A Paper Trail of Feathers

wedding present (copy)

Not Much to say here this week but I always have a sketch to share.

I know, I know the birds keep coming. I have a paper trail of fine-feathered friends lately on my blog space. I do not plan what I draw, it’s a pretty random thing. But birds seem to be my calling card at the moment.

The illustrator Friday word for the week was Paper.  This little creation is part of my gift for my sister’s wedding. The last in the family to get married. I have waited, all year for this one day.

When our family gathers it is a crazy kind of wonderful, all at the same time. I never feel like I actually spend quality time with anybody, due to the amount of siblings I have.

They are like a flock of birds all chirping at the same time, in the one tree. As my father use to say, don’t all speak at once. What else could he say to nine chatty kids. These gatherings are a rare treat, as we find ourselves scattered across the countryside.

I will savour every laugh and big bear hug, every humorous story, every child’s giggle and most of all every moment spent with my loved ones, especially witnessing my baby sis getting married. (Yes I will cry tears of joy. As I age, I seem to do this more often, don’t ask me why?)

I hope your week ahead is full of love and light. I hope this bird makes you feel happiness. Maybe next week no more birds, maybe not.


About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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85 Responses to A Paper Trail of Feathers

  1. thevelvetsoapbox says:

    Gorgeous post, large families are the best, my Dad was one of ten and they were a great bunch. Enjoy your sis’s big day and your precious time together. 🙂

  2. I love your posts Kath, I love your stories and your creative art that reflects your truth. (Love the birds too!) Your family sounds big and beautiful and this is a wonderful gift to give your sister.

  3. blessings for the wedding and your time together 🙂

  4. Kath … I grew up in a small family. When I got a chance to hang out with my Aunt Martha’s large family, I jumped at the chance. Yes, it was noisier, but still great fun to be around.

    Best wishes to your sister on her wedding day. Your beautiful blue and white bird is the perfect gift to deliver the news.

  5. Joan says:

    I love birds, and this one makes me happy. Lovely drawing, Kath. Keep the birds (and other things) coming!

  6. lmccy says:


  7. katecrimmins says:

    I didn’t come from a large family but both my parents did. Cousins were more numerous than stars and the big family get togethers were always fun. It made me appreciate the fact that I had my own bedroom too!

    • Kate I had to laugh at that comment…….Cousins were more numerous than stars, but boy did we have fun. Yes owning your own bedroom never ever happened, but I look at my daughter sometimes and wish she had a sister in her bedroom, we did not know any different and so three people or more to a bedroom was the norm.

  8. Oh this is adorable Kath! What a gorgeous present for your sister. I hope you all have a fab time! xx

  9. leamuse says:

    What a wonderful gift and an amazing family! There is no doubt you will all have a wonderful time! xxx

  10. I envy you with your big family, Kath, and I love the bird metaphor for when you all get together! Have the most wonderful time at your little sister’s wedding. ❤
    Jennifer xo
    (I love your new bird too. Keep them coming!)

  11. Kath, there are nine of you siblings? How wonderful! I cry more easily as I grow older too – I think it’s because we grow to appreciate others more …. ❤

    I love your birds and have fun at the wedding!

    Diana xo

  12. I’m so happy you always have a sketch to share, Kath. They always make me smile and this little birdie is too cute! 🙂 Congratulations to your sister!

  13. The “paper trail” is beautiful and appreciated, Kath. Staying with the birds is fine by this reader/viewer. I ‘hear’ and lament the not being able to share quality time with family when we conclave. It’s frustrating, at least for me. My workaround is to try to schedule time with individual family members or smaller numbers of them at a time. It can and does work, sometimes. 🙂 Enjoy your sister’s wedding.

  14. Follow the trail that inspiration sets before you, for it’ll serve you well. If it is birds, then let them come, let them settle, and let them help you hone your art. It grows more beautiful by the week and each time I think it isn’t possible for it to improve beyond the wondrous art that has come before. Yet it does. Cherish the birds as you cherish your large family and the bond it possesses. This is all good. This is all steps upon your path. Pause. Breath deep.

  15. jkgphotos says:

    You know I LOVE your bird sketches so you can keep them always coming! Enjoy the wedding of your sister and enjoy all that crazy, wonderful family time! It’s wonderful you have such a big family 😄!

  16. Gorgeous Kath, I love the way you used the collage for the branch and the contrast to the colours of the bird.

  17. diannegray says:

    I thought my family was big with six children, but you’ve totally beaten that score! I hope the wedding is fantastic and all goes very well. Enjoy! 😀

  18. Love the birds, Kath…keep ’em comin’!

    My husband has six siblings, so I know how fun (and boisterous) it can be when everyone gets together. Coming from a childhood of divorces, with half-siblings and step-siblings, I love sitting around a table and eating a meal with a big family. 🙂

    • Britt, my husband had no sisters and then suddenly bam he met me and got six and he loves it. I use to go out with about five of my sisters and people could not believe we were all from the same family, it always was a good pub conversation starter.

  19. Alisa Belzil says:

    What a happy way to share the joy in your heart 🙂 cheers!

    • Alisa too true the joy I feel for my baby sis is endless and now my daughter is also sketching a bird for them and my hubby the mad cow photographer is also giving them some cow pics as my sister always loved black and white cows….so they will receive lots of art from us.

  20. Funny–I was just in the middle of a reply that pointed out the bird’s time with you will soon be coming to a close, what with the fall rapidly approaching. Then, of course, some common-sense kicked back in. You’re staring at the approach of Summer!

    • Maurice even in the fall as you call it we seem to get red robins, kookaburra’s, Rosella’s and cockatoo’s. In the spring we get all kinds and then summer hits and it can get too hot and the smaller birds all vanish. Most of the year there is always something. Snow must be creeping towards your door by now?

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