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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Red, White & Blue Inspiration, Part 2

Hi, All! I love patriotic holidays and red, white & blue so much that I have tons of pictures to share, even after last week’s post (here). While last week was mostly about red, white & blue gardens and other great inspiration from our trip to Newport Beach, California, this post is more about home—our home specifically.

ChickadeeHomeNest Southern Living Patriotic tiered basket-001The table is set! Won’t you join me for a patriotic luncheon? I used my Ballard Designs Southern Living tiered basket (love, love, love it—it’s so versatile!) as the main attraction and to save room on the table by using it to hold the dishes, napkins, mugs, etc.

ChickadeeHomeNest Southern Living Patriotic tiered basket8 The flag is actually a scarf (coincidentally, a souvenir from our Newport Beach visit). The Warren Kimble Colonial sugar and creamer are ready for the coffee to accompany dessert, which includes fresh fruit: cherries in a pewter star dish (a GREAT gift from a friend many years ago), and strawberries in a blue-and-white bowl. The silver underplate for the strawberries complements the pewter star dish and adds a bit of “ummph” to the bowl, rather than setting it directly on the table.

Collage, Patriotic, 6 2015

As you know…no holiday decorating is complete at our house until the china cabinet is done! As you also know, I’m The Lazy Decorator, so a few touches of red added to the blue-and-white Spode Delamere, and voilà! A subtle “salute” to a patriotic holiday! 

 ChickadeeHomeNest Patriotic China Cabinet

ChickadeeHomeNest Patriotic China Cabinet4 After our luncheon many of the pieces found a home in the china cabinet.

ChickadeeHomeNest Patriotic China Cabinet5

ChickadeeHomeNest Patriotic China Cabinet8 These flag stirrers were a great find (wish I remembered where!), as was the blue-and-white pitcher—DO remember where I found it—at a second-hand store!

ChickadeeHomeNest Patriotic China Cabinet3 Hardly is there a time when you don’t find blue hydrangeas somewhere in our home—and a great addition they are to our red, white and blue decor!

For some reason I feel like people are decorating earlier for the Fourth this year—have you noticed that? I don’t mean stores—they had Fourth of July merchandise out in March, I believe! Do you think it’s the earlier-and-earlier Christmas decorating habit that is spreading even to the Fourth? Will be, like the stores, be decorating for the Fourth in June? Or just carry it over from Memorial Day right into the Fourth?

Speaking of Memorial Day, I have one more picture to share with you! We were in Florida over Memorial Day weekend, and thinking ahead, I took the flag scarf, AND A SMALL FLAG, in order to observe that day while we were there~

Chickadee Home Nest, Memorial Day Remembering those who serve and have served is important—even while on vacation. Thank you to all of them, and their families.

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Since I’m seeing more patriotic deco, I’m feeling pressure to get my decorations out. I also want to get my posts done, in the hopes that they’ll offer some ideas and inspiration to you. I get so many ideas and inspiration from you all, that it’s the least I can do! :) That’s what blog friends are for, right? Next week’s post will be the front porch, so stay tuned!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red, White & Blue/Patriotic Touches

 

Hi, there! I’ve been gone for quite a while! I have no explanation as to why I’ve been out of blogland, except to say that I don’t know where the last six weeks have gone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer!

Those of you who follow me (thank you!!) or know me, know that I absolutely love to celebrate patriotic holidays, so it’s not surprising that it’s the Fourth of July, my second-favorite holiday (second only to Christmas and its true meaning), that brings me out again!

The Fourth of July is such an awesome opportunity to not only celebrate our freedom, but to reflect on it and what it means. Having left Cuba as a young child, my parents brought my little brother and me to this great country seeking not financial gain, or a better standard of living…oh, no…it was something much more fundamental than that. We sought only FREEDOM. Knowing what the loss of freedom really is, once re-gained it is all the more precious.

I suppose there’s some sort of psychological connection in this, given that the Cuban flag and the American flag are both RED, WHITE, and BLUE, but those colors, in  just about any display or item, stir something in me that I find hard to articulate—PRIDE, LOVE OF COUNTRY, FREEDOM, RECOGNIZING THE PRICE THAT SO MANY HAVE PAID—INCLUDING THEIR FAMILIES—TO GIVE US OUR FREEDOM.

American flag, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club OUR AMERICAN FLAG, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club. Love the SIZE of this flag, and I even love the servicemen and women crouched before it.

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The Cuban flag. (Source: Wikipedia)

So now that I’ve explained my love for all things RED, WHITE, and BLUE, I wanted to share some pictures I took while we were in the Newport Beach/Corona del Mar (California) area last June. They were ALL DECKED OUT for the patriotic days of summer, and I was lovin’ it!

Newport Beach, California Highway A1A topiaries The shark topiaries along Highway A1A in Newport Beach are ready for the Fourth of July—sunglasses and all!

Newport Beach, California Highway A1A topiaries Here’s the whole family school, dressed in their patriotic best!

Red white and blue garden, Lily of the Nile, aganthus The landscaping at our hotel was also ready for the patriotic holidays…a flower show after my own heart! I don’t seem to have much luck with lobelias here in Ohio, but they flourish in these parts of California, and they’re the perfect blue for a RED, WHITE, and BLUE garden!

Lily of the Nile, aganthus Did you notice the agapanthus (also known as Lily of the Nile) in the prior picture? We were there during the June gloom, but these are so striking and add such beauty and texture to the garden! No wonder they’re planted everywhere!

Collage, Aganthus, Calif 2013 These beauties would be AWESOME in our RED, WHITE, and BLUE garden!

Palm trees, Irvine, California I know, I know…this has NOTHING to do with red, white and blue, or patriotic gardens, but I just had to share these gorgeous palm trees with you, since these, too, are favorites.

Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California Juxtaposition (http://www.juxtaposition.com/) is ALWAYS on my must-visit list when we’re in the Orange County/Newport Beach area. Great, interesting selection (more pix below!), and who.can.beat the scene?? You can see it in the reflection? That is, if you can tear away from trying to see all the patriotic details in the window! It is right across the Pacific! We of course also visited the Starbucks there in the Crystal Cove “strip” center (it’s a crime to call it a strip center!), and of course sat outside to just absorb the view into our very bones!

Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California How’s this for another beautiful patriotic display?

Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California Lots of blue and white clothes, artfully displayed with touches of red.

book: The American Flag, Mary Emmerling, Red white and blue, Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach A w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l book (more below!), by, of course, Mary Emmerling.

book: The American Flag, Mary Emmerling, Red white and blue, Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach What a treasure trove of Americana this book offers!

Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California Another beautiful patriotic display…this is the shop to visit for RED, WHITE & BLUE decor!

Juxtaposition, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California Which of these would you like? The woven handbags/beach bags? The gorgeous blue shirt, or the white (in the softest, yummiest fabric!)? Or the scarf? or necklace?

Flower shop, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, California Okay, now look carefully…half the bike is OUTSIDE, the other half is INSIDE! LOL And so pretty to boot!

Flower shop, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, California The flower shop with the bicycle. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the name—I’d love to give them credit for their beautiful displays, so if you know what it is, please share! Oh, and did you notice the flower baskets by the door are, yes…RED, WHITE, and BLUE?

Rendez Vous French Bakery, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, California Even the store signs create a patriotic scheme! (And by the way, we had DELICIOUS pastries at Rendez Vous!)

Well, are you MORE in the mood for the Fourth of July—or any patriotic holiday—after this run through Newport Beach? I certainly am! I hope to be back soon with some more RED, WHITE, and BLUE, so early wishes for a happy and safe Fourth of July! In the meantime, I hope to visit many of you for more inspiration!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Homemade Bird Bath DIY

I’m ready for spring and summer, are you?? We had a beautiful Easter weekend, though a little on the chilly side because it was pretty breezy, but it was sunny and the grass had dried out from Friday’s heavy rains, which meant that, much to my relief, we were able to have our Easter egg hunt for the grandchickadees outside. That’s a good thing, because they can get pretty carried away reaching for an egg! LOL     You’d think there was GOLD in them thar eggs!! :)   Just chocolate and junk, which is GOLD to them!

Anyway, back to spring and birdbaths and planning ahead, I have a BIRD BATH DIY to share with you today!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

For several years I’ve wanted to get a bird bath for our backyard, but when it comes right down to it I don’t want to spend the money on the ones I like, because, of course, I like the pricey ones. Duh, right? Who doesn’t?!

Thinkin’, thinkin’ thinkin’

Aha!!

I’d been using this flower pot/planter for several years, tucked in the landscaping as I like to do, ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest but this is part of a bigger piece.

When we moved to this house (only 10 years ago…) for some reason that I don’t recall, nor do I understand, we took some things to my mom’s house. Late last summer we finally got around to getting our belongings out of her basement, and there was the rest of the pot!

This is what it’s supposed to look like ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home NestPretty neat, huh? My mother gave it to me years ago (certainly more than 10!! Right?) and I was happy to have it again. It looks beautiful when the flowers are full and robust. I’d always wanted to paint it, so as I was debating what to plant in it,

Eureka!

(BTW, that’s a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes, per Wikipedia…just a little trivia)

I could transplant the flowers to the bottom, larger bowl, and use the smaller top one as a bird bath!

First,and I transplanted what I’d had in the smaller bowl to the bottom bowl.

Steps for making your bird bath:

Step 1: Paint the bowls/flower pot(s) you’re going to use.

  • Since my bowls are plastic, I used a spray paint for plastic, (I think it was by Krylon. Sorry, no pictures of that step.)

 

Step 2: Make it leakproof ~

    • Out came the good ole duct tape, applied to the OUTSIDE of the pot, over the drainage holes.

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest This is how it looked from the inside with only the duct tape.

 

    • To the INSIDE drainage holes I applied E6000—around the rim of the holes and all over the tape itself.

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest 

Step 3: Turn it over, fill it with water, and sit back and enjoy the visitors to your backyard!! Really, that’s all there is to it!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

And here’s the finished product!! ~

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest Are you wondering why I’m not showing you the bird bath with the water in it? I sure am!! Just plain forgot to take pictures—that happens,  you know?  As it turns out the pot was a little big for birdies, and I didn’t want birdies drowning in my bird bath! Since the bowl has ridges on the inside, I set a large flowerpot saucer in it, which is less deep, and the lip gives them a place to rest.

There you have it! A quick, easy bird bath. All it took was 10+ years to get all the pieces back together!

DIY Planter into bird bath @ Chickadee Home Nest

As it turns out, I’m very happy with our new bird bath. I like that it’s unique, and I like the flowers as part of the bird bath. But mostly, I like the visitors it brings to our yard. :)

There are so many homemade bird baths out there—are any of them your creations? This one sure was simple to make, so if you want to replicate it, keep an eye out for a tiered planter. Hey, it’s almost garage-sale season—who knows? It might be right around the corner from you! Good luck!!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Children’s Easter Table at Bunnyville

 

I posted this Bunnyville table a few years ago, and this year again Sweet Baby Love came over and we set Bunnyville up! It was precious that this year (she’s 7 now) she remembered so many of the houses, and was actually looking for specific ones! We didn’t set a table; we just set Bunnyville up. I have tons of pictures, of course, but not ready for posting. When I read the sweet comments from the first time it was posted I was inspired to share it again. Happy Easter 2015! May you celebrate His Resurrection in peace and joy. ~Zuni

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I started collecting pieces for "Bunnyville” in the '90s, well before grandbabies came along.  They graced many a spring/Easter family gathering, and at one we even did a “tour” of Bunnyville—I served as the tour guide, showing our guests the “park,” the “wedding chapel,” the “downtown” area….  But for several years now Bunnyville hasn’t been laid out, until I decided that Sweet Baby Love, who is five, was ready to see and enjoy Bunnyville.

And enjoy she did!  Each one she took out of its box was accompanied by “Oh, look how cute!”

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table I let her arrange and re-arrange to her heart’s content, and make up stories about them as she played happily.

Once she headed home, I set a pretend table for her and her little brothers, using their Bunnykins dishes that were their dad’s and uncle’s (we’ve bought a third set, of the same vintage, for Baby #3)~~

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table The silverware was also our sons’—in fact, this fork has even met with the disposal, but I gently straightened it back, and now the marks it bears are just proof of having fed two generations of babies.

Peter Rabbit Easter Tote or BasketBeatrix Potter’s “Peber” Rabbit, as SBL called him when she was little, is one of my favorites, so when our DIL bought one for each of the three babies at Barnes & Noble last year, I bought these two, just in case one or two more babies come along.  Wink  I knew they would be well used in the meantime.  I filled them with the egg napkin rings my mother made years ago that I used (see http://chickadeehomenest.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-table-vignettes.html (you may need to use the CONTROL key to link…I’m having problems with my links)).

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table I used the carrots in last year’s Easter post too—I like the color and texture they provide, and the tiny clothes pins with carrots on them are perfect for holding the place card.

You don’t see these “Bunnyville” pieces anymore, but I loved the details and the sweet stories you can create around them then, and still love them today.  Here are some of my favorites:

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table Mama Bunny with an apron full of her babies—there are three more around her back—is SBL’s favorite, and it, along with the one shown above of the hollow tree full of babies, are my two favorites. And see the bunny at her mushroom house window?  She’s setting a pie on the window sill.

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table And this is the playground at Bunnyville Park.  There are lovely swings from the trees, and birdie couples singing from their nests, and what would a playground be without some ornery bunnies climbing not a tree, but a GIANT CARROT?!  Bunnies are very active, you know.

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table In this “egg house” we see a bunny’s tail end, standing on her tiny bed, complete with pillow, curtains, and tiny slippers, and outside we see that she’s actually joining her brother in sliding right out the window! 

Bunnykins Children's Easter Table Happy Easter to you and yours, as you celebrate and rejoice in the blessings of the season.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Irises—Urban Garden

A couple of years ago I did a post about the Urban Oasis I “found” when I went to get my hair done. I went at just the right time, and was able to capture the most amazing display of tulips in a small urban piece of land that doesn’t even belong to the gardener!

Here’s a glimpse of it ~ Urban Oasis Chickadee Home Nest

You can see the rest of the post here

But this gentleman doesn’t just do tulips…oh, no…He also has planted IRISES, and again, my timing was perfect. Although the tulips will bloom first (and they haven’t yet), since we’re all so anxious for spring I thought I’d share his gift to the world now, in anticipation of spring and the riot of color I hope to see again this year.

Irises, Chickadee Home Nest No narrative needed. I invite you to sit back and enjoy not only the simple beauty of this urban lot, but also the fact that a single man created it, for all to enjoy.

Irises, Chickadee Home Nest

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And finally, I leave you with this sweetness:

Irises, Chickadee Home Nest

Has spring arrived in your corner of the world? Or are you, like me, dreaming about it still? If you are, I hope these pictures will bring H O P E that yes, spring will come. (It was 18°here this morning, so H O P E is important!)

As we celebrate this joys season of Christ’s Resurrection, I wish you joy and peace.

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Tuesdays at http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/

Inspire Me Tuesday at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

Tuesdays at DIY Design at http://diybydesign.blogspot.com\

Centerpiece Wednesday at http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/

Wednesdays’ Share Your Style at http://northernnesting.blogspot.com/ 

Wow Us Wednesdays at http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

Thursdays Share Your Cup with Mrs. Olson at http://jannolson.blogspot.com/

Home and Garden Thursday at http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/

Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Thursdays at http://www.impartinggrace.com/

Thursday Your Turn to Shine at http://blesserhouse.blogspot.com/

Share Your Style Thursday at http://www.Commonground-do.com/

Fridays Creative Collection at http://thecardswedrew.com/

Fridays at Feathered Nest: http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/

Fridays at http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/

Fridays at Home Sweet Home: http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Fresh-Cut Fridays at http://rosevignettes.blogspot.com

Fridays at The Thrifty Groove at http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com/

Friday Tatertots and Jello at http://tatertotsandjello.com

Show and Tell Friday at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/

Friday at The Girl Creative at http://www.thegirlcreative.com/

Pink Saturdays at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Saturday at http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/

Saturdays at http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com/

Saturdays at Be Different, Act Normal at http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/

From my nest to yours~

Zuni

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