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Tuesday Recipe: Homemade Bird Food

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
February is National Bird-Feeding Month. We post recipes throughout the year on our blog and decided that this month we would pay special attention to our favorite creatures to watch outside this time of year: birds! Each of these recipes can easily be prepared at home, saving you the cost of having to purchase suet or birdseed mixes at the store every time you run out. Take some time on a cloudy day to prepare these mixes and attract local birds to your yard naturally. We also have many bird feeder options available on our website for those looking to add a decorative and functional piece to their yards.
10" Hanging Bird Seed Sunflower Classic Perch Bird Feeder
Homemade Bird Food Basics

  • To make suet, use any combination of fat (leftover grease or lard), or even peanut butter
  • Save tuna or cat food cans to form your suet shapes
  • Birds also like dried fruit pieces like raisins, currants, apricots or citron
  • Pinecones are a great option for hanging bird feeders; simply coat them in peanut butter and roll into birdseed. Hang the pinecone with biodegradable jute twine so that it will decompose naturally.
Bird Tree With Cardinals Print
Birds Trivet Set

Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer Basic Suet Cake from the Farmer’s Almanac Archives

Adjust the ingredient amounts to suit your needs.

  • 2 parts melted fat (bacon fat, suet, or lard)
  • 2 parts yellow cornmeal
  • 1 part peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes. Pour into small containers (tuna fish cans are good), and refrigerate or freeze until needed. Mixture can also be stuffed into 1-inch holes drilled in small logs to hang from trees. The recipe can be made all year long as long as you accumulate fat. Fasten containers securely to trees or feeders.


What to Add to Your Suet Mixture

Take one part suet, recipe above, and mix it with the following ingredients for a tasty treat for any bird visiting your yard all year long!

  • 1 part cornmeal or finely cracked corn
  • 1 part peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 part sunflower kernels or chopped nuts
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part chopped dried fruit (currants, raisins, prunes, etc.)
Backyard Birds Storage Tins

Metal Bird Door Knocker Kid Friendly Fun

Kids love making bird feeders, especially when they are able to enjoy watching the birds congregate around their creation all year long. Here are some ideas to get those creative hands working hard:

  • Coat a pinecone in peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter), then roll in birdseed. Tie the pinecone to any tree with jute twine.
  • Hollow out orange halves and fill with birdseed. Hang the orange halves by punching holes to thread with knotted jute twine.
  • Mix suet (recipe above) and birdseed or dried fruit bits and shape the mix by pressing into cookie cutters. Make a hole in the top of each shape for the jute twine to fit through. Lay the shapes on foil to dry out (or freeze), then hang in your trees.

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Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Spring Sale 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Spring is a time for renewal, refreshing looks and spectacular savings on all catalog products here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Enjoy this look into some of our favorite featured items available now.
Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Chair Pad Bright & Cheery Wreath
Curtains Bring a Room Together

During our annual spring catalog sale, all curtains have free shipping, making it easy to redecorate a room or your entire home with sheer, lace, or opaque window treatments. Embroidered Sheer Curtains feature delicate embroidery in ivy, strawberry or blueberry motifs, just right for a bathroom or retro themed kitchen. Folk Art Lace Curtains offer a whimsical look into the natural world around us, complete with bunnies, trees, birds and more detailed throughout the sheer ecru or white lace. Blossom Lace Curtains are a sweet way to let some sunshine in while offering just the right amount of filtration to keep a room looking great.

Embroidered Sheer Curtains
Blossom Lace Curtains Folk Lace Curtains

Cherry Blossom Potted Display Bright Flowers Say Spring

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells,And pretty maids all in a row.” Freshen up in any room with cheerful flower motifs in every area. Cherry Blossom Potted Display is a cute way to brighten any table or desk area as its petite size is easy to add to any space. Spring Blooms Wreath is naturally dried to feel as though you made it yourself from garden blooms. White Dogwood Floral Bunch is lush and full, creating instant eye-catching display in any room.

Spring Blooms Wreath White Dogwood Floral Bunch

Birds Add Charming Accent

Nothing says spring more than songbirds perched on every branch, creating nests and watching over their eggs with care. Bring those same motifs into your home with decorative accents covered in sweet birds. Birdhouse Hooked Wool Pillow and Bird Tree With Cardinals Print both feature proud bird parents patiently awaiting the arrival of their chicks this season. Wooden Clip Songbirds arrive as a set of four, making for creative display in any room. Clip them to a lampshade or even on a stake tucked into your favorite plant.

Birdhouse Hooked Wool Pillow
Wooden Clip Songbirds Bird Tree With Cardinals Print

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History of Bird Motifs in Home Decorating

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Decorating with birds may seem like a modern trend. In fact, the use of avian motifs dates back much farther than you may think. Here we have gathered a quick history of the use of avian friends in home decorating trends along with favorite bird themed options available at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.
Bird Trivet Set
Going Back in Time

Bird motifs on pottery, tapestries and paper were popular in the 17th century. Ornate designs emphasizing fantastical imagery focusing on life as it was perceived, with exaggerated whimsical features, soft colors and bucolic scenes. Flowers, vines and swirling shapes were popularized on wallpaper and tapestries used at this time. Rhapsody Lace Curtains feature a form of this whimsical imagery, with blooming flowers and delicate lace creating a soft, inviting appeal. Tree Trivet enhances the same quaint appeal, with symmetrical shapes and elegant scrolls culminating in a sweet bird perched on top. Bird Scroll Table Lamp evokes those same pastoral sensations.

Tree Trivet
Rhapsody Lace Tier White Bird Scroll Table Lamp

Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard Moving Into the Victorian Age

By the time the Victorian age arrived, bird cages, or aviaries – larger cages allowing for free-flight – were becoming common household items for wealthier folks. Viewed as exotic, rare and difficult to obtain, owning a birdcage, more importantly one with birds on display, was a way to enhance your status. Not interested in having live birds in your home? Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard evokes sensations of times gone by with its fleur-de-lis top and scrolled metal accents. Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border will enhance any space in your home with fanciful charm, adding color and interest to a wall.

Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border

Jumping Forward to Modern Time

In the 1970’s owls became increasingly popular, along with bold color and macrame. Today owls are just as trendy, offering folk art, woodland and natural appeal for home decorators. Maine artist Tracy Lizotte features two sweet owls spending some quality time together on a lichen covered tree in Owl Smooch Print. Nowadays birds can be seen accenting many items around the home, from items like Birds on Phone Pillow to lamps and more. Focus is more on realistic imagery, use of popular textiles such as burlap and woven cotton with screen printed imagery and trendy colors that work well with various styles.

Owl Smooch Print
Birds on Phone Line Pillow

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