Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How to make a morning dove nest basket from the Audubon Birdhouse Book

Are you a fan of birds? I am and I actually have mourning doves regularly nest in my yard. I actually call them my "squeakie doves". They kind of squeak. I never thought of helping them out in their nest building as they seem to like above my motion sensor lights which they build over every couple of years and a few times in an empty vase on a high shelf in my back yard. But here is a tutorial from the book Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds on how to build a wire mesh nesting basket if you would like to give them some help in your yard.



Click on these pages from Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds to enlarge and read the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a mourning dove nesting basket.

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Audubon Birdhouse Book:

Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds


A visit to almost any home or garden center presents birders with numerous cute and colorful contraptions that are sold as bird homes. But the fact is, many of these products provide anything but a safe refuge for your feathered friends.

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered—including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls—to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you’re getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you’ll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

NY Giants and New England Patriots Eye Makeup from the book 500 Eye Makeup Designs

Happy Football Finals Season! To "kick off" this sports extravaganza and show my team spirit I thought I'd share 2 of the cool eye make up ideas from the football team section in 500 Eye Makeup Designs: Inspired and Inventive Looks for Mood and Occasion. I am from New England so I always root for my home team The New England Patriots and I will definitely be trying out this awesome red, white and blue eye make up to show my team spirit.

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eye makeup ideas, how to do fancy eye makeup, team makeup

500 Eye Makeup Designs:

Inspired and Inventive Looks for Mood and Occasion


Kendra Stanton

500 Eye Makeup Designs is a collection of gorgeous eye looks for every occasion! From everyday "work-looks" that never get boring, to fantasy-inspired eye shadow with glitter and rhinestones, this guide provides amazing looks for breaking out of the neutral eye shadow-black mascara rut. Filled with designs for every skill and patience level, you can play up your most important feature with looks from different eras, a perfect smokey eye, theatrical looks, and even wild nature-inspired looks! With 500 Eye Makeup Designs, you'll always have the stunning look. 

Kendra Stanton is a nationally renowned make-up artist and beauty blogger. Her work can be seen on seen on the covers of Fast Company, Los Angeles Magazine, and in the pages of Muse Magazine, Runners World, The New York Times and many others. Kendra now serves as a freelance makeup artist and has worked for companies such as Estee Lauder, Aveda, and Clay de Peau. She serves as a beauty ambassador for and is a regular beauty expert featured on a local Portland morning show. Kendra's blog,, is the witty girl's guide to honest beauty. It focuses on reviews and teaches women things about make-up they never heard from their mothers. Her blog is an extension of her passion to empower and educate women to look their best at any age.

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