love love love this idea. How precious. Can't wait to see the songlist. Again...what a lovely idea!

Jessica said...

My two year old daughter would love this. She is obsessed with birds and watches the windows all day to see them at the feeders.

christine + jon = ava + finn said...

my 2 1/2 year old little bird ava would think is so much fun and I'm certain it would be added to her fav's playlist and part of our daily dancing repertoire!
very sweet. crossing my fingers

marzi said...

that is the most amazingly beautiful cd cover ever! my boys LOVE music and i'm sure they would love your cd as well. i would covet the cover for myself! ;)

Janet said...

I absolutely adore this!! So pretty and clever!

Annie said...

SO much work for something so beautiful. I'm really impressed! We'd be happy and excited to win!

sonj said...

hi sharilyn :)

your post reminded me of one of my favorite songs with 'bird' in the title :) it is a bonus track at the end of a song called birdcage by the wallflowers. the song is called "baby bird". You can hear it as the soundtrack to a random video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ2M3hTAd_Q
it is a gentle and loving song, written for his own children.

i hope you and adelaide enjoy it!

6p00e39824fa148833 said...

This may be my favourite giveaway you've ever done. I love every bit of it and so would my three children.

Wendy said...

what a lovely idea! and what a great job you did of the cover, too. I like it!

V said...

So glad to see you added Rockin' Robin. And what a lovely CD cover. You make it sound so easy to do!

Lynn said...

What a lovely creation! Both the song list and the cover! I think my son and I would love it!

6p00d8357dedec69e2 said...

Wow! This is wonderful! I would love a copy for my 4 year old and 1 year old. We enjoy birdwatching at our house and of course singing too :)

Thank you for the detailed info on your design - very inspiring!

andrea said...

amazing! you may just need to do this for a living!

i love birds and call my boys my little birdies. awesome!

the dipe squad said...

How beautiful! Of course, we would love to win one of your beautiful envelopes, but I'm sure we're not the only ones! Thank you for sharing the playlist regardless.

vfg said...

Oh, please, I'd love it so!

and put it to good use: Our little one is such a music fan, and good loud music and a good strong sway in his baby sling is the only thing that (not meaning to go for drama here, but it's really our life right now) calms him in the hospital during his chemotherapy infusions. I'm getting a bit tired of our current selections, and need to find something new...

And, "win" or not, you've given me a swirl of ideas. Thank you.

shelese said...

I love reading your blog, and know that my little Addisen would adore this cd!

Anonymous said...

This sounds beautiful and the cover is so lovely. I would love to be able to play this to my baby daughter Bea.

Ilona

Samantha S said...

I would love to win one of these beautiful CD's, and I do think that we don't listen to enough good music.

ali said...

how clever and beautiful! what a sweet compilation cd. here's a great jazzy version of blackbird by aussie artist, katie noonan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Zr5NgRnNI

enjoy, and love and blessings to you and your little bird!

Jackie said...

what a cute little CD - we love music in our house. I hope to win your collection!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful idea! We love bird songs, too. Your Flickr photo made me think right away of "You are my little bird" by E. Mitchell. That is one of our favorite CDs here. (And I love how she sings in Japanese, too!)

Ann said...

Cute as cute can be! My baby and I would love this!

Meninheira said...

I love how you tell the work, I fell that I was working with you :)

(sorry for my bad english)
cheerss

shandam said...

My daughter Addison (15 months) loves birds! She has learned the sign for "bird" and every time she hears "tweeting" outside, she smiles and signs "bird" with great delight! your CD sounds wonderfully whimsical, and WHOEVER wins it i'm sure will be delighted! :o)

Leanda said...

Totally delightful and beautifully made. Thanks for all the graphics info too :)

Polly R said...

Wowee this is amazing!
I love the cover! You are so creative

christine said...

Absolutely and ridiculously precious!

My 1-month-old Henry would adore this mix, as would his mama.

I could even do a CD trade with you. I have many a mix that I would be thrilled to send to you.

kala'i said...

Oh my beautiful!

My (3 year old) baby bird/daughter=) and I would absolutely LOVE to listen to this CD on our 2 hour daily commute... I'm always looking for something new to listen to. Her (Hawaiian) middle name actually means "the favorite of the birds"... how fitting.

Also, love the cover! And, if we don't win, I'd love to buy one=)

vermiljoen said...

what a great idea!!

sofia wahnon said...

so lovely... i wish i had your hands. thank's really for sharing.

vanessa said...

We love Birds in our house. Living in the country, we hear them all the time. My daughter would love htis CD!

Hannahbelle, Natty & Ari said...

I am so glad Winters Come and Gone is on there. I have sung this song to my olittle boy since he was a baby. Recently my Dad made my boy a CD of songs and this was the last on the CD. It meant so much to me as I have never told anyone I sing this song to him. It's beautiful. As is your CD. Just. Lovely.

Megan said...

What a wonderful idea! I love the effort you put forth in lovingly designing the cd cover and finding all those songs! Such a beautiful design! My little daughter is almost 5 months old and I still have yet to really find some music for her; since I don't like the typical baby songs (like you'd said...condescending). Your little CD sounds like the perfect music we have been looking for!

ines said...

so, so lovely! i call my son pajarito by times and have made little birds and placed them about his room, it is fun to see him find them as he gets older! we would love the chance to listen to your and adelaide's music!

katevp-a said...

oooooh birds are my favourite too!!!

lovely lovely little package!!

La Dolce Vita said...

THis CD is absolutely lovely. What a gift to your daughter and those you pass these darling CDs along too. We'd love to win, and would cherish each little thoughtful detail.

Maribeth said...

So nice. Thanks for the chance.

Heidi said...

I love watching you craft with your daughter. You don't need to hear this from a stranger, but well done. You will value this time and the skills you are developing in her as she gets older.
Have a great day!
-h

olivefarm said...

This is such a beautiful gift to give, thank you =)I believe my 3 and a half year old nephew, Xavier, would absolutely adore this CD!!

He was born premature and hasn't developed quite as well as other kids in his playgroup, speaking wise, but he knows how to make animal sounds very enthusiastically =)

Oh and we call him chicken little, so it's meant to be hehe

The Calico Cat said...

My little birdy would love this selection of songs. If he had been a girl, his name would have translated into "Bird."

thereddeer said...

Oh yes please - Zoe would love it!

Elisapelle said...

Thank you for walking us through your creative process!

Victoria said...

My little Ruby would just love these songs. She is just one year old and points out every single bird she sees.

Loli said...

Oh! my son Lolo would love to hear that wonderful selection! thank you!

joeytibbs said...

Such a great idea. I want to do something like it to personalise my last short film. Can you tell me which glue did you use? I tend to use uhu but it gets everywhere would pritt stick be strong enough?

Hula Hoop da Loop said...

That is the sweetest gift! My sister just had her third little baby boy and she was telling me that she was looking for some good music about animals that everyone could enjoy and listen to. I'd love to give this to her. Not to mention your cover is incredibly creative and special!

My fingers are crossed for this special treat!

dana said...

My little Audrey would love to sing along! You are such an inspiration Sharilyn. This would be a great gift idea for some little friends! Thanks!

kyla h-d (prajna_ karuna@ yahoo. com) said...

How absolutely amazing and beautiful. What a great idea? I've got two kids and a preschool co-op that would just love something like this!

Beth- the mama bee said...

That is a lovely gift and a great giveaway. I have two little birdies who would love a copy!

Kari said...

My 2 year old daughter loves birds also! What a fantastic idea for baby gifts - thank you for sharing!

Cassandra said...

Oh I would LOVE to give this to my sister, she is due very soon and I am sure her new little bundle of joy would love to hear some pretty bird songs!
They look SO cute!! Thanks again for such an awesome giveaway!! Yay!

Caroline said...

Man alive - I'm going to be "that woman"..." on this post. But.... what about copyright infringement? Are you paying for each song on each disc? As a musician I like to be paid for my work. Perhaps, I'm missing something. Please know that this is respectfully intended.

knguyen said...

I so admire that you find and MAKE the time to be creative.

April said...

Love the idea, love the cover art, the songs are perfect, such a sweet gift. It will no doubt make a lasting impression, I still cherish the songs I listened to and ones that were sung to me by my mother from my childhood. :)

Artsy Momma said...

I would love to have this for my daughter. Music has been a battle in the car lately!

Vanessa said...

My 10-month old daughter loves birds! I would love to win this CD to play for her.

MelancholySmile said...

How sweet! I would love a copy.

HKMamasan said...

Me and my 3 going on 4 year old also love birds! And flowers! She's my birdy flower girl. We always stop to enjoy the pretty birds and colourful flowers. My youngest reminds me all the time to appreciate the wonder and creation of this world and for that I reserve a special love for her.

Carolina Berta said...

Absolutely cute! I´m sure my Julieta would love to hear those songs! She´s 17 months old and is so in love with birds that she´s able to recognize and name a few already. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

The CD and cover have been beautifully put together. I would love to win a copy to share with my little niece and nephew.
Ann (oceanian@lycos.com)

mrs.adrienneK said...

oh so sweet!!! the birdy pictures are glorious!!!
xoxo
adrienne K

Anonymous said...

pretty pretty please-my fingers are crossed!
xox
a

caryn the designer said...

Hi Sharilyn, Your cd artwork is absolutely breathtaking. Lovely! Thank you for sharing. As much as I would love this, I do not have my own little one yet. However, I immediately thought of Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves little boy. I do not know them personally but have become quite endeared by his love of birds that she shares on her blogs. I smiled when I saw her comment on here as well. So, if by some chance my comment wins—please send to her for her bird-loving boy!

Thanks for being so inspiring!

Caroline said...

Hi - thanks for your reply! I am not a copyright lawyer so I don't know the exact wording of the laws. I've also listened in on enough discussions on my flute list about this subject to know there is a huge grey area. I do think that there is an agreement that you "sign" when you purchase music from iTunes not to share it. It doesn't really matter that you're not selling it. Again - rules vary from the States to Canada (where we are) There have been several cases in the news lately with people being seriously fined over what would seem like insignificant, or innocent downloading of unpaid for music. I've done it in the past but I sure don't do it anymore. I don't think it matters that you're not selling it - you need the permission of the artist to copy it. I'd be really careful offering it as a giveaway on your blog where you have no idea who is going to see it.

So - after that treatise... I have to say that I do really like your song list - and I think I'll mosey over to iTunes to check out the few that I don't have!

elif said...

my little Ada would love this!

Caroline said...

No kick intended! Just watching out for a fellow Canuck against the evil corporation. It is silly I agree, but in a litigious society better safe than sorry.

Love your blog BTW, I'm seriously checking the budget as I am coveting your CDN posters.......

Caroline said...

did I read that you paid for extra copies? If that's the case, then no harm, no foul. If you paid for the extra copies - than that you shouldn't have a problem giving away.

I think.

I'm going to go lie down now.

Sally Fienup said...

Beautiful! Great project! Would keep it for myself!

Danielle said...

gosh EVERYTHING u make is just beautiful! i love the combination of the birds and twigs :)

ps: u've inspired me to put scrap paper to use. i've been making stationary sets for friends: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_v9ALEaIA1to/SnGw_pxVaOI/AAAAAAAAGT0/pOZIRilAOD0/s1600-h/SNC12332.JPG

Amy said...

What a lovely idea! I, too, have always loved birds. My 5 year old son is fascinated with the woodpeckers that visit our backyard. I love the robins digging up worms! I can imagine the CD playing in our kitchen as we birdwatch! :o)

Maggie said...

That is So great! What a great idea, might try that technique for party invites :)

thepowerofme said...

wow, so nice, I wish I wasn't such a newbie with those programs

meg said...

put my name in the hat!

Eve said...

Well, since my daughter is named Wren, I have a few favorite bird songs, myself. I would LOVE to see what you've collected - I hope I win. I know my daughter and I would both treasure it.

Helen said...

AMAZING!!!

Summer said...

You are so gifted & authentic. I love this sweet gift idea & you've inspired me to continue making & giving handmade gifts to my friends. xoxo~Summer

thepowerofme said...

I really love this, I didn't know it was a giveaway!?
If it is that is awesome! please pick me!
if not it is still awesome, you are super talented. I will check out those songs on itunes.

Alissa Nicolau said...

You are simply amazing. Amazing.

richard said...

I actually really like the baby birds. It’s pretty and unique.

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Interesting story as for me. I'd like to read a bit more about this topic.
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