June 3, 2016

Dressing my Walls

Decorating with Audubon Prints

I have been wanting to add some artwork to my dining room, on each side of the china cabinet. I have sourced prints online and in boutiques and they are trĂ©s chers. So when I saw someone making a gallery wall using Audubon prints I thought I would give the website a look.

American White Pelican

I discovered the Audubon Website when reading another website and I learned that you are allowed to download the full plate images from the website for your own personal use just by signing up. I did. 

American Flamingo

Besides looking at beautiful bird prints, I am thinking of creating some prints to frame for my house. I love shore birds...so I am looking at those. There are many "birds of America" from which to choose on the site. 

Common American Gull

The website also offers a wealth of knowledge for those who love to bird watch. I am going back to study them in greater depth so that I can recognize what I actually see. 

Great Blue Heron

common american gull

example of full plate, Common American Gull

You may read about John James Audubon here

More great links at the same website...
Birds of America...http://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america
State Birds...http://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america/state
Guide to North American Birds  http://www.audubon.org/bird-guide
Audubon Priority Birds (with audio)...http://www.audubon.org/birds/priority
This is so cool...Ospery Nest Live Cam  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest
Raven or Crow?  http://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-raven-crow
Conservation  http://www.audubon.org/conservation
Gorgeous! 2016 Audubon Photography Award Winners http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2016/the-2016-audubon-photography-awards-winners

American Avocet

I am sure to find some shore birds to print and frame for a touch of traditional in my house. I have some older frames that I may be able to redo to use for my prints. I will keep you up to date as I move forward.

I hope this gives you an idea or two if you need some traditional style prints.

Thank you to everyone giving me sympathy for my "summer cold." I finally went to the doctor on Thursday for a consult. This recovery will just take a while. My sinuses and ears are being stubborn. ha!

Thanks for visiting!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Sheila, what a wonderful way to showcase your Audubon prints!

    1. Thanks Nancy. I hope to get this project rolling after I get over this summer cold. :-)

  2. Sheila, I am anxious to see how you do your wall. I just visited Brenda and she had a wall gallery. I love the Audubon prints. Blessings for a fun weekend, xoxo, Susie

    1. Thank you Susie. Yes...Brenda did a great job with her gallery wall. Good weekend to you too.

  3. My all time favorite bird is the Blue Heron!!

  4. I have several Audubon prints---- blue heron, brown pelican, etc. I love them all. Yes. They are pricey but worth any splurge.

  5. Gorgeous pictures! Looking forward to seeing what you select. Take care, be well... xoxo

    1. Thanks Donna. My dishwasher just conked out...so my project may be pushed back a bit. Ha! I would rather buy nice prints instead of a machine. Ha!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing these sites! I, too love the Audubon bird prints. Several years ago, we visited the house that Audubon stayed in in Key West...that was fun..
    Hope you feel better soon!!

    1. You are very welcome. I fell in love with the Audubon website!

  7. So glad you found this site...I am not a bird person but some..SOME...of the shore birds are nice. I like cardinals and blue birds...

    1. Birds used to make me recall the Alfred Hitchcok movie...but I appreciate the pretty ones now.

  8. You know I love birds! So this is great news.

    1. Enjoy looking and creating some prints. Glad you like.

  9. This will be a great project! That's so nice that the images are free and you can have them printed yourself. I hope you get better soon- rotten time of the year to be down.

  10. I love every one of these, Sheila. Positively stunning! Have a great week.

  11. Great idea, Sheila! I love birds and this will be a great look. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. pinned and tweeted.

  13. Thanks for this information, Sheila. We love birds and I had no idea about any of this. :)

  14. I love vintage nature prints, so it's awesome that these are available for download! These will be perfect for my gallery wall :)

  15. Wow...these are so neat! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. I never knew that about printing these! Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  17. Hi Sheila, I like Audobon prints, too. If you like those you will probably also like paintings by Jessie Arms Botke. I have her "Cranes: Manchurian Crane with Nymphae" over my bed and I love it! It's so peaceful with 3 cranes and water lilies, etc. Hope you have time to check it out! Blessings, Janet

  18. Just gorgeous. I'd like to check into taking the image over to Staples and creating a really large picture.
    Thank you for so faithfully joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You are a treasured blogging friend.

  19. Wow! I have to sign up for this! I have birds and feathers all over my house so these would fit in perfectly.

  20. I love these prints! I have been trying to come up with a way to use them in my decor at home!


  21. Beautiful choices and all of the birds are so striking and colors so vivid.
    I have many framed pieces of Art that I have collected throughout the years and I am happy to say that I have found a home for them in our new home. No more wall space for one more piece!
    Enjoy your hunt and I will look froward to seeing what you have chosen.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at TOHOT.

  22. Sheila, the prints you chose are beautiful. I love the colors. We are so lucky to have had a man with the passion to record all of those birds.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home. ;)

  23. They are stunning! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  24. Hi Sheila, I love the shore bird prints. I think they would make amazing artwork! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  25. I used to love to visit the James Audubon state park in Henderson. They had many of his prints on display there. Great post! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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