Sunday, March 1, 2015

Those Who Wish to Sing

Those who wish to sing
always find a song.

~ Swedish Proverb ~

              How Birds Learn to Sing

                       How do birds first learn to sing?
                       From the whistling wind so fleet,
                       From the waving of the wheat,
                       From the rustling of the leaves,
                       From the raindrop on the eaves,
                       From the children's laughter sweet,
                       From the splash when brooklets meet.

                       Little birds begin their trill
                       As they gayly float at will
                       In the gladness of the sky,
                       When the clouds are white and high;
                       In the beauty of the day
                       Speeding on their sunny way,
                       Light of heart and fleet of wing...
                       That's how birds first learn to sing.

                   ~ Mary Mapes Dodge

Facebook cover photo

*New York Public Library*
Song thrush

The sheet music is from my
personal collection, circa 1940's.

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. These are lovely! Thank you!

  2. Beautiful words and beautiful tags! Thank you so much, dear Megan, for sharing. Have a blessed week! Hugs!

  3. suddenly I feel like singing too:) beautiful!

    1. Hello there :) I hope you've been singing... I'll have to visit (after supper)!

  4. Oh I love that poem and those gorgeous tags. Thanks so much for sharing these, Megan. Hugs, Teresa

    1. Thank you Teresa. I found the poem in an old reader, published in 1907. I can't believe how well the pages have held up, considering it was used by children over 100 years ago! Much more to share.

  5. Oh, how beautiful, Megan! I love both birds and vintage sheet music, so I am doubly thrilled to add these tags to my collection.: ) Thank you! xoxo

    1. Thank you Pat! Music and birds go together so perfectly.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing these tags! I love the bird images! These will be amazing to use on the cards I make.

    1. Hi Cindy :) I love birds too, and this time of year they remind me Spring is just around the corner! Happy to know you'll be using these tags to make cards ~ I'd love to see how they turn out :)

  7. Thank you for these beautiful images

  8. omg, megan . . . I have just "found" you!!! Came to your blog from Pinterest where someone had pinned some spring floral tags of yours . . . I LOVE your "stuff"!! Will definitely be making good use of some of it, as I'm about to reconfigure what I'm doing with papercrafts to focus on vintage . .. . thank you soooo much for sharing your talent with all of us! I look forward to getting your posts!

  9. I love your tags how can I download them ?

  10. Hi Megan. I just love these bird gift tags and am using them for some knitted gifts that I am in the process of packaging up for family and friends. Thanks very much for sharing all of the great stuff that you have on your site! I would love to create some of my own tags using some of your backgrounds but I'm wondering how to make the top image transparent so that the background (i.e. ledger paper) shows through. Is there a way to do this in Word or do you use a photo editing software program? Thanks again! Debbie

    1. Hi Debbie! Recently, I've been using PicMonkey ( for my editing. Open the image of ledger paper (or whatever you would like as your background). Along the left side of the screen you'll see a gray butterfly, which represents overlays. Click on that, then at the very top of options, you'll see "Your own." Click on that to open the image you'd like to layer on top. To make the image transparent, first click on it. A box will appear that says Overlay. Under the "Basic" tab you'll see "Fade." Adjust to the transparency you need. Please let me know if you have questions :)


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