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Monday, January 2, 2012


Christmas is over.  We've always had a hard time moving on and taking down the tree.  So many memories associated with it, and it officially ends the Christmas season.

But we came up with an idea....

We took this beautifully decorated tree and removed all the pretty ornaments.  

Then we gathered some supplies and we made some preparations.

We strung some popcorn and cranberries....

We toasted some bagels and sliced bread, then coated them in peanut butter and birdseed....

Then we took the tree outside and we re-decorated it.

But this time for our feathered friends.

I think it's so pretty!

 It also has orange slices and apple slices (be sure to rub the apple slices with the oranges to keep them from turning brown.

We toasted the bread and bagels first.

We love sitting inside and looking out at the festive tree in the yard, hoping for some company of the flying variety!

About 15 minutes after we got the tree done a big wind came up and turned it over and everything went flying off... sigh .  We had to do it all over again.  Now we have the base weighted with some heavy rocks.  

It won't last through rain, so we're hoping it will be dry at least for a few days, but we're very happy about the way it turned out.  

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great Monday!


  1. What an awesome idea! Happy New Year!

  2. Shoot, now I wish I had a Christmas tree so I could do that! I love it. Happy New Year!

  3. What a great idea and I am sure your yardbirds will love this tree and the goodies you made. Thanks for sharing your mosiac. I wish you and yoru family a very Happy New Year.

  4. A nice way to recycle the tree and help feed our feathered friends..
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Last summer we saw the garden sculptures of Dale Chihuly at this same gardens.. They were awesome in the garden and pond settings.
    Happy New year.

  5. I can see that there is some very happy birds at your house. Great idea. Happy New Year. V

  6. The birdfeeding tree is a great idea! I'm going to do that with ours too. I have bacon grease in the refrigerator just waiting to add bird seed. Found you on Mosaic Monday, which I'd never heard of until today! Just so happens that I created a mosaic to recap the year 2011 on my blog.

  7. What a wonderful idea! I admire your dedication for redecorating the tree after the wind blew it over. Love the collage.

  8. Aren't you the nicest people ever!! Our compost pile has been a regular buffet for the deer and bunny rabbits around here. I like your idea and will try to remember this for next year!

  9. Oh my that is a pretty good idea. I have 3 evergreens very close to our house. I would try to make these. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!


  10. Well, this is such a FABULOUS idea...I just love it...and bet the birds did, too. :)

  11. What a wonderful idea! I know your feathered friends will love this!