Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring/Easter Tablescape


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I think I created my most colorful tablescape to date!  This Spring/Easter tablesape rocks!  As usual, most of the items on the table came from my favorite thrift store, Guardian Angel.  There are two exceptions.  First, the two ceramic bunnies were hand-painted by a family friend in the 70s and have been a cherished part of my Easter decor ever since. Second, I picked up the placemats at Kohl's in their after Easter clearance last year.  I a in total love with the huge, weighty, teal water goblets.  I was delighted the day I snagged those crackled glass candle holders complete with butterflies!  And, those have to be the most unique and vibrant Corelle plates I have ever come across.  So festive!  I estimate the cost of everything on the table at less than $30.  Enjoy the picture tour and feel inspired!    


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Tablescape


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I put away the red and got out the green yesterday as I converted my kitchen table from a Valentine's Day theme to a St. Patrick's Day theme.  Time for the March tablescape!  I had quite a few choices of green placemats, napkins, and Corelle plates, and as usual, I couldn't pick just one.  I ended up going with a mix of Corelle Peach Garland plates and another Corelle pattern that I just cannot identify...sigh.  

All the items on the table are from the thrift store Guardian Angel except the fish bowl, the candles which are Partylite, and the green Hazel Atlas block glass.  I found the green glass in with my grandmother's glassware, and I just love them as does Johnny since his favorite color is green. I was short two goblets and ordered a couple off eBay which should be here this week.

My favorite find is that awesome large vase that came with the flowers already arranged.  I never could arrange silk flowers, and I don't have many, well any, in my home, but these looked so great that I just couldn't resist.  

We now have a visitor to our table.  I wonder what mischief will result!


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bluebird in the Snow


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Enjoying a February snowstorm by taking pics of the Bluebirds and their friends.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bluebirds in Flight


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I can see the Bluebird feeder from my spot on the loveseat, and it's a real joy to watch them come and go.  When I feed them live mealworms in the morning, I hold the front door open just enough to get my lens out and snap some shots.  I think it's cool to catch them in flight and see the detail of their wings, their facial expressions, and the fast action.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bluebird Feeding Frenzy


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I  mentioned in my last post that the Bluebirds have taken to eating sunflower hearts this week.  We have a pretty solid 2" ice pack right now along with record low temps (7 last night), and all the birds are having to work hard to find enough food.  I am feeding the Bluebirds mealworms 3 times a day, but inbetween, they are going over to the bird feeder.  They are so plump and cute:-)

Mr. Bluebird


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We had 2" of sleet Monday night into Tuesday morning of this week.  Normally in central NC, whatever snow or ice we get disappears quick.  In this case, the sleet was followed by 3 days of record low daytime highs and nighttime lows.  The ice has been very slow to melt even in full sun, and then when it refreezes at night, driving the next morning is brutal all over again.

It goes without saying that I have been feeding the birds and putting out fresh water several times a day.  I take extra special care of our Bluebirds.  On a regular day, I put out mealworms in the morning, and we see 4-5 bluebirds come and feed.  This week, I have been putting out mealworms 3 times a day, and we saw a maximum count of 9 bluebirds at one time.  What a sight that was!!!  Even with that much supplemental feeding, they are still joining the other birds at my bird feeders to eat sunflower hearts.  I have never seen a bluebird eat a sunflower seed before...EVER.  That is just how frozen the ground is.  They prefer insects and berries, but both are in short supply right now.

We look forward to the bluebirds nesting in the yard later this spring.


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I know they sell dried mealworms, but I tried them a few years ago because they are cheaper, and our Bluebirds would not touch them.  Maybe they would eat them right now mixed in with the live worms because they are so desperate for food, but if you are trying to get Bluebirds to come and eat at your house, I recommend the live ones.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker


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The most rare/unusual bird that I've seen at my feeders this week.  At a quick glance, I thought it was a dirty Downy Woodpecker.  After closer inspection, it's a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Juvenile.  I've seen him at the suet feeder multiple times a day this week.  I also saw a much easier to identify adult sapsucker once within the last 10 days.  Adults have a red band on their heads, but juveniles don't thus requiring additional scrutiny.