DIY Tin Cup Bird Feeder

snowsun (2)It’s been quite a long, cold winter so far and food is harder and harder to find for the bird friends that I can watch from my window. While over-feeding is definitely a thing I don’t think any of our neighbors have a bird feeder so I guess one per eleven-flats house is acceptable.

snowsun (5)snowsun (1)I got the idea from a Pettson & Findus book I’ve had for years – they made theirs out of a flower pot and hung it upside down.

snowsun (3)106_4324I made my feeder from a tin cup I got from the thrift store for 25 cents for this exact purpose – I think there might have been a glass inside it at some point, too. I filled it with a mix of chopped brazilian nuts and peanuts, oats and linseed and filled it up with molten vegetable fat. I put it on some of my fabric twine I pushed a twig in for the birds to sit on and hung it out on the balcony. They haven’t found it yet but they probably will over the next few days.

106_4300That beautiful blue sky is a lie, by the way, or at least a gross exaggeration. Most of today it pretty much looked like the one above, I only caught a tiny bit of blue sky and sunlight for my pictures. (I absolutely adore the snow flurry we get at the moment, though!)

I like this bird feeder solution because it’s easy to make, uses up some of the nuts and seeds I’ve been hoarding and doesn’t produce waste like the feeders you can buy in nets. Let’s just hope my avian neighbors like it!

 

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FinThSat: Snow White Soft Hankie Box

Finished Things Saturday is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on FinThSat is about finished projects, no matter how small, that I often used to think not worthy of a separate post for sometimes but now just put in this feature. They deserve it! For more FinThSats, look here.

Soft Hankie Box DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comMy fabric handkerchief collection started when I was a wee lass and my Grandmother gave them to me for major holidays (not only them, but them, too. She’s not the Dursleys). I later inherited my Mum’s because she didn’t use them and sometimes snuck into my Grandmother’s bedroom to admire the fine ones with lace around them and tiny embroidered flowers when I was alone at her place.

Soft Hankie Box DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comBy now I have added a whole stack of thrifted hankies. I especially like vintage children’s ones like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves motif above. I have a few that are almost too cute to snot into, and the most precious ones aren’t being used except for photo props and rare occasions of being a fine lady.

Soft Hankie Box DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI used to keep my hankies in a simple box but this proved to be unhandy – I only ever used the same ones, I had to open and close the box so it would look neat and it was at some point simply too small. So I made this: A tissue box out of old fabric handkerchiefs. The bottom is made out of felt for a bit more stability. Originally it was merely meant to hold a normal box of paper tissues but I quickly found that this was far more handy for me.

Soft Hankie Box DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI love the handmade look with uneven stitching and appliques. I’ll probably make a few more for the rest of the flat – roll-hemming fabric squares into reusable hankies is a great project for RPG sessions so we’re more than stocked on those – because it’s a great way to show the more fancy prints that I collected over time.

What have you been making lately? I hope you’re having a great weekend!

P.S.: The print in the background of the first picture was made and given to me as a parting gift when I moved by a wonderful friend that I haven’t seen in far too long a time.

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 8

What is your favorite type of plant life? Whether it be tree, bush, flower, fruit or vegetable, why is it so special to you?

Oooh, a hard one. I could go on about my favourite plant life for hours – oaks, fungi (well, technically still not plants), willows because they soothe headaches and you can make baskets from them, wild roses, rowans, blackberries in the country… but I think I’ll stick with vegetables and fruit this time. And salad, and herbs and things like that. This also gives me a great chance to put out all the pictures I took at work lately!

20161018_085412106_1707As you might know I work at a farmer’s market twice a week. It’s a wonderful job, I’m outside a lot, I get to take home produce that isn’t good enough to sell anymore but still good enough to eat and I really adore most of my co-workers. One of my two bosses – the farmer’s son – even shares his vast (and by that I mean he could easily best a first or second semester biology major even though he didn’t go to uni for it – and that’s just the basics and not even his “everything edible” specialisation) knowledge about plants with me on a regular basis, and I love listening to him.

106_1714100_0231But the most important thing is that I love edible plants. I’m a pescetarian so plants make up quite a bit of my diet. I love touching vegetables, I love feeling the warmth and the life that they still carry flowing through my hands. I love handing them over to the customers because we only sell organic produce, healthy and most of the time local and seasonal, too. I love to chat with them (the customers, not the veggies) about recipes and I’m always so happy when I find strangely-shaped specimen or things that I didn’t know yet.

100_0227100_0451I can’t get enough of the colours, too: The vibrant stalks of chard, the beautiful sunset gradient of yellow beetroot, the almost bloody juice of red beets, the infinite shades of green. The textures, as well: The velvety leaves of lemon balm, the smooth firm skin of cherry tomatoes, the rough, earthy surface of celery roots, the way piles of different salads make me think of giant moss patches. For me it’s all so wonderful, so perfect.

106_3083Aren’t they beautiful?

106_3081Those are artichoke flowers, by the way. They dry beautifully, too! I’ve got one on my window sill right in front of me as I type.
I could ramble on about the beauty of vegetables, fruit and other edible greenery (I sometimes get moments of “ooooh, look how beautiful this is!” in front of customers but I don’t think that they mind much…). But I won’t. Well, maybe I will another day.

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

FinThSat: Lightweight Grocery Bags

Finished Things Saturday is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on FinThSat is about small finished projects that I didn’t think worthy of a separate post for some time but now just put in this feature. They deserve it! For more FinThSats, look here.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyIt was my Mum’s birthday last week and because she doesn’t have the time to care about these things I made her a few lightweight grocery bags for loose produce at the super- oder farmer’s market.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyThe six sachets are made of a second-hand viscose scarf and the ribbons are probably viscose, too, according to my fire test… so they are biodegradable or burnable once they have outlived their usefulness. The only thing my Mum has to do is cut off the seams.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyThe fabric was horrible to work with, I have to admit. Far too flimsy and slippery. But I think those will not be the last of these bags I’ll make. I already have another scarf thrifted for my own.

Plastic Free July in Review

106_3061July is long gone by now, and I still owe the world a final view on my own Plastic Free July.

When I weighed the final bag – everything together – some time after ConQuest it turned out at about 500g of single-use plastic. It’s probably not that much but half a kilo sounds like a whole lot to me.

While I’ve read about other’s PFJ fails I don’t consider my July-with-500g-of-single-use-plastic a “fail” (and theirs, neither). I learned so much about my plastic-producing habits! I got to a point where I was able to analyse them so much better thanks to keeping all the litter in a bag that I now know where to best start reducing. I’m inclined to continue the experiment – tracking my plastic waste – sometime sooner than next July, just to see how far I can go without frustrating myself too much.

Things I changed:

  • I started paying more attention to my yoghurt-buying habits. I used to buy it in glass jars whenever I happened to come by the right supermarket but didn’t pay any mind to planning. That definitely changed!
  • I went back to baking more to avoid the plastic packaging of my favourite sweets.
  • We try to plan ahead just enough to get our feta cheese plastic-free from the counter instead of packaged from the dairy isle.

It doesn’t sound much but it makes a difference. And that’s what it is all about, right? A difference. Not necessarily plastic-free perfection, just subtracting a few grams every week. Yes, of course it’s just a tiny drop compared to the vast ocean of awareness and care that our planet needs, but then again: What is an ocean made of?
Drops, exactly.

So I’ll just continue. And maybe I’ll succeed but at the very least I’m not going to make things worse. Maybe I will inspire others to just leave the plastic grocery bags be. Maybe I won’t. But in the end I will feel better without as much plastic, and that’s what it is all about. I hope you’ll accompany me on these continued adventures on my quest to reduce my plastic waste, it’s more fun with friends, anyway.

Have a wonderful week!