Ok, now that I have this blog I have to come up with something to write about.  Perhaps a theme once in a while?  What do you think? 


We have a baker’s rack just outside our slider door on the deck.  I decorated it with birdhouses–you know the type, the cutsie ones from places like Joanne’s.  Not really meant to be homes to birds.  But what do you know, a little Chickadee decided one of the birdhouses looked pretty comfy so in it moved.  The problem is that every time we get close to the door the little thing gets frightened and flies off.  So, are we going to be able to go out on the deck?  My hubby finally got a picture.  Isn’t he cute?

So, that brings me to my theme: Chickadees!  First a little something about the bird.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a cool online guide for bird identification and information: ID tips, photos, maps, sounds, habitat, behavior, more.  I have a particular place in my heart for this little bird.  It was a comfort to me to see a familiar “face” when we moved from the Northeast to the Northwest.  It has a cheerful song , too. 

After reading about the Chickadee, I think the birds are storing food in the birdhouse rather than using it for nesting.  That is a relief, we don’t have to worry about disturbing nestlings!  You can go here if you would like to know more.

 To continue the theme, I found some links for Chickadee crafts:

  • No instructions but here is a Chickadee pattern for a stained glass ornament.  The pattern would be good to use for several mediums such as felt or paper
  • Another Chickadee on a holly branch stained glass pattern.  Apparently, Chickadees are a favorite for stained glass.  Here is another.
  • Here is a video showing how to make a bird mask (cute for Halloween).  Just change the colors to mimick the chickadee
  • Here is a pattern to make a painted wood Chickadee ornament
  • chickadee_paint_can Really cute idea at Murdock Country Creation‘s blog using an empty paint can and decorative paper.  You can get new, empty cans at hardware stores.
  •  Free Cross stitch pattern for Chickadees here at  Bird Cross-stitch
  • Creations by Corina  Love this purse at Creations by Corina
  • Check out the cute felt bird brooches at Lupin and check out her blog Bugs and Fishes.  Also check out her Flickr account.  One very talented lady.
  •   A quilted Chickadee version at Piecemaker’s Quilt Shop called “Winter Song”
  •  A beautiful wool penny rug called “The First Snow” also at Piecemaker’s Quilt Shop
  • stencil A Stencil at Wall to Wall stencils.  Actually they carry several.  You could also use the stencil for an etching pattern.
  • Block print a T-shirt from Martha Stewart
  • cinnamon-ornamentsCinnamon Bird ornaments from Martha Stewart
  • Embroidery pattern from Martha Stewart
  • stuffed-bird A cute stuffed bird from Nellie’s Needles.  Ok, it’s not a Chickadee but could be adapted.
  •  I want to make a whole flock like this one at Spool