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Whenever I go to a bookstore I am always checking the clearance shelves for cheap books.  Tuesday loves book as much as I do and new ones (to her) are a special treat. I tend towards classics, beautifully illustrated books, and lovely prose. But I made an exception lately and got a book that makes noise.

Yes, yes, but I think it is a good exception to my no battery rule. This book was on clearance at Borders for $7.99 and I think the illustrations are great. What’s more when you pair a bird number to the speaker you get to hear just what it sounds like.

Tuesday is a big fan. I like it too and it got me thinking that we should start talking more about birds and checking out their features. So I picked up a few more bird books in the clearance section.

The Birding Essentials was only $1.99, a good companion to the song book I thought. And the coloring book was also inexpensive. It has simple illustrations with more information about various birds in North America.

And a coloring guide.

After Tuesday and I enjoyed the books for a few days the thought of winter holidays crept into my head and I decided to go back for a few more sets. My idea is to have some presents ready to go way before the holidays (or birthdays). We’ll see how well I do (I want to give these gifts to the intended recipients now!). I’ve made up little gift bags since I’m trying to stop using throw away wrapping.

I used a friend from quilt guild’s tutorial (you can find it here). It’s actually a reversible bag, with a nice enclosure for the cord.

I am super in love with the new cord my mom has in the shop (here it is). I love the bright colors, she even has neon! I found cord stops at the fabric store and it finishes them off nicely. I think these will be great for “wrapping” and for the kids to carry their book out in the yard or to a window to bird watch themselves.
I hope to update more regularly this week, but I still can’t seem to shake this darn cold! And when I went rummaging for medicine I realized just how long it’s been since I’ve been able to use the “good” stuff… everything was expired. Here’s hoping I don’t keep Bj up coughing another night!

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  1. Good idea. Although, not all battery operated toys are bad. Yes, some can be annoying, but Donovan has this one pop-up ball toy my mom bought him that he loves. The music it plays is his favorite part!

  2. So funny. Miri was at her Great Grandparent’s house this weekend and they had the “Bird Songs Bible” and she played with it for a really long time! I was thinking of getting her one…your book looks a little cooler though, bigger illustrations! 🙂

  3. I love the illustrations and cover of the Bird Songs book. Looks very vintage; I thought you were going to say you got it while thrifting! The bags are cute too. I just started sewing and it looks like a project I can actually do!

  4. This is awesome! Definitely a time to break the no-battery rule. I love that and we have “a version” of it in our home, which, just like our no-glowing-box rule, gets more ammendments added as my boys get older. These birds are beautiful. And the bags are inspiring me as I think of teacher gifts — perfect size for a summer fun-on-the-run bag.

  5. You are definitely one step ahead of me when it comes to planning! The bags are such an awesome idea and I saw a big surge in spindle cord sales! Thank you!
    PS The little fingers are adorable!

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