“Tickle” Your Fancy?

by Sherry Riter in Art  ,Decorating,Different,Product,Women Stuff


If you’re like me, the only time you think of feathers is when you see a bird or when you go to bed under a down comforter and pillow. If I see a flock of birds flying around me, feathers don’t even cross my mind because I’m just hoping they don’t poop on my head! You go ahead and laugh, but I had that happen!

flock of birds
Image: Wikipedia

guinea feather really closeImage: Wikipedia

Here are a few interesting “Feather Facts”

  • Feathers cover most body parts of a bird and grow from well-defined tracts on the skin and aid in flight, thermal insulation, waterproofing and coloration that helps in communication and protection.
  • Albinism is caused by the lack of pigment in some or all of a bird’s feathers. (WooHoo…I can relate to this one!)

parrot feather

  • The exact signals that induce the growth of feathers on the skin are not known.
  • Feathers are among the most complex integumentary (the organ system that protects the body) found in vertebrates.
  • There are two basic types of feather: vaned feathers which cover the exterior of the body and down feathers which are underneath the vaned feathers.

Did you realize that we use feathers in many, many things?

feather collage

Something that I found “out of the ordinary” was feather painting. These artists are just awesome!

painted feathers 1
painted feathers 2
painted feathers 3

I have always found that feathers are exotic and sexy. If you pair a little feather nightie with a feather boa wouldn’t that just tickle your fancy?

sexy nightie feathers


Painted Feather sites:
The Painted Feather
Patterson’s Painted Feathers
Featherlady Studio
Feather Painter
Painted Feathers and Nature Art
Handpainted Indian Feathers

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Oh Sew Good September 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

The only times I didn't like to see feathers was when my cat would go outside. You know the rest of the story.


2 Scrappy Girl September 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Manga Dork loves the feather headbands and we bought several for back to school…however she just informed me that they were on the "out" list in People Style…ummm we live in the sticks…I doubt anyone will notice she is still wearing something that has been declared "out."


3 Amy September 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I did not know you could do so much with a feather.


4 confused homemaker September 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I'm a big fan of feather filled pillows, cozy feeling. The only downside is that the can get all over the place.


5 Suecae Sounds September 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Birds pooping have happened to me as well. I have never seen feather paintings, very cool stuff!


6 Jennette September 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Visiting from MBC i am following!


7 ItsKelly September 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Wow. Those painted feathers are beautiful.


8 S3XinthePantry September 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

very original pictures!


9 Yaya September 14, 2009 at 12:42 am

Feather's rock!


10 Debbie September 14, 2009 at 12:54 am

The feather painting is fascinating. What talent!


11 Shawn September 14, 2009 at 2:39 am

Oh yeah…..boas!!


12 KK September 14, 2009 at 4:29 am

Those painted feathers are incredible!


13 WhiteSockGirl September 14, 2009 at 6:30 am

I have seen pics of painted feathers before, in a magazine, I think. Gorgeous,… love them!


14 Debra October 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. Wow…Feathers are already a thing of beauty created by God, and the creativity of the paintings is amazing!
Thanks for sharing the photos, especially your redhead 'About Me profile' shot. (I had the same hairdo in the 1960s, only with a bow added and as a brunette!) … Nice photos and images on your blog…thanks for sharing.


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