Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This is a photo of my circa 1890 pastry server (taken without a flash).  How do I know that this particular piece is an 1890s pastry server?

Cause Martha Stewart magazine says so.  Here is a photo spread from the March issue featuring the pastry server in the centre.

Actually, there was an entire article on bird motifs in decorating.  And here I thought that birds were so over.  And weren't fish supposed to be the new birds? (or something like that).  Anyway, the truth of the matter is that bird motifs are classic and have been around for a long time.  I've always been drawn to them.

Here is a bird-themed needlepoint chair detail.

Bird salt and pepper shakers.  I'd never really noticed before, but these particular birdies look somewhat unintelligent.  Oh well.

Alabaster bird baths.  Love these things, they have no real purpose, except to tickle peoples' fancy.

A birdy-themed wall hanging in my daughter's room (out of focus ceiling shot due to extreme toxic teen mess on the floor).  Oh, and one of the bulbs is out in the chandelier.

Little wooden bird on windowsill.

Birdy votive holders.

Did you know that a bird dropping landing on your head is good luck?  It's true.  I'm looking forward to spring when there's a real bird extravaganza, complete with songs, laying of eggs, and much twittering and swooping.  I'll be on the look-out for the first robin.  Can't wait.


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Watch out, you don't want to suffer the wrath of Martha she might sic a Angel Food Cake on you. Or make your pudding curdle.

Great post, love the images, especially the alabaster bird bath, is that yours?

And I adore, the way the picture frames are hung from that ribbon. So picturesque. Ahhhhh sigh, to have a girly kind of room again.


LadyFi said...

Oh - that is one very pretty pastry server. Is it silver? And I love the candle holders too.

hayseed said...

Oh, I should have said,...all of those pictures are of things at my house. Ignore the dust.

Sarah S. said...

I love the votives! So pretty.

bekah said...

aw i love all your birds! so sweet!

b&g girl said...

that's amazing your cake server is in Martha! and the alabaster bird bath well, it does tickle my fancy! like it a lot, and dust? what dust?

Maria said...

The Robins arrived in NC a few weeks ago, hope you'll see them soon, & how is bird poop on your head good luck - ha?
I'm still making my way from the beginning of Hayseed, love it!

Leenie said...

Country Girl got spotted by a seagull today. Good luck day for her! Nice collection of birdy things. Hoping for a robin soon, too.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Well I am really coveting that primative little bird on your window sill! He is wonderful!
Cool discovery via Martha on your beautiful pastry server:)

Pony Girl said...

You have such great trinkets! :) Love your style.
Oh, isn't it amazing how the flash can really change a photo?
My friend got poo'd on by a bird last year. She was so grossed out! I will have to tell her it was good luck!

Cowgirl said...

I love your pastry server! I read that article in Martha Stewart's Living and was drooling over that piece, and to think you have the same one. How cool is that?

Just stumbled on your blog, and love it! Thanks for sharing the birdie inspiration... I think I'll look for other luck than the poo on the head.

Cowgirl in the City