Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Birds of a Feather Flock together

Last week we had a dusting of snow and I took a couple of pictures of the little bird prints in the snow along the walk.100_1104

Aren’t those just the sweetest little prints?

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It looks as if they were huddled together keeping warm. The birdbaths out in the lawn were frozen solid.

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So I was adding hot water to a birdbath on the patio…I had dozens and dozens of birds all morning long…guess the word was out among the flocks that food and warm water was available in our back yard.  We doubled up on our suet blocks and made sure the feeders were always full so that at least their little bird bellies were full and warm. This has been such a hard winter that we are trying to help them as much as we can…while I was out in the yard, I snapped this picture of a reclining woman statue…

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I had bought her in a local artists market in Haiti…being from the warm Caribbean, she is certainly not accustomed to the cold! I’m surprised she did not crack and break during the night. Several of our stepping stones have stress  cracks and one is even broken in half! Is it any wonder that the birds gather together for warmth? Makes me cold just looking at the pictures. And today is freezing again, so while Mike is carrying sheep pellets and extra corn down into the meadow for the deer, I’ll take a kettle of hot water out to the patio birdbaths…

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Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.