Ornament bird feeder

I have been slacking in the blogging department lately.
Pickles will be the big three soon, and I have been spending
alot of my free time working on some exciting things for that.

Continuing with our bird theme, Nik felt it was necessary to feed
the birds as well as housing them.
So we decided to make bird feeders.

My original plan was the pine cone peanut butter route,
but I deviated from that plan.
As I was standing in the bird seed section reviewing my options I saw
 containers of bird suet.
Apparently there is fat in suet which is good for fattening up winter birds,
but no so good for bird bikini season.

bird suet
string or jute
cookie cutter

I bought two different kinds of suet.
We wanted to attract a variety of birds.

I provided Nik with a straw to punch a hole in the form after it was complete,
 but he insisted on doing that part first. 

I explained to Nik that we were going to break up the suet cake, and smoosh it into the candy corn shaped cookie cutter.
Why a candy corn shaped cutter?
We like to mix things up sometimes,
and use Halloween candy corn cutters in March.


Nik discovered the suet was crumbly,
but the fat allowed it to smoosh together.
This was his favorite part.

We also learned two additional facts
about suet while doing this project. 

The fat in this stuff is like crack to dogs and cats.
They tried to pin Pickles to the ground so they could lick his hands.

And, this stuff is like magic on dry winter hands.
My skin felt fabulous after this. Greasy, but fabulous.

We poked a hole in the mold with a straw, right in the middle.
I find a straw works better as it sucks up excess suet.
We pushed the ornament out of the mold and 
placed it in the freezer for a few hours to set. 

Jute was used to string the ornaments onto the tree's. 

The snow started to pick up substantially so we hung
 the bird seed molds in trees and ran back into the house.

A lot of birds stopped by.
It was nice to see the large variety and Nik thought the birds were cool.

But you won't be able to see the cool birds
 as the pictures below are horrible.

A white and black bird stopped in to eat.

This guy was large. He had a beautiful red splotch on his head.


Citrus Lane review Feb 2014

If you are generally amazed by the professional quality and sheer awesomeness of my pics, I'm sorry to say you will be disappointed today.
The pics are less than stellar. 

Pickles had been waiting all day for me to
get home from work to open his "Lane" box;
he could have just burst with excitement.

To make the poor child wait for me to take
pictures of everything was just cruel and unusual punishment.

February's box had great stuff in it.

The first item was a gift for mom. Very cool.
Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream.
The hand cream is lovely and smells more citrus to me than apple.
And if there is one thing I need to do more of, it's defy my age.

Next we have the Tie-Up Shoe.
This was the star of the show.

It's a little wooden shoe with shoelace holes to thread through.
Nikolas had to stop and focus on this one. 

It did not take long before Pickles
realized the shoe could be used as a melee weapon.

I took the shoe away and handed Nik the Storage bin.
It didn't look like something that could be played with, so Nik had that disappointed look on his face

I explained that the storage bin could hold
Hot Wheels, dinosaurs etc, and then he was hooked.
He wanted to fill it with treasures right away.
I personally have my own love affair with containers, so I can fully understand Nik's excitement when discovering the monkey could actually hold his stuff.

It's quite sturdy.
Handles on both sides, cute ears and a lined inside. 

The box also contained another Barefoot book.
Skip through the Seasons.
Nik loves searching puzzles so this was right up his alley.
Not sure why Citrus Lane is only focusing on Barefoot in the last few boxes.

Overall, two thumbs up.

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