More Ideas to Welcome Spring
*Buy a pot of daffodils, usually available now in the larger grocery stores, to brighten your home.

*Listen for the sound of the first spring peepers
Click here http://www.naturesound.com/frogs/pages/peeper.html

*Go to the dollar store and cruise the aisles for a few "spring splurges"
Buy some new kitchen towels to replace the ratty ones you've been hanging on to, or maybe a new mascara or a lip gloss in a spring hue. Purchase some colorful artificial flowers in bright colors. Pinks,reds,purples and yellows add cheer to any drab room.

*Gather some pussy willows, either on a walk or from the florist and make a seasonal wreath for your front door.Use a circular wire base (craft shop or coat hanger) and overlap branches of pussy willow, securing with florist wire.Add a festive bow with long streamers to whip in the March winds.

*Collect your favorite affirmations and then record them on your tape recorder in your own voice. After you've recorded your tape, lie down on your bed, close your eyes, and play it back using headphones.
Do it several times a week - this is a very powerful tool for transformation…
If you need some ideas for affirmations, click here http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/3231/declare.html

*then try a Spring Meditation - Click here

*Welcome back the birds
- Celebrate their homecoming by taking a trip to the library or bookstore to get a good field guide, or visit
What Bird- the ultimate online bird guide- http://www.whatbird.com/
"Identify birds of North America with a few clicks using our parametric search engine. Build your own bird field guides
."
Learn to identify different bird calls and then have fun with their online "bird private eye" game where you scroll through a highly detailed visual world and hear the birds -- but they are invisible at first. There are binoculars to zoom in, as well as visual and text hints. Unique, entertaining and educational. Three games: Lake, Marsh & Mountains.
*Once you can identify them-
feed them and have fun watching!

Here's a recipe for Hummingbird Nectar:
1 part sugar/4 parts water
Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar,
at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.
Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.


Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value. You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup
.You can also use this same recipe to make Oriole nectar simply by substituting 1 part water / 6 parts sugar

*A couple of humming bird feeders that you can make-

One from a pretty hanging bottle
 (but I don't know why it won't fill with rain water?)
click here http://rubyglen.com/cgi-bin/MasterPFP.cgi?doc=http://rubyglen.com/crafts/hummingbird.htm
and one that's not as pretty, but seems more practical-
from a soda bottle
click here http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2190.pdf

Create some Spring Crafts!

Grow a miniature meadow in an Easter basket
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it's real simple. About two weeks before Easter, line a large Easter basket with plastic wrap and fill with vermiculite (about 2-inches deep). Sprinkle wheat or rye grass seed on top of the vermiculite. Add water until the seed bed is damp. You shouldn't have to water it again before Easter.

Set the basket in a pan and place in filtered sunlight. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag to keep moist. Remove the plastic after two days. The wheat should begin to sprout during the next few days.
 By Easter morning you would have real Easter grass to hide your eggs in!


CD Suncatchers http://tntn.essortment.com/craftsusingold_rhhp.htm
They really are pretty and if you have a window near your computer….

Suncatcher Doilies
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/crochet/suncatcher-doilies.shtml

Silverware Windchimes http://www.ehow.com/how_15098_make-silverware-wind.html
Patio? Kitchen window?
They're so cool, you have to find a place for them!