Monday, August 25, 2008

Sharing the Joy of Hummingbirds

We were at Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles, MO, last weekend. A gentleman who had purchased a feeder at the show the previous year stopped by the booth. Last year I had given him tips on how to get a hummer to sit on his finger. He stopped by to tell me that he had followed my suggestions and was thrilled to see a hummer up close sitting on his hand. That's what this is all about, I think. More so than selling my art, I enjoy sharing the joy and wonder of these amazing little creatures.

We just returned from the Art and Balloon Festival in Lincoln, IL. On Saturday a nice lady purchased a feeder. She returned on Sunday just to share that she filled and placed her feeder and soon had a hummer at it. She, too, was thrilled and happy.

We took time to go out to the airport Saturday evening to see the balloon launch. Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative for the balloonists. They did, however, launch from one end of the airport and fly to the other end. What a sight to behold! We've not seen balloons up close like that before. No wonder this sport has such a following!

We're busy filling orders. We have reorders from Cosby Hillpeople Crafts in Gatlingburg, TN, and Abode Interiors in Stockholm, WI. Moller's Garden Center in Palm Desert, CA, will also soon offer our items. It's a little overwhelming at times, but what fun we are having!

Hummingbird fact for today: The "Doctor Bird" (Trochilus polytmus), or Swallowtail Hummingbird, lives only in Jamaica and is one of the most outstanding of all the species of hummingbirds. The feathers of the Doctor Bird are beautifully iridescent, a characteristic peculiar to this family.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Wonders of Technology

One of the local radio stations, KRMS 1150 AM/93.5 Mike FM, sponsored the Art and Ambiance Fair this past weekend here at the Lake, so of course the station gave the Fair a lot of play. I was invited to talk on KRMS AM about my art and the Fair. That was a first for me and I had no idea how I sounded on the air. Terrie had sent the radio website address to friends and family and my sister in Oregon logged on and not only listened to the interview (aired on a local AM station), my nephew also recorded it. The next day I received an email with a file attached and I was able to listen to the interview. What an amazing technological age we live in! And our very first sale was to a nice lady who had listened to my interview and came to the show to see my items.

We were very pleased with the local Art and Ambiance Fair. We got acquainted with some of the other artists, wineries, and restaurants in the area, we visited with some old friends, and we made new friends who were visiting the Lake. Unfortunately the weather was nice all weekend so many Lake visitors were out on the water instead of inside at an art show, but that is their loss. There is a lot of talent and skill in this area.

Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles is next weekend. This, too, was a fun show for us last year and we're looking forward to it. Let's just hope that Missouri weather lends itself to the event!

Hummingbird fact for today: The Ruby-throated hummingbird was first identified by Carl Linnaeus, the originator of the modern classification system, in 1758 from a specimen from South Carolina.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

One Small Note Made My Day!

I received the following email yesterday, which made me feel darn good! Part of the note and two of the pictures are posted here with permission of the author/photographer. Thanks Cam and Shirley for warming the heart of a hummingbird fan/artist!!!

Bill and Terrie,

We just had to let you know how much enjoyment we have gotten from our hummingbird feeder purchased at the Leawood Town Center Art Fair. We decided to mount it just outside the kitchen/hearthroom window so we could keep an eye out for them. The first photo attached shows how I mounted it and the second shows our success. I have a camera mounted on a tripod next to my easy chair so all I have to do is push the button.

Best regards,
Cam and Shirley Schutte

Hummingbird fact for today: Hummingbirds may live for 5 to 10 years. A female Broad-tailed was banded as an adult in 1976 and recaptured in 1987, at least 12 years old. A banded Ruby-throated was found to be 6 years 11 months and a Rufous was 8 years 1 month.