Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

For The Birds

I am an avid bird feeder during the winter, I love my feathered friends and always try to provide them with a meal and a drink during this miserable time of year, can you tell I hate winter? :) There are a lot of projects floating around cyber-space right now for cutesy bird seed ornaments, bird houses made of bird seed, etc., and as awesome as all those projects are, I just wanted something simple I could throw together for the birds in less than half an hour. This project is so easy even kids can do it! So here it is-

You'll Need:
  • Bird seed(small seed works best)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread(stale works best for this)
  • Screwdriver, knife, awl- simply something to make a hole with.
  • Ribbon, twine, old shoelace
1. Using a screwdriver, or whatever you have on hand, poke a hole in a relatively stale piece of bread for the ribbon or twine. Don't have stale bread? Just let a piece sit out a few hours until it gets a little firm.2. After you have your hole punched, spread a layer of peanut butter on one side of the bread.
3. Take a handful of bird seed and sprinkle it on the layer of peanut butter.

4. Press the seed into the Peanut Butter to ensure it sticks.

5. Thread your ribbon or twine, through the hole you made earlier, use your hole making tool to help thread it through, if you need it.

6.After threading the ribbon through let this sit somewhere dry overnight before hanging outside to give the peanut butter time to firm up so it holds the bird seed better.

7. Hang one or more in a tree or a bush by slipping the ribbon over a branch and tying a knot at the top. Watch the birds devour their treat! Squirrels will love it too :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

Day-dreaming of the first signs of Spring...

Coooold reality

As I type this my fingers are freezing, the high temps around here have been in the teens, yes you saw that right...the teens. I have to admit that between the icky snow covering the ground, and the frigid cold I have been suffering from the winter doldrums and a bit of cabin fever, does anyone know if there is a prescription I can take for either? Stuck in the house 24-7, still a little worn out from all the Christmas festivities and stress, and not feeling much inspiration to do any sort of creative anything. I seem to go through this every January, however, yesterday I did come up with a few winter project ideas that might boost my spirits! I will be posting a new, very winter inspired project this week that I think nature lovers like myself will especially love!

By the way, I often complain about my camera on here, saying I can't get very good pictures for tutorials because of my camera, etc. Well now I have no excuse for bad pictures, or lack of them either! My parents got me a spiffy new Pentax D-SLR for Christmas, I almost fainted when I opened the package! And it's an awesome shade of red too! Look at it below in all it's red glory! :D