Monday, March 2, 2015

Repurposing Used Items

This evening after a quick trip to the attic, I decided to bring some spring into the house. I love taking old items and using them for plants or in the garden. So Voila...

 
 
The cage is from Kalee's Shabby Chic Collection and the bird is ceramic. I bought it for my Mom when she was at the Assisted Living home.  Growing up we had a pet bird named "Pretty Bird". Mom loved our birds, This one sings when you put a battery in it.  All these items were in the Yard Sale Pile! No more. With the addition of a nice plant, the objects are repurposed and  on to bigger and better things!
 
By the way .....this is for sell on my Etsy site.
BasilbeckyVintage

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hopefully the Last Cold Pre-Spring Day.....

Today it is not going to get over 20 degrees, but  by Tuesday it is suppose to be in the 60's. I am going to try and finish out some inside projects. Number one is finishing the touch up painting on the "Boy Cave" in the basement.  This is a fun playroom for my precious 2 and 3 year old grandbabies.
Callum and Thatcher.




This room was a Man Cave in the early 1900's.  It has a large fireplace and log cabin walls. Rumor has it that this was where the men where banished to smoke their cigars and play pool. I have used a great cement product on the floor "Roll A Rock" and then painted and repaired all the log walls. The chalk board is just a plywood board painted with chalk paint. The very popular Brio Train is set up on the mats as well. When the boys are here..guess  where we are.

There is even a working bathroom so it is great for "potty training days".

So on to the next project!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

MAYBE I HAVE BEEN WATCHING TOO MANY EPISODES OF " CHOPPED"


Last night I was not "chopped" . See the results of my personal challenge! Look under my  Recipe Tab.....  It made for a great meal.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Taking My Own Advice: February is National Bird Feeding Month!

Today I wanted to take my own advice and help my fine feathered friends!  After all it is National Bird Feeding Month. 

Think about this fact, the average bird weighs less than two nickels. Wow, I can't image staying warm and battling this harsh winter with so little to give! But thankfully we all have come to help.
According to many studies, bird watching has become one of the most popular hobbies (just behind gardening).

Here are a couple wonderful reasons to start this hobby for the birds and your enjoyment as well.
#1 Bird Feeding is a very important hobby as it provides birds with food, water and shelter. Plus all of this benefits the environment. All this is according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  They also report that over 47.8 of us are into the Birds!
#2 Bird Feeding is a very inexpensive hobby to start.  A few feeders, a bag of seed and you can start to enjoy the fun.

Here are a few hints from a novice, who loves her birds and hopes to develop this passion even more, that would be me.

#1 If you are a cat lover, as I am, keep them inside. I have learned the hard way how dangerous it can be on a cat to be outside, even in a safe area. But that is for another blog. Be kind to the birds. Don't set them up as dinner.
#2 Think about where you position the feeders.  We have several large picture windows. I love watching the birds from the comfort of my couch but they tend to hit the window and knock themselves out. It makes me very sad, so no feeders near the windows.
#3Don't over whelm yourself. Keep the feeders full and clean. Not get over ambitious and then let your feathered friends down in the dead of winter. They need you !
#4 Get a good set of binoculars and for me a good long lens camera. Also a good book to identify the birds. So many good ones, find one that calls to you.

So I filled my birdfeeders, the best I could. The feeders were frozen, the ground frozen and it was hard to even get out to the feeders. So a lot of seed I just put on the ground.
What ever, I think my efforts were appreciated.  I even had cardinals....Thank you Mom and Dad. They say every cardinal you see represent a present in heaven sending you a message....

Not perfect but at least the birds have some food. Spring is coming soon.





CHECK OUT MY FROM THE FREEZER TO THE OVEN TO THE TABLE RIB EYES

Maybe with the temps being so frigid...it is n excellent time to try a Freezer to Oven to Table Meal! Look under the Recipes Tab.

Very Delicious!!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

BURRRRRR.......


Did I mention I hate the cold weather!  I got a text from my daughter today in Georgia. She said is it really - 14 degrees?  This was  my response. "Oh no not -14 just -12, but that does not included the wind chill factor."

I always worry about the birds and nature struggling through this cold snap.  We worry about frozen pipes etc, they are just trying to survive. Take a minute and put out some bird seed and fresh water(although the water will quickly freeze.)  Everyone needs a little extra love during this time!

Stay Warm!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy President Snow Day

Yesterday was Presidents Day February 16th. No big happenings planned for the Kirts household but Mother Nature had an overriding event planned. She sure knows how to get attention.

We received close to a foot of snow. Schools closed again today. Maybe more snow tonight.







 
I actually love the snow. It covers up some of the brown ugliness and protects the bulbs that are poking out of the ground. Hopefully it will insulate some of the plants from the next blast of artic air just around the corner.
 
So did I mention I am ready for Spring!!
 

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