Posts Tagged ‘ski’

I think skiing is so much fun. And so is the upcycling style of this SKI Birdhouse! This wildlife shelter says Cool. Eco. Adventurous. And while here in the South we don’t have any blizzards, this unique design will be a welcome retreat from heavy rains, gusty thunderstorms, and oppressive heat waves. 


made from unused, unwanted, destined-for-the-landfill skis and snowboards


I’ve mounted this upcycled birdhouse along the Portofino Audubon Trail for passers-by to enjoy.


About Ted, owner and designer of upCycled Designs:

I am an architect and have always had an interest in complete building environments, including furniture and other often unappreciated elements.

Making furniture and artwork gives me the opportunity to experiment with textures, colors and material compositions that are mostly overlooked in our culture.

Visit his Etsy store, upCycled Designs, for more upcycled homeware. 


As a skier, do YOU like the idea of a Ski Birdhouse? (Please feel free to leave a comment) Or do parts of skis on a tree make you think that maybe something went wrong??!!

Notes From Dawn received the upcycled Ski Birdhouse from upCycled Designs in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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When skiing in Utah a few weeks ago, I had a delicious peanut butter cookie at a mid-mountain cafe. The craving for more stuck with me all the way back home to the beach.

Here is my recipe for peanut butter cookies.

(It’s easier than putting on ski boots!)



1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 and 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 baking soda

dash salt

some sugar

Combine brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter in a large bowl. Beat on medium until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten balls in criss-cross pattern with fork. Bake at 375 for 8 – 10 minutes.

Enjoy. Share. Make more cookies.

Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.

– Author Unknown


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Now that I’m back and rested, I want to share my amazing ski trip to Park City, Utah with you.

Park City Mountain Resort is amazing. If you enjoy skiing, then I highly recommend that you plan a visit. It is an easy 35 minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Park City Mountain Resort offers 3,300 acres of the “Greatest Snow on Earth” . There are nine bowls and 114 trails getting an average 365 inches of snow a year. Base elevation is 6,900 and the summit is a breath-taking 10,000 feet.  (Ranked by SKI Magazine as the #1 Family Vacation in 2012)

Call (800) 222-PARK (7275) or visit

I was thrilled to learn that this resort also recognizes the value of our environment. Read more here.

Although we traveled with our ski boots – and all that other bulky warm gear skiers need – we decided it easiest to fly to Utah without our skis. There are many places to rent equipment from right at the resort and we rented skis from Cole Sport. Their service was exemplary. Please check them out if you go and need to rent or buy anything.




here’s a pic of Jesse resting. long runs require a short break.



lots. of. snow.

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