Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is Summer on the Way??

With the amount of rain we've had lately, it's clear to see that spring has finally arrived.  And that means that summer cannot be far behind.  Staying hydrated is very important to folks of all ages.  Currently in our Etsy store, we have insulated water bottle carriers in Disney and Star Wars fabrics.  But new fabrics will be posted in just a few weeks.

For the pet lover who wants to stay hydrated while walking or playing with their pet, we will be offering bottle holders in the this fabric:

For those of you who dream of being super heroes or champion video game players, we will be offering new fabrics featuring Angry Birds, Spiderman or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  These fabrics are licensed and are in no way my own creation.

For the sports enthusiasts, we have chosen neutral football and baseball fabrics (no favorite teams), and of course, camouflage.

And last, but certainly not least, we will have something new for the gals (little and big) in the way of fabrics.  First will be the always popular "Hello Kitty" and also something for the Disney princess.  These fabrics are also licensed, and not my creations.

We are hoping to have these available for sale with the next week or so.  Stop by and see.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bird Watcher

I am an avid birdwatcher.  I have a bird feeder outside my living room window where I can watch all the species that come to eat.  It sits next to our deck, and the birds line up on the top of the deck railing to wait their turn at the feeder.  All except the large blue jay, who squawks very loudly and bullies all the other birds to let him into the feeder.  He gets inside the feeder (it's shaped like a gazebo) as far as he can to insure that no other bird can push him out.  I've told you before how we have cardinals, robins, chickadees, tufted titmice (I know, a funny name), and occasionally a mourning dove will take over the feeder.  Last year, I identified one of my favorite winter visitors as a "dark eyed junco".  Previously, I had just referred to him as my snowbird.

This morning, I spied a new bird who had come to eat at the feeder.  I had never seen this guy before, and he is stunning.  I searched the internet for a photo with which to identify him and found this one:

Turns out that he is a "rose breasted grosbeak.  Isn't he beautiful?  Their song is very similar to that of the robin, and they feed mostly on berries and take turns incubating eggs in the nest.  

But one of my favorite birds that visits the feeder is the white breasted nuthatch.  He is the acrobat of the feeder, and climbs up and down the feeder pole upside down. He will even hang sideways using only one foot.  So that's my bird watching experience for today. Do you watch the birds too?