Black-capped Chickadee, Lazuli Bunting (blue), Downy Woodpecker
Guess what? I found DownEastThunderFarm! And you know what Susan does there? She makes patterns for wild birds -- made of felt. Lots of them. And you know what else? She lets you print her patterns for FREE. The only stipulation is that you don't sell them for profit. I am so excited because each of my eight beautiful grandchildren are going to have a wild bird ornament clinging to their Christmas tree this December. So far, I have these three made and another black-capped chickadee ready for its wire feet. I've got an American Robin, Meadowlark, Burrowing Owl, Wren, and Red-winged Blackbird printed, and there are so many more to choose from. Susan's patterns are clear and easy to understand. I think the birds look very life-like, and as a bird-watcher, this thrills me.
If you're not into birds, there are also a few patterns for wild animals. I'm especially smitten with the Whitetail Fawn, and the Christmas Moose is really sweet too. I hope you might find your favorite bird at DownEast Thunder Farm. Even if you don't intend to stitch up any birds, take a look around the farm anyway. I think you'll appreciate the beautiful birds Susan has created.
Bread and milk for breakfast,
And woolen frocks to wear,
And a crumb for robin readbreast
On the cold days of the year.