Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Little Bird Told Me

I was in my hometown on Saturday and had some time to stop at Nell Hill's, a wonderful home decorating store.  I love to shop at Nell Hill's, not only for fun accessories, but for great decorating ideas. 
The first thing I noticed when I entered the store was the the abundance of bird related items.....bird's nests, eggs, birds, bird cages, bird plates and bird framed prints.  I purchased a bird's nest ($4.00) but knew that one of my latest thrift store purchases would help me pull the rest of my look together.


While out thrifting last week I found this book.  The Birds of America by John James Audubon, published by the MacMillan Co. in 1946.  This book was full of 100's of images of birds.  The book had seen better days and several pages were loose so I felt it was suitable to buy to use some of the pages for framing.



I have a HUGE collection of frames I've purchased for family pictures and projects.  Within that collection is a smaller collection of vintage swing frames.  I love the look of these old swing frames and I will buy one when the price is right (usually around $5.00-$8.00). I have several displayed around my house with old family photos.


I picked out two of the frames, combined them with two of the bird prints, added the bird's nest I purchased at Nell Hills (sitting on a small pedestal I made from a glass plate and candlestick) and I now have a new spring vignette for a side table in my living room.




I'm joining two of my favorite parties today....Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville and Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by Suzanne @ Coloradolady.  Please head over to their great blogs to check out all of the vintage and/or thrifty items.

Jane

60 comments:

  1. It looks great! I love the crystal bowl you have the nest on.

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  2. Lovely. I love the prints and the frames you picked out.

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  3. Love the nest, Jane! What a great find with that book ~ the prints are great for framing. I'll bet you get a lot of projects out of it, too!

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  4. Love your spring vignette! Those swing frames are great....I have several too and really love to use them....great post!
    :) Laura

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  5. You certainly have a great eye, Jane. Really turned out unique and lovely. I also love your header picture. Did I forget to tell you that earlier?

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  6. LOVE those frames...I could never have birds in my hhome because my grandmother has always been superstitious - apparently she believes they bring bad luck when indoors. So whenever she sees a bird indoors, she WILL certainly find the relationship!! So, I don't want to push my luck!! Weird, huh? BUT I love yours!

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  7. What cool frames, now I know what they are called...swing frames. They look awesome with the bird prints and that cute nest.

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  8. What a charming vignette! The book was a real find and I love the vintage frames, too! I'd love to have a Nell Hill's nearby- fun!

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  9. It's so weird but I was never into birds until recently. I really love your framed photos of them. Something I'll have to try!

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  10. I never heard of a swing frame until now and you sure have plenty. You really know your stuff!! I love how the book pages turned out and how the nest brought out your creative side. I have two of the Nell Hill's decorating books. One I won from a blogger and is signed by the author and owner of the shops. Oooh!!

    Hope you are having a great week, Jane! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  11. A wonderful way to didplay the Audubon prints...The vignette with the birds' nest is great!

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  12. Gorgeous--I just adore little birds. Lately, I have been noticing a lot more robins flying around here. They are my little friends when I go outside. After viewing all your collections, I am just itching for yard sale and flea market season!

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  13. Jane:
    I love the nest and the repurposed frames. They whole assembly is lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  14. Looks awesome. I love the picture in the black swing frame with the older man and baby. Great picture!

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  15. Everything looks so great together Jane!! I'm so jealous that you got to go to Nell Hill's. I would love to go there some day. I got to meet Mary Carol Garrity at the Atlanta show about 2 years ago, and she was just so lovely. She spent a lot of time with me showing me around and discussing decor ideas. She really knows her stuff!

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  16. Love the simplicity of the bird pictures in the swing frames.
    And love how clever you are!

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  17. It is SO cute! I love your frames!! I have actually never seen these in my ventures... I will need to keep a closer eye out!
    ~Jennifer
    www.studiojru.com

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  18. This looks so nice. I love those old swinging frames too, but I only have one. I read recently that they're worth more if they still have the silver paint on them. I got mine years ago (I think I was about 20) and I remember working so hard to get that old paint off to refinish it. Wouldn't you know that would be the very thing to make them more valuable! Well, I wouldn't give mine up anyway :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  19. What a great find! And I LOVE your frame collection. I've not seen the swing frames in my area. But will certainly keep an eye out for them.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  20. Jane,
    I think I could spend day in your home looking at all your fabulous collections! Love this sweet trio of birdie eye candy!
    Dee Dee

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  21. The prints and frames are beautiful Jane, and the little nest is so sweet. What a lovely vignette.
    Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

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  22. Those frames and the prints are amazing! Simply, stunningly gorgeous!

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  23. Jane,
    Ahhhhh...love your beautiful bird prints and you nest is a cutie...I so need one!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. Lovely, I adore the bird theme. Funny, I just watched a program on PBS (Louisiana PB) about John James Audubon tonight! His work is truly amazing, that book is a treasure.

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  25. Love this Jane! I have not been to Nell Hill's this year...YET! Nothing says Spring like a nest...I love the framed book pages!
    Michelle

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous Jane!1
    xojanis

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  27. The bird prints look lovely framed and so nice displayed with the bird's nest

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  28. Love your bird themed vignette -- so creative!

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  29. Beautiful bird pictures! Come on spring!

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  30. I love this...so glad I have a few of those frames myself!!

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  31. Love the Audubon prints!! Great idea for your frames. The nest is cute, too.

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  32. I have been seeing a great deal of birds nest and bird pictures in all the big stores. I am so glad because I love the look.
    What you have done with your bird decor looks so pretty. Of course, everything that you do looks fabulous!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  33. Nice composition! Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. I love your prints, those are so nice and that birds nest is so sweet! Great addition to VTT today!! Have a good weekend.

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  35. How lucky are you to find such a great book! I love the way the pictures look framed, and your little vignette is wonderful. I'm a bird girl myself so you can find a lot of it in my home too.

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  36. Beautiful as always Jane, I am in awe of your wonderful "eye" when it comes to creating something out of the ordinary, like these fabulous framed prints with the birds nest vignette.
    ~Maggie~

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  37. Absolutely beautiful. What a lovely book and a great find. I love all those swing frames. I have one I was going to make into a mirror but so far, I've done nothing with it. Your spring vignette is just perfect. Many blessings, tAmmy

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  38. Jane, now isn't that just the most perfect little spring vignette? Great pictures. I love your little glass pedestal. Can't believe you made that. As usual, you inspire me.

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  39. Girl, I don't know how much more I can take! This looks great!!! Love those bird prints!!

    And the nest....love the nest...

    Lou Cinda

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  40. The vintage frames are really neat. You made a very nice Spring decoration...very creative. Peace, Stephanie

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  41. Jane,
    THAT IS GORGEOUS! Girl, you have the midas touch. You just know what to do with things and how to group them. I LOVE it! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week! Hope you have had a chance to enter the giveaway.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    HUGS!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  42. that book is such a great find - and the pages look amazing in their frames!

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  43. what a find, those pictures are amazing and look gorgeous framed!

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  44. Wow, the frames are gorgeous and the pictures are beautiful! And the nest completes it. I love bird items, anyway, but your setting is superb.

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  45. I just love your header picture as well. So you must be the youngest of four?

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  46. and just in time for spring too!

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  47. I LOVE the vignette Jane. Just perfect in every way!
    hugs

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  48. I love bird nests and use them year round, so of course I love your post! The frames look awesome grouped together.

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  49. I love the look. the bird pictures are great and the nest is so great! Wonderful set up. I think it is really neat to have the old photos of family around the house.

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  50. Very lovely! Incorporating natural things with vintage finds...you just can't go wrong, in my opinion!

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  51. Hi Jane! That book is great and the pictures you chose look perfect! I really loved your family photos... so sweet! Have a great weekend... Theresa

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  52. I love your vignette, Jane! I only have 1 swing frame, but I love them, too

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  53. Lovely vignette! I'm definitely up for some "nesting" around here, if I could get off my butt and actually do some of the stuff swirling around inside my head.

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  54. adorable - i love the look! and i love birds' nests -- i have a real crows nest sitting outside my front window- i love it seeing it daily whereas my neighbor freaks out about the germs that it must hold. it's all in the perspective, right?

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  55. What a great idea to use the Audubon prints with vintage frames! Love the look:)

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  56. Love it!
    Wish I could make nests for that little.

    Love it on the plate and candlestick.
    Just something about elevating things makes them so much sweeter.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  57. What lovely vignettes! You are so talented! I LOVE that vintage botanical book. Lisa

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  58. I love Mary Carol Garrity's books. I have never been to her store. I am sponsoring a giveaway at The Shabby Chic Cottage's Spring Fling and it is "Feather Your Nest," by MCG. It is on Monday March 22.
    You can also win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.
    Thanks!
    Sherry

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