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Our web site is updated nearly every day it seems with news, calendar of events, product announcements and additions to our ever evolving photo-album. This summary of site revisions has been requested by several regular visitors to this site - we hope you too will find it helpful and check back often!

February 2017 02/08/17
We're always excited to find new products - particularly those made right here in Michigan!  So we're delighted to introduce you to a collection by Michigan Mittens, who coined the phrase: "always have a map on hand!"  Literally ... extremely creative ... Michiganians & Michiganders will definitely get it.  The rest of the country may be scratching their heads >
Fresh for the new year - creative Heartwood bird houses & feeders - quality goods, made to last.

Since 1932 the famous tail-wagging Kit-Cat clocks have provided quirky, nostalgic fun...and now you can get 'em at JJ Cardinal's! > 
We've even got some pretty cool Kit-Cat Clock jewelry >

Our first batch of praying mantis eggs arrived...don't dawdle...these sell out fast to gardeners and those who love to observe mother nature in action! We also received our Orchard Mason Bee eggs!  See our "garden page" for details >

Show off your pride in our state with a hand-crafted copper Michigan Mitt Pin by Roseworks - a skillful artisan in Montana >

January 2017 Kit Cat clock
December 2016

We haven't added much to our collection of press clippings on this site in a few years - but after the Grand Blanc View published a wonderful article about our 25th anniversary celebration, we thought it may be nice to share it.  After all, plenty of local folks receive the paper - but our customers span far beyond local boundaries - we're global!  Anyway, thank you, Grand Blanc View
Read full story >

November 2016 11/18/16
A slew of new kids science & educational toys have arrived - magnets, jax, old fashioned hardwood spinning tops, and a new "Critter Case" by Toysmith - ideal for observing insects and bugs. See more >
It's beginning to look quite festive around JJ's with our holiday tree filled with lovely ornaments, and whimsical gifts like the creative mugs from Mudworks >  

Some new ideas & products just make so much sense...it's like having your own V-8 moment:  "you do it suet" - read more >

So when you hear the name of our newest hummingbird feeder: "Nectar Dots" - what comes to mind?  Take a gander, we just posted them on our "nectar page" >
October 2016 10/27/16
The steel wren-shaped portal cover we used to get from Erva Tool has been discontinued.  So when GoodPlanet ran out of inventory they had to create "plan B"...a steel ring portal cover mounted on the silhouette of a house wren cut from hardwood (like walnut or cherry).  It's our beloved Mighty Fine Wren house.  See more >
Introducing Carson optics - perfect for hobbyists who want to see more detail without breaking the bank.  Available in 3 models - see more >
Our 2017 holiday calendars from Willow Creek Press have arrived!  Great holiday gift idea - more info >
We have just the perfect thing for your favorite Wolverine or Spartan - new Motawi Tiles made right here in Michigan!  Go green!  Go blue!  Also new from Motawi, several new designs based on the work of beloved artist Charley Harper.  See our "gifts page" >
go blue!go white! go white!
September 2016 09/015/16
Check out our awesome new soy based candles made in the USA by Milkhouse Candles >
August 2016 08/02/16
Several manufacturers of bird feeders have tried this but the new Feeder Cages from Backyard Nature Products may be the most versatile.  These sturdy steel cages come in 3 sizes to accommodate most tube style feeders.  Since we sell mainly Aspects brand tube feeders, it's a "perfect" fit for our customers! >
cage that feeeder!
  nature journal - made in Michigan08/01/16
Ever wish you had a place to record your observations of nature, birds, trees, plants, rocks, weather?  You'll want to check out our new "Write Down" Journals made in Michigan.  See our "books" page >
May 2016 05/27/15
Next time you drive past the shop, check out the new window shades on the East side of our building facing Saginaw Street.  We think they're kinda' neat.
  craftsman clock from Motawi Tile of Ann Arbor.MudWorks gnome05/26/16
New from the crafty folks at Motawi Tile...the decorative Schlabaugh & Son clock. Available in several styles and price ranges. See our "gifts page" >

Also just in...new whimsical gnome figures from MudWorks >

Hand blown glass indoor watering bulbs >
April 2016 04/25/16
J.J. Cardinal's announces details for "Children's Summer Writing Contest" - see our "events page" >
  new to our store: pottery by Bryan Becker04/25/16
 A few more new clay items available by Bryan Becker: Family Bowl, Housewarming Bowl and our favorite, M&M Candy Jar>
Our May 2016 newsletter: J.J. Cardinal's Calendar is available in-store online - see our "info page" >
our "May 2016 Calendar"
  "bird-dog" is actually a suet log feeder04/24/16
It's called a "bird-dog" feeder because it is shaped like a dachshund - place suet plugs in the pocket holes that are drilled in the logs that make up the feeder/body.  Join us May 21st - we're going to be assembling these cute little "bid-dog" feeders. See our Events Page for details >.
  flower press side view04/17/16
Just in time for spring! Preserve your flowers, grasses & foliage with a flower press made here in the USA.  It's a great educational activity for all ages! See more >
  "rockin' Robin"04/15/16
Another new series of greeting cards arrived recently from Two Dog Studios >
Rid yourself of unwanted bird activity with Bird-X Owl Prowler >
March 2016 Earth Dreams - earring03/11/16
And yet more really fun jewelry - we located another artist located just south of us in Ohio: Earth Dreams. >

Some selections of the beautiful hand-crafted heavy gauge copper ornaments from Roseworks nearly sold out the same day the shipment arrived this past Christmas - so we have been pumped about the order pending for more Roseworks jewelry items: attractive copper earrings & pins.  We have a sample of the collection on our "jewelry page" >

Roseworks copper earring
February 2016 For the birds sign02/29/16
Several new garden art signs arrived this week like this handsome "For The Birds" piece >
Louise's knitted-cap02/28/16
These days we've not added much to the "Louise Notes" feature on this website because Facebook has become so popular among our customers for communicating news & periodic information.  Still, we've left the previously published articles as an archive. But today we just added something new that Louise originally posted on Facebook - a short story Louise calls: "Through Her Watching Window" and involves a cap she recently knitted for a friend.  This web-guy thought you may enjoy reading it too. >
Our in-store hand-out newsletter is now available online:  JJ's Calendar for March 2016 >

share a smile02/20/16
Introducing a new type of greeting card: Tree Free.  Yep.  Cards made of materials that does not involve killing a tree or deforesting a rain forest.  Tree-Free has printed on paper made from Kenaf, a fast growing plant related to the hibiscus.  "We have printed on bamboo, on hemp, and most recently on 100% bagasse (sugarcane waste pulp). At present, we are focused on using post consumer recycled paper," Tree Free says. Sounds smart.
Tree Free Greetings Cards now available at JJ Cardinals >  

JJ Calendar: March 2016
It's a mighty GoodPlanet (bluebird house)02/19/16
The sawdust has been flying at GoodPlanet millworks this frigid winter!  They've re-engineered the famous GoodPlanet Traditional Bluebird Nesting Box which is now more than 13% larger!  More room for those monster broods in your backyard habitat to flourish!  Feast 'yer eyes >

GoodPlanet's Chalet-style bluebird house02/13/16
They're back! 
GoodPlanet's popular "chalet-style" bluebird houses.
Massive roof overhang keeps box cool.
These nicely crafted nest boxes are made with pride right here in the USA.
See these and more nest boxes >

Our remembrance items have become quite popular as a way to share condolences and prayers of comfort and love to those who are grieving a loss.  Majesty Bells recently introduced a series of new chimes called "In Loving Memory". They are handsome and still made completely in the USA. More info >
Majesty Bells
Nettles nature jewelry 02/04/16
J.J. Cardinal's is thrilled to be able to feature Nettles Nature Jewelry in our collection.  Their work is featured in selected museums & art galleries in the US and Canada. Nettles Jewelry is a passionately green company offering nature-themed pendants and earrings that feature birds, butterflies, and creatures of the forest and sea. Take a look >
January 2016 advise from cardinal...01/29/16
Advice from a Cardinal: "Stand out in a crowd - Go out on a limb - Be a bright spot in others' lives - Speak up! - Be home before dark - Add color to your life - It's OK to be a little flashy!" >
made in the USA!01/21/16
Originally GoodPlanet made the Cedar Squirrel Feeding Station as a good way to use up scraps accumulating in the workshop. We sold out several years ago and did not re-build 'em but customers were asking for 'em....so, without further ado....feast your eyes on the new and improved: Cedar Squirrel Feeding Station >
little glass seed feeder01/15/16
Something new from Par-a-sol....the folks who make some very creative glass hummingbird feeders now has a small seed-feeder for the little songbirds in your backyard habitat.

More info >

one compact box holds this 3-pc pole, ground socket, and 3-hook topper01/15/16
The new 8-piece pole & hook set-up is sure to be popular for those who need to have the hardware shipped - it's packaged neatly in a box that will reduce shipping costs significantly.  

Details & more info on our "accessories & hardware" page >

On order: new Solmate Socks for Spring!  Order due to arrive next week - meanwhile, you can catch a sneak preview >
Solmates - spring colors - ankle and knee high designs!
Motawi Tiles - very blue, these two01/10/16
Our collection of Michigan based Motawi Tiles continues to impress our customers. Two new selections: Charley Harper's Blue Jay and Michigan's Mighty Mac. See more >
GoodPlanet's new window-mount oriole feeder01/09/16
Sometimes you just want to bring the birds in a bit closer to observe and enjoy...which is why GoodPlanet has made a new "window-mount" feeder for orioles.  Features a spike for oranges & a recessed glass cup to offer jelly. Attach to window with suction cups - or hang with steel cable.  More info >
Safflower seed cylinder - compressed seed - Northern Cardinal's will love it - Squirrels won't. See our "seed" page >
safflower seed cylinder from Mr. Bird
December 2015 Seed Buster logo12/11/15
Seed Buster is a new tray system from the folks who make the famed Squirrel Buster series of birdfeeders. The tray is engineered for pole mount feeders and features a rather ingenious mounting system that fits standard 1" tubular poles. Seed Buster helps you waste less seed, reduce debris and mess.  More info >
cards from Woodfield Press12/05/15
"Word has spread across the fields and woods and now everyone is eager to get a glimpse of the new arrival..." >
(New greeting cards from Woodfield Press.)
the new Legacy - from the folks who make Squirrel Buster12/03/15
We are proud to be the first on our block to have the new Squirrel Buster Legacy from Brome.  No need to log-on and do a web search.  Nope...we've got you covered.  >

J.J.'s Holiday Book Choice For Children: The Chickadee Spirit by Michigan author Bill O. Smith >


Chickadee Spirit

November 2015 Paine's incense11/23/15
When the latest delivery of Paine's Balsam Fir incense and fir scented pillows arrived, customer's commented: "MMmm....it smells like the holidays HAVE arrived!"  Yep.  Your home can smell just as wonderful >
Copper craft ornaments by RosewoodMT.  Hand-crafted and too cool for words >

ornaments from Lttle Guys - brown bunny11/18/15
Our Christmas tree display near the cash register is filled with cute little affordable ornaments in the shape of birds, wildlife, cats & dogs - even a little brown bunny >

See all of our holiday ornaments - many are shown on our gift page.

RosewoodMT - hand crafted copper
new jewelry!11/17/15
So many new things arriving - the webguy is having trouble keeping up!
Next time you visit do look for the adorable new jewelry from Alicia Randazzo and Rachael Schultz from Oreb-Lram Designs of Wisconsin. >

You'll also want to get several of the new hand-painted glass ornaments from Michigan artist Margaret Cobane >

by Maraget Cobane - ornaments
October 2015 Abby showing off the new headbands from Olivia's10/28/15
Part-time Naturalist-in-training, Abby, models our new hand-made, recycled wool headbands by Olivia's LLC >

Shown far right - our new "Tilesmile" keepsake 3" square ceramic title - a great gift! >

fingerless gloves & mittens from Look-At-Me!10/28/15
New quirky apparel made in USA like fingerless gloves & mittens >

2-leaf-oak pin10/27/15
Back by popular demand: Guy Paul Sculptures: the Leaf Collection in copper & brass >

Motawi Tileworks "Winter Cardinal"10/15/15
Motawi Tileworks introduces: "Winter Cardinals" inspired by a print from artist Yoshiko Yamamoto - details on our "gifts page" >

  cute chickadee feeder10/02/15
Droll Yankees created a new, adorable CUTE little feeder that small songbirds will love!  
It's got a protective dome >

naked-bee logo
Come sample our new line of
personal care products: Naked Bee >

September 2015 09/09/15
New decorative seed storage containers from Atlantic Can Company - now in-stock in three sizes...three images on each can: cardinals, goldfinch & chickadee!   >
seed cans made in the USA
J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store®
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