Nature Inspired

Birds, birds, and more birds!  Steven and I like to sit out in the back yard and watch the birds while we drink our morning coffee.  They are so entertaining if you take the time to watch.  The swallows especially.  They circle the yard until they get the perfect trajectory into the birdhouse hole.  They will swoop in and pull out several times until they line it up correctly.  The wind plays havoc with this routine sometimes.

The Anna hummingbirds are fascinating to observe too.  This year we were able to watch a courting couple.  We didn’t know at the time it was a courting ritual.  Discovered what we had witnessed while watching a PBS special recently.  They are so beautiful, with such grace and speed.  We always thought they only feed on the nector of our flowers, no they also eat the flying insects in our yard.  They are welcome to as many mosquitoes as they wish!

Steven has made quite a few birdhouses, all natural wood, none decoratively painted.  The swallows love the condo-style birdhouse, gives them multiple openings.  The finches like the smaller houses with a perch below the hole.  To say nothing of the fact that you have to hang them at the right height for different species of birds.  So many complications, I leave that to Steven.

I was curious if they would nest in a decoratively painted house.  So, I had some fun painting a few.  Take a look…………..

twigbirdhouse brickbirdhouse

Thinking that a natural look might look pleasing to myself as well as the birdfolk, I started out with a faux stone and brick look.  Right now, they are still hanging at decorative levels, we are going to strategically place them at different heights soon and see who turns up.  I also designed one with ironwork scrolling, being a fan of wrought iron artwork.


They all have grapevine roofs and an old nail perch.  Now, we wait for spring to see if any are in use.  I am hoping to have some twitterpated birds looking for a nesting spot and making themselves cozy in our yard!  We shall see, Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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