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The Chipmunk and the birdseed

Good morning little Chipmunk. It’s nice to see you, but this birdseed is for birds, not for Chipmunks.

Chippy replied, “hmmmm – please, can I try just one”?

Nibble, nibble, nom, nom, nom, Crunch, GOOBLE, CHOMP, NOM, NOM, NOM!!

After finishing the entire pile, he said, “thank you for the birdseed, but if you want to feed just birds, you shouldn’t put out snacks Chippies love to eat!”

I thought to myself, wow! That is one smart Chipmunk!

A Cedar Waxwing courtship ritual

The Cedar Waxwing is a bird that’s hard to not to love. They are incredibly beautiful with a delicate and sophisticated appearance, they travel in groups and display behaviors that personify love and caring for each other.

During courtship, the male will offer the female a gift of something like a piece of fruit, a flower petal, or an insect. They will pass it back and forth until the gift is eaten.  I have seen this ritual a few times and it’s the sweetest thing to watch!

Here is a little something for you….

Once the ritual starts, the birds are very focused on each other. If you are really lucky you can see them in the trees passing their gift back and forth, back and forth.

Would you like it?
Here you go.
Aww…. thank you! I love it!

Cedar Waxwings are found throughout North America. You can see them in places where fruiting trees are available as a food source.

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Portraits painted from photos – a gift for any time

There is nothing more special than a beautifully crafted portrait custom made for someone you love!

Pet Portrait Portfolio

To commission a portrait,  contact me to discuss the details. and then provide a photo. It’s that simple! Now is the time to place your order to have your portrait completed in time for the holidays.

Whether you would like a painting of a loved one, an event, a special moment or your favorite pet – your portrait will capture your precious moment in the most stunning way imaginable!

Contact me today for more information:

Claire Payne,
Claire Payne Studios
4787 Ethan Allen Highway, St. Albans, VT

Making your own Barn Quilt

As you may know by now, I love old barns!  The older the better!  When Joe and I bought the Solomon Goodrich Homestead the condition of the barns on our new property were a lot like the ones in the VPR piece called Testament to old falling down barns in Vermont.  We have since restored our property to create Claire Payne Studios.  It only makes sense we should try a Barn Quilting project!

Here is a picture of the Quilt  we will be creating in our Barn Quilt Event.

Vermont Barn Quilt at Claire Payne Studios

Barn Quilts are wooden block painted to look like quilt patterns and can be displayed indoors or out.  They have been around for hundreds of years, but have become popular again.

A bit more about Barn Quilts: