Wednesday, December 30, 2015

And a Very Happy New Year to You


 I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year by showing you my mantel.  My sister and her youngest son and his family are coming tomorrow, so I tried to get some photos this evening.  They are way too dark, but if I turned more lights on...well, reflections and all that.  So, this is actually the way I like it at night....a little dark and very cozy....with candles everywhere.  So, hope you get the gist of my decorations, and know that I wish you the very best in the year to come.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 2016   HAPPY NEW YEAR!   2016


From
 Bird Nest Cottage
until next time,
♥♥♥

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Candles on the Porch


"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away."

Eva Logue


 From my porch to yours:  

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

until next time,
from Bird Nest Cottage
♥♥♥

Sunday, December 20, 2015

From My House to Yours



From My House to Yours

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

(And, a big Thank You to Jim for the wood-burned tree with birds and Sherry for the lights!)


From Bird Nest Cottage

until next time,
♥♥


Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Quilt in Those Christmas Colors


 Recently I mentioned here that I had taken an unfinished quilt top, put it in my quilt frame and was planning on quilting it this Winter.  Well, Winter is here (according to the calendar) so if I can stay determined, maybe this quilt will be finished by next Christmas.  It is big.  It will take time.  I can no longer quilt for more than an hour as my right hand doesn't work well after that amount of time, but with effort, maybe I can manage it.  This quilt top was hand appliqued at least eight years ago and has been nagging at me to finish it.  So.....my BIG project for 2016!


 Here are just a few photos so you get the idea of it.  Here in my living room, near the fire should I need it.  The quilt adds to the coziness of the room even when it isn't being worked on. 
 

 I didn't design this one...it's from a book.  I would show it to you, but would have had to launch a search.  I'll make sure you see it, though, as time goes by.  I did design the border.  I don't think it will look 'right' to you until you see the quilt in it's entirety.  


 I use a Grace Quilt frame.  I love it!  The largest quilt I have made on it was a commission for the Department of Arkansas Heritage, several years ago.  That quilt was ten feet wide x six feet in height.
Made for their reception room.  I haven't a decent photo of it....but I can tell you that I probably would have never finished it had it not been for this wonderful quilt frame. 


 The blocks are about eighteen inches square.  There are sixteen of them.


 The background of each block is a different print fabric.



 And, yes, this quilt is in traditional Christmas colors, even though it isn't really a Christmas Quilt and it does give my house the 'feeling' of Christmas.  What do you think?

Imagine me here quilting on those very cold Winter days, for here is where I will be.
Join me?

Please continue to enjoy the Christmas Season in good health.

from Bird Nest Cottage

Until next time,
♥♥♥


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Nearing Christmas


 Christmas is near.  Yes, indeed!  Time has certainly marched along.  I am not really decorating this year, as in the last few, I have not felt the inclination to do much decorating.  This year, there will be no events here as I will be celebrating the season at daughter Kelly's home.  I have managed to put a wreath on my front porch, along with Santa, some birds, and am burning candles out there each night.  I like the old-fashioned idea of real candles burning in the windows....so my porch will have candlelight the rest of this month, and I hope to post some Christmas things for you to see.  


 And, lest you think my home will be without any Christmas cheer at all...bear in mind that my favorite colors are red and green, so I consider it already decorated, in some ways.  Here you get a glimpse of my tiny dining room.  With it's red and green quilt.  In each square is the name of a family member, in many, multiple names, so I could fit the whole family in (well, the family members we had at the time it was made, that is)....I made it long ago and still enjoy it.


But, really, I wanted to post this room, not only because Christmas is near, but also because I recently purchased this beautiful old bowl and it seems to add a little bit extra to the specialness of this room.  (Thank you, Kathy at Funky Junque!) I had intended to do something else with the bowl....but decided it looked great right here in the middle of the table with not another thing needed.  And, after all, pink is just a lighter shade of red, so in my mind it all goes together....my dining room, and Christmas decorating.


 So, I hope you enjoy the peek into my home....there will be another peek or two before Christmas Day....not 'decorated' just for the holiday, but how I live here at Bird Nest Cottage.  You may even   see my Christmas Candle on the porch nearer the 25th.  As you know, I prefer to keep things simple.


 And, all things vintage....whenever possible.





 And, so you know, this little tea cup was made by Julie.  You can see her artwork at juliewhitmorepottery.blogspot.com

and that sweet little quilted bird was made by Mandy.  You can see her artwork at

Click to enlarge to see both these items.....two of my most favorite things!

And, as Christmas nears, there you have it....

from Bird Nest Cottage
until next time,
♥♥♥
(And, yes, this huge bowl IS missing it's matching pitcher....lost along the path of everyday life,  I suppose.  Not to worry, I do love it anyway!)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MY TREASURE


"WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE BECOMES A MEMORY,
THE MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE."
author unknown

 Richard Eaton,  My Treasure.
Always was, still is and always will be.

from

Bird Nest Cottage

until next time,
♥♥♥

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

to each of you

with much Gratitude!

from Bird Nest Cottage,

until next time,
♥♥♥

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sunshine and Shadow


Yesterday, while making my bed, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sun shining brightly across it, highlighting here and there the color and the quilting stitches.  I finished this quilt in 1981.  That's thirty-four years ago.  Seems like only yesterday.  This quilt has been used more than any quilt I have ever made and it's still in pretty good shape....actually, very good shape.  I suppose, like me, it is trying its best to last as long as possible!   I can remember sitting at the quilt frame all those many hours, taking my little 'one stitch at a time" and wondering if I'd ever get it finished.  This was only the second quilt I had made at that time.  But, finish I finally did.  So, yesterday, I stood there and admired it for a little while, thinking all those nostalgic thoughts and realizing that the sunshine and the shadows I was seeing pretty much sum up the last thirty-four years. 


Lots of happy times mixed in with the very sad times....I suppose we would never know one if we didn't experience the other.  How would we?  Anyway, seeing the sun shine on that quilt was a good thing.  A reminder of life, back then and now.


Yes, thousands of stitches, by hand, one stitch at a time.  Reminds me of the hands of a clock and the sound of the ticking somehow, with each stitch marking a second of my life at that particular time. 
I have recently begun to quilt on a top I've had waiting for several years.  I couldn't wrap my head around  stitching it while the old navy man needed me for the last few years, and didn't have the time anyway,  but now...well, I'm determined to get it quilted.  Maybe it, too, will be finished one day and a few years from now, if I'm lucky,  I may be seeing the sunshine and shadow glorify it also. 


 Every stitch a prayer, a hope, or a dream. 


By the way,  my grandson made that heart pillow when he was six years old.  We sponged painted the hearts, then he sat in my lap at the sewing machine to stitch the blocks together, with me making sure he didn't stitch his fingers!   At that time, he called every piece of fabric in my stash a 'quilt.'  Funny, what you remember.


 I do so love the quilting stitch....


 Sigh!

 I found this quote earlier today.  Not only did I think it perfect for this post, but it pretty much sums up the last thirty-four years too! 

"YOU CAN ONLY COME TO THE MORNINGS THROUGH THE SHADOWS."
 J.R.R. Tolkien

From Bird Nest Cottage,

Until next time,
♥♥♥


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Place for Handwriting


 Last week, I visited my friend Kathy at her tiny and very special little shop in Beebe, Arkansas.

Funky Junque
130 W. Center St.
Beebe, Arkansas 72012
(501) 352-9631 

It's a place I like to visit as often as I can and I always find some little something I just have to have.  There always seems to be time for a visit too...which I call therapy.  Her shop is in a very old gas station of all things....made adorable to my way of thinking.  So....on this visit, among a few other things, I found a wonderful vintage tin, which I had to purchase right away....because I thought it needed to live on the old writing desk given to me as a birthday present many years ago by the old navy man.  


Yes...this red tin here...."Penns Spells Quality" it reads and shows a pen nib.  Immediately, I associated it with all the very old dipping pens and nibs I have in a metal basket on my writing desk.  Perfect! 
While in the shop, I mentioned to Kathy that I had a collection of old pens and nibs and I would take a photo of the tin in its new home and send it to her.  This post is for her, so she can see just what I meant.


I also told her I would write something with one of the glass dipping pens I have and show that too.  Here you see a green glass pen and the red ink on its tip.  I do really enjoy writing by hand.  No, I know nothing about calligraphy, preferring instead, to write in my own hand...as I believe our handwriting (no matter how good or bad) is actually our own little piece of art, ours and ours alone.  Like our fingerprints.
 
Here is what I wrote:

"These days there are few things as special as words written to you by someone who cares in their own handwriting."


Our handwriting tells a lot about us, they say, so I am sorry it seems to have become another thing lost to time.  Everyone is in such a hurry these days and if a person doesn't care for their own handwriting, I am sure they feel it's a waste of time to write things down, to send notes or letters.   Not me.  I feel it is a very special thing worth saving.  I know I would love to have a note written by my paternal grandmother who died in 1918.   Something tangible I could hold and read over and over again.  Who wouldn't consider that a treasure?

  

I took this photo...just to show you that glass pen all clean and ready to write again.  The  spiral grooves in it beautiful even without ink.


 And, here is my little collection of pens and nibs.  Some still usable and I do use them from time to time.  Gosh, I just love nostalgia!


 I bought this very old wooden box fitted with ink bottles at a flea several years ago.  And, I have a few old glass ink bottles and a lovely glass inkwell on one of the shelves of this old desk.  Such fun!


 And, here is a closeup of that old tin I purchased from Kathy last week.  When I saw it, my little collection of pens and nibs came immediately to mind.  I really did connect it with writing with ink, old nibs and such and knew it would add a bit of interest to my collection.


But, actually, it is an old tobacco tin. 


 I think it adds a bit of fun to the little writing corner in one of my bedrooms.


I know someone is going to ask....those three chests on top of my desk hold stationery and cards, both old and new.  
 
So, Kathy, this post is for you....I so enjoyed finding this tin in your wonderful little shop.  I hope you enjoyed seeing it in its new home.

From Bird Nest Cottage

Until next time,
 ♥♥♥



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