Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Make a Bird's Nest

It's Fall and there are an abundance of vines and grasses that are overgrown and need to be cut back.  Why not put some of those lovely things to use?  Let's make bird nests out of them to create some pretty household decor. 
You will begin this adventure by collecting useful overgrown plants such as bean plant vines and grape vines.  Just pull off long vines and pluck off all the leaves.
Next, look for annoying grasses that have grown over from you neighbor's yard.  It's usually long, lanky, and rather unattractive.  However, it will make excellent bird nests!
Next, find some patches of moss in your yard.  No one likes this moss and with all the recent rains, the moss is lush and dense - perfect for making fluffy nests.  Just peel them right off the lawn in big clumps.
Here are some grasses and moss that I collected.  I have some vines as well, but you can actually make the nests with just long grasses and moss too. 
The moss will have lots of soil on it.  Just plop it into a bucket of water outside and wash all the dirt off.  After a couple rinses, you will have nothing left, but fluffy green moss.  Squeeze all the water out and it is ready to use. 
Now that you have all your supplies, find a comfy place to sit and make your nests.
Use the vines to form a circle the size of the nest you want.  Take the ends of the vines and start weaving them in and out around the loop so that the vines are wrapped around each other in a circle. 
If you find any loose ends, just weave them in around the circle.
Add more vines to create a stronger circle that will hold it's own shape. 
Start laying vines loosely across the nest so that you can form a base for the nest.   
Weave all the ends around the nest so that these new vines are locked in place.  Make sure to shape the nest as you go so that you get the bowl shape.
Keep adding more vines to make the nest more nest-like. 
Notice how the shape of the nest is starting to form as I add more vines. 
Once you have a pretty good framework of vines, start weaving long grasses in. 
You will find that the root end of the long grasses is hard and drier.  It will act like a needle so that you can basically "sew" the grasses in. 
Make sure to work in a round so that your nest looks neat instead of messy.  Try to keep weaving in the same direction most of the time. 
Keep adding more grasses. 
Make sure to maintain the bowl shape and don't forget to fill in any gaps at the bottom of the nest.

Once you are satisfied with how your nest looks, add moss to the base of the nest.  Imagine how a bird might do this to make the nest softer for baby birds. 
Now you are done!  You can do whatever you like with this nest. 
A lovely flower can really brighten this nest up. 
You can add a family of birds. 
Or maybe a family of hedgehogs... and a pumpkin.  Why not?  It's Fall.  You can do whatever you like to decorate your space festively.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Harry Pogger vs the Hedgehog Dementors

After four night shifts, my mind shifted back from work-work-work to Poggles.  I had hoped to pick up a new baby hedgehog this Sunday, but soon realized I was not really in the right mind set to get a new baby yet.  I still missed Poggles too much.

Instead, my hunny took me out for coffee and pastries, we strolled around the markets, and we hunted for Halloween pumpkins.  He picked three perfect pumpkins and I chose one demented one.  I imagined turning its hideous-ness into some kind of amazing art piece, but had to admit afterwards that the pumpkin (unfortunately) looked like a large orange butt.  C'est la vie.

Today, I curled into bed and read books.  It was very comfy and comforting.  I also painted this picture of Harry Pogger.  He is fighting plump hedgehog-shaped dementors.  My hunny says the dementors need scarier, longer arms, but I like them short and chubby as is.  Sort of cuter... in a dementor sort of way.

My friend came by and gave me a lovely card wishing me to feel better soon.  She also gave me a cute hedgehog ornament that reminded her of Poggles.  She even drew in a V where Poggles used to have two white quills that formed a V-shape.  I thought that was really sweet of her.  It really brought a smile to my day.

I hope you are having a good weekend  :)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Over the Rainbow Bridge

It's hard to have no hedgehog.

Ever since Poggles passed away, it is hard passing by his cage every day.  His linens are cleaned and I have piled them and all his belongings inside the cage.  I guess you could say the cage is full, but it seems emptier than it has ever been before to me.

I find it hard to go outside to look at his grave.  It is something I dread.  I cannot believe that my little friend is outside.  He was always inside before.  I think about how it must be cold outside.  When it rains, I think about how he is getting all wet.  It makes my heart break.  It does not seem right.  I want him inside where it is warm and dry.

I don't want to talk about how I miss my hedgehog to other people.  I don't think they will understand.  People say that it is okay to lose a pet, that it only matters and is irreplaceable when it is a person that is gone.  They are wrong though.  It hurts just as much to lose a pet.  In some ways, it hurts more.  Your pet is the perfect friend when you are sad, and now that perfect friend is gone when you need them most.  How do you tell your perfect friend that you miss them when they are dead?

Other people around me tell me about their problems and I am only half-listening.  I am sorry to say that I don't care right now.  I am sorry to say that I am going to be the worst friend ever in the next while.  Please understand.  I just need some time to grieve.  I just want to think about Poggles.

So please be patient with me for a little while.  I have lost a little friend that meant a lot to me, and I don't think I will be okay for now.  I just want to cry for a little while.