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DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Cardinal at bird feeder by HueDew.
A cardinal visits one of my DIY bird feeders after a light rain.

Backyard photo shoot

I spend a good deal of my time out in my garden or in someone else’s garden photographing the things I love to print on photo cuff bracelets, ceramic tile and rubber coasters for my botanical lines at HueDew.

Recently, my attention moved from the flowers in the garden to the critters in the garden. Or in my case, the lack of feathered critters in my garden.

Where were all the birds? I don’t have cats anymore, so I set out to lure birds to my safe, fenced yard.

Easy construction

Step one was making these upcycled bird feeders. A couple of thrift store plates drilled with a ceramic bit to make a hole in the center, some hanging hardware and a measure of fishing line was all I needed to open my backyard diner.

Open for lunch

In a few weeks, I had some curious and hungry cardinals regularly visiting the feeder, so I made another four for the yard. I add water to a few to give the birds a nice, clean drinking hole.

I’ve decided to make more of these bird feedres and sell them at the different street shows I do around West Palm Beach.

FB Bird feeder flyer

 

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Dachstoberfest Preparation

HueDew will have a booth at Dachstoberfest in West Palm Beach on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefits Dachshund Rescue South Florida, a foster-based rescue out of South Florida. It is a rescue that is dear to my heart as I have been a volunteer for them for years and have photographed many a dog in need of a home. I’m planning on using those photos of the rescued dogs in my designs.

The rescue dogs are ready for their closeup!

The big draw for Dachstoberfest are the doxie races. It is a hoot to watch these little long dogs race to the finish.

In the meantime, I’m racing to the finish to come up with some cool designs to print on HueDew’s aluminun cuff bracelets and rubber coasters to sell at the event. Booth fee goes directly to DRSF!

More completed designs to come.

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Powderpuff Pink Tassel-Flower

Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)
Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)

Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)

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The pink tassel-flower can look super charged with the right back light. It takes on an electrical aura thanks to its pollen-laden stamens that look more like fiber-optic cables in the right light.

I used a LensBaby to focus on only a few of the electric pink stamens to make a less traditional image of this hot-pink flowering shrub. As the light changed, I also photographed a more traditional image using the LensBaby.

This evergreen powderpuff shrub attracts butterflies like Giant Swallowtails, Zebras, and Peacocks. Even though it can grow to be 12 to 15 feet high with a 10 to 15-foot spread, it can also be used in bonsai.

Pink Tassel Flower at  Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.
Pink Tassel Flower at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.