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Finished purse 
 OK, my first stab at a tutorial.  I had been wanting to create a bag from old blue jeans but didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying a pair.  I have been reading other blogs about thrifting where the blogger bought clothes and craft supplies for $.25, $.50, etc. in thrift shops.  We must have a higher class of stores because the least I could find was for $5.00.  Where oh where is the rummage sale I used to help with at my church in New England— pants were no more than $.50 each!!  Well, a neighbor had a yard sale and I bought a pair of her little girl’s jeans, about a size 5 I think. 

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? 

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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:

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