Saturday, April 28, 2018

A Bird in a Nest




Hello friends and welcome spring! I think it is now safe to assume that spring has finally arrived in our neck of the woods! Yeah! It seemed like a long, cold winter of endless snowstorms and though we still have some cooler temperatures sticking around, it will be hitting the 80's by Wednesday! No gradual warm up that's for sure but I am not complaining! Bring it on!


I have not been able to blog in the last several weeks but I actually did begin this post on April 15th and never finished it. Life has just been very busy, but a good busy and hopefully after the next week or so, things will calm down a bit and I will have more time for my blog. I have so much reading to catch up on......

I started this wreath a few weeks ago and ran out of flowers so it has been sitting on my table unfinished. It was really getting in my way....I finally hung it on my door to get it off the table while I work on the finishing touches. It's a gift and I want it just right. I was looking to create a kind of wild flower effect and at first it was mostly white but then I added some yellow and really liked it.


I love blue jays and the person I made this wreath for is also fond of them. Blue jays have spunk and they are fiercely protective of their young. I respect that. Once you have been dive bombed by a momma jay you don't forget it!

Many years ago we had a nest of blue jays in some pine trees on the side of our yard. The babies got too big but were not yet flying and they all fell out of their nest. They were incredibly plump, with downy, fluffy feathers and so cute! They were hopping all over our lawn and I happened to be outside with our dog and apparently too close for mama's comfort. Mama jay came after us and it was an experience I will never forget. After I took the dog inside, I came back out and sat on the front steps. Momma jay seemed okay with that until her babies came hopping over to me. She started her little dive bombing routine again but this time she brought some back up. I think it must have been her mate!

Did you know that blue jays mate for life? I love that!


I added some twinkle lights as you can see. I hid the battery box in the nest but need to get some more spanish moss to fill in the nest so I can hide the box and wires.



So this is what I have been working on here and there....among all the other things that have been going on. It was also the Tea Cup Exchange (Stephanie organizes it and blogs at The Enchanting Rose. ) I received the loveliest package containing my teacup last Sunday and I sent my package of goodies out on Tuesday.  The contents will all be revealed sometime in May when Stephanie hosts her usual roundup after everyone has sent and received their packages. It is always so much fun! I've been enjoying my new tea cup and tea! More on that later.....

Enjoy the rest of the weekend friends! We have sun! I hope you do too!

16 comments:

  1. Your wreath is so pretty and I love the lights on it with the bluejay. We have some robins on our front porch and I can see the babies from our livingroom.

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    1. Thank you Betty! We have a cardinal nest in a bush right by my kitchen window. Can't wait to hear the babies....so fun to watch and I feel like I have a front row seat!

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  2. Your wreath is very pretty and unique!I love watching birds too and I love reading your story!Hugs,Linda,and have a lovely Sunday!

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    1. Hi Maristella,
      Thank you so much! Spring is always a fun time to watch the birds...they are busy getting their nests built and there's always so much happy chirping outside!!!

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  3. The next you have imagined, Linda is beautiful. I love the beautiful blue jay and the addition of the sweet yellow flowers is a most gorgeous finishing touch. I love the story of you and your family of blue jays. I always smile when I hear of a momma bird protecting her young. So happy Spring has arrived to stay there. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Kim! Yes, spring is here, it's been very hot and muggy! It was in 40's last week, near 90 this week....go figure! Suddenly green is sprouting up all around us!!! Lots of happy birds too! Hugs!

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  4. Linda this wreath is so unique and pretty. I love the basket you put everything in. I had heard bluejays can be very mean to other birds and not liked so much in the bird community. I too love that they protect their young. We have Robins here and I love seeing them with their babies. So great to finally have Spring. Happy Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris,
      I've always loved watching birds in the spring. I think I appreciate it even more now! We had been seeing a pair of cardinals in the bush outside our kitchen window...I was suspecting a nest might be being built in there and sure enough we can see it now! It will be fun to watch! Have a nice weekend!!! xx

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  5. Your wreath turned out beautifully, Linda, and your friend will love it! I just saw a blue jay out in my tree that's near my waterfall. The birds like to bathe there. It was do nice to read a post from you. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Hi Kitty,
      Thank you! It was going to be a Mother's Day gift for my mom but it turned out to be a birthday gift for her instead. I was afraid she was going to buy a wreath for her door because she kept talking about doing so.....LOL! Thanks for stopping by...I hope to be posting more regularly now...Have a glorious weekend! It's nice and warm (actually hot and humid) here finally!

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  6. Oh wow that wreath is just beautiful, I do love the white and yellow with the blue jay, lovely idea. the twinkling lights are such a great touch with it also!! Brings a big mile to my face :)

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    1. Thank you Connie! Yes, I think the yellow brightens it up quite a bit. Fairy lights make everything a bit more magical!! ;)

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  7. The wreath is beautiful and NO, I did not know that Blue jays mate for life! I love this! Those lights do give it such a sweet glow. I love participating in the Tea cup exchange too. Such a blessing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy! Yes, I read that somewhere and confirmed it that bluebirds do indeed mate for life, as do swans. OH, i completely agree with you, I love the teacup swap too!!!....xx

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  8. Your wreath is so lovely Linda, and the lights simply perfect! I too did not know blue jays mate for life.

    Thank you for your visit and sweet comment. I wanted to let you know in the past when I clicked on your url from my blog I got a message that it wasn’t safe to continue. Strange, I know, but it didn’t happen today so maybe it fixed itself :).

    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Doreen! Yes, I tried to see what you were talking about....glad it has resolved. Please let me know if it happens again....thanks!!! ...and btw, it's my pleasure to stop by your blog!! I love watching your house building project unfold!!! Very exciting! xxx

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