Showing posts with label birding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birding. Show all posts

Friday, April 16, 2010

Random Friday

I don't have much worthwhile to say today, but I wanted to post, so here we go. It's RaNdOM fRiDaY!

I was inspired by Nichole's pinwheel sampler blocks and decided to try one. I loved making it, so yesterday I made a few more after deciding to cut into my Hope Valley. I guess I'm joining the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt-Along at P.S. i quilt?

I hate irons. I've bought really cheap ones and really expensive ones and they all have the same flaw; they leak! What I haven't bought is an iron with a separate water tank. I think that's what I need! In school, we had these fabulous industrial irons with a hose that siphoned water from a big five gallon water bottle on the floor next to the ironing board. Those irons were awesome! But, that horrible iron above started leaking water yesterday and got everything wet, the ironing board, the floor, and my foot (which luckily, is waterproof).

So, I bought two cheap irons yesterday. It was Shea's suggestion to buy two so that I have one on hand when this one dies it's leaky death. I spent an entire $6.24 on this iron and it's really not bad. It doesn't have a steam burst button, but it was SIX DOLLARS. While buying my $6 irons, I passed the TV trays and decided to grab one to try Elizabeth's idea and make a TV Tray Pressing Table. I love it.

And since it is rAnDoM fRidaY, here are the birds that were in my yard (and across the street) yesterday.
A female Northern Cardinal,

an adorable little Killdeer,

a not-particularly-attractive unidentified female Brown Headed Cowbird
who was eating "things" out of the grass,

and his/her not-particularly-attractive sidekick who appeared
to be the lookout.  I haven't tried too hard to figure out what
these little guys are, but I'll look through my books later.
[A fellow birder on flickr helped me identify these little ladies.]

Lastly, I thought I'd share my real workspace, where I'll be for the remainder of the day and likely a portion of tomorrow. "Real" is this case, means the one where I actually make money rather than, well, you know, exchange it for pieces of woven cotton which I cut up and then sew back together. The sewing machine constantly beckons me from the other side of the room.

Happy weekend! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Wow! What an awesome response to the hexagon giveaway! I never imagined so many people would stop by and to add me to their blog readers. I'm so excited! I can't wait to sit down and visit everyones' blogs!

Anyway, I just wanted to leave a quick note to tell you that I've been reading every single one of your comments. At this point, I don't think I'll manage to reply to them all, but I assure you that yours has been read and is very appreciated. ♥ Thank you. ♥

I'm hoping to get some sewing done this afternoon, but first I'll have to conquer this mess on my cutting table. I'm sure your table never looks like this, right? I've been sorting my hexagons by color, admiring some swap fabrics that arrived and thinking about making some more placemats. I sketched some placemat layouts yesterday at a really long red light and bought some Kona in coal that I'm anxious to cut into.

Hopefully I'll have something pretty to show you soon. Have a lovely afternoon!

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's been a great morning for bird watching. It was overcast and
about 30 degrees earlier and there were birds all over the place.
Below are some of those I managed to photograph, but I missed
numerous others. I was also visited by a Northern Mockingbird,
a male House Finch, a Mourning Dove, and too many House
Sparrows to count.

When the sun came out, they all went into hiding.

Female Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay and House Sparrows
Blue Jay and House Sparrows

Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker - He comes and gets peanuts one at a time.

Unknown bird
This little guy is a Brown Creeper.

Male Cardinal
Male Northern Cardinal

White-Winged Dove
White-Winged Dove