Thursday, February 9, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 6

The weather in our area has been crazy. Yesterday, it was in the sixties which was exceptionally warm for February and now today we are in the twenties. I have been keeping my feeders full all winter so my yard birds have plenty to eat. With the dramatic change in temperature today, the birds have been in a frenzy. All of my images were taken today, February 9, 2017, as I observed their change in behavior.


The goldfinches have been all over the feeders and in the trees just waiting their turns to eat.


They were even fussing at each other.



Their feathers are puffed out trying to stay warm.



Their frenzy continued. They were here most of the day.




Then they would be gone for a short while. 




They continued to return until late in the day.






I captured the female Northern Cardinal puffing her feathers to hold in body heat. 




She also left and returned many times during the day. 




Even the tiny Carolina Chickadee has remarkable insulation from it's feather in the cold weather and days like this one.


Please remember to keep your feeders full for our feathered friends - Judy.

Linking to:

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

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods


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


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Table for the King and Queen of Hearts - With A Bit of Whimsy

I have designed a table featuring the King and Queen of Hearts just in time for Valentine's Day. Please enjoy this bit a whimsy.




This whimsical couple have special hearts to stand on with a quilted table runner made just for the day. 




Gorgeous flowers were special ordered for the table.





Every couple loves chocolate so a special chocolate cake was needed for this celebration. 


A place setting full of hearts was designed with the king and queen in mind.



Even the red napkins were tied with a checked black and white ribbon to mimic the black and white in the king and queen's attire. 


All is ready for this king and queen of hearts.


Note: I hope you enjoyed this tablescape and the whimsy that accompanied. I doubt that the king and queen (Pier 1) would be eating in the kitchen for a special occasion but it adds to the fun. I did make the quilted table runner at a recent class in Paducah, KY. It was my first attempt at quilting. 

Happy Valentine's Day - Judy.






Linking to:


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening

Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner

Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

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



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Table for Sweethearts and Friends

We are hosting a dinner party for sweethearts and friends. These little lovebirds are waiting for the party to begin. They are a symbol of everlasting love and fidelity. 




The table features lots of red for this special occasion. 



Roses are at the center of the table to symbolize love and romance. 








Hearts are placed on the table as another image associated with love. 



I made strawberry roses for the party after watching a how-to-video from here. 



A decorative tray was filled with blueberries and the strawberry roses.  




Candles and votives are used to set the mood. 








Love is in the air with this heart paper weight. 



Red and white Spoke dishes were selected for the party. 







On the table:

Dinner Plates: Spoke - Winter's Eve - seen hereWhite salad plates: Bordallo Pinheiro - seen hereStemware: Marquis by Waterford Sparkle - seen here


Hope you are able to enjoy Valentine's Day with your sweetheart or friends - Judy. 

Linking to:


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

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
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
My Thrift Store Addiction

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

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

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