Friday, June 15, 2012

Leap of Faith Pink Saturday

Today I’m sharing a couple of my lawn pinks…

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First a grove of Pink Crepe Myrtle that are just starting to bloom…Mother’s house sold this spring and I took a couple of dollars from the sale and the closing of her estate to add nine small trees to our side lawn. She loved Myrtles and I love thinking of her as I tend them. Spring rains got the coneflower off to a strong start. So far the deer have left them alone and they are filling this bed with happy Pink. It’s my Pink side of the yard.

baby birds 009 Follow me from the side lawn to the front porch where a pair of Phoebes have set up housekeeping.

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I think this is the mother bird at the nest. It’s about the size of a small cereal bowl. It’s made of mud and fibers and hubby says it’s lined with fluffy fur or dryer lint.

Baby Birds 005 It’s not a pretty nest…sort of ugly like the proverbial “mud fence” and it’s tiny for the four little birdies. We were just sure they would fledge today based on the wing stretching and flapping that has been going on for the last two or three days, but this evening they have settled in for another night. We have marveled at what good providers the parent birds are. They keep watch from the flower bed or a nearby small tree.

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They hunt insects and feed and groom the lucky little ones all day long.

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We will spend Father’s Day weekend watching the Leap of Faith as they leave the safety of the nest. Look at how high the nest is! We threw a couple of sheepskin rugs below the nest should one fall over before their feathers are able to support them.

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There’s not much to hang on to as they learn to fly.

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There is a small railing around the edge and a  few lamps and shutters. But they will do what little birds do every spring. They will hop over the side and take wing. This has been such a safe spot for the nestlings, but we are holding out faith that it will be a good spot for fledglings. One of my favorite hymns is “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and I’ll probably be humming it all weekend. Speaking of the weekend, let’s go see who Beverly has gathered for us to visit this holiday Saturday at how Sweet the Sound. Have a Pink Week.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1st means Circle Journals in the mail!

Ten of Beverly’s Pink Saturday fans are working on a set of collaborative circle journals. Today we are mailing out the current month’s pages. I went to the post office this afternoon with a very special package… Grace’s Circle of Friends journal. You probably know Grace from her blog Pink in the City. http://graceinthepinkcity.blogspot.com/  Grace picked Marie Antoinette in Paris for her theme. the first three journal artists have done amazing jobs. Nancy, My Crafty Little Page, did the pages just before mine and she had created a wonderful glittery carriage for Marie. Using that carriage as my inspiration, I took Marie on a shopping trip through the streets of Paris.
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The vintage map of Paris was the first layer on the background. Then a second layer was a pocket collaged with fabric samples and ribbon roses satin trim and a dress form and a couple of images of shoes and gowns Marie had her eye on. The fabric and trim actually came from my big first-time-ever trip to Grace’s city…New Your City!  The layers of fabric and pictures were stitched down beneath ivory tulle.
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The right side page has a picture of Marie as a young girl and no tribute to Mare would be complete without CAKE! There’s a gold fleur de lis, a velvet flower, and a leaf from Tinsel Trading Company in NYC. I made tags for the pockets… Each one has vintage sheet music and
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But my favorite addition is the Bag of Cats! That’s right, a bag of six cats…
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They’re dressed and glittered for a royal ball…
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There is a legend about a breed of cats in Maine, here in America that are said to be the offspring of her cats. Look up Marie’s cats to read the whole improbable tale. I doubt that Marie planned an escape to America,(especially a plan that included six of her favorite cats being sent on ahead of her.) but it makes for a fun feline addition to Grace’s journal…I don’t know if Marie dressed her cats in party attire, but it sounds like something she might have done.
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I’ll be spending part of my Pink Saturday watching our favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs in the National  Championship play offs…Wish us luck! We love our Spurs! Now back to Beverly and How Sweet the Sound to see this week’s happy Pink.

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.