Friday, March 4, 2011

For the Birds

The girls have been feeling pretty bad for the local birds lately. So much snow has fallen this winter and the girls have feared that their feathered friends haven't been able to find enough to eat.  I'm not exactly Miss Audubon, but even I felt sorry for the hungry birds.  For much of the winter my bird feeding consisted of plopping blocks of suet filled with seeds into the empty flower boxes like this...

Sometimes I'd fill a bowl with bird seeds and let the birds have at it.  This little guy appears to be saying, "WTF?" to my choice of serving vessel.

                                     This method did provide us with lots of beautiful visitors.

 But one night, as I was browsing the blogs of some really crafty Mamas, I stumbled  across this great idea at SmileMonsters (click for the recipe).  These cute hearts are made with corn syrup, flour, water, and bird seed.  It was a very messy, but very fun project.

 After baking them, we hung them from the deck. 

 I don't know how they did it, but the birds instantly knew that there was a feast awaiting and they flocked to the hanging hearts.  The squirrels also found them.  This clever squirrel hoisted the heart right to the top railing and inhaled the entire thing in about  15 minutes. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A room fit for a tween

My baby girl turned 12 today!  More than anything, she wanted a room makeover. 

Her walls were pink. Her bed (that Todd built) was pink. The rug is magenta and is in pretty good condition so it wasn't going to be replaced. She loved the comforter so it stayed.  She also loved her curtains which were 4 sheer panels, each a different, bright color. There was blue, green, orange, and purple. She chose to paint each wall a different color corresponding to the curtains with black trim to make the colors really stand out. 

She and Todd worked very hard to cover all the pink.

Her storage baskets were sprayed black along with a side table that had been hanging out in the living room.

 I hot glued orange, green, and blue  embellishments onto her pink lampshade. I painted a "J" from Michael's, wrapped part of it in raffia, and added 2 of the same embellishments from the lamp to tie them together.  Each cream colored switch plate was covered with torn tissue paper and sealed with Modge Podge. 

 Sweet smelling candles, a lava lamp, and funky standing lamp from Target finished the blue wall. 

 Here's the very best part and my favorite element of the room.  My mother in law gave us an old love seat that she no longer used.  It had been in our basement for a few years so I scrubbed it with Carbona (the greatest stuff on earth) and used the shop vac to really clean it.  I found the perfect black slipcover at Target that was originally $69.99 but was on sale for $17.48!!! 

 It fit perfectly on the love seat which then slid right under J's bed. That has become  her new reading spot. The love seat also opens into a single bed for when her BFF sleeps over.

She received 2 black circle rugs and a rectangle area rug tonight but I didn't get a picture of them.  She loves her new space and so do I!  It's grown up but still youthful - like my growing girl.