More winter weather is on the way and we have more babies!

Well it looks like I am getting my wish for snow! We had a light snow storm last weekend and we are expected to get another one this weekend that will actually be starting tomorrow. This is great for Christmas cheer but bad for Christmas tree cutting. We had planned to cut our tree down last weekend but the storm stopped us, then we said we would do it this weekend but it looks as though the storm is stopping us again… We will see how the weather pans out, if it’s not too bad we may still go chop our tree down on Sunday.

Some of you already know that one of our finch eggs hatched this week, well I have more to report in that area! We now have two baby finches in the nest; daddy finch appears to be keeping them warm and fed so we may have some finches to give away for the holidays! It’s pretty cool to be able to witness the whole procreating process here in our home! We are so excited about the babies!

Our car drama has also worked its self out nicely. The woman who hit us was very nice and she explained the whole situation to her insurance company. They are taking care of the damage and our car rental while the damage is being repaired. We had an estimate done today on the damage and it came out to $2800! The shop will have our car for 10 business days (from Dec 17th – Dec 27th) and we will have a rental car for that time. We are thankful that the insurance clam has been easy and hassle free but we feel bad for the lady because of how costly the incident has turned out to be. At least it was just a parking lot fender bender and nobody was hurt!

Well, that is all I have to report here! I hope everyone stays warm and safe this week!



Babies, babies everywhere!

Well as most of you know I am an auntie now. I posted a photo of baby Hazel Renee and I a few days ago and today I have another baby photo to share with you!

baby-finch.jpgMy finches hatched their first baby! They have been laying eggs since October and until today none of them had hatched. Being their first attempt at having babies we were understanding of the lack of successful hatching but today to my surprise there was a small baby in the nest in addition to the two unhatched eggs!

I tried to get a good photo without upsetting baby and parents. Hope you enjoy it! I’ll keep trying to get a better shot.

Homemade christmas gift ideas, to-go boxes and purses… Oh my!

Well, I have been busy! Over the thanksgiving weekend I have been brainstorming homemade gift ideas and I have been getting ready for an upcoming craft fair/ holiday sale. We did not get any snow as was predicted so we kept busy an entertained by rearranging the bedroom so it was more feng shui. Oh, our finch eggs have not hatched yet, I know many have been wondering about this.. We have 3 new eggs now in addition to the one that should be hatching.

Anyway, I have also been exploding with gift giving ideas this holiday season! I just taught myself how to fold little “Chinese food” type to-go boxes that I plan to stuff with goodies (maybe pecan buds and cookies or some homemade fudge) and give away this holiday. I’ll share how to make your own below.

I also read about making little handbags from old wool sweaters and thought I would give it a try. I went to the local thrift store and bought all the fun knit and wool sweaters I could find, they sell clothes by the pound there soI go lots of sweaters! These sweater purses are super cute, you can out gifts in them like bath sets or an assortment of fluffy socks or whatever else you can think of. You can also make matching gloves to go with this purse out of the sleeves of the sweater! These look so cute an cozy and are super easy to make!

To make the origami box with fold down lid follow these instructions: I am also planning to make a video of this fold because it’s difficult to explain and is easier to show, besides I am a visual learner so videos help me. This craft can be done with card stock, origami paper or just plain old computer paper (or old catalogs if you want to recycle). I used computer paper in the video.

  1. Start out with a perfect square piece of paper.
  2. Fold the lower left corner up to the upper right corner, repeat this for the lower right and upper left corners. This will leave you with an X running through the center of your square piece of paper.
  3. Next fold the trip of your lower left corner into the center so that the point is just touching the center of the X you just created. Repeat this for each of the 4 corners.
  4. Now unfold all the corners, you will see 4 squares inside on the inside of the paper and 2 triangles on each corner of the paper.
  5. Now fold the tip of your lower left corner to the newly formed line just under the opposing corner. Repeat this for each of the 4 corners.
  6. Keeping the 4 center boxes flat fold each side of the box up and crease the square box in between so the sides flap folds out. Repeat this for each of the 4 sides.
  7. Fold the side box flaps and glue
  8. Fold the top box flaps in an hole punch them so they can be tied with ribbon.
  9. Decorate your box and fill with goodies!

I had planned to publish the instructions for the cozy sweater purse but this post became rather long and for the sake of the sanity of my readers I put the instructions in a separate post so they could be found more easily.

Life is a zoo with pets!

Sometimes animals can be such a handful! Early this morning I woke up to the sound of our dog sifting through the recycle bin and licking tin cans. The last time our dog ate trash it was a messy situation if you know what I mean.. So I had to get out of bed and go stop the dog from eating trash in early this morning. Funny thing is that when I got to her she had grabbed the trash she wanted and she brought it into her home (we crate train her and she sleeps in her open crate as a comfort, the crate is called her home). So, my morning started extra early thanks to Miss Dixie…

I have more animal news to report. This morning after a nice big cup of coffee I checked the finches and noticed that our female finch laid another egg… Now we have two! My mom was right I need to get busy gathering information about the coming baby finches!

I learned today that the finches will eat and then regurgitate into the chicks mouths. The hen will generally lay one egg per day up to about 8 eggs will be laid! 8 eggs? What are we going to do with 10 finches?? Dang we need a plan.. 😮

When the hen is done laying her eggs (these eggs are considered a clutch) she will begin to sit on the clutch, this is when the incubation period begins. The eggs will begin to hatch about 13-14 days from when the incubation period begins. Eggs that do not hatch 20 days from the incubation period should be discarded as they are not fertile.

Now I need an additional bird cage and some people to give my future finches a home…

New Vacuum Review- Eureka Altima Upright

Last week we were vacuuming the house and our vacuum started smoking. That’s right a billowing stream of smoke was coming out of the vacuum so we unplugged it and took it outside (just in case it burst into flames). It was a good vacuum considering the demands. We have a dog, four cats, a bunny and two zebra finches. We vacuum up pet hair, the occasional dumped over planter, my craft and sewing messes and all the usual dirty house debris. Our vacuum takes a beating and the poor Eureka Whirlwind Vacuum was toast- literally!

I was perusing Target with some friends on Tuesday, we ended up in the vacuum area and proceeded to try to figure out the various vacuum cleaners when I found our new vacuum!

At target it was about $75.00 it was the Eureka Altima Upright Vacuum. It has a detachable  upholstery/ pet hair roller brush (called the “power paw”) that essentially functions like the beater brush on a regular vacuum, it also has a “self cleaning duster” which is pretty cool!

I like it so far, although the attachment hose thingy is a bit shorter than I like. Just wanted to share the news on the new vacuum. If you are looking for one and have major pet hair to vacuum up this one works well. Our couch looks just like new again!

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