These past days and today have been delicious days.
|Picture Fiamma gave me to decorate my bedroom|
While working outside with Fabian on the cheese cave I couldn't help but feeling fulfilled listening to the different birds'songs that surrounded us, despite of the noisy saw and nail gun, the cardinals, titmouses and goldfinches were singing spring and to reassure that great feeling spring peepers also sang from the neighbor's pond.
What intense three days! Make me forget that the forecast is calling for snow on Wednesday and colder days are ahead in the week.
The birds gave me enough inspiration to grab my materials and start doing the wreaths I make to ease them the hunt for nesting materials. Last year I made one of those wreaths for the birds just for fun until a friend liked it that much that I ended making a lot of them and selling them out last Spring.
This spring is slightly different but the same, my dear friends Olga and John from Stoney Mountain Farm are celebrating "Shearing Day" as she likes to say, it is the day their sheep loose their coats!
|Navajo Churro Sheep from Stoney Mountain Farm on 2013 Shearing Day, one with coat and one without it!|
I love birds of any kind and you can see them in our house in form of pictures,
|Small picture frame, once again, Fiamma bought for me at Gibsonville Antiques|
|Two exquisite books from Edith Holden written at the beginning of the 19th Century, filled with poems, notes and beautiful watercolors, treasures only found when you don't expect them... at an antique mall around the corner|
nests, eggs I make with clay, feathers I find in the garden,
|The nest is real, found it on the ground, blue jay feathers and the eggs I made with Fermin's clay he had for a project in 3rd grade.|
sometimes even around my china,
little creatures around the house make it cozy and welcoming.
|I made those candles for Christmas, can you see the snow falling!|
Making the "For the Birds Wreaths" is a way to honor their presence in my life, a way to thank them when they entertain me while I watch outside on a snowy day how the feeders dance to the rhythm of their flights, when they wake me up in the morning at dawn announcing a beginning of a new day, even at twilight when their chirping is sweeter than earlier and all in a sudden is followed by silence, it is nest time...
Today I started making my first wreath in preparation for Shearing Day but this one is somehow special, as it is not only with nesting materials but it is a "Nest and Breakfast Wreath", it has wool, colorful fibers, twine, and also sunflower seeds for them to munch on.
Here there is a short but very detailed tutorial on how to make one if you like to honor your birds at your backyard.
The materials: a grapevine wreath ( you can buy it or if you have grapevines at home I'm sure you have already try your hand at making some for you!),
wool, fibers (like yarn, twine, raffia, etc.), with the twine I made the shape of a nest and glued it together and to the wreath, fill the nest with school glue and grab some sunflowers seeds that got stuck to the glue as soon as it dried.
***I tried first with foam balls to stick the seeds onto them but failed so I made nests with twine and filled them up with seeds***
Did you see, so easy to make, here it goes, the finished product!
This one I made it for a special person, whose support and company through all these years has made the path so easy to walk, Thank you my friend, this one is for one of YOU! Just make a comment at the end of the page or in our facebook page, we will write down every name on every comment, and will make a drawing with all the names that participated, the name we picked will be the receiver of this Nest and Breakfast Wreath for the Birds with a little extra wool in case you run out, it is so much fun later in the season when you open the birdhouses and see they are using the materials you hang for them! Comment and good luck!
Hugs and Love my friends,
from the bottom of our hearts