Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DJ Liar Bird?

My friend, Carl, recently sent me an email with a link to this YouTube video of an Australian lyre bird and his amazing vocal abilities.

"at the beginning i thought "ok.. that's neat"... then the bird starts doing car alarms and buzz saws and i was speechless..."

Apparently this bird can imitate up to 30 other bird calls, and splices in other sounds that he hears in the forest, such as cameras, water drops, chain saws, car alarms, and music from a radio, to create a unique symphony designed to attract a mate.

If your valentine can beat that display, I'd love to hear about it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Just about everyone in the family was featured in various blogs this month:

Noah was the Pet of the Week for Etsy Veg. Check out his cute pic and find out what he's been reading lately. Also be sure to check out Etsy Veg and the shops of all their members in the Crafty Veggie Marketplace.

You can find Tom and Roadrunner the Chicken at Binge Cafe. (Please don't report us for animal abuse--she really doesn't mind sitting on top of his head! We let the chickens sleep in the house one night during an unusual cold snap that hit Seattle last month.)

And, one of my light switch covers is featured in the latest treasury for Etsy Veg.

You can also find a review of one of my necklaces (and my first Etsy sale!) by Molly of Vegan Etsy from way back in September.

Check out both Etsy teams for fabulous handmade cruelty-free items.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Name that Bird!

Welcome to the NEW Grapevine-- the official blog of Aguavino!
I have purged my old blog posts in order to offer you a more focused attempt at entertaining, intriguing, promoting and prompting.

Your first test:
Name that Bird Contest. I will be featuring this contest periodically, so check back often, put me on your blog-watch, or sign up for my newsletter (also called The Grapevine) so you can win fabulous prizes!

Do you know who this bird is? Maybe so, but this one is a multi-parter, so pay attention. To enter this month's contest, please send me an email with the Subject: "Name that Bird", and the answers to the following 3 questions:
1) What is this bird's name?

What type of bird is it?

What prestigious publication ran an obituary for this bird?

Winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by Jan. 31st., and will receive a FREE four-pack of my handmade photo greeting cards! (misc. selection)

Please be sure to check out my photography and other handcrafted items on Etsy, Artfire or 1000 Markets! (More products coming soon!)

Keep an eye on The Grapevine for more glimpses into the world of Aguavino.....Coming soon -- handmade product reviews, interesting bird facts, tips for winos, and lots more!