Feed the Birds

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After Christmas this year, I asked my husband if he would put our tree in the backyard instead of on the curb for tree pick-up service. I was inspired by my friend Deb’s feed-the-birds garland @vintagesparrowstudio. So I decided to decorate our ex-Christmas tree with a similar garland.

Bird feeder garlands are really easy to make. I gathered up leftover Christmas popcorn and cranberries, along with fresh blueberries and clementines. From my pantry, I found peanuts in the shell, fruit snacks, and cheerios.

Just use whatever you have on hand.

I strung a three-foot length of baker’s twine with a darning needle and proceeded to string the ingredients in random order until the twine was full. I made a few more lengths of garland and decorated our Christmas tree again–this time for our fine-feathered friends.

Easy, fun, and Simple Kindness!

Lost Boys – Update

We wanted to update you, but first, thank you for contributing to this campaign! We’ve transferred the funds that we raised to Allison Joyce, the photo journalist working in Bangladesh, and she will be purchasing and delivering the goods to the boys and their family.

You may have read in the news that Myanmar, formerly Burma, has requested the return of all refugees in Bangladesh. This has created a lot of uncertainty and fear, of course, since the military has been accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

So far, no one in the camps has returned to the country.

Please keep Shamsul (8) and Jafar (11) in your prayers, and thank you again for your generosity and kindness.

– Lisa and Kelly

(map credit: BBC News)