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Nov 19, 2013

Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag

I read Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and two of my favorite parts of the book are sort of combined (accidentally) in these bird seed stars for my Craft Book Club craft.

Birdseed Stars

The first of the two parts is when Jane and Michael get to see the bird woman at St. Paul's Cathedral and she only says, "feed the birds," & "tuppence a bag," no matter what you say to her and it sounds like a song when she chants "feed the birds, tuppence a bag, feed the birds..." I also love how each of the different pigeons was described.

Another favorite part of the book is when Mary Poppins and the magical old lady from the gingerbread shop paste the stars into the sky. It was totally crazy and any doubts I had about Mary Poppins being a witch are totally gone. I didn't intentionally pick a star shape because of this, but I am glad I chose the star cookie cutter now.

Birdseed Star

To make these bird seed treats I warmed up some peanut butter in the microwave (so it would be easier to work with) and mixed in some bird seed. I formed them by scooping some of the mixture into a cookie cutter and pushing it into all of the corners. The neighborhood squirrels really love these stars, I don't think any birds have had a chance to eat them.

The next Craft Book Club book is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Since this is such a long book I am giving myself a few months to get through it so don't expect any Russian inspired winter wear in December. (I'm not sure what I will be making yet, but a faux fur hat & muff are sounding pretty awesome.)

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