Friday, February 24, 2012

Bird Nests, Cloches and Camille ~




THIS RE-POST IS DEDICATED TO MY GOOD FRIEND CAMILLE WHO IS 13 YEARS OLD. MANY OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT SHE IS MY SWEET FRIEND & NEIGHBOR THAT BRINGS ME BIRD'S NESTS. SHE WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA AND IS IN THE HOSPITAL. WHILE THE PROGNOSIS IS GOOD, I ASK YOU TO PLEASE PRAY FOR CAMILLE and HER FAMILY. THANK YOU.

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!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vintage Crates ~



I'm sure I am not the only person who struggles with paper pileup.... Some days, I don't even want to go to the mailbox... more papers to sort! Ugh....

We have a built-in desk in the kitchen. In theory, this is a great place to pay bills, place incoming mail and sort paperwork... In reality, the desk has become 
the junk station!

Yes, we do place incoming mail here...   
lots of it... 
piles and piles of it!! 

Oh, and the bulletin board above the desk?? 

far from an inspiration board... 

We pin up everything we don't want to loose in the paper piles!

Recently, I was working on rearranging my kitchen decor and accessories. Sadly, I completely ignored the desk area. If you missed the post on my kitchen updates click here.


This entire desk space was becoming increasingly embarrassing when friends came over to visit... I don't want visitors seeing all my bills, paperwork, and my mammogram reminder notice on display...

I was determined to find a paper pile-up solution. I went to the office supply store for a file box. I was looking for an attractive storage container... Something open and without a lid. 


There were two choices, cardboard or plastic... I left the store empty handed because I didn't want to spend $18 on a plastic file box. 

When I came home, I looked around for something I could convert into a file box. I remembered I had a couple of vintage deposit box crates my neighbor gave me... I was using one of these crates in the family room for CD storage. 


If you missed that post click here. 

I still had another crate {or two} in the garage that was not being used. I brought one inside to see if it would work as a file box...




This was the character I was looking for!  

Perfect because it was sitting empty in my garage and was

FREE!!!

At Target, I found some pretty file folders in the office department....


I liked the colors and thought they would look good in the open crate. I made some labels on my label maker so the files would look tidy...


I placed my folders inside the crate, and truth be told, I was a bit unhappy with the outcome... The folders looked pretty but they just flopped over, papers were falling out and becoming unorganized.... again.

Since the files were just a bit too small to stand upright in the crate, Mr. AntiqueChase suggested I try some hanging folders... 

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!

I measured the interior of my deposit box which was 12 x 14 inches. I purchased some basic green hanging folders that I thought were a nice vintage color...





Came home and placed the hanging files in the box...
what do you know... 

they are a perfect fit!






 I slipped the pretty files into the hanging folders and they are secure and don't flop around. Everything stays neat and tidy inside the crate!




There's plenty of storage space inside the crate...


I call these my working files...
papers that need to be organized 
but not filed away yet...

Some categories I set up:
Action 
Follow Up
Bills
Receipts
To File
Cheer
Football
A file for each family member
Coupons
Inspiration (clippings from magazines)

I have been using this crate system for a couple of months and it's working well... Since the box is open, without a lid, it's easy to drop papers in and find exactly what I am looking for quickly!

AND it has the vintage look I love....


I keep it in the kitchen and it still looks attractive.

I was lucky to have a neighbor gift me her unused crates.... But, they are very easy to find...you can purchase them at flea markets, thrift stores and antique malls. I see similar vintage crates all the time at the flea market for about $15.00... I would much rather have a piece of history as my file box than an $18.00 piece of plastic from the Office Supply store... Don't you agree ??

I have been hearing rumors about 'Google Friend Connect' changing and possibly disappearing. This may affect some of my readers who follow my blog. I would like to invite you over to my Facebook page. 

No matter what happens with GFC, 
we can stay updated on Facebook!!

I always alert my Facebook readers when a new blog post is up... 

Would you please take a moment 
and click thru to the Facebook page??


Hope to see you there!!
Marcy :)

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