This week sure has had its ups and downs. The euphoria of the new recommendations for vaccinated people being able to resume normal activities inside and outside was long awaited, and wonderful. So we feel free to meet our vaccinated friends, and have a meal inside a restaurant. But the flip side is that there was not a single gas station in our small town that had any gas for several days. So, this week has been only very essential trips, combining grocery pickups with pickleball practice. Add to that the three bridges over the freeway between our home and everything in town are all under construction and the most convenient one is closed completely. This means longer trips around those just to get to the grocery store, and of course the post office is the opposite direction. It doesn’t help that the car with the most gas is also the one with a nail in a tire that needs to be fixed before it can be driven. When it rains, it pours at times. But dawn brings a new day, and light through the clouds.
I’ve been at war this week as well. A daily battle is being waged with a Carolina Wren determined to build a nest in my veranda’s plant pots. This happens every year, but usually when I take out one or two nests, he will decide to build elsewhere, but this year the little devil is not giving up. He targeted the pretty pansy pot on the left first. I pulled out a partially done nest twice, and tried to scare the bird when he came back a third time on one day.
Then the next morning, I found yet another one in progress. I pulled it out, put netting over the plant, and he wiggled under it and resumed his construction.
Persistent little $h&^. So I decided to move the plant to the sunroom for a while. A while later, he was back, holding more building material in his beak and looking confused. He was determined though, and chose another pot to build in.
Next he tried the teacup planter on top of this rack, so I put foil across the spot as recommended on a website to deter him. He moved the foil aside, didn’t scare him at all. I gave up, pulled out yet another partially done nest and moved that pot to the sunroom. Then he went to the geranium on the bottom, so I had to move it too. Several days of this, I had hoped he had run out of places on the veranda and moved on. He has a whole forest of places to use around here, so he can move out there. But, no. On Friday he was back and built in my tomato pot. That planter is too big to move, so I wrapped the cage in clear plastic and put a mesh cover over the top so the plant would still have sunlight and air circulation. The battle goes on.
Edited to add this information, since several readers have been upset by my battle. Carolina Wren males build multiple nests at once. He will let his lady bird choose from several, the one I am pulling out is not the only one they have. I am just encouraging him to show her the other ones, wherever they are in the forest. I don’t need a veranda full of broken plant stems, dead plants from the bird digging and scrabbling around, poop and mess, nor the parents attacking me protecting their young next to my front door. It would be weeks of time where I couldn’t use the front door, would have difficulty watering the other plants, and forget grilling a meal. He can just show his lady the other nests elsewhere and let her choose one of those. If he beats me and his mate gets eggs laid, I am sunk and will have to leave it be. But as long as it doesn’t have eggs, it is going. I know he has more nests to choose from somewhere in the forest.
In the sewing room, I’ve been working on some projects that will publish on other blogs. My article on Creative Pincushions is on the Madam Sew blog this week.
It includes instructions for this little finger pincushion that uses a bottle cap as a base so you won’t punch the pin into your skin.
Last weekend was another bird count, and I participated on Cornell’s ebird again. I counted 19 birds in 14 species that day. This rose breasted grosbeak was one. I had hoped to see some of the more rare birds that day to count, like the indigo bunting that lives around here, but he didn’t show up on count day.
Jack came by for a meal, politely folding his paws looking hopeful. So of course he got a sandwich.
My next project will involve these rocks. It is fun and I’m having a great time. More on that later.
I made a few case sets this week for the Safelight Project. I found a wide strip of this butterfly fabric that was a great match for some turquoise velcro in my
stash resource center.
So these are the three prints I am making sets from. I have more fabric of the top two, and can probably get one more from the butterfly print if I put a solid with it for the backside. I hope a lot of you are sewing, we have 26 case sets right now, so we need 74 more.
I am happy to report that we met our financial goal for the Safelight Project, so now we just need case sets and cards. So, I made a few more cards for Safelight this week too. I have a little bag of chipboard butterflies and dragonflies that make the cards too thick for mailing. So using them for cards in the bags is better.
I put inspirational messages inside and on the envelope. These came from Impression Obsession, Inc.
I love this Maya Angelou quote stamp, so I made a few cards with it too. IO has a number of stamps with the theme of Believing In Yourself, see those HERE. See more inspirational sentiments stamps HERE (affiliate links).
Back to the sewing room, I pulled out these lovely Japanese fabrics this week. I am trying to figure out what to do with them. There isn’t much of any one, about a fat quarter. The prints are large, and would be lost with cutting into small pieces.
Here’s a close view of one of them. The design is lovely with the cranes flying through, but what can I do with it other than a wall hanging? Perhaps a bag, but it would be too big using the whole panel for one side. I’ll do a bit of stand and stare and see if anything comes to mind.
In other projects, I finished a patriotic table runner that will be written up as a pattern soon, and worked on doing more clean-out of books and fabrics for donation. I also got the second blue and yellow project done, and will show you that this week.
What did you work on this week?