Thursday, May 9, 2013

It’s For the Birds {plus a giveaway}

The giveaway is closed.  The winner was Rina Mason #106 (Crickets Corner) and has replied to my email.  Thanks everyone who entered and left a comment!!!

Thanks for checking out my stop on the hop today!  When I saw a bird-themed hop it was a no-brainer to jump right in.  I have a serious love affair with birds ever since I started staying home with my kids.  The first winter we got a bird guide book and a bird feeder and it’s just exploded from there to multiple bird feeders, birdhouses, every kind of hummingbird feeder, mealworms for the birds (yes, mealworms!), and even a month long adventure of raising a baby robin last fall.

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When we found “Lucky” he was a pinkie, which meant he didn’t have any feathers and had to be fed every 20 minutes from sunrise to sunset.

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We took him everywhere with us those first few weeks, including to the pool in his shoebox home.  We’d just sit him on the table in the shade, keep him fed and clean with a toilet paper trick we learned from a helpful rehabilitator, and no one was the wiser that we had a baby bird with us while we were splashing it up!

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Once he was a fledgling and did a lot of flying around the yard, we were able to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to take him.  You see, when they are so small and require so much care around the clock, places that rehabilitate animals cannot meet those sort of demands with volunteer schedules and the fact that many people who do that kind of work also have regular jobs they have to go to.  So we kept him for a little over a month until he didn’t need to eat so frequently and required less care.  What a meaningful month we had taking care of him!

So what did I sew for this hop?  Well basically I’ve tried to incorporate birds into nearly everything I’ve sewn since I signed up for the hop.  I started a Mooshka quilt for my daughter, but it’s not finished yet, so I am sharing two other sewing projects today.

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With the explosion of friends who are having babies this year, I’ve made quite a few pairs of reversible fabric baby shoes.  This sweet bird print (no idea what it is) looks darling paired with pink polka dot fabric.

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I’m not sure which photo I like better.  I had a lot of fun staging the shoes for a photo op.

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Here they are with their “friends.”

Then, the DC Modern Quilt Guild had a nametag challenge last month, so I thought I’d pick something with a bird in the design, of course.

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It took no time at all to stitch up.  The pom pom trim was a little tricky to pin into place (I have a really hard time with fiddly things like that), but overall it was pretty simple to make and I had fun wearing it around the entire day (like even into the Chinese restaurant to pick up carryout, and at the dinner table at home much to my husband’s amusement). 

So there you have it!  Now if you follow me regularly you might have seen that our squirrel-proof bird feeder stopped working last week.  I took a few photos of an especially daring squirrel with strong teeth and sent it into the local newspaper, and they printed it!

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Our new birdfeeder arrived yesterday and the girls and I put it up today.

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It must work because I’ve seen about a dozen squirrels checking it out intently but never touching it.  I picked it up on Amazon here.

I ordered a few more new feeders from Amazon, you know, while I was already looking...

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No birds at this window feeder yet.

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But I’ve seen a couple hummingbirds at this one already.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop today!

http://ssparrowinflight.blogspot.com

http://Hillvalleyquilter.blogspot.se

http://mcsqrd.blogspot.com

http://loveitsewit.blogspot.com

http://piecepeacenc.blogspot.com

http://grammieq.blogspot.com

http://meadowbrook-Kristen.blogspot.com

http://scrapbook-ChickADoodle.blogspot.com

www.craftyshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk

http://Stitchingbythebeach.blogspot.com

www.thebusybeequiltshop.blogspot.com

http://morestarsincomanche.blogspot.com

http://lesquilts.blogspot.ca

http://suebeesworld.blogspot.com

http://mtnmommy2.blogspot.com

www.thatlookslikeitneedsstitches.blogspot.com

http://www.freshcutquilts.com

And a huge thank you to Madame Samm and Mary Winegar (rhymes with vinegar) who put this hop together!

I have a little giveaway today…a charm pack of Winter’s Lane by Moda that features a lovely cardinal print perfect for bird lovers.

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The North American Cardinal happens to be my favorite bird.  What’s yours?  Leave a comment to be entered to win.  Open to anyone anywhere.  Followers of my blog can get a second entry.  I’ll announce the winner this weekend.

Have a wonderful Friday!!!

137 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story about saving the baby robin - such dedication!! I am originally from North Carolina, so the cardinal is my favorite bird, too. We have a red-headed woodpecker who regularly attacks our trees up here in PA and I do think he is very pretty, but incredibly noisy!!

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  2. I am a happy follower of your blog - thanks for the extra chance to win!

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  3. Great about saving the little bird! I love your baby shoes! Favorite bird? Probably the cardinal since it is the state bird of Virginia where I am originally from!

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  4. I love the pictures of your daughter with the Robin. My favorite bird is our state bird - the Common Loon. I love their cry at night, and watching them dive - never knowing where they will pop up!

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  5. I am a follower. Love your little slippers!

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  6. What an amazing story! You are wonderful.:)

    My favorite bird is the red tailed hawk, but I sure would love to see one of those bee catcher birds they have in Europe!

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  7. Truly a wonderful story! Your slippers are the sweetest!

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  8. those slippers are so cute and I love the story you told about the baby bird. There is a wildlife rehab a few miles from our home. We've taken many tiny critters there throughout the years.My favorite bird is the Barred Owl.

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  9. What a great story and cute slippers !

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  10. You have the most Special & precious Heart!! Love your lil' Bird!! Glad it grew up! What special Heart Memorie's you made with your Family! God Bless you!

    Looooove Cardinal's too! They are such bright spots on cold Snowy days! :)

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  11. I'm also a follower too! :)

    Ooooh! & your lil' shoes are absolutely Adorable!!

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  12. Your baby slippers are sew cute! Thank you for sharing your baby bird adventures.

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  13. What a nice thing to do for that baby birdie. Your little baby slippers are too cute for words all lined up in two rows. Love the Moda charm squares.
    swalker287 (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. moda comma. Lot's of work for you little birdie friend.

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  15. You little shoes are just darling but then so are your little ones modeling with the baby bird. Such cute pictures!

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  16. Wonderful robin story! One of my favorite birds is the Great Blue Heron. Such an ungaily call (GRONK! GRONK!) and yet such a gorgeous bird in flight!

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win... I love Robins... and your projects are adorable!

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  18. I love your projects, and your story is so inspiring!

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  19. Love these little shoes. So cute. Thanks for sharing. Frederika

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  20. My husband kept a pigeon he found in snow for almost a year - it followed him everywhere - would fly to his shoulder & feed from his hand - It was really adorable .... good story you shared ! LOVE your little shoes - just darling

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  21. Thank you for your story, it was so interesting to read. My favorite bird is the Scandinavian Black Bird. This bird is a master singer, if you pop over to my blog, I am participating in the bird hop of today, you could listen to the bird singing.
    Your small shoes are adorable, what a lovely present for a small baby.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and story
    Britt-Inger at Hillvalleyquilter

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  22. Such cute sweet shoes and I loved the baby bird story. Your kids will always remember this special thing that you did.

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  23. I am now a happy follower to your blog. Thanks for a great give away

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  24. Awww how touching!! I am in love with birds and the fact you helped raise one is brilliant! I am a Canadian so a Cardinal is my favourite too and then the Robin as a sign of spring!!!

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  25. Loved reading the story on your baby bird and your projects...have a fun filled day. Yes I am a follower on your blog

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  26. Very cute slippers and so different. Some baby is going to be very lucky. That is amazing to keep a little bird alive. He looks like a true friend.

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  27. What gorgeous little shoes! Plus the very cute photos makes it another stop on the hop which has bought a big smile to my face! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I love your little shoes! What an example of commitment for your kids raising that robin was! Lovely. I love seeing cardinals in my neighborhood, that flash of color always makes me smile.

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  29. I think Eastern Bluebirds are very pretty. Love the charms, thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. ahhh love those shoes and your story of your sweet bird....and your wee model is a delight

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  31. Adorable!!! the shoes and the little one with the baby bird....

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  32. My favorite bird is probably the cardinal as well! We have a cardinal nest right outside our kitchen window this spring and we are having so much fun watching the mother and father raise those little chicks.

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  33. What a sweet story about your bird rescue! A memory to treasure for a lifetime! And the baby shoes...oh, I wish I could shrink my feet! They are adorable!!!! :) Did you create your own pattern? I LOVE birds...at the moment my favorite is the little Carolina Wren singing outside my window. :)

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  34. What lovely little shoes, so sweet :)

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  35. The little bird was very lucky to have you and your daughter. She is precious!

    Love your bird projects.

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  36. I really like cardinals and eagles.

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  37. You had me at the shoes :) So enjoyed all your feeder shots. And so fun that you took care of Lucky with your kids. I am a bit of a crow fan as you might have guessed...lol! But I enjoy a good cardinal also.

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  38. My favorite birds are cardinals and blue jays - I love to see them out in the winter! What sweet little birdie slippers! ;)

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  39. My favourite for colour has to be a cardinal but I have to say I love the mocking bird that hangs around, all his different calls makes me smile.
    Adorable slippers!

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  40. The little shoes are so adorable. Your story about the baby robin is so sweet. I too am always watching the birds. Gotta love those squirrel proof feeders!! Thank you so much for being part of this hop.

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  41. I can't say which is my favorite. I can't even tell you why I like birds so much, but I do. I have never been able to find a bird fabric that I could resist. I love everything you had to show today :)

    And thanks for a chance to win a cute charm pack!

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  42. I like hummingbirds. love those slippers.

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  43. Humminbirds are my mom's favourite bird. They are so tiny and fast. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw.

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  44. I love hummingbirds, so beautiful.
    I love your cute pin. We all have issues with the fiddly things, like those little pompoms. I think some people just have more patience with them then others. I would not have thought to use that edging in the first place. Great job!

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  45. That is FASCINATING about finding/rescuing a baby bird! And those little shoes are SO CUTE!! It would be hard to choose just one favorite bird, but I'm awfully fond of the little bluebirds who live in my backyard. :)

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  46. What a fabulous story and a wonderful experience for your children!
    I love the cloth shoes - where did the pattern come from??
    Thank you for sharing!

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  47. This was such a fun read this morning...love your bird story! Those little shoes are just adorable and are great gifts for your lucky friends. The squirrel pic is too funny!

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  48. Wow! Those slippers are so cute! Did you use a pattern or a tutorial? I have a niece or nephew on the way, and I've love to make my sister some! And can you believe I'd never seen a cardinal in real life before moving to the midwest? I looked out the window one morning and saw one, then freaked out because I had always seen them in pictures, and they are so brilliant in real life!

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  49. Love those super cute slippers!! I need one of those feeders to keep the squirrels out!!

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  50. Oh, I love those cute little slippers. I need to get that pattern. I fight the squirrels constantly, and they seem to figure out every deterrent I put out there for them--bright little things.

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  51. I love the baby shoes! Thanks for the chance to win the pretty charm pack. I love to see hawks and bald eagles. They are really making a come back in our area.

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  52. Your bird slipper booties are so sweet. I loved seeing your birds (and squirrel) and reading about your baby robin. Every 20 minutes???? Oh my!

    My favorite bird would be our bright yellow oriole.

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  53. First of all -- those shoes are too cute. What pattern did you use? I need baby shoes!

    Second -- I'm a huge fan of cardinals. Also Orioles, but I've never seen the actual bird in real life. I have, however, seen the large mascot more times than I can count.

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  54. I love hummingbirds! I put out feeders for them and the little blue finches and yellow finches. Also have out bluebird houses and a purple martin house which all are fully occupied right now!
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  55. What adorable little shoes!!!
    I love the story of saving the little robin! What a sweet lesson your children learned!
    By the way, I had a bird feeder like the one you've just gotten. It worked great until the squirrels learned how to knock it off the stand and onto the ground, where it spilled it's contents. Be sure you have it secured well! Mine was on a hook. :) Those squirrels are really smart!!

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  56. Jamie, I love those little shoes, where did you get the pattern and what is the name of it?
    Charlotte

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  57. Lucky was a lucky little birdie for sure. The shoes are too cute. Got any for my big ole feet? LOL!

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  58. It looks like your family is really into birds, with raising one and the multiple bird feeders. What a determined squirrel you had as well. How cute are those little shoes! Name tag turned out well in spite of the fiddling. It fit two hops, pom poms and birds, LOL.

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  59. Jaime Lee-I love those little fabric shoes-where ever did you get the pattern? I also adore your Caterpillar Quilt. As a retired school teacher, I fell in love with Eric Carle's books so you quilt I noticed right away! As yet I have no grandchildren, but hopefully soon, my son-in-law assures me! I didn't ask as many other relatives have, he actually brought up the topic. We have 3 rescue(indoor) kitties and there are several other felines that roam our neighborhood so we don't get too many birds. From California, thanks for sharing.
    Rosemary

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  60. I love those baby slippers, so cute. I think it was wonderful that you took such great care of that little bird.

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  61. cute shoes thanks for the giveaway

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  62. I enjoyed reading your bird story and those little shoes are adorable. Perfect fabric too. My favorite bird is also the cardinal. My favorite color is red so maybe that is why!

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  63. Jamie, those little booties are absolutely gorgeous. And how wonderful of you to nurse a little birdie and take care of it for such a long time. Love the strong-teethed squirrel, too.

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  64. What a wonderful story of your baby robin! And I love those little Toms-like shoes--so cute!

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  65. What a sweet story about the babybird living with you for a month, the pictures that go with it are super! I love your feeders, especially the one with the squirrel, you made the newspaper with it! Great!
    I love your little shoes, aren't they cute! And your name tag is one to wear, everywhere!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Sweet little shoes and great stitching on your name tag.
    I love the story about the baby robin. It's an amazing story.
    The squirrel made me LOL.
    I love cardinals and bluebirds, but I think hummingbirds are my favorite right now.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Great job on the nametag! I would have worn it all day too! The little baby shoes are adorable too.
    My favourite bird is the snow bunting.

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  68. Lucky was truly lucky to have been found by you. What a great example for your family to learn to respect nature and wildlife. Love the little shoes! And I love a noisy crow! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. I am fond of the cardinal also. The past few years we have had a pair living around our back yard. But this year a female has continually attacked her image in a window on our back porch. She does this over and over again. I'm a little worried about brain damage:) You did a wonderful job with Lucky. It was a big undertaking! Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  70. uhh where did you find the pattern for those shoes? my 9m old keeps kicking off her shoes and socks- well now it's 80 today so no need, but....

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  71. Hi!!! Aw!!! I love the little baby slippers!!! Your little birdie stitchery is adorable too!!!!

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  72. I am a follower!!! Pretty fabric!!! Thanks for the give away!!!

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  73. We have a lot of cardinals here in our yard. They and the hummers, are my favorite. I like all your bird projects.Could you tell me where you found the pattern for the little shoes? I am having a grandson in August and need to get busy. Oh, and congratulations on getting your squirrel picture published.

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  74. I love ducks! I know i am a little weird! lol

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  75. Do those slippers come in adult sizes? I LOVE them. All of your projects are fabulous. I love the story about the baby bird. Your girls are adorable.

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  76. Flickers are an impressive bird that show up in the yard now and then! Worst is when they are mating, and they love to pound on metal surfaces up on the roof!

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  77. Awesome projects and story.Your slippers caught my eye,love them.
    Hummingbirds are my favorite.

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  78. what fun to keep the little bird and watch it grow.
    Love your little booties. so cute.
    I love feeding the birds too and have squirrel guards on my posts. It is fun to watch the squirrels try to figure out how to get around them but they never do.
    My favorite bird is the Eastern Bluebird. If you go to my blog you can see some baby Cardinals growing in a nest. This is the 2nd time the parents have made a nest in one of our bushes. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway.

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  79. We have a pileated woodpecker that visits our bird feeder. He is so cool! This looks like a lovely new fabric line, thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. Oh that is so lovely that you took such good care of him :) I've only just heard of hummingbird feeders, how amazing it must be to see those tiny birds! Although I guess it is probably just normal for you really, I'm in the UK, so to me it seems amazing and exotic! :)

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  81. I am a follower via Bloglovin

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  82. I love to watch teh Hummingbirds and to sight the blue Herons in the swamp. Such beautiful creatures.Thank you for the chance to eenter your giveaway.

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  83. Looks like you are entertained with all your feeders. My favorite bird is the white throated sparrow.

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  84. I love to watch hummingbirds at my feeder.

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  85. Love the bird story, love the shoes! and love the giveaway! I love the Stellar's Jay! You'll have to change your blog name to busy bird quilts! :)

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  86. I love the sparrows, doves and hummingbirds who come to my feeders, the mockingbird who sings his many songs outside my bedroom window at night and the hawks who enjoy gliding on the wind currents. The terns and seagulls who watch carefully when I walk the beach not letting me get to close. These are a few of my favorite southern Cal birds. When visiting family in Wisconsin I can't get enough of the loons and their haunting call for their mate. I could go on and on but I can't pick a favorite. What a wonderful experience and life lesson saving that baby bird was for your family. Cute projects! Aren't window bird feeders fun?

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  87. Love the shoes. My favorite bird is the chicken!

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  88. Your bird shoes are sooo cute! We don't get hummingbirds but only about a month or two during the summer. It is my favorite!

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  89. I like robins. Thanks for chance to win.

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  90. Your little shoes are darling! Love those red birds....cardinals. itskarenk at yahoo dot com

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  91. Such cute little shoes! My favorite birds are the Cardinals in the winter. Love watching them decorate the tree near the feeder in the winter. In the summer I love Hummers and Blue Jays. Can't help but laugh at the Hummingbirds antics and the Jays warning of "Cat! Cat!" when they see mine.

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  92. What a wonderful experience raising the bird must have been! Love the little shoes - they are so cute. My hubby has managed to make our bird feeder squirrel proof but the squirrel guards the area of fallen seeds under the feeder with a very watchful eye. That is HIS stash, thank you very much. :)

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  93. So happy I ran into this post just now! How cool to hear about your love of birds Jamie! I love how you took the bird for a swim with ya'll lol.

    The squirrel made it to ink awesome!!

    Very cute name tag and I bet the hubby LOVED it even more while at dinner just kidding;)

    My favorite bird would probably be the hummingbird. I saw a blue jay a few weeks ago and now nothing,but I am sure they are around.

    Ayden and I went today to get a new hummingbird feeder. It is all set up for the ruby throated ones (I guess that is what we get here and some areas of NC get white ones too) Ayden kept checking the window tonight looking for one. I told him it will probably take them a few days or more to figure out we have one now. I am kind of anxious too;)

    Do you have an ant problem ever? I making an ant moat for mine. OR bees?

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  94. Check this out:http://www.cloud9fabrics.com/alegria.html the birds reminded me of you just now:)

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  95. The Blue Jay. We have them in our yard all the time and I love the color. Thanks! wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

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  96. I love cardinals too, we usually have a pair all year coming to the pond for water and the bird feeder for sunflower seeds. It's so cute when they bring their fledglings later in the summer.

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  97. Your little shoes are so adorable! I love cardinals, too, but my favorite bird would be a Bald Eagle. I started watching eagle cams a few years ago, and love watching them.

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  98. I happen to love Cardinals too. I just love their bright red coloring and how striking they are up in a tree.

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  99. I love Cardinals and Hummingbirds:)

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  100. I like to watch the yellow Chickadees.

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  102. I am so sorry, I don't know why it deleted. (I am having problem with my keys on this lap top and can't afford a new one yet.) I also watch the birds, you can learn so much from them. I compliment you on raising the little bird. You taught your children a valuable gift by saving him and letting them help.

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  103. Thank you for delightful blog! I love the Caterpillar quilt, the sweet baby shoes, and the wonderful story of your adopted bird! My favorite birds are cardinals too. They are such a pop of beauty in a snowy landscape, and we have had a lot of snow this year!

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  104. Those little baby shoes are way cute,love all the different fun fabrics you used. Not sure if I have a single favorite bird,I like a lot of different ones. That is great the local paper published your photo :)

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  105. My mom had a pair of Christmas Pj's with almost the exact fabric :) Love how you took care of the bird :)

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  106. I loved reading your story about taking care of the bird. I don't want to be a negative person, but I have to say the squirrels will figure out how to hang on the Yankee Feeders as well. I also tried the one that swings around, but the battery needs to be recharged so often and it burns out. I think they're a good company and try hard, but I have never seen anything keep the squirrels out. If someone figures it out they'll be a millionaire overnight!

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  107. I don't think I have a favorite bird...although, this favorite lines happens to be the one winter line I am most excited for!

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  108. I am a follower and thank you for the extra chance to win those ohhh so pretty fabric charms.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  109. I love all your birdie projects and the story about your robin is a wonderful exiperence to be able to share. I had to laugh at the squirrel picute. BTDT.... I had a squirrel who ate his way through a heavy duty tote and is seemed like he REALLY LOVED the cayenne pepper that I mixed into the food. I went through several Large containers of the cayenne pepper and finally gave up. LOL
    Thank you for the chacne to win that wonderful charm pack and for sharing your flock with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  110. How wonderful that you saved this little bird, thanks for sharing the story and the pictures.
    The shoes are so cute!

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  111. There's nothing prettier than a bright red cardinal against a white snow covering - they are my favorite for winter. I love wrens and we waiting a bit impatiently for them to return to our wren houses. Great job on the baby robin; that was quite the commitment. Sweet projects - LOVE the baby shoes.

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  112. We have some hawks that nest behind our property every year (at least I think they're the same hawks every year!). I love to watch them circling over the tree tops. Thanks for the chance to win this great charm pack.

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  113. A fun story to read - thanks for sharing and for the lovely giveaway :-)

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    1. forgot to say - my favourite bird is the kingfisher

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  114. Very cute story. I think my favorite bird is the bluebird, don't know why....should be the cardinal since one of my favorite colors is red.

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  115. What a wonderful bird story. I love chickadees and they nest in my birdhouse every year.
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  116. gfc follower: nicolesender
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  117. The cardinal is our state bird. We have quite a few of them here, and they are especially pretty during the winter time. We are bird lovers too and we have three dogs that go crazy when the squirrels come around. We saw a squirrel proof feeder at the Farmer's Market that some how throws the squirrels off the feeder. It was over $100 so we didn't buy it, but I have kept it in my mind for a looong time. Especially when the dogs go crazy trying to get outside to the squirrels! :)

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