Wednesday, December 21, 2016

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 1

I'm starting a new series this week with the birds at my feeders and in the trees. I seem to enjoy having series so here goes another.


The pink-billed Juncos have been on my deck eating seeds this week. They like to eat sunflower hearts.



The Dark-eyed Junco is a star with his pic on the cover of Birds and Blooms. 




This male Downy Woodpecker seems to be loving the bark on our birch trees. 


The red-bellied woodpecker is visiting too. Although I haven't seen him in a while, I'm happy to see this male at the suet feeder. The male has a solid red cap while the female has a bit of a gray cap.



This feeder is filled with a nut and berry mix for the house finches and goldfinches below. 




I bet you recognize this female bird just by looking at her sharp crest and redish/orangish beak. 




You guessed it, the female Northern Cardinal. 


The male Northern Cardinal.



The White-breasted Nuthatches are seen year round in Kentucky. They are fun to watch as they usually eat upside down or sideways. 


The Goldfinches love the thistle feed. 


The Tufted Titmouse is another common bird at my feeders. He is very quick to grab a seed and fly to a nearby branch to crack it with his sharp bill and enjoy. He always seems to have his eye on you will his large black eye. 




I am seeing some purple finches at the feeders but haven't gotten any great shots.  Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening


The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening



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


 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

We are going to visit my daughter's house in Kentucky for a Christmas Home Tour. The porch on her two-story traditional home is lined with lights.








Step inside . . .

We are greeted with whimsical elves on the stairs.





They must be waiting for kids to come down the stairs on Christmas morning. 




The living room . . .









Looking into the dining room . . .







In the Family Room . . . 







On the Sun Porch . . . 




Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping in for a Christmas Home Tour 2016 - Judy.


Linking to these great parties:


Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Friday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays







Sunday, December 18, 2016

Light the Fire - Baby It's Cold Outside

The temperature today in my area of Kentucky is 21 degrees. Time to light a fire in the fireplace . . . 



But first, I need to simplify the mantel so no chance of Christmas decor catching on fire. I'm keeping the antique window on the mantel but removing all live cedar clipping and going to a faux wreath on the window.



For this mandel redo, I'm going with phrase "less is more." 







Pottery Barn plaid pillows add to the cozy feel. These pillows can easily be removed when the fire is lit.


From too much, over the top and a possible fire hazard.




To keeping it simple and eliminating any chance of a disaster. 


Thanks for stopping in for Light the Fire - Baby It's Cold Outside. If you missed my post on white washing the fireplace, click here

Joining these fabulous parties.

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Friday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays




Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winterberry Christmas Table

For Christmas morning, I have a table set in the dining room with a Fitz and Floyd Santa centerpiece and a shining Christmas tree closeby. 




The table is casual with Pfaltzgraff Winterberry stoneware for an early morning get together.




Winterberry stoneware is a holiday classic with a ring of bright holly berries and branches. A white chop plate by Bordallo Pinheiro serves as a charger for the Pfaltzgraff plate and bowl.



The center of the table is lined with faux Arapahoe pine garland, fresh pine cones, red candles, two delicate ornaments and the F&F Christmas Lodge Santa.





Lenox holly napkins rings with tiny red bows hold the rolled green napkins.



I love the glow that votives add to the table. 




The dining room Christmas tree is flocked and filled with cardinals, ornaments and snowflakes.




I hope you enjoy Christmas with your family and friends.







Joining these great parties:

Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Wednesday morning

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Home Sweet Home @ the Charm of Home
Home for Christmas @ Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays