1.07.2009

Give 'Em the Bird :)




Today I am sure no one needs to be told that the more birds
a yard can support, the fewer insects there will be to trouble
the gardener the following year.
- Thalassa Cruso



Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds.
And don't hate nobody.
- Eubie Blake


There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
one is roots. The other is wings.
- Hodding Carter, Jr.


Do the birds mind rain? I don't know......but I like to think they appreciate my efforts to keep them dry while they feed in the harsh cold, rainy, snowy days of winter. I found this darlin' umbrella bird feeder in the cutest little gift shop a couple of years ago. It hangs in the dogwood tree outside the west side window in the family room The birds flock to it and I have to fill it at least once a day. (it's raining cats and dogs today)


This feeder Bobby G. gave me last Christmas. It is attached to the big south side window in the family room. It too hangs under the eaves, so the food stays nice and dry in bad weather. The birds love this feeder too. They say doves are only ground feeders but don't tell that to my doves. They love this feeder as do the titmouses, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, finches, wrens, , chickadees and woodpeckers. Morning Glory aka as Mouse loves it too. It provides hours of bird watching for her. She calls it (meows it) her room with a view. :)





My sister Deb, gave us the sweetest, most charming and so useful gift for Christmas this year. Yes, a carton of eggs is quite useful but things are aren't always what they seem. :)



It's a carton of a dozen birdseed eggs!! Isn't that the neatest thing? The birds sure think so. In the front of the house we have some very dense holly trees that the birds love to roose in at night. So I figured I would hang some of the eggs from those branches thinking the birds can have a snack before they settle down for the night. :) (I think you think too much Lynn. :)






I have been bursting at the seams with all kinds of ideas for The Vintage Nest boutique for 2009. After the most anticipated of holidays, it's time to savor the calm...... a frantic schedule has changed and it's time to rejuvenate and organize. After giving completely of yourself it's time to baby our spirit and reflect on the past and preserve the future. Pen your thoughts in these gorgeous journals, all reflecting something vintage and bright with the colors of hope. This one features a pretty blue bird, pressed leaves from my gardens, vintage herbs wrapping paper and old print, among other things.



We've also been creating gorgeous gift toppers. These toppers are one-of-a-kind and will make that gift to someone special even more unique. This topper features a silver glittered bird resting in a pink tissue rose, in turn resting on a silver star backed with a black ruched crepe paper star. I love to incorporate birds whenever I can in my creations reflecting on The Vintage Nest and because they are such enchanting creatures.




Decorating on the cheap....(cheep...tweet). Living in the country I am lucky to find so many lost feathers on the ground. Particularly in the late Fall and early Winter as the geese fly over, honking away and flying in that beautiful V formation, we find their beautiful feathers. As Bobby G. cleans up the property he picks up any feathers he finds and brings them to me. Here is a collection I have on top on the armoire in the family room. They make a beautiful statement and yes, that is a red bowling ball next to them. ;) It's fun to incorporate any kind of inexpensive architectural elements you can find in your decorating.



Here is another inexpensive way I have used feathers as a decorating element. These pheasant feathers were given to me as a gift. Yes, ....... feathers as a gift and I was tickled pink to get them. I "planted" them in an old urn planter that was my late M-I-L's and used moss and twigs from the woods to anchor them. I love the statement it makes. It sits on an antique book which in turn sits on an antique writing box. The handkerchief table I bought at a "scratch and dent" sale years ago. The scratch was on the underside. Who in the world is ever going to see that? The sitting Lladro figurine I bought at an estate sale and the lady figurine standing on the floor is a $ store buy. I loved her.




Well....for goodness sakes, I only intended to talk about what's new at TheVintage Nest for 2009 and tell you about the cute little birdseed eggs but as usual it turned into a dissertation. But I do hope you enjoyed it. I know bird watching and feeding the birds is a great past time for many. I do love watching all the birds that venture to my feeders. Our backyard friends are a great joy for many reasons...... their melodies, the sweet homes they leave behind for us in the Fall (I always put a birdnest in my Christmas tree), propagation, their antics, their flight patterns and flight technology, environmental changes, food and clothing, to name a few. Do you have a bird feeder? Be sweet and I'll see you later this week.


24 comments :

Songbirdtiff said...

I love the birdseed eggs. What a cute idea!

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful post Lynn! I love the bird *eggs*! We always feed our birdies and oh how they appreciate it...we had snow today and they quickly devoured 2 feeders full of goodies by 4pm! I just added a suet cake to the new food so that should tide them over tomorrow!
Love the pictures...

Love,
Sue

lucy said...

LOL!!! The title of your post lured me to your blog. I knew the post was innocent and interesting. I love, love, love birds.
Thanks for bringing humor to my afternoon :-)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This is so cute! I love it. We have a million egg cartons and crates because we have hundreds of chickens in the barn...anyhoo...my sweet daughter has paid for all her nails getting done, and her hair cuts, hair extensions....etc, because she is in charge of selling eggs. Where there is a will there is a way! Love your sparkles and glittery birds! How fun!
Blessings,
Debbie

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Lynn, I love all the birds and expecially the egg feeder's. Wasn't sure what to call them. I made my mother in law some with molds. They were the cutest rings and tied red ribbon around them to put in her trees. Well, you know Texas weather, it was last winter and she looked out the ring had got hot enought for the ribbon to cut through. The birds were on the ground just eating away.
Can't wait to see what you have for 2009.
Bonnie

Joy said...

wow what neat things you have for the birds. how does your sister make the bird seed eggs? I love that idea.

countrycharisma said...

Just discovered your site and have really enjoyed your pictures and text. The bird feeders are fun for me too. The cat can also dream all day, how cute. Thanks for sharing. I have added you to my blog list. carrell

bfs said...

Loved your post tonight! How do you stick the seeds together? What is safe?

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW.. you are sooooo GOOD to the birds! Love the umbrella for them!

Simon The Cat said...

I love it. We have a million egg cartons and crates because we have hundreds of chickens in the barn...anyhoo...my sweet daughter has paid for all her nails getting done, and her hair cuts, hair extensions....etc,

CatHerder said...

love the post...its so funny we went to the mall yesterday and it was pouring..there was a little wren hopping around by the doors all wet..i bent down and touched his little head and he turned his head sideways as to say "hey whats up" then he flew away...i have often wondered how they can stand the rain and cold..i know my backyard birds LOVE the rain in the summer. I used to have a ton of feeders, but having a feral cat community in our yard isnt conducive to that so we put the food way high up, and our squirrels that are tame are handfed special food. I miss having feeders, but my husband hated it because we had hundreds of pigeons sitting on our roof...and it was a bit messy.

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love this post. All the bird details. I find myself fascinated with birds lately too. I think it is the contrast of the cheerful little guys against the cold and snow. Have a lovely day. The background sounds are dreamy.
Karen

Ballerina Girl said...

HI!!!
I love the bird seed agges...so adorable! and the cat looking out the window is a classic!
I just saw a huge flock of birds the other day and wondering about how they like this cold weather we are having...guess they enjoy it all!
BG

Beverly said...

Lynn, I loved this post. Chirp, chirp, tweet, tweet. ;-)

PAT said...

Wonderful post, Lynne. I love the bird egg idea. I'll show it to J.

Lisa said...

Do I have a bird feeder? Surely you mean do I have a spot that doesn't have a bird feeder? HA! LOVE the bird egg idea, used to make the pinecone ones with my kids. My favorites are the goldfinch and bluejays for all their antics. I put out piles of peanuts for the jays, now my daughter is FURIOUS as it appears her backyard is their "stashing area"! Can't wait to see all the treasures in store for 2009 indeed!

Louise said...

Love your birds, feeders, CAT!,silver bird decoration and all the feathers. Sweet post.

The Muse said...

here at the painted nest, why of course we do lol...in every shape and size and color...

so loved your post..!

Amber said...

What a great post about birds (love the title! LOL)! I also really like having bird art around the house and have several bird Christmas ornaments. There is something about them that just makes you feel calm and closer to nature.

I remember when we first bought our home (new community) there were so few birds...it was kind of scary. Now there are tons of birds (trees are all big now) and it's such a good feeling. Of course, I still curse them when they crap all over my kiva on the patio, but they're wonderful to watch.

Grand Occasions said...

Hi! I'm Elizabeth at Grand Occasions. I'm brand new to the blogging world. I agree with you completely, it's all about the HUNT! Please stop by and visit me sometime.

countrycharisma said...

Hi Lynn, thanks for the nice comment. We do love our horses, but with them comes much work. Part the enjoyment of anything I guess, the care. I have neglected feeding the birds this winter, but not too late to start. Seeing your pictures....guess I will fill the feeder tomorrow! Any pointers on keeping the starlings out! Carrell

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Lynn, :)
I have seen your "Pink Saturday" around Blogland and it looks like fun. I don't have very much "Pink" but I would love to try and participate. Is it too late to add me for tomorrow's post? I completely understand and I can try again for next weeks if so.
I have never visited here before and I love your blog. The Nature sounds are wonderful. Love your kitties! We have a huge Orange fluffball named Chestnut. You're always welcome at my new blog anytime.
Hope you have a lovely Saturday.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Jeanneoli said...

My kids and I love to make the bird snacks. It is so fun make them, hand them on the trees and then watch the winter birds come and have a snack. Great pictures.

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Oh yes we have lots of bird feeders too - and I have a million pictures of a male cardinal that comes to visit every day. My hubby uses safflower seeds (I think) in the feeder, cuz the squirrels don't eat them all in an hour! And I love your nature music by the way! And if you know how those egg bird seed things were made I would love to know how to!

Well, Hope you have a great day! Diane-from Michigan

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