Thursday, July 4, 2019

HAPPY 4th OF JULY, 2019 🇺🇸

On this beautiful day,
I wish you all
Very Happy Independence Day
July 4, 2019 


until next time
Bird Nest Cottage


Monday, July 1, 2019

"BLENDED EMBROIDERY," an heirloom book by Brian Haggard

I am very pleased to show you the latest book by my very dear friend,
 Brian Haggard

 is a wonderful addition to his list of heirloom embroidery books and, as always, owning each of them is blessing as far as I'm concerned. 
 I call his books "heirloom" embroidery as I consider them books to hand down and preserve.  Also, his actual stitched quilts and other objects themselves are heirlooms. 
 Yours will be too if you learn the lessons he is so beautifully presenting in these books.

C & T Publishing

C & T Publishing

Stories Told Through Embroidery
 QUILTmania Editions

 C & T Publishing

This book is packed full of wonderful ideas, as the cover says:
Combining Old and New Textiles, Ephemera & Embroidery.
Oh my, is it ever!
I'm recommending you buy the book, sit down with a nice hot cup of tea, and prepare to be amazed.  (Actually, I consider it a religious experience!)
Afterwards, go take a look at all those old pieces you have and imagine them glorified in new ways.
Not only is the book beautiful to look will inspire you to use what you love to do to enhance many things you already own.

Here is my autographed copy.
So very special to me.

 Just take a look at this photo...
well, all the photos are absolutely gorgeous and taken in his home.
 He is a designer, after all, and you see that on every single page.

It didn't escape my notice that he has displayed the pincushion I made him "under glass."
 See it there on the upper right.   

 Actually,  that pincushion is living a much nicer life than I would ever have imagined. ❤️


 On this page, Brian talks about visiting my home.  
I was able to see him do a bit of work on this piece.
It was a wonderful experience!
And, I was happy to share that vintage quilt with him.
One of those times when you just want to say
 "O, Happy Day!!!"


  Best of friends, indeed!


 Two of the gorgeous pages in the will enjoy them all, I do believe.

 One of my favorite projects in the book is these pincushions/sachets he has created.  
Absolutely adorable.
 I like that he fills a bowl with them for certain guests who visit.  
 Lucky visitors!
(Who does that these days?)
 It's a wonderful idea....a great one when you want to share a 'little something special."

 I'm thinking it might be a good way to share with those who might visit a certain blog 
on a certain birthday.

 (Thanks for the idea, Brian!)

And, I just picked a random page to show you from the book.
So beautiful!!!

If you love embroidery, you will love the book.

You can get in touch with Brian 

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Little Trunk, Filled

 There's this little trunk that lives in my dining room.  It's FULL of stuff.  Some stuff leaves the trunk from time to time and new old stuff takes it's place.   Years ago, I decorated the inside of the lid with a beautiful bird and roses over top of some antique ledger sheets which came out of a ledger in the office of my son-in-law's family store. 

 (I'll show that further in this post.)

Otherwise it is unchanged from when I bought it.  It's a really fun thing to fill and refill.

So, here are some of the goodies (and there are things underneath things!) The sweetest cup with a mismatched saucer.  A really cute heart I bought for, I think, a quarter some years ago.  A hanky from Kathy's flea market I brought home last week.  The tiniest cross-stitch.  Under that is an embroidered rose, also from Kathy's. 
There's a cross-stitch rose there on a blue pretty.  A quilt square from the 30's.

A pink embroidered pincushion I made, a McCoy flower vase filled with perle cotton. 
A silk ribbon bag filled with lavender.  A silk rose.  Behind that pincushion is a swatch of fabric I liked the colors of....and,

 a wonderful pin I bought at the Houston Quilt Festival years ago. 
 It looks like a tiny quilt.  Just gorgeous!
And, then...the angel frame...holds a photo of my daughter and her son.
So cute!

 That tiny stitching on a handkerchief.

 One of my very favorite quotes from artist Katie Daisy.
And, I say it all the time. 
 When I drive down a country road and see all the wildflowers this is what runs through my mind.

 A closeup.  

 And another.

 And, more.

My favorite colors.

So, here is the inside of the trunk lid.  I covered the inside of the lid with ledger paper, then added paper napkins over it.  Those roses....just loved them and I really like the way it turned out.


Using paper napkins this way is really easy and lots of fun.

And, here is the bird....from another paper napkin.  
I'm very fond of this little trunk and do enjoy
filling it with different things from time to time.
So, another Wednesday.  
I think they go by really fast.
So,  I guess I'll say again...see you Sunday!

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage

Monday, June 17, 2019

Last Wednesday, Part 2 and A Bit More

Remember last Wednesday's post....I got frustrated with the computer and it was way late in the a.m., around 1:40, so I declared there should be a Part 2.   
Well, this is it.  I have figured out my computer problem. 
 (No, I didn't, my son clued me in to what my problem was, so - solved!)
 So, here are some things I would have shown you then,
beginning with the photo tiny space at the flea.  
I've added a few things and sold a few things too.
When next I am there, I will bring a few things home.
Right now, it's about as crowded as I want it to get, so I'll thin it out
if customers don't do it for me.

And, an additional thought on that.  Kathy and I have changed our "hours" at the store.  We,  which means Kathy and me, or, "The Minions," as Morgan calls us, will be in the store EVERY OTHER Wednesday.
That will allow her more time to do the zillion things she does every week and it will also give me more time to come up with treasure for my little space.
I think it's a really good idea.

 Back to Part 2:
Here is one of the zillion or so paintings that have found their way into the store recently.
 Somehow, they eventually seem to find their way back out into the universe.  I brought a couple home with me.  But, not this one.

 All kinds of goodies here....notice this painting.

 A closer look.

 Do you remember I mentioned last week that I came home with some dishes?
 These are the ones.  I fell for them the instant I saw them.
They said "cottage" to me right away.  


 I had intended to set a table with them in my last post....but,
 well, we know what happened, so I did that today.
 I could set a table in a few different places in this cottage, but for some reason, I thought
it would be "cute" to set the work table in the room I call The Pantry.
Well, I do keep food, and Pantry 'stuff' in this room, as it's right off the kitchen, but, 
I also have a coffee station in it,  dish storage, and, of all things....
it's my little "art studio" too.  I like rooms that can serve more than one purpose.
And, since I live alone....I can pretty much use any room I have for anything I want.
There are certainly no rules and regulations I am following here.

 So, I set the table for two.
Just because I could.

So, okay.  Food is in that cabinet with the doors.  
And, heaven only knows what is in all the rest.
At some point pretty soon, I'm emptying those shelves, putting my cookbooks and other things there.  Some of these dishes, etc. will go.
 It's a plan anyway.

 Notice the little Salt and Pepper shakers.  
I have carefully saved these for many years. 
They are the only thing my maternal grandmother ever gave me.
   So I have treasured them. 
 And, since I never knew my paternal grandmother, they are even more special.

 Cute, aren't they?

 So, I thought I'd also turn off the lights.  Light a candle.
As a matter of fact, I often have only candle light on Sunday's.
I also love to have candlelight when it's raining.
Especially in the evening.

 There are four each of cup and saucers, dinner plate, salad plate, dessert plate and soup bowl.  
Plus the tea pot.
And they are so pretty.....what a great find at $15.00!!


   And, the name "Peasantry."  
Right up my alley.  
 And, like I always say, you never know what you will find at the Junk House.

 Even though I will not be at the store this coming Wednesday, I will still post.  No idea what you will be seeing though....want to take a chance and come back for a visit? 
 If you do....well, thank you for that!

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wednesday at the Flea Market

So I promised a flea market post on Wednesday night.  Little did I know that it would spill over into Thursday morning.  Trouble with the computer.  Well, was trouble with the operator of the computer.  I have spent several hours on this....and it turns out there was no way I could get all the photos to cooperate with I'll do a Part 2 on Sunday...because now all I want to do is go to bed.

It was a very busy day at the flea.  Kathy and Morgan had gone to some auctions over the weekend, bringing back lots of goodies and it was non-stop for shoppers today.  I'm tired and I didn't do much...Kathy, now, she had to be exhausted.

I got to sort stuff and since it's one of my favorite things to do....I had a FUN day!
It helps, of course...that it's also my therapy day and my flea market friends make me laugh a lot.  That always makes a really good day.

So, I'll show you some of the things that have gone out the door.   

And, one thing that came in the door.  That is the tree in this first photo.

If you read my post of June 5, you will remember I talked about trees.
 Well, Kathy remembered that and at one of the auctions, she found this beautiful tree.

It was drawn using Prismacolor pencils on paper by
Linda Williams Palmer 

And, just a little "aside" my maiden name is Williams.
 I like those little coincidences!


 Here is the story.

And, the really nice part....Kathy gifted it to ME!    I just love it!
I hope you enjoy reading the story of this drawing of the
Championship Ginko Tree of Arkansas.



 While I didn't get as many photos on this post as I wanted, I do hope you enjoy the ones I did manage to get.  So enjoy seeing some of the goodies available today.
 A lot of the blue pieces...including the tea set in the basket, left with new owners today.

 This painting is huge....lots of wood items in the trunks above and behind that quilt, which also left today, is the cutest little ironing board.  Since it came to my house, I'll have to show it to you on Sunday.  It's adorable!

 More from inside the trunk....and boy, did I have a fit over those dishes.  Not a complete set, but oh, so cool.  I'm going to set the table with those and you will see that on Sunday too.

 We are so proud of the library area of the store.  A place to sit and read if you need a break.
The floral loveseat is sold.  The green one is for sitting and reading.  The books are $1 each.
You can't beat that....and there is a huge variety of them.

 More dishes, quilts and miscellany.

And, my goodness!  
This chest is wonderful....with a marble top.
 There is a huge basket under that quilt....and it's filled with small paintings and such.

 The bed sold right away.  I knew it would.  It's lovely.
There were also two sets of twin beds...both sold. 


 And, here is the cabinet that I've shown you before.  It hasn't sold yet.  Which surprises me.  Probably because I just love the old thing.  It haunts me.....since I would buy it myself, but there is absolutely NO room for it at Bird Nest Cottage.
Well, there IS, but I'd have to give up something already in hard for me to do.

 Wonderful old wooden boxes on top....

And, thus endeth the tour for tonight.
It's 1:40 a.m.  
I'm going off to dreamland...probably to think of all the fun at the Junk House today!!
See you on Sunday night.

until next time

A Bit of Heaven

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