May 2009

  • Empty Nest Syndrome

    Mother's Day 2009 - baby robins hatch right outside my front door! And I have a perfect "bird's eye view" from my bedroom window!

    I didn't go near the nest for the first week as I didn't want to discourage Mom Robin from hanging out and keeping their little pink bodies warm! But toward the end of the week, she left them unattended quite often as she searched for worms and other treats to bring back to her chicks.

    Here they are - just 7 days old!

    10 days old!  My husband decided to help out a bit, gathered worms from under flower pots and left them in a dish near the nest.

    11 days old! The chicks are really growing and changing fast now - I hardly recognize them from day to day!  Look at that beautiful little wing.   

    On day 12 it's starting to be very tight quarters!  I can't believe all four chicks can still fit in the nest together.

    Day 14 and look how much they have grown and changed. Aren't they the cutest little robin chicks you ever saw!  I love those little white tufts on their heads which are left over from the day they were hatched.

    Definitely getting too crowded!  The chick standing spent a couple hours fluffing his feathers and then, just two weeks from the day he was born, he flew off with Mom to learn the ways of the world outside the nest!

    Day 15,  only three chicks in the nest.

    And then at mid-day another chick takes off with Mom to join his sibling hiding somewhere in our mini forest. So now - two left in the nest.  And with all that room to stretch out and Mom still bringing 50 meals a day, they don't look too eager to leave the comfort of their newly expanded living quarters.

    But Mom had other ideas and by noon of the 16th day, only one little chick remained.  I worried that Mom Robin would leave him there all by himself overnight - but within just a couple hours she returned for her last little chick.

    We can hear our robin family making sweet little robin sounds in the forest. Mom Robin sounds just like a "Mother".  And the chicks?  Well - they sound just like typical, playful little chicks!

    I am left with an empty nest and memories of one of the more exciting two weeks of my life! I miss the chicks already.

    I wish each of you the opportunity to watch baby robins grow at least once during your lifetime.


  • Embellishing your beautiful punched "tin" butterflies!

    Thank you for all your comments on the Butterfly post!!! I am so pleased that many of you are going to make punched "tin" butterflies!  I hope you will send me pictures -  PLEASE!  Or post them on Flicker and send me a link!

    Before I begin talking about embellishing butterflies, I want to share a couple tips that were left as comments on my tutorial for making punched "tin" butterflies.  These are very useful tips and I wanted to make sure no one missed them.

     ~ Rubbing alcohol will easily remove Sharpie ink from any metal you are working with.

  • How to Make Punched "Tin" Butterflies

    Butterfly tree

    Punched "tin" butterflies are almost always fluttering about somewhere in my home or garden!  I never tire of making them and my enthusiasm has resulted in a rather large collection. (Huge - actually!)  So consider this fair warning - they are addictive!

    In addition to the instructions below, it may be helpful to review the tutorial for making Punched "Tin" Light shields posted last November as the techniques are quite similar. 


  • Generations - Mother's Day Memories

    Great grandmother:

    Grandmother: Gwen

    Mother: Julieanne


    Children:  Diane and Mike

  • How-to Make a Simple Weaving Loom and Basic Weaving Techniques: part 3


    Welcome to the second tutorial for "weaving without a loom". In this post, I'm covering techniques for changing threads, adding buttons and other helpful tips to add texture and interest to your wall hanging.

    We'll begin with how to change yarns.

    1) Holding the ends of the old and new weft yarns together as one, begin weaving them through the warp.

  • How to Make a Simple Weaving Loom and Basic Weaving Techniques: part 2


    This is the second in a series of three weaving posts and the first of two tutorials.

    This tutorial covers "loom" construction and basic weaving technique. The next tutorial, called "Beyond the Basics," covers adding yarns, weaving in beads, floating yarns, adding small pieces of yarn, and twisting yarns together to create a new yarn. (That one will be posted tomorrow.)