Thursday, June 30

Confessions of a Bird Lady

When I was a wee one, I would hang out with my grandpa and watch the birds at the feeder out the window. I can't say I had given birds much thought at all since then. Then about 2 months ago I got my first feeder, hoping my bloodthirsty cat would not make a meal of our new friends. I was amazed when the first birds actually came, then of course I wanted more birds, so I added another feeder, and another.. and before I knew it, I was totally hooked.

I'll admit at first, I didn't get much work done because I couldn't pull myself away from the window, thinking if I look away, a flock of new birds I've never seen will fly in. I'm happy to say that the birdcitement has reached a normal level now, and I'm limiting myself on how long I can hang out and watch, for my etsy shop's sake. Kitty, though, has no limits. She watches all day.

The feeders grew so quickly, and so did the amount of visitors we had. It inspired me to take on a landscaping project and I added plants around the feeders to create my very own little bird sanctuary. It's definitely my favorite spot right now.

This is kitty in the bird watching corner. She's a very good birding friend. When I'm busy, her little twirps let me know that something exciting is going on.

Jeebus, my little snake in the grass, is NOT your ideal birding companion. He'd rather decapitate them and leave them as gifts for us. Thanks, but no. Not allowed.

This cute apple feeder came from the etsy shop Village Rich. It was only $10, and I couldn't pass it up! So far, I've only attracted hungry ants with it, but one day the right bird will come along.

Check back soon for my bird photo post! There are just too many pictures to cram into this one. I had no idea I could be so entertained by some birds, a window, and a camera with one big ass lens.

Monday, June 27

My Favorite Feeders

Etsy is an awesome place to go for handmade bird feeders and houses, but there has always been one shop that stood out from the rest: Joe Papendick creates feeders from welded steel, and have a industrial look that I would love to have in my bird sanctuary! Some of them are in bright poppy colors with a modern design, and others are like pieces of abstract metal artwork. For more designs, check out his shop and blog.

I did just happen to have a birthday. If you feel bad for missing it and not showering me with gifts, I'll forgive your tardiness and I will accept any of these below.

Thursday, June 23

Lets Connect

If you have an iPhone, and you're not using Instagram yet, stop reading this right now and go download the app! If you're already using it, I don't have to tell you how awesomely additive it is. For me, it's taken over the roll that Flickr used to play in my photo life. First, you get to make your iPhone pictures look amazing with a dozen or so filters (my current favorite is Brannan), and share them easily with your friends.

My Instagram name is Jodytron. Find me and say hello!

The other thing that I'm currently obsessed with is Pinterest. There is an app for the iPhone, but it's much easier to use on your computer. You know how you probably have folders and folders of house inspiration, and project ideas.. well this is a place where they can live and get passed around. You make your own pin boards, depending on what you're interested in, and as you find a photo online that you want to save, you pin it to your board. Other visual folks can re pin your pins and it's like a giant inspiration swap meet!

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Wednesday, June 22

Postcards from the Past

The Mackley family holds the record for the family that lived in our house the longest (of course we're hoping to steal the record from them!) They were here from 1972 until 2000, and Sandy and Ed recently paid us a visit! I learned that they bought the house in disarray, and fell in love with it despite it's condition, much like we did, and immediately started working on it. It's funny that all of the things we are ripping out now for our remodeling projects are all the things they did in the 70's.  Sandy did spot that her green mini blinds are still hanging up in the bathroom, and I learned recently that we swing every day on the porch swing they put up almost 40 years ago.

They walked through it with us, answering questions about little construction mysteries, and telling us how things used to be. I was shocked to hear that once they moved to New York, and still owned the house, they considered tearing it down to build apartments, but thankfully someone swooped in right in time and wanted to buy it! I'm very happy they did.

From the first email we exchanged a few years ago, I learned that when they were remodeling, they found leather postcards in the walls from the O'Sullivan family, and since then we've been dying to see them. We would have been thrilled with a scan, but we received an envelope in the mail from the Mackley's containing two leather postcards, and an old bank stub. I love the cat and dog postcard! I'm beginning to think that this family really liked cats!

I'm so grateful that they would pass these treasures on to us. I can't wait to display them with the rest of our house history goodies!

Thursday, June 16


My inlaws have recently aquired a little heard of alpacas, so I've gone a little crazy lately taking pictures of these strange, yet oddly adorable, creatures. More words aren't necessary, I'll just let the pictures do the talking!

Monday, June 13


A fresh treasury inspired by my current obsession with the bird feeder and my new feathered friends. Click and comment on the treasury to support some great shops!

Sunday, June 12


The craft fairs that I've done are usually fun, and worth all the work that goes into them, but I always end up putting my Etsy shop and blog on the back burner while I prepare. Last weekend I shared a booth with some friends at our town's fair called Country Days, which is a giant freak show where people crawl out of the woods to eat funnel cakes, ride on spinning death traps, and apparently shop for crafts! I loved our set up and we had a great time, except for the part where we sweat our assess off in the 98 degree Missouri heat.

I'm not doing any craft fairs for a while, so I can keep my focus on Peach Parlor online. I've listed a bunch of new things this weekend.. lots of headbands, brooches, buttons and more coming soon!