I’ve been having an unusually warm winter in my neck of the woods- many of the birds haven’t left for the south yet. And of course, some stick around all winter! I like to make sure they have some food available while the worms are frozen, so we usually put out some seed in our birdfeeder for them. That’s why I love this article by Red Ted Art. Here’s how to make a “bird cake” for your yard:
Mix all into an empty yogurt pot, then hang from string in a tree! Birds also love plain popcorn and sunflower seeds, so some people hang those from bushes as well!
Everyone knows to bring your dogs and cats inside when it’s cold out; it’s just common sense. If you raise other animals, they more than likely have a warm barn or shelter they can go into when Winter hits. But what about chickens? You can’t bring them in the house (though I know some people that do…). Is their coop really warm enough for them when the temperature is below freezing? Check out this post by Meredith Skyer at Backyard Chicken Project for tips on keeping them nice and toasty:
-Get the right chickens for your climate- if you live in a colder area, get a cold-hardy chicken breed.
-Insulate the coop with foam or fiberglass, then cover with plywood (so the chickens don’t pick at it)
-Provide quality roosts- make sure they are big enough so a chicken can wrap its toes under their body.
So many cute animals in one place!
These are adorable if you want a whimsical look in your garden- and they use all upcycled materials!
Whoever is holding the nectar is clearly a magical fairy princess.
I have a total thrift store addiction. But, I don’t really buy clothes. Whenever I go out, I always head straight for the home goods section. I love old furniture, kitchenware, kitschy décor, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Right now, I have more colored glass bottles than I know what to do with, wicker baskets out the wazoo, more picture frames than pictures, and teacups. So many teacups. I always tell myself I’ll use them for something, but I can never decide what. Then, I saw this post by Jessi Wohlwend at Practically Functional! It’s a tutorial on how to turn a teacup + saucer into a totally adorable bird feeder. Check it out:
-Glue teacup to saucer using ceramic glue. Make sure the cup is at the back half of the saucer so there is room for the birdseed to “spill out” in front of the cup.
-Tie a piece of twine around the teacup handle and hang from a tree.