February 24, 2009
Okay, so I never throw out any of my fiber, yarn ends, fabric scraps, etc. Just cannot do it. I even have a hard time throwing out the threads cut from sewing projects. Selvedges...don't get me started. Trust me, I have little ziploc bags filled with these treasures in every project bag and drawer. Sometimes, I actually use them. It makes nice stuffing for little softies and pillows.
In the spirit of being green and lending nature a hand, I found this little idea. Can't remember where. You know those smallish mesh bags that those winter tomatoes come in? The very red little tomatoes that we are somehow convinced will "taste like a tomato" in February, or those green mesh bags that they put over the wine bottles, so that they don't smack around in the bag. The larger meshed bags will also do. Well, you take all of your endings of thread, yarn, fiber, and small fabric trimmings, and you stuff them into the bag. When it is full (it looks so pretty), hang it up in a tree or like me, an empty hanging basket hook on the porch. The birds will take string and fluff from it and will make sturdy nests for their spring families. Yeah, I know, I was skeptical too. My husband and the kids thought I was certifiable.
That is until, the day Ian came into the kitchen and said "you need to come and look at this large hawk in our tree". Now we've seen birds in the yard before, many varieties, finches, blujays, crows, sparrows, humming, cardinal...not a hawk, not this close! I instinctively looked at the hanging net. Guess what? It was empty! Just a few days before it was bulging and full with just a few strands hanging down. I am positively giddy. My relationship with birds hasn't always been pleasant. Let's just say the Montessori classroom I taught in didn't use cages during the day for our "pets". And of course, there was the time we "babysat" the African grey parrot, "Oliver" for our neighbors. He could mimic a full dishwasher cycle, cell phone rings, and a whining, back talking teen perfectly. Oh, and he did a near perfect Cary Grant. Did I mention, we also had an ice storm that week and no electricity and the daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren (one a newborn, with colic), and my parents staying with us. I ramble.
Somewhere around our home, are some pretty styling birdnests. We usually find a few abandoned nests in the summer, hopefully they will be in color...I know, you need to see a picture! I'll keep you "posted". No pun intended. Meanwhile, this is a great project for the kids in your house...even if they look at you strangely!
P.S. I have a new update to my Etsy Store