Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Irish Cottage - Hanging Birdhouse

They're back! I was able to find some more vintage shamrock "carpet clamps" on ebay - and now the hanging birdhouse, The Irish Cottage, is back in the Etsy shop!

Only 4 available! Two are a lighter green with a weathered barn tin roof and two are a darker green with antique ceiling tiles on the roof! Here are the links to the listings:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Finally Fall

Today is the first day the cooler temperatures have finally made me realize autumn has arrived in the Ozarks. The leaves haven't changed their colors much at my property, but the walnuts are plenty this year and they're falling like crazy. I dread the freezing cold of winter, but I love the colors and slower pace of this season... 
-Soon the frantic holiday shopping will begin in our shop - Rebecca's Bird Gardens

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Bluebird House!

Finally we have a bluebird house listed in the Etsy shop!

Jeff named this one: The Jake and Elwood House of Blues! ♥

Each birdhouse is unique ~ weathered barn tin, antique ceiling tiles, vintage hardware.

The front opens for nest removal and is secured with a vintage hook and eye latch. Entrance hole size is 1 1/2" ~ suitable for bluebirds..

Each birdhouse will vary slightly. Choose color option at checkout. White features a weathered barn tin roof. Cedar and dark brown have antique ceiling tiles. The tiles have have some of the original paint (and rust) and have been sealed to protect against the elements. Tiles will vary slightly with each birdhouse. Hook and eye latches will vary in size and shape with each birdhouse.

Instructions on how to attract bird to your landscape will be included with each birdhouse along with tips on bluebird house placement.

Approximate dimensions:
15" tall
5" wide
5" deep (nest area)
5" from entrance hole to floor of birdhouse

Go to this link to order:  Rebecca's Bird Gardens - Bluebird House

Friday, September 30, 2016

Rustic Bird Feeder ~ "The Diner"

Just listed a bunch of new large bird feeders, "The Diner" - to the Etsy shop! Many have antique ceiling tiles on the roof. - Some of them I left the original peeling paint (sealed it to protect it from the elements) and I removed the paint from a few of the other roofs. - I love the flower detail on the tin! These feeders are made of weather resistant cedar and feature antique hardware and a skeleton key. The roof lifts up to fill with a large quantity of birdseed. - Hangs from attached wire. Check out all the colors in the Etsy shop. GREAT Christmas gifts!! Follow this link:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wine Bottle Bird Feeders

Over the years I've came up with a lot of ways to repurpose glass bottles into bird feeders...

A small glass bottle hummingbird feeder ~ "The Sweet Shoppe"
-small upcycled water and beer bottles, copper wire, decorative accents and a hummingbird tube adapter...

A larger wine bottle hummingbird feeder ~ "The Tavern"

A birdseed wine bottle feeder ~ "The Vineyard"

And now - an additional wine bottle hummingbird feeder ~ "The Viño" ♥

 My favorite part of this feeder is that the flowers on the plastic base can be positioned to make a sitting perch for the hummers! -The plastic base is actually two pieces and can be easily cleaned. It also comes with a reusable paper funnel that makes filling the feeder easy.

I usually have all the feeders available in the Etsy shop - or search my blog for the DIY insturctions!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Vertical Planter - "The Greenhouse"

Earlier this season I made a vertical box planter out of some scrap cedar that Jeff had discarded. Jeff approved of the design, perfected my carpentry attempts and we came up with our new product - "The Greenhouse" ♥  Jeff added a barn tin roof and I finished it off with a vintage skeleton key!

These unique planters can be purchased locally at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks or online at my Etsy shop! Each planter has drainage holes and a back keyhole for hanging. Available in your choice of dark brown or cedar with 3 - 4 planting areas. Perfect to display on a wall, table or deck planted with succulents or herbs.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I saw my first migrating Rose-breasted Grosbeak about 4 years ago (on May 5th) as it was migrating north and stopped at a sunflower feeder at my property. Since then I've noticed that their yearly visit is always the first week of May. Last week I started keeping the feeders full of sunflower seeds and today - May 2nd - they paused their journey and enjoyed a meal!

Females and immatures are streaked brown and white
 with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. (allaboutbirds.rog)

Love how the colors of the male Downy Woodpecker blend in the the visiting guys!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

DIY Grapevine Bird Feeder

Grapevine nest and wreath purchased at Michaels Craft Store. - Be sure to use a coupon.
Attach nest to wreath with floral wire or jute. - Use ribbon or jute to make a hanger.

Fill the nest with birdseed and watch the action! - If the seeds fall through the nest, add a small swatch of fabric or burlap to the bottom of the nest...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Red Warbler

I was fortunate to go to central Mexico in February to view the over-wintering site of MILLIONS of monarch butterflies (bucket list adventure)!! Visit this link to see photos of my Mexico Monarch Adventure! While I was there I saw a red warbler that is endemic to the Mexican mountains. Not a great photo, but I was SO excited to get a glimpse of this bird!

And...  I saw a lot of doves and pigeons. ♥

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from Rebecca's Bird Gardens!

DIY ♥ Feeder

Small red jars - Target
Mason jar hanger - Michaels

Add a decorative accent, birdseed and watch the love! ♥ 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders - Detailed Instructions

Carolina Chickadee ~ Tufted Titmouse
A few years ago I held a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I'm a member of on making bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items. Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers (and native insects)... Here's my hand-out for my "bird" talk I give:  Creating a Bird Garden

The DIY wine bottle bird-feeder that I demonstrated involved drilling a couple of holes in a wine bottle. Once you get the hang of drilling through glass, it's a fun feeder to make. Here's the DIY for that feeder:  DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders

A few years back I upscaled my wine bottle bird feeder to include feeder ports that are incorporated into the bottle. This glass bottle feeder requires drilling 2 - 4 holes into a bottle - which would be very difficult to do without a drill press...

A lot of folks have asked for the step-by-step instructions on making these feeders. Here's the DIY!

Step 1: Gather your supplies

  • Recycled wine bottle and cork - *Tip - use a Mr. Clean magic sponge to get the label off!
  • Feeding ports - I haven't found a source to buy these separately. I buy cheaper or discounted plastic bird feeders and use the metal ports from them. K-Mart usually has one for around $15.00 with copper colored metal feeding ports. Or - you could buy a feeder with plastic ports and spray paint them any color you wanted.
  • Diamond drill bit(s) - Must be the diameter of the feeding ports you use. Some ports have 2 holes that must be drilled in the bottle for the port to fit. 
  • Drill press - Pretty much required for drilling a lot of holes. If you want to try to drill the holes in the bottle without the drill press, here's a link that describes how to do that:  DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders
  • Gorilla Epoxy - Available at hardware stores
  • Goo Gone - Hardware stores
  • Copper colored chain - Michaels Craft Store
  • #6 32 x 1/2" bolts and nuts - I use brass and distress or remove the shiny coating with  muriatic acid (pretty caustic stuff - be careful or just omit this step)
  • 8 Gauge copper wire - I purchase this by the foot at Home Depot
  • 1/2" Copper clamps - Home Deport
  • 20 Gauge copper wire - Michaels Craft Store
  • Decorative accents - pendant, charm, etc...
  • Wire cutter, needle nose pliers, screw driver
Step 2: Drilling the holes

Mark the location of the hole for the feeder port. Secure the bottle on the drill press and slowly start drilling the hole with the diamond drill bit. Stop frequently and spray the bit with water to keep it from over heating. It's a slow process...  I have plastic wrap around the bottle in the photo above just to protect the label - it's not a necessary step.

Clean all glass residue from the bottle and allow it to dry. 

Step 3: Attach the feeder ports

Secure the feeder ports to the bottle using the Gorilla brand epoxy (works better than any other brand) and allow this to dry over night. Goo Gone works well to remove any left over mess of epoxy.

Step 4: Make the hanger

Bend the 1/2" copper clamps to fit around the neck of the wine bottle. They'll be too small. I have to bend them quite a bit to make them work, but they look better than using a larger clamp. 

Measure the chain to the desired length and cut with wire cutters. Position the chain inside the clamp and use the small bolts and nuts to secure the clamp and chain to the bottle. (See photos)...

Step 5: Decorative accents

Use needle nose pliers to make a small loop in the 8 gauge copper wire. (Also use a cloth around the teeth of the pliers to prevent scratching the copper.) Bend and twist the wire around the neck of the bottle and end with another loop. With the smaller 20 gauge copper wire, add a decorative accent (pendant, charm, etc) to the bottle.

Step 6: Add birdseed - Cork the bottle - Watch the action!

I love how these feeders have turned out and it seems my backyard birds approve too! ♥

Downy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse ~ Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee ~ Downy Woodpecker
American Goldfinch
White Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee ~ Tufted Titmouse
I occasionally have these feeders in the Etsy shop - if I come across a good deal on the feeder ports. I have a variety of other glass bottle feeders (birdseed and hummingbird feeders) in the shop always!

Visit my shop at this link:  Rebecca's Bird Gardens (Etsy)

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 A Year in Review ♥

A few of my favorite photos of the year...


Dark-eyed Junco - Downy Woodpeckers - Purple Finch - Tufted Titmouse - Blue Jay


Pileated Woodpecker - Eastern Towhee - Tufted Titmouse - Blue Jays - Northern Cardinal - Carolina Wren


Male and Female Northern Cardinals - Carolina Chickadee


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds


Carolina Wren - Eastern Bluebirds


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds


American Goldfinch - Carolina Chickadee - Northern Cardinal - Ruby-throated Hummingbird


American Crow - Eastern Bluebird - Bald Eagle - Carolina Chickadee


Tufted Titmice - Carolina Chickadee


Tufted Titmouse - Carolina Chickadee - Downy Woodpecker
Happy New Year from Rebecca's Bird Gardens - and my backyard birds!

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