For the Birds

Written by Judi Hunter

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How easy it is to become excited aboutrepparttar prospects of birdsong inrepparttar 136267 spring and a little life and movement inrepparttar 136268 middle of a dreary winter. Donít letrepparttar 136269 common misconception that birds become dependant on supplemental food from feeders and fail to thrive, or even die, if that food source is taken away hinder you from welcoming these highly interesting and lovely creatures to your home. This is not true! Conclusive studies fromrepparttar 136270 University of Wisconsin and Penn State attest to this. Regardless of feeders, birds will continue to forage forrepparttar 136271 majority of their food. In reality, you are providing just a little luxury and ease inrepparttar 136272 relatively short and difficult life span of most birds. Now isnít that a nice thing to do?

If youíre looking to spark a new hobby, searching for a unique gift, providing an educational opportunity for your children or just want to do something nice for birds, think about birdhouses or feeders. They are just plain charming and fun! Children especially enjoyrepparttar 136273 feathered visitors that birdhouses and feeders bring about. Creating a bird habitat and feeding ground is easy. Rather than sitting in front of your TV, computer or X-box, try enjoyingrepparttar 136274 abundant life and nature that can be found as close as your own backyard.

We could all use a little innocence and simple pleasure in our lives these days. Bird watching is an inexpensive, relaxing and enlightening activity for all. Well made and beautiful feeders and houses abound and they make wonderful gifts for any age. Donít forget to do something nice for yourself either! Feedrepparttar 136275 birds and they will come!

Note - Make sure cats in your immediate area have bells tied around their necks to warn of their presence. (You might also try this technique on annoying neighbors and unwanted salesmen!)

Happy birding!

Judi Hunter and her daughter own and operate copyright 2005, Windy Hills, Inc.

Make A Stunning Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Written by Valerie Garner

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Balance is what you are looking for. Balance in shape, you donít want any sticking out way aboverepparttar others, you donít want one side ofrepparttar 135720 wreath to be fuller thanrepparttar 135721 other. Try stepping back and looking at a distance and just think ďbalance of shapeĒ.

The second area to look for is balance of color. This isrepparttar 135722 purpose of doing each bloom all over, then filling in, so you achieve that balance of color. Give another once over to check on that.

Now, this wreath is either finished, or you can add perhaps add small sprigs of dried babyís breath to it. Really depends onrepparttar 135723 look you want. Sometimesrepparttar 135724 simplicity of onlyrepparttar 135725 hydrangeas is stunning.

For a grapevine wreath, itísrepparttar 135726 same principal but a different look. You can tie a bow onrepparttar 135727 wreath if you want (if you do, do so before adding flowers), or ribbon. I like to leave bare spaces on these to be able to seerepparttar 135728 grapevine portion as well. Again, look for balance. You can also add dried roses to it or any other type of dried flowers or grasses too. You can get really creative with these and come up with very different looks. Experiment to your heartís content.

Many times people expect dried floral arrangements to last forever, and are disappointed when they start looking bad after a few years. This is a misconception. Expect them to look good for about a year, thatís really about all they were meant to last. If they are in direct sunlight it will be a much shorter time. However,repparttar 135729 next year, feel free to striprepparttar 135730 old flowers off, and make another withrepparttar 135731 same base for another yearís worth of a gorgeous hand made wreath!

By Valerie Garner-Mother, grandmother and candlemaker / owner of Joyful Designs in Soy. She loves to write on a variety of topics with a warm, and engaging style.

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