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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My 4 hour, $1, Valentine's Day Dress! on: February 15, 2014 12:50:37 PM
Ok, So now I need to find a ugly dress like the one started with because I want your dress!  Cry
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Re: Free as a bird. on: February 11, 2014 01:27:49 PM
Thanks for the kind words and a big thank you to Sweetsforever for sorting my photos.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Free as a bird. on: February 10, 2014 11:34:44 AM



Anyway, my feeder is something I have made a few times before. I enjoy feeding the birds but not cleaning out the feeders. These are so quick and easy to make you can just produce a new one. However they are also surprisingly sturdy. I have had one outside over the winter and it is still going strong. I think design came out of my head, well as much as anything can. However I am sure some one some were will have made one before.

To make you will need.

2 x milk or other waxed cartons
Scissors
Permanent marker
String
A glue gun


  

Mark out the 1st box as shown in the photo below and cut out. It is basically a house shape but remember to leave enough to fold over to make the roof.





With you 2nd box cut out a roof.



Thread the string from the base to what will be the roof. Stick the base together and then stick the roof on top.



There you go a re-purposed milk carton or a disposable bird house.

If its windy you may want to weight it down simply fill the base with melted fat and bird seed to make in house fat ball.

What I like about this is if you have a glue gun its basically free and a great activity to do with kids (Those old enough for hot glue and scissors).
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Gallifreyan Quilt on: April 29, 2013 04:06:13 AM
That my friend is well,l out of this world.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / Re: My world...where a book comes alive on: March 14, 2013 04:55:17 AM
Beautiful 
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Madness and Curiosity and what they have wrought... on: March 12, 2013 04:04:05 AM
I can not express how beautiful these are and how much I want one.

Better get myself a acid bath (not words I thought I would type today).
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Ginger Bread Bird Friendly House on: January 13, 2013 03:40:59 AM
Thank you every one for your kind comments.

It is now minus 14 here and the snow is again thick on the ground, the birds are making full use of the balcony feeders.

Need to start the next challenge this week. Its going to be fun.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Makeup Board on: January 09, 2013 05:58:52 AM
This is such a good idea and saves all that raking around in bags.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Village on: January 09, 2013 12:01:59 AM
I love the 3D tree's and the ducks on the pond. So many cute details.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Ginger Bread Bird Friendly House on: January 08, 2013 02:44:04 AM


I have seen this challenge every year and been impressed with the entries. Having recently moved to a new country, among  other things I have committed my self to is completing Crafster challenges until I start work to keep my self amused. But as the deadline approached,  after the Christmas excess (and the yet to be eaten Christmas treats). I really did not feel like making more sugary food.



So I decided to make a ginger bread house for my feathered friends who visit my balcony. Obviously birds are not meant to eat, sweets, salt or large amounts of refined starch (mind you neither am I).  So I did some research discarded my first few ideas. Learned about feeding wild birds and finally when all else failed asked my friend who is a park ranger and ornithologist, about feeding ginger to birds.



 As outlined in the challenge the I could if I decided eat the bird house but I sure I would not like it. The roof and front and back are made of bird friendly ginger bread (no salt, little sugar and rough grain flour) The side walls have ginger bread harts and are made of lard seed cakes (sunflower seeds, puffs, coconut lard) with string to hang it. Its stuck together with my husbands pure peanut butter and melted coconut fat (shhhh). I decorated it with nuts, seeds and chilies.



I am writing this by the window with my camera. To try and snap any guests. I managed to scare the first one off.

Gotcha!



Finally later I will take it down  and feed it little by little to the birds to stop the risk of infection.


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