Cabin Fever!!

Well it is 60 some degrees colder (with wind chill) today then it has been the past couple of days. Old mother nature is reminding us that it is only February and it is still winter. We are having a good old fashioned blizzard here today in Iowa. At times the neighbors homes are just blurry images. Think it is too nasty to venture outside today. I will just stay at home, do some design work and take care of my dear feathered friends. I had so many visitors today....just a few pics to share with you!

Mr. Cardinal decided to feed on the ground because the feeder above is loaded with house finches. In about mid to late February this guy will start to sing his beautiful courting song. He can also be seen feeding the female during their courtship....what a great guy! These are beautiful birds and I spend lots of time watching them throughout the year.

Here is MaMa Cardinal and a lone little Junco....

A American gold finch dressed in his Winter feathers. His feathers will turn a brilliant yellow as Spring approaches. These little creatures visit the feeders in small flocks. Iowa's state bird.

The little downy has decided he is going to have some suet for lunch. These little guys get very tame...will just sit on the post and watch me fill the feeder.

Here is the little Downy's big cousin the Hairy Woodpecker. His coloring and markings look just like the Downy, but this guy is much bigger. He is in for some suet as well.

I have spent the day filling feeders and keeping the birds fed....now it tis time to put a pot roast in the oven for our dinner.

Stay warm,

Snowed In!

Such a treat it is to have a cardinal visit the feeder! By far my most favorite bird. In about mid to late February he will start singing his courting song. He sings the song only during the mating season. The cardinals do mate for life. During the mating season a male cardinal can be seen feeding the female...what a guy!

A female cardinal visiting....brrrr she looks cold!

A Downy Woodpecker enjoying some suet. The Downy's and the Hairy's look the same but the Downy is larger in size and has a much longer beak. These little guys visit the suet blocks several times a day.

Here is a Hairy Woodpecker...going to have some suet for lunch.

e is a Goldfinch dressed in her winter colors. This is our State Bird and as Spring approaches his feathers will turn a brilliant yellow. These birds visit our feeders in small flocks.


Hop on Over!

We have begun to upload the new Spring 2008 pattern designs onto our website. They are on the last page of the NEW ITEMS category. We are now taking advance orders for these patterns and will begin shipping in approximately a week.

Keep an eye out for a FRESH NEW LOOK to our website in the real near future. We will have some new and exciting features to the site. A email newsletter will be sent out to our subscribers announcing the GRAND OPENING. The current site is up and running right along as we work on our new site, so feel free to shop online. Sign up for our email newsletter if you already haven't!

Think Spring,


Looking forward to Spring....

New Springtime patterns are coming real soon! Patterns for punch needle, punchneedle rughooking & cross stitch too! We will keep you posted as to when the new designs are released!

Website troubles....

For the past 10 days I have been unable to login into my website to make updates as my webhosting company is doing some maintenance. The website is still up and running and we are receiving orders without problems. We are sold out of the Create & Decorate magazine and I am unable to go into the website and mark that item as sold out.