Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

    Remember the little backyard bird feeder – DIY teacup bird feeder which I made a couple of years ago?   So many birds have stopped to eat the black oiler sunflower seeds and I have captured many in pictures.  Last week, a big fat pesky squirrel jumping from the magnolia tree to the teacup feeder knocked it off the pole.  In the garden, just like life, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade

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   The teacup was not broken.  So, I placed it on the deck railing and actually got to enjoy seeing more of the birds!  Right off the kitchen, the teacup on the deck rail is more visible than when it was right beside the patio.  This shot was taken from the kitchen window.  The pair of cardinals is a little bit more wary than the finches.

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   A  pair of purple finches has been using the cup of sunflower seeds to feed their babies.  They have three.  They don’t seem to be too bothered when we are quietly sitting around the table on the deck.  A sudden movement will send them away with a start but it doesn’t take long before they are back.

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   The Blue Jays are the first I have seen here in quite awhile.  I love seeing these beautiful birds.  After making some corn hole bags for the boys game, there was some corn left over.  We put some in the teacup feeder and the Blue Jays showed up shortly.  Do you think it was the corn that drew them?  We have never seen them on the feeder with just the sunflower seeds.

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   A mourning dove has also been visiting.

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   These tufted titmouse birds have also been seen on the feeder.  I love their big round black eyes!  They are really flighty and it has been difficult to get a good picture of any of them.  One little fellow keeps hanging on the window screen trying to get into the house.

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   The grandkids have enjoyed seeing them, too.  Sitting on the deck and watching the birds, Sophia drew a picture of one of the purple finches.  

    The directions for the DIY teacup bird feeder are easy to follow.  I’ll be making another one!  If you don’t want to attach it to a pole, though, maybe you should consider gluing a cup to a saucer and just placing it on your deck rail!   The backyard bird feeder has been an enjoyable and learning experience, too, for the whole family.

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Trick Photography – It’s Surprisingly Easy!

November 13, 2015


     With the holidays coming up, I thought it might be fun to share how to do some trick photography.  Awhile back, I came across some tutorials on trick photography and how to add yourself, or someone else,  to a photo as many times as you want. I had seen this done many times but did not know how!  I was intrigued. Imagining how much fun this would be with the grandkids, the research began!


   This can be done with Photoshop, but if you don’t have Photoshop, Picmonkey is free and was used to create the photo above.   Picmonkey has Royale features, which require an upgrade with a nominal fee, but most of the features are free!  For less than five bucks a month you can use all of their features!


   The first thing you do is take pictures of your subject, or subjects, in different areas with the same background.  You will need a tripod for this so that the pictures all match.  If you don’t have a tripod, did you know that the standard lamp harp screw fits the camera just like a tripod?  It works perfectly!  Just remove the finial and the shade.  Screw your camera on the top and set it up for your shots.


   Start taking pictures of your subjects.  For this picture,  I took eight shots in total. Then go to Picmonkey.   Click on Edit and Computer.  Your files will come up and you can choose your first picture.


   Next, click on the butterfly icon on the left.  Overlays will come up and you will click on Your Own at the top.  Choose another one of your photos.  It will come up as an overlay.  Stretch the corners to fit over the top of the first picture.



 Completely cover the first picture.

  Next, click on the butterfly icon on the left.  Overlays will come up and you will click on Your Own at the top.  Select another one of your photos; it will come up as an overlay.  Stretch the corners to completely cover the first picture.

    When everything you want is revealed, click on the icon above the picture, as indicated by the red arrow on the top right, to combine all of the elements.   


   Go back to Overlays again and choose another of your pictures from your computer files and repeat the process until all of your pictures are combined.


   When Sophia and Aidan came over the day we did this, I told them they were in for a surprise.  They got a big kick out of all the different poses, but they really enjoyed watching the whole thing come together on the computer.  Heck, I enjoyed the whole experience!


   Wouldn’t it be fun to add Santa by your tree or by the fireplace?  I’m thinking it might be fun to just set the camera on the tripod and take pictures throughout our Christmas Eve party and meld them together.  Doesn’t this open up endless possibilities?


   Well, I hope you enjoy this little bit of ‘Trick Photography’ as much as my family has!  If this inspires you, I would love for you to send one of your masterpieces using trick photography!


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Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

August 9, 2014

   This summer, we had several butterflies at our home.  I did manage to shoot several pictures of them on the flowers in the garden.  It is so interesting to see how different their little bodies are from one species to another.   Not being a “Lepidopterist”, (one who professionally studies butterflies and moths), I don’t know all the correct names for each of the butterflies, but they were enjoyed none the less.

   While scanning through Pinterest, I noticed a pin of the Monarch butterfly.  There were three different Monarchs on my butterfly bushes this year.  I did a little searching on the web and found that the Monarchs seem to be needing more milkweed plants to lay their eggs on in the midwest.  Researchers are noticing a decrease in their population.  They migrate thousands of miles each year, but after putting information into a computer program, they have come up with the major factor in their decline, is the lack of milkweed plants.

   After checking out a few milkweed plants, I have decided to try planting an orange butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, in my garden.  It grows here in Northern Kentucky, where our home is, and grows in most of the mid-west and on the east coast.   Blooms are reddish-orange and erupt in early summer.  It attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  

   Now, I am off to find a plant or seeds, whichever is better at this time of year…

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The Beautiful Pink Dahlia

July 1, 2014


   Peeking in my laundry room window, was this beautiful dahlia.  Instead of facing the sun, it was facing the window and peeking over the ledge begging for attention, so I grabbed my Nikon camera and took a few pictures.

    Last week on Facebook, there was an ad for, saying that anyone could sign up for a free course on photographing flowers for a limited time. 

   I investigated.  It was true, and I took advantage of it.  Hopefully, my new pictures will reflect some of the knowledge I have gleaned from this course by Harold Davis.

   Not having completed the course yet, hopefully, the pictures continue to improve.

   Eager to try some of my newfound knowledge, I took several shots.  I was so excited with the results!  Seriously, little things like this just get my adrenaline rushing. 

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