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Besides spending time decorating the heck out of our log home, I've been trying to do more crafty things since the holidays are fast approaching. I enjoy bird watching and seeing all the different birds that come to visit us. I decided my birds needed their own "edible" christmas tree and decorated a pine tree on our property w/ strung cranberry and popcorn as well as the famous pine cone feeders (smeared w/ peanut butter and rolled in seeds.)

For the pine cones feeders - gather some large pine cones. If they are not fully opened yet, then place them on a foil lined baking sheet and "bake" them at 250 degrees for approx. 10-15 minutes until they open. Keep a close eye on them! Then smear unsweetened peanut butter w/ a rubber spatula in a circular, smooth motion. Leave room at the top for the hanger. Then roll your pine cone in a plate filled w/ seeds - I prefer the mixed seed/fruit variety - it looks prettier! Then attach a pipe cleaner (or some string) at the top to create a hanger - and then voila - hang on your tree! My chickadees and blue jays loved this! (See below!)

Project #2 - I had a Christmas Card made out of a photo I took of our log home. If you go to - you can choose from a variety of framing and greeting styles. I found their prices to be very reasonable!

I have more projects coming up - painting bird houses, making personalized christmas cd's for guests, baking, etc. What projects are you working on? Please share - and the more photos the better!!

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Comment by Kelly on December 7, 2008 at 12:01am
Hi Mitch & Rene Jones,

This is really creative. I am sure the birds and the squirrels love this!

Comment by Kelly on December 6, 2008 at 11:57pm
Hi Shelly Martinez,

I love your picture of bird on the pine cone!

Comment by Tom Heatherington on December 3, 2008 at 1:20pm
What creative ideas... you guys are really getting in the spirit! Thanks for the motivation... I needed that :-)
Comment by Shelley Martinez on December 2, 2008 at 12:08pm
This is so cute and fun!! did you use marshmallow creme to make it stick together?

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