Good evening Europe and get some rest Australia.
I’m so excited to share this; I was interviewed by an Ezine called Thread M.B. They feature “Top Bloggers and Celebrities” and how we are working together to do good in the world.
My interview was posted yesterday, and I have to tell you – I like interviewed me even better than the real me. Laura was so kind and flattering – and now I’m really going to have to up my game here on the blog.
Go check it out, and see if you don’t like me better too! lol
An update on the book – it has been a comedy of errors and while I had hoped to have it shipped out November 16th, I still haven’t received my copies yet. As it stands, I’ve been told to expect delivery later this week and that the Ebook should go live on December 14th. A little tight for Christmas decor, but there are gift ideas and wrapping tutorials in there as well – so it’s still a “must purchase” item for the Holidays.(That and I don’t think I can sell very many after Christmas, so stay tuned and plan to add it to your wishlist/gift list.) Help a sister out will ya?
Okay, this project is sketchy; as soon as I saw it I wanted to try, but I’m not sure how healthy it is for the birds.
It’s better than starving to death, but I can’t promise the little guys won’t have heartburn after munching away.
Bird Feeder Ornaments
*Update: December 4, 2015 The bird feeders are gorgeous and look wonderful in your tree – but they do not stand up to moisture. We had a day of rain and the gelatin softened and all of my bird feeders fell to the ground. The birds might still eat them, but it’s more likely your Bernese Mountain Dog will find every one and poop out seeds for three days.
You will need:
- 4 cups birdseed
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Cookie cutters
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
I feel fairly confident that gelatin, corn syrup and flour aren’t generally intended for wild birds? You need these ingredients to make your seed stick into a shape, but if you find dead birds on your lawn – it was the neighbour’s cat and not my tutorial okay?
Mix together all of the ingredients and then pack the mix into your cookie cutters. For the best shape, you’ll really want to fill every crevice tightly.
Cut your straws down to be just thicker than your bird feeder ornaments and poke a hole through. This is where you’ll string them with twine later, so don’t go too close to the edge. I ran out of cookie cutters, so I thought I’d make some in a mini muffin pan – they’d make pretty cute gift toppers wouldn’t they?
You can (and should) totally do this craft with your kids. I would have, but after our zombi apocalypse sugar cookies (clearly they play too much Minecraft) – yes, those are limbless gingerbread people, and the one on the far left is a dismembered finger I believe?
I thought that our bird feeder should be a little less gruesome.
Let your ornaments harden over night. Mine were pretty thick and actually took two days on the counter to completely harden. Thread with twine and hang in your garden.
I’m not going to lie; these are pretty hard. Any bird that wants dinner is going to have to work for it.
Who am I kidding – I can totally see a squirrel running off with his little seed man captive.
The rest of the bird feeders I’m going to have to give away – I have two cats and setting up this backyard buffet seems cruel.
Seeing as we’re in December now, I wanted to share a gift idea per day.
Today we’re going with a neighbour gift – and one that will most likely get used right away…
Come on, admit it – as we get into the throes of the Holiday mayhem a Bailey’s and hot cocoa would certainly help save your sanity right?
Have a great one!