Monday, April 16, 2018

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 26

I had several different birds at my feeders and in the trees lately. A juvenile house sparrow was fun to watch this week.




I like this shot of the little guy fluttering up to try and get a bite from one of the suet feeders. You know how I love to capture wings moving and birds in flight.





I've been seeing the brown thrasher for a couple of weeks. You can't miss his bright yellow eyes.



The Brown Thrasher is about 11' in length. He is a rusty red bird with a long tail and heavily streaked chest and belly. Check out his long rusty red tail below.



The bluejay, mockingbird, and brown thrasher have been enjoying the meal worm cake. 



Even the Northern Cardinal liked the meal worm cake.



It doesn't get much better than seeing the beautiful cardinals on the deck and in my trees.








The Carolina Chickadee visits year-round in Western Kentucky. This one grabs a seed and moves away quickly. 



I recently had a new visitor at my feeders and have seen this Yellow-Rumped Warbler several days in a row. 


He is one of the few warblers to spend the winter in Kentucky. I am so thankful he stopped by my feeders. 


There you have it for another week of At the feeders and in the Trees. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Photo Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life


Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon


Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Visit From the Yellow-Rumped Warbler

I had a new visitor to my feeders today, the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. It was pretty exciting for me since he was a first time visitor.




This bird is a slate gray bird with black streaks on the breast. 





He has a yellow patch on the head, flanks, and rump. 





He has a white chin and belly. 




He also has two white wing bars. I read that this yellow-rumped warbler rarely comes to suet feeders but I first saw him on one of my suet feeders. 




Today was an exciting first for me. I am thankful for this visit from the warbler plus I am thankful the sun is shining, and it is a beautiful spring day here in Western Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Photo Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Seat At Our Easter Table

Happy Easter to each of you! Our table is ready with a seat for each family member.






I just couldn't resist using my Noritake Azalea china for Easter. Yes, it is my favorite china to use for Spring or Easter so here it is.



When I recently shared a tablescape from my archives that featured this china, it rekindled my fondness for it and inspired me to use it again for Easter 2018. 




I had hoped our azaleas in the gardens would be blooming but our weather just isn't cooperating. 


The table is set for six and I am sure our two grandsons (ages 7 and 10) will be really careful eating on these since they know how special this china is to grandma. 



The flatware for the table is Lenox Eternal Gold and the stemware is Marquis by Waterford Sparkle.





I'm going to share a couple pieces of my Noritake Azalea china that I haven't shown before. This sweet condiment tray is one piece you haven't seen. 





The tray wasn't part of the original dishes from my grandmother but I found it at an antique shop and just  couldn't resist. The tray holds salt and pepper shakers and a mustard pot with a tiny spoon. I took the spoon out in the pic below so you can see it.



The other pieces I haven't shown before are a footed mayonnaise bowl and another set of salt and pepper shakers.




I do have a couple other pieces that are special to me that I haven't shown. Maybe when my azaleas bloom, I'll create a vignette with them.




Hope you have a lovely Easter with your family and friends - Judy. 


Linking to:


Met Monday @ BNOTP

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wednesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wednesday evening
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday evening
Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thinking About Easter and One of My Favorite Tablescapes

With Easter only about a month away, I've been thinking about my antique Azalea China by Noritake. It has such a beautiful pattern with it's soft hues of pinks, grays, and greens. 



I'm bringing this favorite tablescape post "Eggs On Top" from the archives to share with you. 


The centerpiece featured an egg wreath and pink pillar candle placed on a cake stand. 



My Grandmother bought pieces of the Azalea China from the Larkin Company using premiums from laundry detergent in the 1930s. This china was passed to my Mom then later to me. 




The Fitz and Floyd rabbits in the picture below are from the Woodland Spring Collection.








The rabbit teapot and salt and pepper shakers below are Fitz and Floyd Botanical Collection. They are such delicate pieces, I try to be so careful with their ears. 








The pink tablerunner and napkins were made by my friend JoAnn. 





My husband bought the Wm. Rogers and Son Gold Plated Enchanted Rose Flatware set at a small shop in Cape Girardeau, MO when we were living in Missouri. 




The pink stemware is Fostoria Heritage.  





The cake plate sitting in the lower left corner above is such a beautiful piece.   


Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Easter tablescape featuring Noritake Azalea China - Judy.

Linking to:


Met Monday @ BNOTP

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
The Scoop @ Worthington Court
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wednesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wednesday evening
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays



Thursday, March 8, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape With Greens and Yellows

"Top of the morning ladies," it's time to share my St. Patrick's Day Table with you. 


I've got a tiny green hat you can wear if you can squeeze it on your sweet little head while you read my post.


This mini hat by Nora Fleming sits on a small bud vase also by Nora. 


For my St. Patrick's Day table, I'm bringing out different shades of green plus throwing in some yellow.



I quilted placemats then added a mix of Fiesta dishes in Shamrock color and some inexpensive plates in a lighter green. 







My quilting guild recently gave us a challenge to make something featuring the log cabin design. This design block is symbolic of life itself with the center square representing the heart or hearth of the home. Each strip around the center represents the logs of the cabin. 

I wanted to make placemats for St. Patrick's Day using this design.




I'm a beginning quilter so my projects aren't perfect but I'm learning. 




My table is pretty casual and would work great for a luncheon or just a small gathering of friends for an informal dinner. 





The yellow daisy like flower are from a local market and fill a pierced ginger jar. 




I'm still babying my dried limelight hydrangea blooms that I cut back in the fall. You can see them on the server with my shamrock plate.




The tiny petals are so delicate and fall off so easily when touched. Hope I get "lucky" and get more blooms this year. 




Three small Belleek vases hold faux pale yellow ranunculus roses. 





Thanks for stopping by, I'd love for you to leave a message - Judy.

Linking to:


Met Monday @ BNOTP

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
The Scoop @ Worthington Court
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wednesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wednesday evening
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays