Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bird Nesting Going on in my Backyard as of June 22nd

This is a Cardinal's nest, but no eggs yet. This nest is built in my thorny rose hedge.

In one nesting box I have a family of nesting Eastern Birdbirds. One egg as of June 23rd. This is an Eastern Birdbird egg. It's actually light blue, but the flash is too bright. Daddy bluebird also pictured up in the tree on the photo to the left of the egg.

I have a Wren family nesting in another nesting box. Here are theWren Hatchlings that are only a few days old.

I just wanted to share some nesting images from the nesting boxes in my backyard. These are baby wrens. It hard to believe, but this nest is not even 2 inches in diameter, so you can imagine just how tiny these hatchlings are. There are a total of 6. The proud momma (pictured at the top left) and daddy were scoulding while I was photographing her babies.

I also have another nesting box with a male Wren who continues to sing and sing and sing trying to attract a mate. He has started the nest which the female will complete with her special decorating touches once she accepts him. It's been days but he still hasn't given up yet!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Sew Fun!" is June's themed free Kit of the Month

This is the Artist Trading Card kit that will be given FREE with each and every order throughout the month of June.
"Sew Fun!"

Here is an example of the vintage notions (snaps, hooks and eyes), the silver scissors charm and the vintage inspired garment pin (one is close, but I have opened one so you could see that is does open).

For this month's free sewing artist trading card kit, I chose paper from the Donna Salazar's Grandma's Garden Collection, featuring Garden Wedding and Summer Sunshine. The 12 in. x 12 in. paper has been cut into 3 in. x 4 in. pieces. The top 4 paper pieces on the left show 3 different designs from one side, and the back side of the Garden Wedding paper. To the right of that you will see 2 different front designs and 2 different back designs of the Summer Sunshine paper. You will receive two 3 in. x 4 in. pieces, one cut from each of the 12 in. x 12 in. sheets. Also included is a 2 1/2 in. x 4 in. piece cut from a vintage sewing how-to book (2 shown in photo), and a piece of aged tissue paper cut from an actual vintage sewing pattern (1 shown in photo). I purchased mini silver scissors charms and vintage inspired garment pins - you will receive one of each. Also a few vintage notions will be placed into your kit (see the examples in photo 2. There are also 2 different white antique eyelet laces, of which one will be included in your kit, and a vintage piece of orange gathered ribbon that you can stretch and sew onto your artist trading card. Shown also is a variety of vintage sewing images that I have cut from one of my sewing collage sheets. I will include 2 different images for you. Lastly, you will receive a piece of white card stock with the words, Sew Fun! printed using a zigzag font - you can place this anywhere on your sewing ATC. And of course, a blank Artist Trading Card and ATC sleeve will also be placed in this kit. Wow, quite a list!! I'm sure you will enjoy this vintage sewing ATC kit - sew fun!!!