Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Latest Bird Nest

And, now for more of the story.  After the Mystery Nest was found and the mystery itself solved, I received a call from my friend, KATHY.  Could she and Morgan stop by the next day?  OF COURSE.  Well, wouldn't you know - not only did they bring me a hydrangea for the patio, but they also brought me a lovely bird nest found on their fence.  Oh my!  Here you see it....I decided to place it, the Mystery Nest and one I found on my own fence into a wooden bowl I purchased at the Junk House.  So, here they are: their nest with the Robin's egg in it.  (I found the egg out in the yard years ago, broken, but still beautiful to look at.)  On the right is the nest from my fence, on the lower left is the Mystery Nest.  There are also some very old bits of tree from my sister's back yard, collected last year when I was there.  I think they make a nice trio of nests to wonder at, don't you?

A close up of Kathy and Morgan's contribution to my collection.  It's so pretty!  I like to put a little slip of torn paper in each nest to identify where it came from. ♥️


 Here's their nest turned around....evidently, the bird was making do - as WE should.  A plastic shopping bag has been worked into the twigs.  Very resourceful!!! 

"The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then it is betrayed into weaving into its structure showy and bizarre bits of this and that, which give its secret away and which seem to violate all the traditions of its kind."
John Burroughs

This is the Mystery Nest....quite a bit smaller than the others.

 And, the one from my fence.  Next to the house, under the Crepe Myrtle tree....such a nice spot for a nest!

Here's a small nest, found behind my house in Two Pines Park last year.  Just there on the ground waiting for me as I walked past.  A reward.  A treasure.


There are books stacked everywhere here.  May as well use one or two for a bird nest display stand.  More or less.

 Here's a very small nest, sitting atop a cute little cabinet...which houses, wait for it.....tiny bird books!
This little nest sits in a vintage black coin purse.  It will fit in your hand with some room leftover.
So cute.

 Another very small nest perches on the window between my living room and kitchen.  It came from my daughter and son-in-law's yard.  He found it one day and saved it for me.  Notice the quarter sitting beside's showing you just how tiny that nest is!  There is also some tiny feathers there and believe it or not....a bit of fur I do believe belongs to my grand-dog, Trixie!!! 

 So...some lovely bird nests.....I do enjoy finding them and then enjoying them as time goes by here in Bird Nest Cottage.  You just never know when or where you will find one....but I'm always looking.  For feathers also.  It's fun!

 I don't know why, but thought I'd include a photo of my "Rock Birds."  Well, you might have to imagine a good bit here...but years ago now,  the minute I found these rocks - birds just naturally came to mind.  I have used them as "patterns" to line embroider birds before...they make me 
laugh....a good thing.

And, for today, that is it.  Hope you enjoy the nests AND the rocks.  Have a wonderful new week!

until next time
Be Well

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Like a Bird

Today I watched the birds.  

They are just the same as we are - busy trying to peck out a living and a life in a sometimes cruel world under circumstances that aren't always helpful.  No matter what - they do something we often fail to do - they continue to SING.  We should each "write" our own song and sing it
every day in some way, as do the birds and NEVER GIVE UP. ♥️

Update #1:  
I did find out who put the bird nest in my mailbox last week.  It was Tommie, down the street.  She said she found it and thought something should be done with it as it was so beautiful. 
Thinking of me and my BIRD NEST COTTAGE, she put it in my mailbox.  That was so nice.
Lucky me!

Update #2:
Earlier this year, I wrote about a 1930's quilt top I was going to quilt for my sister-in-law's mother.  It was made in the 30's by the mother's sister and never quilted.  And, it needed to be mended first.  So, I've now finished that quilt and it was delivered today.  I will be showing you that quilt after it is delivered to her sometime in July, for her 90th birthday.  Whew!  So glad I managed to get that done!

Also, I'm posting this on a Tuesday, rather than a Sunday, because my sister surprised me at my front door last week.  I did not know she was driving up here from Texas...what a nice surprise.  We enjoyed the visit....doing whatever we wanted...which included watching all three seasons of Broadchurch on netflix even though we had seen all of them previously.  Excellent!!!  

My sister left this morning, delivering the quilt to my sister-in-law this evening.  I heard from my sister-in-law....she is happy with the quilt.  Yea!!!  You'll hear more about it toward the end of July.

And, I'll try to post again on Sunday.

until next time

Bird Nest Cottage

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Summer Pop Up Shop at the VanHooks

As this ad says....a Summer Pop Up Shop took place this weekend at my daughter and son-in-law's home.  If ever a house was suitable for an art show...well, it would be this one.  They had a Pop Up last year with great success, so by request....another.  I am showing you some photos I took while there........just ran through snapping a few photos.  I thought you might want to see some of the art.  Several of their artistic friends displayed their work too.  It was wonderful! 

I'm not going to say much else.....just enjoy!


 I do have to say this daughter, Kelly.....she worked so hard to make this event a success and it was!  And, Rick, my supercool son-in-law has been painting  like crazy.  They both have.
I'm so proud of them!

"Art is long and time is fleeting."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
Thomas Merton

"One eye sees, the other feels."
Paul Klee

"Life is a blank canvas and you need to throw all the paint on it you can."
Danny Kay

  This little church, painted by Misty, has found it's way to my house!

 I believe a good time was had by all.

  So, as you can see, there will probably be ANOTHER Pop Up at some point.

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Morning Surprise

This morning began as they often do here.......planning my activities for the day....running an errand, working on a special quilt, etc.  Typical.  Until I went to the mailbox.  You know, sometimes things happen that just make you wonder......and smile.  And, be grateful.  It happened this morning.  I went out to the mailbox, expecting the usual bills and junk mail....but along with the mail found this.  A beautiful bird's nest!  Put there, I expect by a friend.  Who?  I have no idea, but I am grateful to have such a kind and thoughtful friend.  THANK YOU, Special Friend!!! 

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrilled by the stars at night; TO BE ELATED OVER A BIRD'S NEST, or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of a simple life."
John Burroughs

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship." 
William Blake

Yes, I was rewarded this morning with a beautiful nest, by a beautiful friend.
 I am grateful for the friendship and also for the BIRD.

until next time

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pink and Pretty

 So, here are a few of my favorite things......placed in front of one of my favorite quilts.  It's a family quilt, lots of names on a cross-stitched LOVE ONE ANOTHER just seems to go there really well.   And, that reminder never hurts anyone, does it? I've no clue who did the cross-stitch, but I made the quilt long ago.  I got the cross-stitch from Sheila at the Junk really called my you well know....the colors pink and green are always calling my name, so it was irresistible.  It's beautifully stitched.

 A recent acquistion was this pink ceramic flower vase from the 40's.........and a heart could I go wrong?  Love it!!!  The little heart bowl I was given a few years is adorable and the little pink bowl is just dear also.  They sit atop a wonderful cake plate I got from Kathy a while is wonderful.........a few meadow flowers amongst roses.  I love it.

 This lovely green vase is a recent purchase also.  From Charles, also at the Junk House.  Just lovely.
And, such a sweet bird perched on it's edge.  

 The yellow 'flower' bowl with pink bird....oh, my, I loved it at first sight, but have had it for a while now.
One filled with perle cotton in great colors....some pink.  The other filled with tiny paper roses.  Tickles my fancy....just saying.

 The yellow bowl,  underside.

 The green vase, underside.

 The pink heart vase is not marked, but I found it online under McCoy.
I really need to bake a cake and show it off on that cake plate sometime soon!

And, here they all are in my tiny dining room.......all that pink and green mixed in with lots of red and part of my flag collection. I hope you enjoyed seeing this little piece of Bird Nest Cottage, with it's new colorful ceramic pieces, all the stitching and my best wishes for a 
Happy Memorial Day

 And, a gentle reminder:


Until next time
Bird Nest Cottage

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.