Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Birthday for the Birds Tutorial

Berry picking was on the agenda for the younger ones Wednesday AM, they picked enough fresh strawberries to make a Strawberry Shortcake for ME. They were not open yet for the season however, since we were frequent visitors and on the mailing list she let us pick. (The Ortman farm will open for Berry picking on Friday June 11th)

Our next stop was theEt Cetra Shoppe in Freeman, I purchased a wind chime made in India to go in our cottage garden. The purchases made here go to support impoverished people around the world. You can find a link to the thrift shoppe online here I was lucky enough on Wednesday to find three cup and saucers that are now bird feeders in our cottage garden. Tutorial Below MCC store link

Had to stop in today for lunch when I saw my favorite was on the menu HOT BEEF and it was my birthday after all, YUMMY! So, lunch was not enough had to get two meals to take home for supper. If you are in the area this is a wonderful little place to sit and enjoy great goodies, the soda fountain actually was moved here from the old Pharmacy in Parker SD. I was looking for some music CD's and a certain book my friend had a hand in luck with that but I will just have to go back again.
The Living Fountain

Here is a tutorial on how DH and I made our bird feeders.

1) teacup, saucer and sugar spoon
2) Wooden Dowel (we used 1/2")
3) Glass/Tile Bit, wood bit, wood screws
4) E600 Adhesive
5) tape
6) drill
7) beading wire and various beads
8) bird seed

tape center of saucer and bottom/outside center of tea cup (this helps the drill bit from slipping as it goes into the dishes)

Drill hole using the glass/tile bit

remove the tape

after your holes are drilled in the tea cup/saucer switch to a wood bit to drill a pilot hole into the center of the wooden dowel

Tap the dowel into the ground, pilot hole facing up

Place one wood screw down into the tea cup

Place on the saucer next

Place on the dowel and secure

Bead your wire and attach to spoon

Attach the spoon to saucer by using the E6000 adhesive

Fill with bird food

Sit back and watch the outdoor channel

We have plans to do the same with a large soup bowl to feed butterflies cut up oranges.

I know I keep promising you a shot of the front yard but you are going to have to wait a little longer in one of the pics you can see what DH has been up to.

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!


Cheryl said...

Sounds like you have had a very nice birthday. Love your wind chimes and the bird feeder is precious. Now you have me excited to see your house.

Amy said...

I LOVE this bird feeder idea--how cool! Glad you had a happy birthday.

Angela said...

Sounds like you had a fun birthday! LOVE what you have done with the teacup/saucer; so clever and creative!

Jen A said...

Looks like a fabulous birthday was had! That windchime is lovely and I think I might need to try that bird feeder...tfs!

Chris said...

that birdfeeder is too cute!! i mus have one! i'm glad you had a fabulous birthday, love that windchime you got too. i'm a fan of the chimes for sure!!

Banu said...

Sara, Am glad you had a good birthday outing. the bird feeder is super cute and I love to resuse things as well. So, this is just great. I love wind chimes also. This time I got a few from India. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us.