It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

November 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

At least in the birds’ cages, it is!  Or it will be, as soon as I add these lovely new Christmas toys from Things for Wings to them.  What an amazingly fun lot!!  Danita (of Things for Wings) is so incredibly creative.  She’s constantly coming up with new designs each and every season, and she never ceases to amaze me with all of her unique creations.  Her collection of Christmas and winter toys did not disappoint– it was so spectacular, in fact, that I purchased way more than I will probably need, but the budgies aren’t complaining!

the entire order from Things for Wings

That’s the entire order: I purchased a nice mix of toys and perches because she also had a new shipment with some beautiful new perches in.  But let’s start with the fun stuff: the adorable budgie toys!

the Snowman collection

I immediately fell in love with the Snowman collection when I first saw it.  It is too cute, especially with those hand-painted, smiley little faces on those neat pod cups.  The snowmen each make a delightful clang noise against the pod cups and the hard wood, and I am sure that the little ones will have a blast jingling and jangling them this season.  The middle one, called the Jack Frost in a Box, is a gift for my mother’s Hahn’s.  I think she will enjoy shredding and preening Jack Frost!

two toys from the Festive collection

These next two toys are also for the budgies, both from the Festive collection.  On the left is a shreddable palm bag, stuffed with other delectable crunchy parts.  Sabrina has a pretty beaded version of this bag that she is obsessed with, so I already know that this one will be a big hit with her.  The one on the right is an adorable Christmas tree for Charles.  Made of crunchy vine parts with lovely little bead ornaments, chewable seagrass, and even some shredded paper and loofah on the bottom, it’s a textured beauty!

two holly toys from the Festive collection

These two are both holly-themed toys.  One is a beautiful bough of very light and delicate palm chains, wrapped up with green loofah “leaves” and red vine holly berries, and the second is a smaller version actually meant to be a foot toy, but it makes a perfect little decorative item for the budgies.

the From the Oven collection

Finally for the budgies, there are two more from the adorable gingerbread-themed From the Oven collection.  The one centered is the Ginger Jangler, with beak-able beads and adorable little hardwood gingerbread men to play with, and the one on the right is actually another foot toy that is, again, the perfect size for the budgies.  It’s an adorable little hardwood Christmas tree with a hardwood gingerbread man, and plenty of little beads to beak to boot.

all in all: the budgies' loot

The budgies, as you can see, made out pretty darn well this time around.  Of course, I did not leave Lola out.  She’ll be receiving an absolutely beautiful custom toy this year, designed with the adorable snowmen heads.  (I felt like I had to spoil the budgies a bit more; Lola got a billion Christmas toys last year.  Plus, Things for Wings made it too difficult for me to narrow the list down!!)

Lola's custom Snowman toy

a second view of the custom Snowman toy

It’s a beauty!!  It’s loaded with the types of parts she loves: lots of hardwood beads and sticks, lots of natural wood coins with the bark still on, several painted snowman pod cups, and even some vine balls for foraging.  She is really going to love this toy.  I’m almost afraid to give it to her because I know she’ll be done with it well before Christmas rolls around.  But perhaps she’ll go easy on it if I make her some other “distraction” toys at the same time, and she’ll choose to destroy those instead of this one.  Maybe.

a beautiful grapevine wood perch for Lola

Lola also got another treasured gift: a beautiful grapevine wood perch.  I’d been really itching for one of these lately but they’re so hard to purchase because you usually have to buy them sight unseen, and the configuration can so often end up being horribly useless.  But I’d been a little bummed that most of her perches are all quite straight and boring.  They’re beautiful– lovely woods with delightful bark and very varied in size– but still more or less straight branches.  (That’s one of the great difficulties of buying perches with exclusively stainless steel hardware– it really minimizes the buying pool.)  So when I saw these beautiful grapevine wood ones, I jumped at them, and I’m so glad I did!  This perch is really going to add some beautiful variation to her cage and switch things up from the usual straight branches sticking out at ninety degree angles.  I love it!

three sandblasted manzanita perches for the budgies

And finally… phew!  Last but not least, three beautiful sandblasted manzanita perches for the little ones.  Again, I was very excited to find some not-straight branches, although I will say that shopping for varied perches for the budgies with stainless steel hardware is, for some reason, far easier.  These are beautiful, though.  Two are single branches that have wonderful curves, and the center one is a magnificent branched one.  This is some really beautiful manzanita wood as well.  I’ve been various qualities of sandblasting on manzanita and this is really nicely done, sandblasted to have a great and very easily gripped texture for birds, even for the little ones.  I very often read on forums that a lot of people try to avoid manzanita wood because it is too slippery but this is a common misconception– sandblasted manzanita wood is actaully extremely easy to grip for birds because of the texture that the sandblasting process provides, when done correctly.  I have no doubts that they will love these perches.

Well– there you have it!  A wonderful and festive and big order from Things for Wings, that of course, as usual, did not disappoint in the least.  Danita was nice enough, as always, to throw in a few freebies that I’m sure the flock will adore as well.  Now it’s time for me to get decorating!

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