bird balls

I end up with a lot of small scraps of yarn from my various knitting projects. I hate to waste them, and I read somewhere that birds like that sort of thing for making nests – an opportunity to re-use!

I wondered how to make the yarn available to the birds and came up with the idea of stuffing it into hole-y containers that could hang from a tree. I found a few such hole-y containers at Pier One.

bird yarn balls

bird yarn balls

I used a spare chopstick to poke the yarn scraps into the balls.

bird yarn balls

Voila! Yarny balls!

bird yarn balls

bird yarn balls

Here they are hanging in the red maple out front. As you can see, some yarn scraps hitched a ride and got caught on the tree bark. I’ll pick them off eventually but I’m not bothered by them. You can also see that I have a larger, suet cage type thing as well. It’s less pretty but it holds a lot of yarn and it a little easier for the birds to get at.

bird yarn balls

bird yarn balls

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The Revolutionary Yardscape

Revolutionary Yardscape I’ve been desiring some garden art practically since I started having a garden, but I have a hard time finding things that aren’t too cutesy. Perhaps the solution is to get my butt over to the ReUse Center and make something! There’s a ton of info on how to DIY your own garden art (and planters and more) in this book. Check out my post over at CPL.

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storing extension cords

paper tube cord storage

What a great idea!I can’t believe it never occurred to me to use a toilet paper or paper towel tube for organized cord storage. My hub says that his mom did this when he was a kid and clearly other people have had the idea, too, but it strikes me as ingenious. You can even recycle the tube when the edges start to fray, and it would be very easy to label with a Sharpie (what the cord belongs to or how long it is, etc.). We don’t use a lot of paper towel at our house, but until there are some vast improvements/availability of new technology, we’ll continue to have a ready supply of TP tubes.

via Unclutterer

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