Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bird Nests and Cloches ~ Oh My~

**THIS IS A REALLY OLD POST FROM 2015 THAT WAS FOUND IN THE ARCHIVES AND LISTED AS "DRAFT".. I HIT PUBLISH JUST NOW (1/28/2017) ... My interior and style has changed so much since this was written but thought it was silly to have a full post not shared, even if its years old. Enjoy, Marcy ~

I am having a love affair with nature...especially birds nests! I have them displayed though out my home. 

I really do love all birds, with the one exception being black crows, who have decided that my bird bath is a perfect place to bring dead animals..we'll save that bit of goodness for another post shall we... moving on...

I started collecting bird's nests about two years ago. Before I get hate mail, I will tell you I never disturb a nest, but am happy to take the ones that are abandoned or fall from trees. 

The nest pictured above is from my 11 year old friend, Camille. She rang my doorbell and asked me if I wanted it. I keep it separate from the rest of my collection just so I remember her sweetness! 

The cloche was $1.00 from a local Thrift Store.

The nest pictured above is a hummingbirds nest..tiny, tiny thing. It is softer than the others and is a much deeper nest. This was a special treasure from Elise, my favorite 9 year old neighbor...

 Once you get the word out that you collect nests, they magically show up at your door!!

I put the ruler behind the hummingbird's nest so you could see just how small it is!

Again, I keep this nest separate from the other nests because it's so unique and a gift from a good friend.
This cloche, was 50 cents at a Thrift Store. I'm not sure if it really is a cloche or what is was originally intended to be. Anyone know?

The nest pictured above is the BIGGEST nest in my collection and must be from a really LARGE bird. I don't know what kind of bird called this home, but I like to think it's an owl's nest. 

It might be from a black crow, but I'm hoping that's not the case {shudder} !!

Here is the "owl's" nest, uncovered. The silver tray was a Thrift Store find and under $5.00.

I purchased this cloche from a local Garden Center. I love the large glass finial. 

Keeping with the bird theme is my favorite Italian tole lamp... see the little yellow bird on the branch?

he looks so happy guarding all his nests ...

Moving out of the family room and into the entry... what do you know... more nests!!

This cloches hold a big collection of smaller nests... there are probably 15 nests under this one cloche...

This cloche was purchased at Home Goods (love that place). It originally had a wooden base with it but I swapped that out with another silver tray.  Did you notice the blue birds (or swallows?) on the Victorian oil painting? 

The bird theme never ends... 
The handle on this cloche is really beautiful and unique....

Again, the tray is a Thrift Store find.. they are always under $5.00..

Here the nests are uncovered. I had few more, but my niece and my nephews always ask to take one home (parting favors?) and I can never say no..

Here are some little eggs (real) that I purchased and put in a jar just to continue the 'bird theme'.

Entry way filled up with treasures...

Hope you are inspired to collect a nest or two and display them in your home.. 
They really are works of art!

Thanks for stopping by, visit again soon!

I hope you will consider following my blog!
Linking to:
Vignette Fridays


Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Big "Sigh". I love your nests and eggs and the wee bluebird in the oil painting and especially your tole lamp! Your displays are so lovely and I really look closely, examining all your pictures to see what else I can find (like your floral doorstop collection).


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh so yummy! I love all of your bird's nests under glass;)! The are so beautifully displayed throughout your home! Anything from nature is such a lovely addition don't you think? It is so nice of the birds to make them in a perfect color combination for your decor;)! Your home is so lovely...I love seeing more of it!

Have a wonderful day!

PAT said...

I clicked over from The Old Painted Cottage.

I've enjoyed visiting your absolutely beautiful blog. The tour of your gorgeous home was wonderful!

I've clicked to follow.

Anonymous said...

Hopped over from OPC! Your home is lovely and it was so fun to see how you made this house a home for you and your family!!

I'm your newest follower! Have fun in Blogland- it is a blast!

bee blessed

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your home tour on The Old Painted Cottage blog thank you so very much for sharing!
Your home is wonderful !!
I am a new follower of your lovely blog :)


Just came by via Jennifers and wanted to tell you your home is beautiful, love all the bird nests and cloches oh and I am now follower (;

Jenny said...

I saw your home on Cottage of the Month. What a lovely home you have and such a charming blog. Thank you for letting us stop over.

Sandy said...

Your home is just lovely! I just viewed it on Jennifer's "Cottage of the Month". And I'm a follower now. Welcome to Blogland!

Polly said...

Hi Marcy,

Congratulations on being selected for Cottage of the Month! I really enjoyed the tour and love your style! You have some great pieces and absolutely beautiful ironstone and transferware! I love the shoe rack!



Tricia said...

You have such a pretty blog. I'm a nature girl too. I love the nests :)

Angie said...

Just found you from The Old Painted Cottage. Your home is beautiful!!!!

Shelia said...

Hi! this is my first time to your blog. Just discovered you at The Old Painted Cottage! Oh, what a lovely home you have. Your bird nest and cloches are so pretty and you certainly know how to set up pretty vignetts! :)
Hope you'll pop in to see me sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelai :)

Tanza said...

Hi Marcy,
What a beautiful home you have .. very relaxing, and soo comfy and homey looking .. It was FuN jumping around your blog .. Very sweet treasures you have everywhere !!

Happy to have found you, and wishing you a wonderful, relaxing evening ~
HuGs ~TeA~ xo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I just found you through Old Painted Cottage. I love to bring nature into the home and the bird nest are wonderful. You have such a lovely home and blog. I just became your newest follower. Hugs, Sherry

shannon i olson said...

very nice, saw you on painted cottage, I looked around a bit and see you have a golden retriever too, our is a female, she is almost 12. We love her to pieces. Nice blog, beautiful house!!

Faded Charm said...

I'm loving all your cloches and birds' nests. They seem made for each other. Thanks for stopping by to visit and in answer to your question.....not sure because the guy was practically giving the statuary away because it had been sitting around too long. That was definelty a good day for me.

I'm going back to check out more of your blog.

Take care,


Elizabeth Ann said...

What a beautiful home you have! I read your entire blog and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I also became a follower. I'm a new blogger too.

I also have a "thing" for nests and have several under cloches too. I even found one with a broken Robin's egg in it. It is the most beautiful color of blue. Like you I wait until they fall out of the tree. I've been working on a post for my blog about using natural elements in decorating. Your post has inspired me to get it done. I even have a few butterflies and a BUG (a cicada)!!! I know it sounds strange but it is really a pretty color of green.

I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Elizabeth Ann

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Welcome to blogland! Your Home is beautiful, you have a great design style.Stop over for a visit.~Cheers Kim

Suzan Oxenreider said...

Absolutely gorgeous home...and I LOVE that you have mixed painted pieces with stained furniture.

A Ruffled Nest said...

Welcome to the world of blogging. I read blogs for years before I ventured out and started my own and it has been very fun. Love your collection, and your home is beautiful, I just became a follower. Happy blogging:)

BriarRose said...

Your blog is rapidly becoming my favorite. Love all the bits of nature you bring into your home. You just have a way of writing that feels like more of a conversation. I too became a follower...can't wait to read your next post. Debra

Cottage Rose said...

I am so glad I found your wonderful blog,, I was at the The Old Painted Cottage, and your home is so beautiful..... what a great collection of birds nests,,,, love the tiny humming bird one... have a great week..


Kim Strother said...

HI Marcy! I miss you too! You blog is great and I'd love to know what flea markets you are going to? I never find anything good! I going to follow you and I will be sure to keep in touch! Have a great day! Kim

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

i love your collection of nests!!!! And your cloches....and your displays...and that victorian painting.....i love it all!!!! you have such a talent for displays!!! i had no idea that a hummingbird's nest was so small....but then again, so are they. sweet post, marcy!!!


Wendy said...

It's my first visit and I'm hooked! I love your decorating style. Cloches, birds, nests, eggs--wonderful! Congratulations on August Cottage of the Month. Your home is stunning!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh.Em.Gee.!!! This is stunning! Simply stunning and magazine worthy!! I looked at your gorgeous photos over and over!

I SO love your style...I am a follower...

I will be back!

Lou Cinda :)

Anonymous said...


I found your blog through Just beachy! I love cloche and birds as well...they just look so beautiful together! Your collection is really neat!


Anonymous said...

Hello! I was just clicking away and found you and have really enjoyed reading all your posts! You have a beautiful home with the best collections ~ you sure do have some real treasures. I look forward to following along ~

Sarah :)

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

I love your blog! It is wonderful. I agree with you on the crows. They like to dive into our nesting boxes on the outside of our barn and eat the chicken eggs that roll out for us to collect. They are awful!
I do love your nest collection...it is wonderful. I have a few that I treasure.
I've enjoyed looking through your home photos and will be back for more visiting.
come by for a visit sometime!

Crafty Stamper said...

Wow, Marcy, this is awesome. Love the blog, the house and of course your scrapbook room. Congrats!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Beautiful blog you have! I so enjoyed seeing your bird nest collection. I have one real nest that I found earlier in the Spring, and mine is displayed under a cloche as well. I'd love to collect more. The hummingbird nest you have is so sweet.

I'm your newest follower!

Hope you'll visit my blog and follow too if you like.


niartist said...

I hope you know how brilliant this is!!!! You have just given me the best idea and I am going to make sure to give you FULL credit! :) I'm so excited, I can barely wait to get home! :) Thank you so much for being a part of Vignette Friday! I'm so hoping you'll join up next week too! :)

Little Leslie said...

I love your bird's nests in the cloches. What a great idea. A bird built a nest in an old Chinese lantern under the eaves on my porch. She had 4 eggs, at first, but I guess took one away, and never came back. I think the front door opening scared. So, I have a nest with 3 eggs still in the lantern. I blogged about it a couple of months ago, and there are pictures, if you like to see. You have exquisite taste, keep up the lovely posts!

Anonymous said...

Two of my favorite things... cloches and bird nests. I love all of your vignettes... gorgeous!
I came over via Debbie's Vintage Inspiration Friday.
Have a great weekend!
~ Jo :)

Debra@CommonGround said...

What a wonderful collection you have. Isn't it just amazing to see all that the parents find to incorporate into their nests? Your cloches are just wonderful as is your home. Thank you so much for linking up to VIF, hope you have a wonderful weekend! Love your blog, just beautiful,

Gail said...

Oh how I love your collection of birds nest. I too have a few that I have collected out of our trees. I just love displaying them.

Have a wonderful day.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I have birdie things all over toooo... and several "real" nests from my VERY best friend who lives way out in the country. I have never even seen a hummingbird's nest.... no wonder... They sure are iddy-biddy things aren't they?

Warm blessings,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how pretty. I love your wonderful cloches and apothecary jars. Your nests are just fabulous and your displays are wonderful. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

So happy to re-visit your beautiful cloches!


Karen said...

So precious. I love birds nests. I like the way you used the silver tray too. Bee-oo-ti-ful!

Sue said...

All of your cloches are so pretty filled with the different bird nests. I saw a nest under the large pine in the front yard today- I'll have to retrieve it tomorrow to add to my collection.
I don't like crows or buzzards, and the woods behind us have both. Those dang crows have been cawing to each other all afternoon today. Annoying....
Thanks for showing this post again. I don't know why I didn't leave a comment then! Take care- Sue

awal.ny said...

I love your nests under cloch. It is fun to go searching around the house in the late fall when all of the leaves have fallen to see where the birds have spent their summer raising their young babies.

Jaybird said...

Your little cloche started it's life as a votive holder. It would have been turned the other direction and hung in a metal ring on a wrought iron candleier or sconce. Upside down they make a perfect small cloche...I use them too :^) They look cute on a dressing table with a broach or some other interesting piece of jewelry highlighted....

Heaven's Walk said...

I'm a bird nest lover, too, Marcy! I've never put them under a cloche before, so thanks for the idea! :)

xoxo laurie

Michelle said...

Hi! I know this is an old post, but I just had to comment after I read the part about those pesty black crows leaving behind little dead animals in the birdbath. I experienced the same thing this last summer. It made me so mad! I've heard that crows are very territorial and they like to claim their spaces, so that's probable what they were doing, but it almost made me want to put away the birdbath which is sooo pretty! Anyhow, thanks for the post!

Barbara Jean said...

Love all your nests in cloches!!

Since we do not find many, I make my own. Then I can just buy the cloche and put a nest in it right away.
I also love to put my nests in odd pieces, like old coffee grinders, and rusty what evers. You know those birds will make a nest anywhere.

barbara jean
PS liked you on FB. Excited to keep up with what you are doing.


I love your bird nests and the way you display them. I have a collection of birds nest too and displayed them openly for a while but I have such bad allergies that your idea is just wonderful to put them under glass....I am a new follower and enjoying every minute.

DEE said...


My Cozy Casita said...

Wow been long time, welcome back im happy to see you posting this year I hope you continue I always love your home and your decoration around your lovely home
I do collect birds nest tooI have so may of them it is increble how they make them my are openly in my
Cup boar
Nice to look your birds nest collection.
I hope to see more post from you
Have blessing day