What a busy (and fast) summer this has been!
I hope that you have had a wonderful summer thus far, dears,
and that you have enjoyed a safe and joyful one with your loved ones.
Ahh, the magic of summertime... dreaming, swimming, traveling, family time,
the cool grass on your warm feet, watermelon dribbling down your chin,
BBQ (I can't leave that out since I'm from Texas, hehe), baseball-playing
and watching- and the sheer elation of the freedom of long, dreamy days.
It has been a lovely summer here, but I cannot believe how quickly
it has passed by so far and that blessed autumn will soon be upon us.
Are you looking forward to the crisp fall season? I know I am.
. . .
One of my favorite parts of both spring and summer of this year has been
getting out to enjoy our Creator's wonders in nature, especially to photograph
and watch the wildlife. I had the privilege of exploring woods and state
park beauty, as well as some recent trips to explore local history.
But I digress ;) ....back to nature and wildlife, what a joy it has been to
watch curiously as the birds have visited us all summer.
A couple of months ago, I had so much fun painting and putting up a little
bird-feeder for the sweet Blue Jays, Carolina chickadees, and other birds that
visit our backyard often. It was a very simple project, but I spent a fun
afternoon painting it and thought I would share ☺
A Carolina chickadee rests above the bird-feeder just before he lands inside it
to eat some of the bird seed.
This is not a tutorial by any means, just something I wanted to share for an
inexpensive way to do a cute bird-feeder... I kept looking for a brightly
colored one at the stores and could not find any, especially not for a good price,
so I decided to make my own from a plain wooden model at the craft store.
Here are the things you will need for this type of design,
all of which I purchased at Hobby Lobby:
Craft acrylic paint
Fence mount or shepherd's hook
I used 5 different colors; one for a main color on the roof, one for the "columns",
one for the flowers, an accent shade for flower stamens and dots, and one
for the ridges on the roof. These are very cheap acrylics in the craft section
(about .70 to 1.00 each)- you can also use "Patio Paints", I believe they are called.
They are made to outlast sun fading and better withstand both sun and other elements.
The spray sealant (you can use a Krylon craft seal spray or other brand) is probably
necessary if you use non-outdoor paints like I did- but make sure to COVER the area where
the food will go with a cloth or paper when you do the spraying so that it does not
end up on the area where the bird seed will go (for safety and health of our
Once I had my supplies, I sipped on an icy lemonade and painted away, using my
imagination to come up with a very simple, yet cheery design- and a colorful one, too.
And I had good company nearby as I painted (see below), haha.
Whether I'm outside reading, doing a project, painting, or whatever it may be,
Lucie enjoys the breeze and sniffing every snail and blade of grass in sight.
Once you're paint or sealant spray (whichever you used, if not both) dries- sealant may
take overnight- you can add in your wild bird seed and you're reading to
hang up your bird-feeder on a fence mount hook or a shepherd's hook!
All finished and set up...
And after you hang it up, what sweet mornings you'll spend with a cup of tea or
coffee as you watch the Jays and Cardinals and other gorgeous species
delight and eat the bird seed. I know we have all enjoyed it so much.
As the blue jay chicks began to grow and mature from spring, we have especially
loved watching the adolescents visit the bird feeder and observe the differences
between them compared to their mature parents.
My favorite memory of bird-watching this summer was observing a Cardinal
chick visit with a couple of larger ones, and it looked like he was learning
It is in those moments that I often stop and think, 'Oh what precious
creatures you made, Lord!' and how privileged we are that He
has allowed us to take in the majesty, wonder, and grace of each one
of His creations.
Dear friends, how happy my heart is to get to share a little something with you
and think of many of you who I have missed talking with and visiting in the time
in which I have been absent from blogging this summer. Time truly seems
to get get away this time of year as it does in no other season.
Praying you have a wonderful Sunday evening!