Tuesday, February 14, 2023

I made myself a Valentine

So, here I am....celebrating Valentine's Day 2023.  I got the idea earlier today to make myself a little Valentine's Day vignette from heart items gathered from around the house.  So, here we are....a little effort to cheer up a rather grey rainy day.  I hope you enjoy the photos and that YOU have a wonderful Valentine's Day yourself.


  That framed piece is a collage of heart and Valentine ephemera I bought several years ago at the flea market.  So pretty....the two vintage heart boxes were given to me by a friend long ago....


There's a heart made of twigs that holds a glass vial for flowers and has a tiny glitter heart suspended in air by a thin wire.  My daughter gave me that years ago. And, also, one of the few really old cards I have found here and there over the years. And, that pincushion you've seen many times here....can't resist embroidering those teeny tiny hearts, so had to add it to the mix.

 And, here we are....Valentines forever. I used one of those old heart boxes to make my Valentine for today.  I had this copy of a photo on my refrigerator for quite a while, and today decided it would be neat to add it to this vintage heart box.  I believe the photo was taken around 2010.  Where did all that time go?  Now that I've made a new heart out of an old one...I really like it....it has "made my day." I'm sure that my "old navy man" would have liked it also.

Hope you are all well and I'm wishing you all the best on your own Valentine's Day.  Take care.

Pat at Bird Nest Cottage ♥️

Thursday, February 2, 2023

An antique Blue Bowl with Bits and Bobs

I've been wanting to show you this blue bowl....so here it is.  I was going to just show you the bowl....but you know me...I have to have a story.  Here it goes:

This bowl came to me after my father-in-law passed away.  It belonged to his grandmother.  All I know is it was hers and her husband was in the civil war.  My father-in-law passed away when he was 97.
My mother-in-law had passed before him...and no one in the family seemed to want the bowl, so, yes, you know me...I brought it home.

I don't really know how old it is....but it's very old and I imagine it has lived a long and useful life...it is cracked here and there and has chips on the side that you can't see in photo...but I will show you.  It can't be used, but I like to look at it and I always think of Gramps when I do.

To add another little story....there are the salt and pepper shakers.  They are the only gift I remember my grandmother giving me.  (My mother's mom.)  I was small when she gave them to me but I remember and have always loved them..  So sweet.  

And, here they are...the chips.  Conveniently placed so I can turn it to the 'good side' for display.  I don't remember ever seeing a bowl with a handle and no spout.  I think the bowl and shakers look good together...sharing that blue color.  (A piece of an old quilt just adds a nice touch, don't you think?)

And, here is the print of the grandmother.  I found this at a flea market a few years back.  It looks EXACTLY like my grandmother did.  I don't have a photo of her, so I pretend this is her.  Loved there was a quilt in the background.

This poem was given to me by my friend Kay years ago...and I just love it.  It's been shown on this blog many times.  Of course, I had to show it here because of the blue bowl!  Kay always has known of all the old things I love.  You know what they say:  A good friend knows all about you and loves you anyway.❤️

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."  Another old thing "they" say.  Me too.  I just love this bowl.  So precious.  By the way, there is no name or number on the bottom, so I've no idea where it may have been made, but I enjoy having it.   

I'm thinking next time you'll see a Valentine here.  Can you believe we are in February already?

Wishing you safety, warmth and love. ♥️ 

Pat at Bird Nest Cottage


A Bit of Heaven

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