Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bird Treats

It's getting to be that time of year when birds start to slowly migrate back up north. Food is scarce at this time so I try to make sure my bird feeders are full and leave out a few extra treats. I made these when I was a little girl and while they are messy to make, they are a lot of fun.

You will need, pine cones, stale bread or bagels, brightly colored yarn or twine, seeds, peanut butter, and scissors.

Tie the brightly colored string around the pine cones and through a hole in the bread. I used red string so that come spring I can easily spot it to remove it from the tree. String that is left around the tree can eventual start to bite into the tree as it grows around it.

Next smear peanut butter around the pine-cone. You don't have to worry about getting it in deeply, the next step will take care of that.

Put the peanut butter covered pine cone into a bowl of birdseed and start to press the seeds in firmly. A pine cone will hold a lot of seeds.

For the bread treats cover them in peanut butter like the pine cones.

Then drop them into the seeds.

They are done. Hang them outside and watch your feathered friends feast from a distance. No sooner had we walked away from hanging them up then a chickadee came and started to sample one of the bagel treats. Have Fun!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tea Cozy Revisited

I had so much fun making Mum a tea cozy that I had to make one for myself. I like this pattern better because it leaves the handle and spout free so it can be left on the pot while you pour your tea.

I used Red Heart Collage yarn "Rust" and a 6.5mm K crochet hook. The larger hook makes the cozy slightly more form fitting. The yarn is Variegated, soft and machine washable. I plan on making a hat with a matching scarf out of this yarn next since it warmed my lap so well while I was working on it.

First I made two circles. They are large enough to cover the body of the teapot half way around the sides. I put a loop on one and a wooden button on the other to help hold the cozy in place when it is done.

Next I sew the two rounds together in the places I indicated in the picture. The button hooks under the handle and keeps the cozy in place. There you have it; a simple and fun tea cozy. Have fun!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tea Cozy

For my Mum's birthday I made her a Tea cozy inspired by Acornpies. I began by crocheting a large round circle. I checked its size by folding it in half and holding it up to my tea pot. Next time I will leave the spout and handle sticking out of the cozy.

When it was big enough to cover the spout and handle I placed strips of tape parallel across the middle leaving about a 1 inch gap. I ran a tight zigzag stitch with my sewing machine along the inside edges of the strips of tape.

Next I cut through the middle. The zigzag stitch keeps the yarn from unraveling.

To give the cut edges a finished look I folded a ribbon over the edges and sew them into place.

I used a blanket stitch to attach the two halves together.

I found an adorable bead that looks like a teapot for the handle of the cozy.

At last it was done and just in time for her birthday. I can't wait to make one for myself. Hope this helps to inspire; and have fun!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tea Party

I have been busy planning a tea party for my Mum. She has always wanted to have a garden tea with her friends. So for her birthday I got to planning. For decorations I hauled out the lights and garlands that were used to decorate the reception hall at my wedding and decorated the walkway up to the front door. The wreath on the door was made of grapevines from my parent's yard and the flowers came from a thrift shop. I stripped them from a cheep plastic ring and then hot glued them into place. The table was set with a lovely table cloth that was made to look a little more fancy by placing a hand embroidered table runner down the middle. Under every Teapot and plate was a matching yellow doily. Doilies were placed on every side table to give a slightly more elegant air to the room. Several of the doilies belonged to my grandmother and my great grandmother, but a few of them Mum and I picked up from the bargain bins of an antique shop earlier in the week. I picked up several small boxes at a craft store to use as favors; believe it or not they only cost a dollar. They are made of wood and have a small silk flower under glass for the cover. I put a bag of my Mum's favorite tea inside with two chocolate hearts. The ladies loved them. Everything was lovely, simple, and elegant. This was a wonderful way to have a special tea with friends on a budget. I hope this helps to inspire. Have fun!