Monday, February 14, 2011

Our Nest is Best ~

Dedicated to Mr. AntiqueChase:
I purchased this handmade bird house 
at the flea market back in November....



It was handmade by a older gentleman who took so much pride in his craftsmanship... I love the chapel shape of this birdhouse, it feels so romantic... It's grand and stands almost 5 feet tall...

When Mr. AntiqueChase asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day I knew exactly what I would like!  I asked him if he could put up the new birdhouse in our garden.... I love Valentine's gifts that I can admire all year, like a rosebush or an oil painting... or a birdhouse!!

Yesterday, he went to our neighborhood hardware store and came home with an 8 foot post. He spent a priceless amount of time walking around the garden with me while I decided on the perfect location for the birdhouse.... and when I wasn't sure I had found the perfect spot, he walked around some more. For good measure, he even balanced the heavy bird house on his shoulders so I could visualize how it would look in the air...

He got his shovel and started to dig and dig some more (about two feet down)... Just when he was ready to sink the post, I realized that the 8 foot post might not be tall enough... So, Mr. AntiqueChase and I got back in the car to get a 10 foot post.


When we got home, he sunk the post and used a level to ensure it was straight... Added gravel and a fast dry cement called "Quikrete". You can find this brand at Home Depot and other home improvement stores. It's great because you don't have to mix it... just pour the cement powder in the hole and add water... It sets up perfectly and pretty quick too! (at least that's what Mr. AntiqueChase tells me..)


Today, 
I am going to prime and paint the post 
so we can attach the birdhouse later tonight...

This has to be one of my FAVORITE
Valentine's Day gifts ever!!!

Thank you Mr. AntiqueChase!

You are such a wonderful husband...
Everyday with you feels like Valentines...

I love you sooo much 

62 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is going to look so good on that pole. What a special gift. I prefer things like that, too.

Joanne said...

I love your birdhouse! I would rather have something that I can enjoy all year as opposed to candy and flowers that disappear too quickly.

Marigene said...

Love the birdhouse...lucky you have a spouse that is so patient!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your birdhouse is going to be stunning. I can't wait to see it all in place. Fabulous gift. Hugs, Marty

birdie blue said...

your husband sounds like a doll. the birdhouse is darling, and it's new location is perfect.

xo
~molly

Sue said...

That is one really cool birdhouse, Marcy! It's a gift that you'll be able to keep for a long, long time.
Re: your first photo not showing- do you use Live Writer to post? I do and my photo doesn't show up in the blog list feed, either. Apparently it's because that part of Writer isn't compatible w/Blogger. I found this out by contacting Windows Live Writer with this question. I read where someone said she would post thru Writer, then go back into Blogger to add the pic there. Kinda defeats the purpose, I think. I tried it, just to see- but it didn't work for me at all! If you don't post thru Writer, then I don't know why your photo doesn't work in the feeds. Sorry...
:-) Sue

Rachel Noelle said...

I LOVE your beautiful birdhouse!!Your husband is too sweet to do that for you!:)Happy Valentines Day!!! xo Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

What an adorable birdhouse! Love it :) And I love the thoughtfulness of our hubbies and our endless requests for them ;) True love.....
Happy Valentine's Day my friend!!
XOX

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a lovely post! You are such a lucky girl! The bird house is gorgeous and I think you found the perfect spot for it to reside!

Happy Valentine's Day!

KATHY said...

I love your bird house!!That's the best gift.

Kathy

chateaudelille said...

Gorgeous birdhouse. Im quite partial to them also.Fiona

sissie said...

Oh my goodness, this is the loveliest birdhouse and I know it's going to be beautiful in your yard.

So sweet of the Mr. to put up the pole for you.

hugs
Sissie

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Hiya Marcy....!

I don't know which I'm MORE ENVIOUS of....Your DIVINE birdhouse or the WONDERFULLY patient Mr Antique Chase....hmmmmmmm.... :o) !!

In any case....I can't wait to see the birdhouse in place....I'm sure it will attract a bevy of BEAUTIES to your garden....!

THANKS so much for your comment....YES....BIG ** sigh ** on the quilt....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

High Street Cottage said...

Mr. AntiqueChase Rocks!

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Love it! And had to laugh, "Our nest is best" is one of my son's favorite books right now! :-)

Franciscus and Elizabeth said...

You go Mr. AntiqueChase. Helping a girl decorate makes her heart go "pitter, patter." And especially when it takes more than once to get it right.

Marcy ~ thanks so much for your sweet comment about my frosted cupcakes. Using a large icing tip that I got with a Wilton Cupcake Frosting Kit makes it soo easy. Now I just need this frosting tube that I saw today on TV instead of having to refill my bag every 3 cupcakes :)

And LOVE that birdhouse. We are finally having warmer weather here and I look forward to working in our yard tomorrow and working on some painting projects.

Blessings to you,
Robin

BriarRose said...

What a lovely Valentine's gift and another special memory created. It is the gift of time and patience that means the most isn't it? That's when we know we are truly loved. Thank you for sharing Marcy!

Stephanie said...

LOVE the birdhouse Marcy and what a sweet Valentine you have!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Marcy, this is the perfect Valentine! And it is going to look beautiful!! I can't wait to see it all perched up there!

Steve is in the midst of making a leaf for a table I got at an auction and it is a little toooooo small...don't you just love a man that can create things for you?? And fix my mistakes.....lol

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda :)

Antiques & Uniques said...

How very sweet of "the Mister"!Now you can enjoy that Valentine all year long. You won't ever forget this Valentine's gift, for sure!!
Carol in GA

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

What a sweet gift from a sweet fella! I like this Mr Antique Chase...sounds like he's a keeper! ;-)

Happy Belated Valentine's Day,
Judy

Mary said...

Gorgeous birdhouse...I'm sure you'll have residents soon :-)

Cindy said...

What an amazing birdhouse! I love that it is big and has presence, and that it was handmade. Aren't the guys sweet, they are so patient and helpful when we get our ideas... Guys Rock!

Cindy

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

The simple things are always the best!!! What a lovely birdhouse!!!

Shirley said...

Great Valentine's gift and a hubby that will be so patient and do that for you!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Wow...5 feet tall...that's one big beautiful birdhouse...and so sweet of your hubby to add it to your garden for you.

Leslie said...

That's a wonderful story... I love it.. You sound like you have a beautiful marriage.. I would love to see the completed house on the pole when you're done..
Leslie
Your newest follower
Tranquil Acres of Alexandria

LV said...

You killed two birds with one stone so to speak. You got the birdhouse, and it was put up for valentine day. I am sure the birds appreciate all your husbands time and patience putting it up.

Cori said...

How sweet....I love the birdhouse. It really IS grand and oh, so lovely.

So glad Mr. Antique Chase is such a great guy : )

Cori

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is fantastic! My husband bought me a gorgeous birdhouse last year on a pole...I can't wait to get it out soon. XO

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

wow! what a guy! I love those kinds of gifts too :)

Custom Comforts said...

What a beautiful birdhouse and what a sweet gift from your husband. Those are the best gifts, given with precious time and work. I'm anxious to see it up on it's post. Please show us when it is finished.
You have a beautiful blog ~ newest follower.
Cindy

Victoria said...

Yay Mr Antiquechase, what a good guy:) Your birdhouse is gorgeous, I thought it was just a normal size one until I read that it was almost 5 feet tall...wow, that's big!!!

Southerncook said...

LOVE the birdhouse and what a special Valentine gift. You will cherish it for a long time. BTW, love your blog.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Donnie said...

He must really love you...Don said "No way!". Looking forward to showing him how pretty it looks...lol....

The Vintage Attic said...

Wow after all that, he's a true Valentine..
I so admire that bird house, what beauty it will bring to your garden, and hours of entertainment.
Have a fabulous day,

Melissa

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The birdhouse is adorable, I love it! It's going to look so cute on the pole!!!
When I printed out the picture I used the 5x7 size. My frames are really small, If you were going to use a bigger frame you could go with the 8x10. Hope you will try it, so easy :)
XOXO
Kristin

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Wonderful gift. It is getting close to that time of year!!! ~~Sherry~~

Linda said...

How wonderful! I think it's wonderful that your husband did that for you...mine is the same...I get an idea...and he always comes through!!I love the birdhouse...I can't wait to see the finished project!

A Hint of Home said...

Love it! You are going to get so much enjoyment every time you look out and see it.

Honey at 2805 said...

What a great Valentine's gift. Mr. AntiqueChase sounds like a pretty good guy!

Fishtail Cottage said...

So loving this birdhouse! I'm your newest follower! xoox

Fishtail Cottage said...

I didn't see your cage collection....send me the link to the post, would love to peek at what you have? I'm am drooling over your bird house that you are putting up! It's hard to find such unique yard decor - love yours! xoox

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is a pretty birdhouse! I'm sure you will have a family of birds take up residence pretty quick. Thank You for stopping by today........Julian

lulumusing said...

I collect birdhouses, so I totally get finding the exactly right place for it. You are lucky that your ground is not frozen so that you could install it and you are fortunate to have a mister patient enough to drag it around. Good job both of you!

Sarah said...

I agree, these are the best kinds of gifts. Enjoy that charming bird house. ~ Sarah

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

SUCH A BEAUTY!! Who wouldn't love it! What a sweetie you have!

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Thats one cute birdhouse

bj said...

What an awesome birdhouse. Perfect!!
I can't wait to see how it looks..a cousin made a birdhouse for me, not nearly as large as yours, but a nice size. I have wondered and wondered what to do with it. After you get yours all finished, be sure to let me know, ok?
I am linking up to follow..come by to see me when you can. :))
xo bj

Brenda Kula said...

Love it too! You know what I got? A plant stand from Gardeners Supply! Isn't it great that they know the way to our hearts isn't through diamonds?
Brenda

Lady Farmer said...

What an amazing birdhouse! And how precious that your dear hubby took the time and effort to find the *perfect* spot to plant it! And to the hardware store twice! Bless his heart! A lovely expression of love!
Blessings!

Design Elements said...

wonderful birdhouse!

kathee said...

Happy Valentines Day Marcie! You have a very special husband!!! Sucha beautiful birdhouse! Enjoy!! xokathee

Dear Lillie said...

Happy (Belated) Valentine's Day! LOVE LOVE LOVE the birdhouse!

Ruthie said...

Love it. So where's the final photo? I want to see it in your garden in all its glory!
Ruthie

K.Ketils said...

Hi! I saw your picture in Cindy´s romantic home. I love your bird house!

Jane said...

Sounds like you have a great guy! The birdhouse will look awesome in your garden.
I read your previous post too and I'm in love with your vintage trophy collection. That is an awesome collection.
Jane

Pat said...

The birdhouse is gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing it in your garden.

Piorra Maison said...

I need to get me one of those...ahhh a Mr. Antiquechase. I also love, love birdhouses. What a sweet story. I am a follower and a fan. come check out my birdhouse posted on Outdoor Wednesday at a southern daydreamer. do ya think I could borrow Mr. Antiquechase to install mine?
Bonne Journée!
Caroline

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great Valentines Day and what a Blessed husband to do all that for you. Really like your blog!!

Kim Strother said...

Hi Marcie-I love the birdhouse! I need to do some shopping for an old chandelier. What flea markets are there in TO?

Marcia Kamal said...

Hi, would you please post a close photo of your floral tray?
Kisses
Marcia