Early Valentine gift to Mother Nature
Written by on Friday, January 6th, 2012

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During Christmas, I purchased a small, inexpensive Frazier Fir tree to place inside a beautiful winter sled-tree stand given to me by one of my clients.  I loved the idea of having a fresh tree on The Seasonal Home’s front porch (close to the front door) so I can enjoy a wonderful pine smell each time I pass by.

It just so happened that I placed the tree in front of the kitchen window and one day, while doing the dishes, I noticed a sweet bird, who landed in my fir tree to rest.  I would have been thrilled if my feathered visitor had stayed long enough for me to take a photo, but as quick as it landed… it was gone.  I immediately started thinking about ways I could encourage more birds to visit the tree (it’s just too wonderful to recycle yet!), but it wasn’t until I was about to throw out a stale loaf of bread that the solution came to me… fill my tree with welcome winter bird treats!

Even though I’m still filtering my way through organizing holiday decorations, my thoughts are already heading towards St. Valentine’s Day.  And based on the huge amount of visitors, to my site, who are searching for Valentine, St. Patrick’s Day & Easter ideas, I must not be alone in that thought process (lol)!  Anyway, those thoughts gave me the idea to pull out my Valentine cookie cutter and use it to create several winter birdie (treat) ornaments to hang on my tree.

So, after gathering my jar of peanut butter, a roll of thin ribbon, my container of bird seed and the loaf of stale bread, I was ready to go into production.  First, I used my cookie cutter to create heart-shaped pieces of bread.  Next, I spread peanut butter on one side (of each piece) and using a toothpick, poked a hole in the center of the top/middle of each side of the heart.  Now, it was time to feed the ribbon through the 2 holes and tie a knot.  (HINT): I found that the bread dries out quickly, so it would be best to create the 2 holes & feed the ribbon through, as soon as you’ve spread the peanut butter.  The last step is to dip the side of the bread with peanut butter on it into a plate of bird seed and your ornaments are complete and ready to hang!

I hope lots of feathered friends visit my tree of winter treats and allow me the privilege of photographing their beauty, in exchange.


Enjoy the Creativity!



  1. Debra Flanagan says:

    You always have such great ideas. Have you ever read Birds and Blooms magazine? I subscribe to it and Birds and Blooms Extra. They have such great ideas and beautiful pictures of the birds.

    • seasonalhome says:

      Thank you Debra! 🙂 And I have seen that wonderful magazine! It’s truly inspirational. The photo of the bird in this post is only one of many I have taken over the years. I LOVE photographing nature. You probably do too!

  2. Debbie Hess says:

    That’s beautiful & the birds will love you! I know a man that makes sleigh tree stands!

  3. this is a great idea, I hate to toss my Christmas tree after I have enjoyed it so much during the holidays…. I think a pretty evergreen tree is a great winter decoration. PS I shared your idea and blog link on my FB page today.

  4. lLori says:

    Hello. I recently came across your site through a picture on Pinterest, lovely blog! March of 2011 I lost my eldest son in a recreational vechicle accident caused by a reckless driver. Since last March my life has screeched to a halt. Prior to my sons accident I was known as a holiday queen of sorts who loved to decorate for everything. Since the accident I no longer can find the child-like glimmer in my heart nor sparkle in my eyes to do as I had before. This past Christmas I did minimally decorate just for the memory of my son, it was definately a labor of love, especially putting up his special train from the Polar Express. For the 27 short years of my sons life I relished in the holidays, the colors, sights and scents brought me alive. This evening I read through your entire blog and found myself smiling over your talents! What really caught me was your 2010 Christmas video, the sights and sounds brought a smile to my face. My first thought was how my Mikie would have loved the video, and the decorations from Hallmark that moved. Seriously I know the decorator in me will never reappear as she was before, that woman is long gone. In years to come little by little some will come back but not with what I had in my heart before. Life goes on but changes dramatically when you suffer a loss as I have. Tonight I want to thank you for making me smile. As I approach the one year mark the depth of my sadness is so deep there are no words to use to explain nor describe it. However Eileen, tonight for the brief time on your blog I was able to find some joy. Bless you for all the time you spend on your home and blog, to me it means the world! Sincerely, Lori Kolecki

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