Monday, September 28, 2020

A Gift and a Lamp Rescue

I had these items waiting in line to be on the blog for a assortment of things coming my way.  And,  I think...something good that happened this year.  Thanks to a thoughtful friend and my way of collecting things in a serendipitous way.

I have a lovely friend in Texas....Jackie...actually my sister's best friend...who has become a very good friend to me.  I enjoy seeing her whenever I get to visit my hometown.  She sent this very cute card, actually a coaster, and one of my very favorite things to FIND...a heart shaped rock.  Included in the package was this absolutely beautiful embroidered and monogrammed hand towel.  It is BEAUTIFUL.

Now, Jackie knows that the one thing I never could learn to do was to tat, so when I find it at the flea, I want to buy it.  The odds of me finding something embroidered with my initial, and also tatted...well, I just never would have found it, but Jackie did and sent it to me!!!!  I love it.....thank you always, you are so thoughtful and generous.  And,  you watch out for my sister for me and I really appreciate that!


And, so cute!  I have a collection of these heart day I will show them.  So fun to come across one by chance, another gift from Jackie.

Here are two Gardenias, caught in bloom.  I love the smell of Gardenia.  These I picked, then just laid them on a paper towel until they were totally dried.  A remembrance of Spring, again, one of the sweetest things from this year. 

And, a rose.  This was a pink rose with a bit of yellow, however, it dried this lovely color which I dearly love. 

And, here you see some of my favorite thread colors........the Rose and the Gardenia look good there beside the threads, I think.  Do you see that large spool with a bit of crochet?  That is sewing thread, not crochet thread, but I just had to try it and see how it would look.  Makes the tiniest design.  Not bad.  One day, I will add a bit of that to an embroidery project.


Now, a word about this lamp.  I bought it at the flea.  It's only about a foot tall.  And, as you can see, there is something missing.

I have no idea what is missing, but I thought the little lamp so sweet and the base so pretty, I bought it anyway.

But, what to do to rescue it?  I searched the house high and low and couldn't find a thing...then realized that I had a pincushion with a beaded edging that matched the base of the lamp.  Oh, why not?  No one is here to care but me and I instantly loved the arrangement.

And, here is is.....

I think the lamp glorifies the pincushion and the pincushion glorifies the lamp.

 The shade is tiny....about four inches.  And, I love the little pull chain.

And, yes, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Wherever you may be this day
Bird Nest Cottage



Monday, September 21, 2020

Rescued Patchwork for Winter Warmth

Sandra, from Alabama, asked if I'd show more about the quilts used in the background of the photos in my 9-19-20 post.  That was the one with the embroidered heart pin.
So, of course, I told her I would. And, here they are.
The one taking the place of a spread here is made of rectangles 5 1/2" x 6."  The small quilt is made of                                rectangles 2 1/2" x 3."  All are made from vintage clothing scraps.


I didn't have them on display in the house as I had simply pulled them out of the quilt closet to use as the background of those photos.  So, this evening, I just put them on top of the bed coverings in this room.
It's always fun to "play" and try to come up with something interesting.

                            I just had to add the bears, a book and some knitting yarn and needles.
           I made the bear ages actually has a felt jacket, but I loved this little vintage baby jacket                                                        so much I wanted it in the photo also.  


Each rectangular piece of the smaller quilt is hand embroidered. 
There are no quilting stitches.  And, the stitching is done with a variety of colors of embroidery floss.

                                             The beauty of this quilt is in the simplicity of it.

Here you can see the larger quilt has yet to be embroidered. 
I intend to embroider it the same way as the smaller one.
That will be something warm to do this winter.

And, as you probably know without me saying....both came from the flea market.  The smaller one I found several years ago.  I don't remember what I paid for it, but it wasn't much.  
The larger, unfinished one, I got from Kathy at the Junk House in Beebe just a few weeks ago.
It was $1.00.  I couldn't turn it down.  Of course, it had cried out to be rescued.
The standing bear, and the three pillows came from Good Will...less than $2.00 each.
 Hope you enjoyed this little peak at yet another rescue. 
And, we will revisit this larger quilt maybe in the Spring when it is completed.
You know I just love rescuing old used quilts. By rescuing, I mean it's fun to find them and then figure out what to do with them.
Sometimes there isn't much left to work with.  It's a challenge.
Sometimes repair is possible, but labor intensive.
And, that is ok by me.
Whatever you might choose to've given that quilt a new life.
And, saved another thing of beauty from the landfill.
I like to think they keep your heart warm as well as your body. 
Wherever you may be this day
Bird Nest Cottage


Monday, September 14, 2020

A Heartprint Giveaway Update


                              Here are the current HEARTPRINTS along with the winners names.
 The winners names are on the backs, so they won't know which one they are receiving until it           shows up at their home.  Just a bit of surprise at this point in the year.
                                                            Here are the winners:
                                                             Sandra Stephens
                                                                   Tina Tx
                                                             Marilyn McLeod
                                                                Beverly Long
                                                                    Sandi S

 I will need your mailing address so I can get these to you asap.  Even though I may have some of them...please send anyway in case I can't find them...entirely possible the way things are going around here.  I have actually frantically searched for my phone while talking on it....honestly.  The human brain!!!
Remember, these little things I am calling "Heartprints" are pieces from one of my rescued quilts.  They are ALL from one quilt.  I have taken sections from the quilt to form these blocks, and stitched them to an old blanket from the quilt which was used as batting, then I have hand embroidered all the designs on the blocks.  You may display them as you see, or frame them...whatever you like.  I hope you enjoy them.
                                                             The hearts are appliqued.

                                         I'm told this by one of you lovely people out there:
          "Our lives are so impacted by Covid. We all need something pretty to be posted by you."
                                                  Thank you, Cindy.  I'll do my best.

                                                  See you over the coming weekend.

                                                    Wherever you may be this day
                                                                   BE WELL
                                                             Bird Nest Cottage




Friday, September 11, 2020

Nineteen Years, Where Did They Go??

 Nineteen years and we still never forget. 

 And, today, more than ever, we continue to ask 

"God Bless America."  

This is a pin #2 of two I made after the events of 9-11-2001.

Pin #1 was lost at the International Quilt Exhibit in Houston that year.

So, I made another.

I'm showing the pattern here and giving you permission to use it if you would like to make one for yourself

or use the flag on another piece of work.

The heart is about three inches x three inches.

The tiny hearts are my Trademark, I suppose, as I seem to embroider them on just about 

                                                                  everything I make.

 I try to always sign my work.....using a permanent pen.  And, as always....there is usually a tiny heart added.

 I would like to thank you all for your patience during the last few months with no blog posts here for your viewing.  I am well, but have been pretty much traumatized as have we all the last months.  I hope YOU are well and that we can all get through the trials and tribulations this year is providing for happier times next year.

I will be posting again very soon and catch you up on my monthly giveaway, 

the Heartprint Artwork

 I still intend to create twenty-four of them before the year is over.  I have several completed.

 More information coming on that in my next post.

Do take care my friends.

Wherever you may be this day



Bird Nest Cottage 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

What Are You Making?

 In my blog post of March 20th,  I invited YOU to share with my readers something you have been working on or have made that you might want to share with us.  A couple of you responded.   First was my friend, Sherry.  And, then, Marilyn and Kay sent me some photos.  I am happy to share with you some of their work.

So, I will begin with Marilyn.

 I have never met Marilyn.  She is one of my blog readers living far away from me.  Like you and many others.  But she comments on my blog a lot and sometimes we email each other.  Just a little 'extra' conversation.  One of the wonders of the internet machine.  Marilyn makes all kinds of wonderful things and I've chosen from a selection of photos she sent.  She is also a thoughtful person giving many of her pieces to friends and relatives.   

I thought these items made from paper were particularly sweet along with several different cards.
 With Easter coming...the little paper baskets seem like a great little gift, filled with candy, eggs, etc.
Seems they would fit about any occasion made with a different choice in decorative paper.

 I loved this little card/book.
This would be more than a's the whole gift if you ask me.



 This one a good choice for these days and times:  KEEP CALM
 We could all use encouragement in that direction.

"Bloom where you are planted," they say.

Thank you, Marilyn, for your lovely work.  You probably didn't know you were being so encouraging. 
Marilyn is one of those new friends you can make an old one out of.


 And, then, there is my friend, Kay.
I have known Kay for many years.  You may remember me mentioning her several times over the years.  Kay is a very kind and most generous person...always an inspiration to those of us around the state who know her personally.  She is very talented also.  I think she is one of the most talented people I have EVER met.  Just saying.  And, you just haven't had FUN if you haven't been on a 
Do-Dah Day with her  (and a couple other friends from Mountain View too!)

 So, I chose some of her photographs to share with you. 
She got this mirror last time I saw her at the flea market in Beebe.
It DIDN'T look like this.  In fact, I was surprised she took it home....but then, she performed her magic.  Totally redoing it....adding this photo and then making it look ancient!  Just what we love, OLD and worn by time and use.  Kay, it is wonderful!

 I gave Kay this special button.  I bought it at the Houston Quilt Festival long ago.  (Oh, I wish I had bought more!!)
Then, she added it to this heart pin.  Can you see that it is a tiny hand holding a white envelope with a tiny bluebird perched on it.  So dear.  What a combo!!!  So sweet and so old-fashioned.  Kay, it is dear!!!  

 Here it is with a different background.  LOVELY!

And, lastly, a little bird Kay appliqued to this remnant of a quilt.
I couldn't read the words there in this photo, but I know the gist of what she was saying.
At some point, I had told her about one of the English artists I admire.  Her name is Mandy Patullo.  She has a blog named Thread and Thrift.  I love what she I love what Kay does.
I think Kay made this in tribute to Mandy and her work.  We both admire it so.

Thank you, Kay, for reminding me once again!
Many years ago, Kay told me of a quote she loved. And, I have loved it too:

Henry Van Dyke

So, once again, if you want me to share something you a photo...I guess it's my blog's version of Show and Tell.

Wherever you may be this day
Bird Nest Cottage 

Friday, April 3, 2020

My Grandmother and the Flu Pandemic of 1918

 The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 
killed 50 million people Worldwide, including 
675,000 in the United States.
One of the victims was my Grandmother.
My Dad's Mother.
She had eleven children. They lived in Philadelphia.
Her name was Margaret Cafferty Williams.
You see her here in this photo.
The little girl in the photo is her daughter, Marquerite, one of my dad's older sisters.
After her death, my Dad, Cyril Joseph Williams, born in 1909,
and the younger children went into the Catholic Orphanage in Philadelphia,
where he spent several years, leaving when his sister, my Aunt Marquerite,
lied about his age so he could join the army, which he actually did, at age 16.


 Here is his photo, taken at that long ago time. 
 My Dad stayed in the army until 1954.
I don't know what happened to all eleven of the children.  I did have the pleasure of being with my Aunt Marguerite at least three times in my life. 
 My Dad passed away in 1973.  Just the other day, I was reminded that if alive today, he would be 111 years old. He didn't speak of his childhood very much...I expect it was very difficult.  And, I've no idea what happened to my Grandfather.  
I do wish I had been able to meet my Grandparents.

 My aunt told me that I "had my Grandmother's hands."
I don't know if she loved sewing by hand like I do...but I choose to think I got it from her.
I also think she would have loved seeing my children, her Great-Grandchildren.

now we are in another pandemic.
  100 years later.
History repeats itself.
Because, it seems, we never learn.

Do listen to those that know.
Do think of others.
Do all you can, where you are, with what you have.
Let's help each other get through this.

Wherever you may be this day
Bird Nest Cottage 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Kelly Vanhook

You are a wonderful daughter!

The other day, Kelly brought me some delicious BBQ
from a local food truck.  YUM.
With not leaving the house, she was afraid I didn't have enough food.  
Not true...yet. 
But,  wasn't that a nice gesture?

And, today, is her 53rd birthday.

No parties these days, so we will do that later,
but I thought you might want to see her.

She is cool!
From the moment she was born, we have always called her the 
Cruise Director
as she began telling us all what to do since birth!
She is a people person. 


 This is Kelly with her brother, Scott.
She came first and fifteen months later...
he came, giving her another person to take under her wing.
This photo was taken in San Francisco, June 2018.
She and I flew there to celebrate his 50th birthday.

After all those years of hearing that one or the other was taking up all the space in the back seat of the car....and such things,
it's nice to see how close they really are.
Makes a mother proud!!!

 And, of course, Scott with mom...this year.
(Kelly taking the picture)


So, Kelly....
On your birthday, 
know you really are a wonderful daughter
and you helped me bring up your equally wonderful brother.
I couldn't have done it without you!

Wherever you may be this day
Bird Nest Cottage


A Bit of Heaven

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