Humming Bird Feeder – Vintage Glass Look

Red Hummingbird Feeder

I wanted to show you this great new humming bird feeder that I picked up at my local Walmart for $9.95!

The reason it caught my eye (besides the fact that it was deep red – my favorite color… for now ;), was because I thought that it was a thick red wine bottle that had been made into a humming bird feeder. It reminded me of some of the other thick bubble glass that some of my other garden features are made out of.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was actually plastic!

It has the look of a vintage wine bottle with a cork. At first, you might think about how hard it would be to keep the feeder filled after you take out the cork, but you actually unscrew the bottom of the feeder, turn it upside down, fill it, then turn it right side up – (after you put the bottom back on of course :).

Both the hanger & the bottom of the feeder are made out of metal, both of which help add to that vintage feel.

Peach Begonia

I purchased this feeder a week or so ago, but while I was working in the office today, I saw a little humming bird come up to the window. He was trying to get to the beautiful begonia flowers that a friend had given me (he must have been spying on me through the window :). So… I figured it was finally time to share the pretty red “vintage looking” feeder with him – and not just keep it all to myself 😉

If you get a chance, go check out the garden center at your local Walmart… maybe you can find one for your cottage garden!

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    Pink Roses That You Can Make

    Pink & red roses are in high demand this time of year, and as well they should be! After all, we are honoring the most important women in our lives – our moms!

    Pink roses that you can make

    With Mother’s Day being just around the corner, I thought I would remind you of a very simple way to decorate those pretty packages!

    Pink tissue paper roses!

    They are so easy – very inexpensive – and so beautiful!

    I remember making this kind of rose when I was a child, except they were as big as a dinner plate! I loved them then, but for some reason, I haven’t thought about them again until today.

    This morning I was wrapping my mom’s Mother’s Day gift so I could put it in the mail, when I remembered the paper roses I used to make as a child.

    I decided to wrap part of the package like you would a piece of candy – with twists at each end. But instead of folding the ends & taping them as I usually do, I decided to make them into pink roses instead.

    Here’s how to make the roses when you are wrapping a gift.

    Wrap your gift using 2-3 sheets of tissue paper (I kind of roll the gift so there are several layers of paper at each end – this makes a nice full rose). Tightly tie a ribbon around each end. Be sure to leave several inches on each end, so that when you gather it tight, you will have enough paper left to “pull” into a rose. Then, gently pull each layer of the paper apart, and shape into your rose.

    Here’s what mine looks like from the top.

    Pink paper roses

    You can also make paper roses without wrapping a gift first.

    – Decide how big you want your roses to be, then add a few inches extra for gathering
    – Cut 2-3 strips of tissue paper that length
    – Roll the paper into a loose roll (you can wrap it tight to begin with to make the center of the bud if you wish)
    – Gather at one end & secure with a piece of wire, or a twist tie
    – Pull the layers of the paper apart to make your desired rose shape

    Think about all the beautiful colors & patterns that tissue paper comes in these days! You could add a few different colors (or patterns) together for a great effect! And tissue paper is so inexpensive, that you could make a room full for a few dollars! You say your a shabby chic, country cottage, or Victorian kind of girl? Hey – why not use these little beauties to decorate your space!

    Oh – the possibilities!

    Pink package with pink roses

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      The Bird Feeder – A Hot Spot in Our Garden!

      Yellow finch at the bird feeder in our garden

      There’s nothing better than being able to sit at my desk, while enjoying all of the noise & traffic that goes by my window each day! Traffic you ask? Yes! The best kind of traffic… wildlife roaming through the yard, enjoying a little treat as they go about their day :)

      I’m talking, of course, about our bird feeders!

      With this being our first year living at the cottage in the woods, we are just starting to get a taste of the joys of living with nature 😉

      I thought I’d share a few pictures of the recent guests to the cottage feeder.

      The first up (one pictured above) are the wonderful finches! They come in so many colors & sizes – but most of all – they have the most beautiful songs!

      Then there are the little guys like this little chipmunk! So cute & tiny – we love to watch them stuff their cheeks full of goods then run back under the trees!
      Chipmunk at the bird feeder in our cottage garden

      And last of all… the bigger guys like this sneaky raccoon! I do love wildlife… but I hope this is as big as the visitors get! After all… there were a few bear sightings in our area last year – yikes!
      Raccoon coming around the cottage garden bird feeder

      * Did you know that raccoons have “thumbs” which is why they are able to open trash can lids, and get into lots of other trouble around your property?!

      * Do you know what a baby raccoon is called? Answer: A kit

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        Decorating for Spring

        Vintage Pine Cabinet

        Although I love to decorate for the holidays, I never really thought about changing things around during each season… until now 😉

        About 8-9 years ago, we decided that someday soon we would move into a different home. We wanted something a little larger for our growing family, and more land for our growing desire for gardening! After we found our property, we went through the process of finding a house plan & building the new house. Fast forward several years… I finally feel settled & excited about decorating & gardening for the future.

        In the past, I would normally get in the mood to decorate when the holidays came around a few times each year. Now, in our first year in the new cottage, I find myself thinking in terms of seasons – not just holidays.

        I’ve always loved to look through magazines & see the beautiful pictures of homes as they go through their seasonal changes, but I always thought it was to expensive, as well as to much work. Now, however, I have a new philosophy… Why Not?

        Even if the only thing you change is a picture, a piece of fabric, or a potted plant, you’re still keeping things interesting & current. And expensive? I should have known better :) I have been known to uncover “many a good deal” in these parts 😉 So… I wanted to share some of the recent changes for the new season. This is our first Spring in the new house – as well as the beginning of a wonderful new tradition… change 😉

        My friend bought me these little prim chicks from a favorite prim store of mine.

        I love having different platters & bowls to serve our family & guests. When I find one at a great price, I snatch it up quick :) This one was only $6 from a Pier One Sale!

        * I just had to dress the rusty tin star with a dash of color :)

        I love vintage wooden butter bowls – I picked these up in a $1 box at auction. The little bunny is cast iron.

        I love these pears! I picked them up for .79 cents. They have such a vintage look with their coat of sparkles.

        Inspiration Board

        Primitive Angel

        Isn’t she beautiful! I especially love her little red lips!

        P is for Pearls

        A gift from a friend – I love pearls & my name is Pearl :)

        Angel Ornament

        My friend made this little ornament for me. I love the way it sparkles!

        I picked up the waverly toile runner for $5 at a local discount store. I want to add some pots of green plants to the center.

        Here’s a close up of the little cast iron birds in the table wreath.

        I can tell this is going to be fun!! :)

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          Thrift and Auction Treasures

          I am a firm believer in keeping your eyes open for a great find! After all… why pay full price, when you can have it so cheap? 😉 Here are a few of my latest finds.

          This little print above is one that I just picked up in my local thrift shop for .99 cents! I love roses, and for .99 cents … it had to come home with me :)

          I try to find things to display in my little Victorian glass house, so for Spring it’s a simple cast iron bunny & eggs :) The little vintage lace piece was in a $1 box of goodies that I picked up at auction!

          I love this new platter! I just picked it up from the thrift store for $1.99! I love the bright red apples & the different shades of green in the leaves, stem, and platter. When this piece caught my eye I had to pick it up, because I knew that it would go with my decor perfectly! When I brought it home – I simply added it to the new Spring display (I think it will work for most of my displays 😉 in my vintage pine cabinet.

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            A Great Fabric Resource!

            As I mentioned yesterday, last week my daughter & I took a little trip down to MD to spend a week with my mom & dad. While we were there, my mom took us to a wonderful fabric outlet store! The prices are very good, and most items are 50%-70% off! I don’t think I spent more than $5 per yard for any piece that I picked up! They have gorgeous choices piled from floor to ceiling!

            Here’s the information about the store:

            The Interior Alternative Fabric & Bedding Outlet
            3 different outlets in DE, NC, & TX
            Phone: 302-454-3232

            Description: Featuring Waverly, and other designer brands. Seconds & closeout fabrics, comforters, bedspreads, pillows, trims, and accessories.

            I thought you might like to see a few of my finds… and maybe you’ll want to discover a few treasures for yourself :)

            Blue & Gold Toile With Trim

            I will use this fabric & trim to make an inspiration board. I have lots of different fabric so I can also change it out for each season.

            Fabric for my Harvest Table

            It already matches the seat covers perfectly!

            Red & Blue Vintage Style Checks & Roses

            I want to use this fabric to make some vintage style aprons for my daughter & myself. I want to make a red apron with blue pockets & a blue apron with red pockets. And while we’re at it… why not add some ruffles as well 😉

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