Bugs & Birds & Bits of News

It's a tired old cliche....but in this instance happens to be so true. Virginia's motto: If you don't like the weather...stick around....it will be different tomorrow. The poor birds.....they don't know whether to start building their nest or run for cover around here. Woke to this beautiful sight this morning. Wednesday's forecast .... 70 degrees. 

 (~ Happy Pink Saturday ~ Thank you Beverly of How Sweet the Sound ~)

Around here, we need a good freeze and a good snow during the winter.  Gets rid of a lot of the bugs and other critters.  I have already seen some butterflies out and some bugs I don't normally see until much later in the Spring.  This is not a good thing.  Why just look at the size of the bug that tried to light on my hand as I was working in the garden this past weekend.  Yowzer! 

 But you know what takes care of that problem?  Just put some "Don't Bug Me"  repellent on and zappo...no biting bugs and if one does get ya' just rub a little on the bite for some comfort.  Works like a charm!  My friend, Alicia, from Eco-Natural Soaps, makes this wonderful product along with a host of other fabulous products.  They make all of their skin care items with 100% pure natural organic ingredients and package with the same care.   Products good for the soul and spirit and don't break the bank.  I tried their lip balm...wonderful, long lasting and non greasy, their soap....lathers fabulous and smells great and so good for you too.  Give them a visit.

 I won the prettiest necklace from Chateau de Auvergne not to long ago. Thank you!  Cher Marie is a magician at making beautiful jewelry for any occasion, including bridal and for any budget.  Check out this link to her etsy shop featuring her custom rhinestone starfish hair comb.  Can you see a pretty bride wearing this in her updo at a beach wedding or how perfectly perfect as a gift to the bridesmaids.  She gift wraps for you too.  The packaging she sent my necklace in was so special, ..... even included some hugs.  I hope you will visit this special lady.

The power of blogging.  If you have a brick and mortar shop or an on-line presence, it's so important to use social media.  Your visitors may not leave comments but I have many readers stop by for a visit and then buy from the shop.  For that I am grateful.  And I, myself, have done the exact same thing.  I ran across a new blog to me the other day and immediately hopped over to her etsy shop and bought this.  

Is that fabulous or what?  An old type writer key set into an art deco style setting necklace.   I have worn it several times already and it never fails to elicit a compliment.  Betsy, of the blog My Salvaged Treasures and the shop by the same name,  crafts her re-purposed jewelry from found objects and ships super man fast too.  She says on her etsy site that she hopes you find something that makes your heart smile.  I did!  Thank you Betsy.

Took these to my shop/booth at MAC the other day.  That old metal bucket is an old camp bucket with a great old handle.  A perfect planter for a red geranium this summer.  And old game boards make fabulous wall art.  And that Detecto scale I was so lucky to find.  It's not your usual kitchen scale.  It's quite heavy, made of cast iron.

The French love vignettes, so every now and then I put one together for the online shop.  Instant fabulous decor, if you will. :)  The  antique Bible is aged to a perfect romantic patina and enhanced by the contrast of the petite white statue.
  Still experiencing internet problems and I think Verizon has about given up on me. Today it's working. :)   I am so glad you stopped by today.  I am off to fix supper.....stew and apple cinnamon muffins.  Until next time......I will be posting my chair make-over.  

It's always a pleasure to join these wonderful parties.....charming hostess and full of inspiration.  I know they will love it if you give them a visit.  

 Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Kathy at Delightsome Life, Joy of Savvy City Farmer and White Wednesday at Faded Charm

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Unknown said...

I love your Cardinal picture Lynn and happy to see them BOTH on the feeder. That never happens here. Papa Red is always on the post and rail as Mama eats her share of seed. Only when she leaves and he knows where she is that he will come for his share..what love! They are never too far away from each other..
Love that tub with the handle..but I'm so in love with that white headed girl statue...she is a beauty...

Terra said...

Your first photo of the cardinals and snow and the pink watering can is PERFECT. Truly.
It could be your next Christmas card.
I like the old Bible vignette, and the other treasures too.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I am so happy that you've been getting compliments on your L typewriter necklace; it was a pleasure to make it for you. Love all the pretty goodies you've won and the picture of the birds looking just a bit confused. Your vintage treasures and the pretty vignette make my heart smile:-)

NanaDiana said...

That's funny. I just took a picture of cardinals this morning. I have two feeders side by side and the Mr. eats out of one and the Mrs. eats out of the other. Funny to see.

Love your jewelry you showed here..and I love the little girl bust.

Hope you have a good week. We aren't going to be quite as warm as you but we are supposed to be in the high 40's this week. xo Diana

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Congrats on your win of the pretty necklace! I love the typewriter key one too. Can you believe this weather? I have bulbs flowering and trees blooming and then today it snows. Thanks for joining my party. xo, Sherry

Unknown said...

Oh Yes, Lynn, I do see the tiny feet of the dove..A truly wonderful part of life..I couldnt live without our feathered friends..they make us smile..

Town and Country Gals said...

you have got some wonderful things, lovin that type writer key necklace from Betsy! The weather has really been strange this winter, hope you made it through the storms the other day ok! It missed us, went thru Nashville on one side and Micminnville on the other!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I love the typewriter key necklace and checked out her shop. Of course I had to pin it! ~ Maureen

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, so many pretty things! I can't believe you are still having internet problems, I di one time until they strung a new wire to my house and that did it. No one wanted to do the big fix! Your first picture with the bird, snow and pink watering can could be in a photo exhibit, so pretty!


Beach House Living said...

It's been a warm winter overall here too. True sustained cold cuts down on the bugs the following summer.

thistlewoodfarm said...


I love that typewriter necklace. Thanks for the link! I want to visit her shop!

Have a blessed and wonderful day.

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Thats what we say here in Michigan too! Your items are beautiful, love the necklace

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting an old white scale for awhile now. Hope I find one this season. Beautiful pics and lovely snow because I know it will be instantly gone.

Jen said...

So many wonderful things! I love the charm. So simple and beautiful! This winter weather has been crazy without a doubt. Unfortunately it concerns me about what the summer will bring.

Thanks for popping by the there day. =) We have relocated to South Carolina within the last few weeks, so my pretty little hens went to live with my parents. It's a whole new world.


Michele said...

I laughed out loud about the bug that was trying to light on your hand, hahahaha.

The vintage typewriter letter necklace is awesome - I have a friend named Delores who goes by the name Dee and she looooves D stuff...may have to buy that for her, she is having surgery on her ankle tomorrow and it is just the thing to cheer her up.

Beverly said...

I've missed you, Lynn. We've had crazy weather here, too. Your snow photo is gorgeous.

Linda said...

I love nature as well as vintage. The cardinals are delightful; your blog is great. Thanks so much for sharing.

Zinnia said...

How wonderful to see the cardinal birds. I've Never operate saw them they are not in Sweden. Wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

savvycityfarmer said...

sadly, I have no link party today ... too tired from getting ready for this weekend!

I love how you always promote!!

lvroftiques said...

Lynn it's awfully pretty with the snow over at your house! The weather has been flat out weird hasn't it? I thank the good Lord we don't have bugs that size lol! Love the necklace you got from Betsy! Doesn't she have an amazing eye? Boggles my little brain. And girl I WANT to see your faux table de boucher! Sheesh I'd love another one faux or not! *winks* Vanna

Honey at 2805 said...

Congrats on you charming necklace win! She really does a lovely job! Great picture of the cardinals! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Your participation is apppreciated!

Heaven's Walk said...

This has been a crazy winter, hasn't it? I have never, ever said this before but.....it's been a nice winter. lol! The lack of snow has been a true blessing! Glad to see that the daffodils and crocuses are poking their heads up and the robins have returned! :)

xoxo laurie

La Brocanteuse said...

Hello Lynn, your images each tell a little story and I like that..
I also want to thank you for visiting my blog via Sherry's post on my home last week, I appreciate your comment and very kind words.
have a lovely weekend, "see" you again. Hugs&XX Col

Kay Ellen said...

I love your PINK watering can peeking out of the snow:))

Happy PS!

Kay Ellen

Unknown said...

Lynn, you captured the birds beautifully & the snow setting was superb.

Your necklace is fabulous. Great idea!

Have a lovely PS weekend ~

~Giveaway ends 3/15 ~

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Lynn, Happy Pink Saturday
I loved your post from the first photograph, stunning and then the gift you purchased for yourself. Tell me, as I share the same name as you (except with an 'e') does that mean I get to share your jewellery LOL.

Jeanie said...

How delightful! I do love that opening winter shot and your Monopoly board! Happy weekend!

Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy

Karin said...

I would love to see a red cardinal in my backyard! Right now we have some doves nesting in our backyard......

Karin said...

I would love to see a red cardinal in my backyard! Right now we have some doves nesting in our backyard......

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Goodness! a beautiful photo though ..happy you were able to post and hope you get your connection problems fixed soon.

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Lynn! Great photos. Awww those poor birdies! I miss the Red cardinals. Fabulous pink watering can! And I adore scale!

Have a lovely (pink) weekend!


J.Rylie.C said...

So pretty! Come link with me with my Color Connection meme.

Broken Leg with a bit of pink. Have a great weekend.

Marti McClure said...

The cardinal against the background of snow is just stunning! I have never seen a cardinal in person - we don't have them in San Diego. And the necklace is so adorable. I've seen things made with typewriter keys before, but none as pretty as yours. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

That shabby Pink Girl said...

The picture of the Snow and the Birds! so pretty~~I noticed right off the bat~~the pink watering can. Pretty necklaces~Pretty pictures all.
Have a Happy Pink Day!
marian elizabeth

Gabriela Delworth said...


Love this scene with the birds and definitely prefer Winter...shhhh! :o)


dana said...

wow, Lynn, love the treasures you shared....the ones you bought on line and the ones you are taking to your booth!!

I hope the weather is better there. We've had warm temps....lots of wind and some rain...lots of variety. Mercifully....very little snow this year!

Had spring sale this weekend and it stunk. The new promoters didn't advertise through traditional means. Thinking Facebook was a good way since it's FREE..they did that and other lame stuff. NO newspaper ads. Our crowd was waaaaay down. Vendors were angry. They appeared to have pocketed a lot of money for themselves. I felt fortunate to more than make my booth fee, but my sales were still way down.

I wish we had a good shop around here where I could put my "wares" but we just don't.

Any...that's done, now on to thinking about other things..like SPRING!!

Hope all is well with you!

L, Dana

Sandi McBride said...

I love it all Lynn but what captured my fancy was typewriter key! I remember the young writer in me who longed for a typewriter. This key represents so much

The French Hutch said...

Hi Lynn, I love the opening photo, the beautiful snow and the sweet cardinals looking for dinner. We didn't even get close to this kind of cold weather this year. It was our year with no winter. I can only imagine the bug nightmare we'll have. I'm sure the plants will need tender loving care this year. Still waiting to see the chair post!

The French Htuch

Lynn said...

This winter's weather sure has been strange. Here in Buffalo, we've hardly had snow. I used the snow blower once! Yesterday it was 70 here. But I'm loving it. And I loved seeing the latest additions to your shop! That old bucket is a real winner. Have a lovely day!
Lynn at Cottage and Creek

Kathy said...

Gorgeous winter photo - I remember how the weather could drastically change when we lived in Ohio - I do miss a real winter. We will be experiencing temps in the 80's for the next few days - May-like weather for us! Congratulations on your win! I agree - sharing through the Social Media is a wonderful way to find treasures - most especially Delightsome people!
thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

kelly said...

Beautiful images, the birds in the snow. We don't get snow here. We have to travel to see the snow.


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