My Wild Woolies Felt Birdhouse has arrived! After much debate over which style I wanted, I decided on the Pixie Cottage. I guess I am still too much of a traditionalist to have birds living in a face. If I am honest, I did almost go with the Gnome before deciding I liked the Cottage look.
Upon its arrival, I inspected the house thoroughly. I am impressed with the quality of the wool, which is thicker than I expected and seems fairly sturdy. I like all of the details of the house even better in person and I was very pleased that it looks almost exactly like the photo on the website.
One feature that I was pleasantly surprised to find was the opening at the bottom for cleaning out old nesting material. I think that will turn out to be pretty handy if the house can withstand the elements for more than one season.
On a related note, I am starting to see Wild Woolies products available in stores. There was a selection of houses on sale in the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park store in Peninsula, Ohio. I also noticed a variety of the wool Christmas ornaments were hanging up in a Whole Foods in North Jersey this past December. So keep your eyes peeled!
This is the update for now. For the rest of this experiment we will all just have to wait in suspense until spring!
Over the summer, I found myself shopping in a touristy, vacation
town. I had only just started working on this blog and was still
trying to determine what directions I would like to go with it and
all bird related products were of particular interest. I happened to
look up over the registers and there, hanging among the wind chimes
and windsocks were a series of felt birdhouses. The accompanying sign
assured customers that not only were they a sustainable and fair
trade product, but they were for inside or outside use. Taking one
look at these cute things I felt great doubt that they could sustain
a full season outside. But who knows? Lucky for me I had my phone
handy and thought fast enough to snap a quick reference photo. I put
this in my metaphorical bag of ideas, for a rainy day when I had time
for more googling.
didn’t actually take much research to find the source of these felt
birdhouses. Wild Woolies Felt Homemade Designs. The retail website
indicates that they are made of 100% wool, in Nepal. As I searched
the site and took a look at the birdhouses, I was genuinely surprised
by the variety of styles. According to my count, there are exactly
thirty-nine different felt real estate options. Many are what you
might expect, cute houses, themed and decorated in a way that you
just know Tinkerbell and her fairy friends would feel right at home.
These styles included the Pixie Cottage, Magic Mushroom and Fairy
House, as well as the Chalet and Hermit Hut (for those birds seeking
a life of solitude and quiet contemplation). There were others
inspired by nature such as the Acorn, Cactus and Beehive and several
decorated with flowers, humming birds and insects. But there were
also some less traditional housing options, including a Taco Truck,
Yellow Submarine, Hot Air Balloon and Yeti Hut (for which you could
also purchase the accompanying yetis). For me the most bizarre were
those designed to look like animals. The Owl, Chicken and Fox, which
all have holes in their bellies, making me assume that the emergence
of the resident bird probably looks like an adorable parody of a
scene from Alien. For me the
Puffer fish and flower power Elephant were just a bit too weird,
though admittedly cute.
browsed the different houses I caught myself thinking of which
friends would like which designs, as if I was doing my Christmas
shopping instead of researching for my blog. But the questions still
remained, can they really survive the elements and act as a
functioning birdhouse? I snapped out of my shopaholic state, and
started looking for reviews. I could only find one, which was a five
star review from 2018. A positive sign. Unfortunately the review
didn’t answer the question of outside use as the reviewer
specifically said she wouldn’t put it outside. Five stars for
cuteness, but does the product work outside as promised? I searched
in vain for a while longer before coming to the conclusion that there
were no more reviews. No one had put the wool birdhouses to the test
AND written about the results.
And then I got an idea. An Awful Idea. I had a Wonderful Awful Idea. Just kidding! What are the holidays without a good Grinch reference?! But I did truly have an idea. If I wanted to know how the houses fared outside, I should buy one. I could hang it out this spring and document its progress. And then I could write the definitive review that either confirmed or denounced whether these cute little houses can weather the elements.
have put in my order, and am anxiously awaiting my package. Stay
tuned to see which design I picked and learn how it does outside.
you are interested in buying one of these lovely houses, since I
think we can all agree that they are super cute, you can find them
at a variety of retail outlets, including amazon. I referenced
when I did my research which seems to be the outlet that features
all of the different style options. They also sell a variety of felt
bird ornaments, perfect for any bird lover on your holiday shopping