5.15.2014

Decisions & Distractions...

 I've snapped a photo of this robin.

 She is a sassy robin and can be found most days chasing other birds away.
  She likes to forage in the seed droppings on the ground.
 I'm not sure if she is eating seeds or finding bugs in the seed droppings, or both.
She likes grape jelly, too!



You can even find Miss Sassy Robin on this sampler.
I chose lighter shades of floss for this piece.  
I was aiming for a more prairie style feel, something that will fit in nicely with
lots of old farmhouse whites and ironstone collections.

For the past week I been trying to decide a finish for this piece...
frame it,
or something more special?


I am finding,
 the older I get,
 the harder it is for me to
 make a decision...


Here is a sneak at a second sampler,
 waiting for a finish decision.


This piece is worked on the Corn husk linen and I love it!  
The greenish-yellow linen is a perfect canvas for the selected spring-time shades of flosses.
Frame it?
Make it into a pillow?
I can't decide.


Maybe there are too many distractions to make decisions...

Like this...
(Miss Sassy Robin has built her nest in this tree)
and these...

My last blog posting I showed you photos of the Baltimore Orioles. 
 These are snaps of the Orchard Oriole.  
They are a deeper rusty orange and smaller in size.
  Not quite as showy as the Baltimore Oriole.
  Males are rust and females are yellow.  
They are a very skittish, nervous, sort of bird.
 Any movement by my window and they are gone. 
 It has taken them some time  to get comfortable
with the lady on the other side of the window,
and I was able to snap a couple pics yesterday. 

When is it my turn?


And then there was this guy
 distracting me at lunchtime yesterday...

Who is he?
A new dinner guest?
It's a smaller bird, and
I figured it was a warbler of sorts,
but,
 I couldn't identify him...
My bird book tells me this is a
Cape May Warbler.


I only have seen one male and no females.
According to the book, he is off his normal migration route. 
 He is a  further west then normal.
He seems content with the Orioles.
Maybe he thinks he is an Oriole!

This Cape May Warbler is migrating 
to the forest of the Northern United States and Canada. 
 He has made his way here,
all the way from the West Indies,
where it winters. 
 During the winter months he fed on nectar
 that it collects with it's unique curled, semi tubular tongue.
  During the nesting season 
it will feed on spruce bud worms.

He is currently enjoying grape jelly and oranges in Iowa
 with the Orioles.
From my reading,
he is
 awaiting for a strong southerly wind 
that he will ride further northward to it's place of nesting.
Amazing!
Isn't he beautiful?
Look at those delicate little bird legs!

Wishing you all a day of good decisions and good distractions,
Brenda

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