What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, January 18, 2008

2nd Annual Nature Tree

Recycling our Christmas tree into a Nature tree last year brought so many wonderful hours of enjoyment and gave us such excitement during the usually mundane months of January through March, I decided we ought to make it a tradition. When I took down the Christmas decorations, we didn't take our tree very far. Just as before, we set it up outside our kitchen glass doors.

First we went on a Nature walk (several times, actually) and gathered things we would need like pinecones. We gathered red berries to tuck in the boughs for decoration. (I think next year we will string cranberries!)

Then we made the ornaments, and stretched that out into two days. I added my suet hanger to the TOP of the tree, for the 'star'.

We have a lovely view from our kitchen table. I think, perhaps, the birdies remembered us-because within five minutes of shutting the door, we had our first visitors! It has been great fun watching the different birds come and go. We have seen many.

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Anonymous said...

I found you through your comment on Dawn's blog. What a wonderful idea! We have an artificial tree :(, but I'm printing this out for next year!

Anonymous said...

thanks for stopping by my site! your's is just beautiful and i will definitely be back often!

-suzanne (JoyfulChaos)

Tracy said...

What a great idea, Rebecca! I love your ornaments, and the picture of Andrew!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, now I'm heartily wishing we didn't have an artificial tree. The photos are beautiful!

Michelle said...


It's been a few year's since I've "seen" you! I'm glad I happened upon your site once again. I remember you as being very crafty and it seems that the Lord is really developing that talent into wonderful things.

Elizabeth Joy said...

Makes me want to go find a tree someone is throwing away. What a good idea! I love your bird photos. They are beautiful creatures.

Anonymous said...

Pretty tree!

Mom2fur said...

What a beautiful idea!
One year, Mike and I drove to the beach just after New Year's. I always wondered what happened to 'old' Christmas trees, and that day I found out...there were hundreds of them lined up along the shore! I guess as some kind of barrier to keep the sand from washing away?
I think using them for our furry and feathered friends is a much nicer idea.

smilnsigh said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! You did it! You got rid of that huge and layered Header and all that stufffffffffffff! And now, your blog loads in a flash!!! Oh my Dear, I am so happy!

I'm sure it was traumatic to do. But oh my, I wish you could shout it to the roof-tops. It is wonnnnnderful! It is such a relief to come to your blog and find it LOAD! Zip! Zam! Zowwie and swoop!!! Simply marvelous.

OK. I'll stop now. -gigggles-


Dana Leeds said...

I found your blog through Dawn's at By Sun and Candlelight. We, too, homeschool and love nature - especially birds! I love what you've done with the Christmas tree!

Ann @TheAssetEdge said...

What a fun idea! I never would have thought about this, and I'd love to do it!