My mother Robyn has always been very hard to shop for. She likes to lead a simple life and doesn’t desire many material things. I think she’s really cool that way. Because of that, I have had to come up with very thoughtful gifts to give to her over the years. Looking back, it really prepared me to start this blog. Thanks Mom!
Some people love dogs and cats. My mother loves her birds. In her backyard, she has created a bird sanctuary. Bird houses, bird feeders and a bird bath (and a cat free zone) attract all sorts of birds year round, and it brings my mother joy to watch them from her large kitchen window.
Most people put up their bird bath in the winter but my mother keeps hers out year round, and she uses an immersion heater to keep the water from freezing. She also doesn’t just feed them bird seed. She has a special bird feeder that holds apples, and she peels off part of the skin so they have an easier time eating it. Moms think of everything!
For my mother’s birthday gift this year, I wanted to make her happy by making her birds happy! Since her birthday is in December, I thought it would be a great gift idea to make her birdseed ornaments for her to hang in her backyard.
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!
Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. – Gretta Brooker Palmer
In case you’re interested in making your own:
Take 1/2 cup of water and combine it with 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (they come 4 to a box) until dissolved. Heat on medium high and keep stirring until it boils. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes.
Then stir in 1.5 cups of small birdseed until evenly coated. Put cookie cutters on wax paper and fill halfway with birdseed mixture. Place loop of twine, string or ribbon on top and fill the rest of the way with birdseed. Let set for 24 hours before hanging.