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Oh the Stars on a December night in the PNW

Here on Whidbey Island, we've had a streak of gorgeous clear skies. This is such a treat during the long months of winter here in the Pacific Northwest.

The stars at night have been incredible, eye candy with the gorgeous shades of winter blue, highlighted by the recent Full Moon.

I grabbed some photos of these, and thought I'd share another photo featuring a star series in progress.

Stay Shiny!





Moon setting over Puget Sound with a tugboat headed towards Seattle

Just as sun was rising...


The Scene behind the Scenes of photographing the Sparkly Shiny With a Cockatoo

Pictures can tell a lot of stories... this set of images was today's scene of events.

Photographing with natural light out on the deck, with one of the 2 Dirty Birds, Muffin.

She enjoys being outdoors, runs or hops up and down the deck railing, sometimes with full force calls and feathers. She's a loud and proud Salmon Crested Cockatoo. Queen of the island here...


Stop by and check out our new additions in GOLD! Gold Plated Brass- beautiful sparkly with AB Crystal Spheres.



The Bottlecap that made me happy


It takes a careful eye and mind to understand how to photograph/capture/document glass well in light. It's a challenge.

No busy backgrounds, flash, flourescent lighting (eww, trust me, don't try it).

Tried and true is good ol natural difused lighting, slightly overcast with a neutral back drop.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, this is Fall through Spring.... However, November-January, the sun is just a few clicks above horizon, long, long... looooong dark days. Light and lack of it here in the PNW until Winter Solstice is a real deal.

Sparkletown Headquarters on a May Day. Command Control Center of 2 Dirty Birds Glass Art




A view from outside window, affectionately named  "Sparkletown", the studio headquarters for "2 Dirty Birds" vintage chandelier art on a day in May.   Of note, the Hummingbirds truly enjoy the Honeysuckle.

Bad Ass Unicorn Art, one of the artists of 2 Dirty Birds Vintage Chandelier Glass Art



One of us has immense talent with found objects and natural materials.

Recently some big storms rolled through the island.  One included astrological high tide and crazy 60 mph winds, this combination left the beaches filled to capacity with logs. Every imagineable size log, shape, contour, roots and all.

The twinkle in the eye this one has when scoring just the right shaped piece is priceless. Like a kid with the biggest treasure ever found to mankind and history.

Life is a work in progress, always forward from the heart


The beautiful Large Heart Lanterns are not only functional to hold a votive candle, provide lighting for your personal space, they will adorn any environment begging for a "love light" .

Kind of similar to crows liking shiny objects for their stash, wouldn't you say? (If you're not into bird behavior, disregard the analogy there)

Sometimes in reflection and pondering, life tosses us many hurdles and challenges. The good, the bad, and the occasional crazy clown.

Sparkles tend to follow us ...


We went out to dinner recently, something rarely are able to do and such a huge treat.

Blurted out that it was our first time eating at this restaurant, and how silly in some ways that is, given we have both lived on island for some years.  We had discussion of how we can get caught up in our little "bubbles" of where we reside and work. We sure have many hermit like "bubbles" that keep us tethered to small spaces for a big island.

"Inspiration, Move me Brightly"


Today was a true story regarding the Grateful Dead's lyric "Inspiration move me brightly" from "Terrapin Station" song.

Glorious to see the sunshine on a beautiful spring morning. Friend, Louise came by and we went for a walk on the rural road here, long chats, sightings of a momma deer and young, raven pair chasing each other through the thick trees effortlessly, calling out .

Where did "2 Dirty Birds" title come from? (Hint.. it's not referring to human beings...)

One of the people behind the scenes in making the Vintage Chandelier Art is an avid bird lover of both wild and domestic birds, with a special knaack in dealing with Mollucan Cockatoos. Given their lifespan of 80-100 years, it's a lifetime commitment. They are intelligent, loving, LOUD, messy, and full of suprises and love.

Needless to say, caring for these beautiful beings, is a chore.

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