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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Feathered Friends Party

Hi y'all....there's lots & lots of pics in today's post so grab a cup of something before you get started. Today I'm playing in the Feathered Friends blog party, hosted by Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage. I knew I had lots of birds & bird stuff in my decor but until I went to share it all, I had no idea how much. It's everywhere! And I have lots more that's not being used right now. At least a half dozen cages sit in storage.... it seems that I cannot resist an old bird cage. ???? It might be time to pare back a bit. ;o)

This birdcage is actually being used & for it's intended purpose. It houses Rose, my beautiful but unfriendly parakeet.

This antique cage, hubby & I bought at the cattle barns flea markets several years ago. It's my absolute favorite! I love it so much that I'll never even paint it white & that's a huge commitment for me.

Thsi little sweetie is under glass, inside the cage above.

Love this glittered tea light...I have a trio of them.

Tweet! Tweet! ;o)

Hubby's grandmother had a large collection of porcelain birds (many of them given to her by her grandchildren) & when she died she left them to me, since she knew I loved birds. This little hummer is one of my faves. She had a large collection so I only display my faves & keep the rest packed up for safekeeping.

This peacock is my favorite! My own grandmother had a pair of live peacocks on her farm so it reminds me of them both. It's made by Lefton...I collect lots of their stuff.

This oriole feeding it's young is really sweet though & it's even older than the Lefton peacock.

This tiny, handpainted dish (another thrift store find!) was gifted to "Jo" on Easter 1967. (it's signed on the back)

The glass cloche covering this bird is actually a large candle basin w/ a glass door-pull glued on top. $3!!!

LOVE this needlepoint yardlong!

This pair of needlepoint birds, hubby & I bought in Fredericksburg a couple of years ago.

One of my favorite finds was this coverlet someone painstaking embroidered w/ all the birds of the 50 states! I bought it about 10 yaers ago (at a thrift store) & only paid $8 for it.

The Texas state bird is the mockingbird.

I knew I had to have this ironstone, covered dish when I saw the birds on top.

I wonder how many of these Target birds we'll see @ today's party. LOL

Sweet, garage sale watercolor.

This tiny blue jay is another of Grandma's birds. It's only a couple of inches tall.

I have many birdhouses outside but most are ordinary & I won't bore you w/ them. This is my fave!

I even have some of the porcelain birds outside.

Nevermind my pitiful roses! They're not liking the 100 plus temps we have here in August but after it cools off next month, they'll flush w/ springlike blooms. This birdcage is awaitng a whitewashing.

That's it...I'm done! ;o) I've taken up enough of y'alls time.... now check out Gina's Feathered Friends party for even more birdies!


Stacey said...

Hi Cami! This party was made for you! My favorite bird that you showed today (besides Rose) is the Texas Mockingbird! It's a beauty and pulls at my Texas girl heartstrings.

You have a wonderful collection and you display everything so well.

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

What a wonderful variety of bird things! Love Rose! She is very beautiful!

Jenny in Maine said...

Cami, your decor is absolutely gorgeous!! I would have a hard time just choosing one as a favorite!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Cami, gee, your pictures are so pretty!!!!! I love Rose. I had several parakeets through the years and just love them. Your pictures are awesome!

Barb :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - you do have got quiet a collection. Hard to pick a favorite - but really like all of the cages. I need to go back and look at them some more.

Katy ~ said...

I am in awe.

Marie said...

Hello Cami - you have a wonderful birdie collection! My fave is the embroidered coverlet. Amazing work! Thank you for sharing.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cami!

What a gorgeous collection! I'm so envious :-)

Barb said...

You have such a wonderful assortment of birdie items!!

Love all the cages, and that embroidered coverlet, awesome!!

Thanks for joining us.

Barbara jean

Elyse said...

wow, what a great collection of birds! and you're right, i have the target s&p birds, too!!!


Gina said...

I LOVE the glittered tea light bird. So dazzling! :)

Sonia said...

What a great collection...I love the white birdbath with all the little birds sitting on the edge. Your little bird needlepoints are so cute! Miss Bloomers

Bobbi said...

Hi and what a awesome collection of birds that you have! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Sue said...

Cami, You have such a nice collection of birds and related item. Your antique birdcage was a great acquisition!
:-) Sue

Dawn said...

Hi Cami, I enjoyed every single photo and the stories too! I must say that needlepoint quilt has to be the most unique item I've seen at the party. It must have taken someone forever to do that. I'm glad you have it on the bed to be enjoyed.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Cami, you have such a beautiful collection! I am having trouble picking out one element that I am crazy about. Your needlepoint collection is so pretty and of course Rose is adorable, your cloche and antique cage, your coverlet is beautiful I love it all. You have a wonderful variety that keeps it fresh and interesting!

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful collection!


Claudia said...

Hi Cami - boy do you have a wonderful collection! I like your style! The bird cage in the first photo is gorgeous - I love the stand. I really love everything - the coverlet,the needlepoint yard-long, and of course the mockingbird, as that is the name of my cottage! I've loved seeing all your treasures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cami,

Oh my gosh, this is so fun! Your collection is amazing - you have so many pretty ideas.

I'm bookmarking the blogs as I visit so I can come back again.

Have a great day,

Jennifer said...

So cute ... I especially love your cloche with the candlesticks. You have a very nice collection!

Brenda said...

Hey, guess what? I'm a bird lover from Tyler. Didn't catch what region you live in. I love your bird collection! I don't have any bird cages, but am surely on the hunt for some! Rose is sure a cutie-pie!

common ground said...

Oh my goodness, I just love all your bird goodies! I had so many more bird things, but it was late when I did my post, and just grabed photos of what I had on file. Thanks for coming by, so nice to meet you, I'm looking forward to reading your past posts.

Brenda said...

Okay, just scrolled up and looked closer. Keller...know I've heard of that. But not sure quite where it is. I'm originally an Oklahoma girl, but have lived in various parts of Texas in my adult life.

Chari said...

Hi Cami...

Well my friend, with coffee in hand (as you suggested, hehe!)...I toured through all of your fabulous feathered friends treasures...I thoroughly enjoyed myself! You have so many beautiful things...I love your style! Such a pretty collection of birdcages and I love your little frenchy birdhouse! What a treasure...to receive your grandmother's beautiful bird collection...the hummingbird is pretty! Ohhh...and I love how you displayed your birds and nest on that old scale...fabulous!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and fabulous collection of birds with us today!

Warmest wishes,

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Those Target birdies are CUTE! I might like them even better than my Pier 1 finds! Thanks so much for joining me today.

Terry said...

I have had a wonderful time ,you throw a fabulous feathery feast for the eyes .
Thank you for sharing .
My day certainly is brighter.
Blessings of joy,to you and all yours.
I really enjoyed your blog.
Of course being a Texas gal I loved the sweet little Mockingbird best :)
Happy Trails

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That coverlet is just amazing! I really love it! The time it must have taken someone to do that is just astounding! Love the birdcages you showed. You really have a large & wonderful collection of birds!


Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Well my Land! You are loaded down with feathers, girl! I don't have a drop in the bucket compared to your collection! I just LOVE your bird needlework. That bedspread is such a keepsake. Who in the world would give that up?

Glad I inspired you to tablescape with veggies! I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'm playing along tomorrow too!


Queenie said...

Beautiful Post... with all of those birdcages and birds....If I had to pick a favorite,(which that's hard) I'd pick the needepoints...
Everything looks so pretty...sweet crown you made too!
Big Hugs,

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Wow Wee Cami, You certainly do have a lot of things pertaining to birdie things. Speaking of which, your little parakeet is adorable! Great Post!

Enjoy your day-

Frugal Fine Living said...

Great post! I love your home and your shabby chic style!


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Cami, I love all your birds, especially your grandmother's ~ how special to have those. I also love the birdcages, the sweet cloche, & that beautiful gilt framed looong narrow mirror over your bed with the terrific birds embroidered on it! But what really makes my heart skip a beat is the pic of the pink roses with "Tweet" in them & the sweet little bird on the small ice cream parlor chair surrounded by the chunky porch rails/columns!! Sigh, double sigh..

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Shelia said...

Hi Cami! You have some wonderful little feathered friends. I certainly enjoyed seeing them. Hope all is well with you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy said...

What an amazing collection. I love the coverlet, for $8.00, no way. All that work, it's worth 200 easy.

And I loved the little cherub in the cage. I wish I had it.

Thanks for letting me look.

Rebecca said...

Wow that is a lot of birds...Very sweet. I love your bird, I had a glouster canary and he sang so sweet, SugarPlum.