1.06.2013

Captivated.

 If you have visited my blog even once, you know that I am obsessed with our garden...with pumpkins and zinnias, with vines that trail in loop de loops and tomatoes that hang heavy with sweetness. 

But now I will confess another "obsession"...or perhaps we will call it an
 enthusiasm or perhaps even a passion: 
It began many years ago when we still lived way up on a 3rd floor.
We found this stool at an auction and had it covered with a square of
fabric I had tucked away for the perfect project.


I picked these books up for pennies....the ceramic piece was my Grandma Edna's. It sat in her front parlor. On occasion we'd twirl on the round tufted bird ottoman in the same room...spinning til we were told to stop...or til we were dizzier than we could bear.

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My son found the bottles in a little bottle burial ground in our woods.
Treasures of a time gone by.


I splurged ..spending a bit of my Christmas money on this treasure (1.99)
It called to me...like the sound of the purple finch on a warming spring current....


This is one of my favorites....a vintage Audubon print...still unframed...still
unsure where to hang it or prop it.


A magical nest of shells....gathered by my dad during his time on Guam.
It sits atop my husband's Nana's sewing basket.

Simple pieces.
A bit of nature
tugging
at my

24 comments:

  1. I love birds. I just took a picture of two fat juncos perched on a branch outside my house:)I really enjoyed this post.

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    1. Yes the juncos are crazy at this time of year! We just started feeding...we will feed them for a few months. The juncos like to stay on the ground under the feeder, catching what others knock to the ground.

      Thanks for your kind words!

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  2. I have Become very fond of birds as I have matured, my favorite yard sighting was a Baltimore oriole! Love your finds!

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    1. I love to watch the Orioles in spring. They return to the same trees each year. During the day they swoop up and down to the apple trees. They are so vibrant and have such a distinct call. Their nests are so pretty and so strong...like a hanging purse.

      Thanks for popping in!

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  3. Lovely bird print. Your stool is so cute, nice to have things passed down from family.

    Did you ever bird watch? My SIL's mother does and travel all over the country, she actually loves it. Hope you are having a great start to your week.

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    1. I've unofficially birdwatched my whole life! My dad instilled a love as a child...and it never went away.
      I am able to identify many birds by their call....purple finch, dove, catbird, oriole, cardinal to name a few. I find it fascinating.

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  4. Birds are so quirky and fun. Even my 20 year old daughter, while watching some birds as we waited in line at EPCOT said, "I see now why people get into bird watching". I see why you saved that fabric you used on the stool. It's beautiful! It has a very intriguing look to it.

    Liz

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    1. They are quirky, you are right! Maybe that's why I love them...I guess I am quirky too!

      I have really started to enjoy decorating with rustic/natural elements.

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  5. I share your passion for birds! We are lucky to have many beautiful robins, cardinals, blue jays, mourning doves, etc. My favorites are the visits from hummingbirds. The robins loves following me around the garden when I'm watering the beds.
    cheers,
    Loi

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    1. Hi Loi!

      I agree with adoring hummingbirds, as you'll remember my story here
      http://nantucketdaffodil.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-cycle-of-life.html

      I have come to love the catbirds. They sit on the fence posts of the garden and have become so tame! I think birds are very intelligent. Wish I knew what they were thinking!

      Enjoy your week!

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  6. I love the birdies too! Big and small. We get sand hill cranes wintering over in our fields. But I love the sparrows too. So nice that you stopped by!

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    1. Oh the cranes must be beautiful to watch! I love sandpipers....and the list goes on......

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  7. I adore things w/little birds and those book covers are just gorgeous. The one on the green book is my favorite - especially the little bird on the far left.. Have you ever considered making a color copy of it and framing it? How wonderful too that your son found those bottles.

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    1. That is my newest and I just fell in love as well! I never had thought of making a copy! What a great idea!

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  8. ...simple pieces AND wonderful treasures. Love all of your feathered friends & how you turn a phrase. Guess we are birds of a feather :)
    Get framing girl!
    Monica

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    1. Thanks Monica! I will work on the framing...just needed a kick in the seat.

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  9. It's quite a pretty 'obsession' to have :)

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  10. Oh what beautiful treasures ! I too love birds, when they visit our garden, outside my kitchen window, I am stopped in my tracks ! And anything I can buy with a bird on it...I usually do !..You have such a lovely blog !..Happy New Year to you, and yours, from the Azores !..hugs Diana

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    1. Yes, they are like little secret messengers!

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  11. Little joys... reminds me of the secret garden! Love!

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    1. I love that you have said this...one of my favorite stories of all time!

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  12. Your bird post is lovely, both the images and the words! I'm loving your blog, ND!

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  13. Hi again FD....thanks so much....you have made me smile!

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