This morning, as I was preparing to leave the house, I heard quite a commotion outside the kitchen windows. A whole lot of cheeping and chirping! I went out on the upper deck, off the kitchen, and saw a bunch of little birds putting on quite a show. Dive bombing each other. Doing spins in the air. Playing like little siblings do.
It would appear that they were fighting, but after watching them a while, I realized that these little meanies were in fact the five, sweet, little birds that have been in the barn birdhouse the last couple of months, that have been entertaining us from within.
They, finally, left the nest! There they were, for the first time ever, flitting about. Testing their wings. And showing each other who was boss. All in my presence.
After taking a peek into the bird house, it was confirmed. These little ones were done with being crammed into the cozy quarters their mom and dad chose for them only a couple of months back.
Every year, we watch as the couples come and check out the run-down "barn". We have other abodes out there, but this is the only one that has been occupied since we moved in back in 2004. It came with the house.
I'm glad we didn't take it down, cause it has provided us with years of entertainment. Mom and dad coming and going. Little ones singing to us every time food was delivered, but this is the first year I got to witness the "move-out".
Too Cool! I only wish, now in hind-sight, that I had grabbed the camera. But, I guess, there's always next year!
I'm just a country girl, having the time of her life, treasure hunting daily, seeing the good in all things that others might consider worthless. I love creating mixed media artwork and home décor items using found objects...and I've just recently started dabbling in wearable art jewelry. Many of my fixed-up finds have been published in a number of magazines and have won accolades. But my life spent in Southern Oregon, with my family and friends, is the MOST important to me. Without their support and encouragement, I might just be another hoarder! LOL I'm enjoying meeting like-minded persons and sharing ideas, dreams, and experiences...and hope to have the studio open to the public someday soon.
Tina Schiefer works and lives in Southern Oregon, where she and her husband own and operate a themed fabrication company serving the entertainment industry, E.B. Effects and Design. She is the proud mother of three grown sons; is a themed media, assemblage artist using primarily found objects and cast-offs; and will soon be hosting and teaching mixed media, jewelry, and home décor related workshops in her new studio, The Rusty Monkey. She is enjoying meeting other artists with like minds and sharing the adventure! She was an ICE Resin Creative Team Member 2011-2012. Many of her creations can be seen in a variety of magazines such as Somerset Home, Somerset Gallery, Art Doll Quarterly, Somerset Memories, Mingle, Somerset Life, Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire, and on the spring issue of Create & Decorate. Most recently, one of her assemblages, Folly - a parasol, won 2nd place in the Spellbinders Explore Beyond - Craft to Win contest.