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NOT Just for the Birds!

Happy Monday! With the warmer weather, I started hanging some bird feeders I bought for my new yard. I can’t wait to see them filled with birds and most likely I’ll get a jay or two! I thought about bringing out some of my antique bird cages to hang in the trees but then decided they were safer in the house!

What do you do with your antique and decorative bird cages? Do you hang them up with a plant in them? Do you put a decorative faux bird and possibly a nest in them? I’ll admit, that has been the extent of my creativity, until now!

Adding something you collect is a wonderful way to get a 360 degree view of that special collection. There are no rules! If it matters to you, display it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding candles can give a room a subtle glow to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can also add a small lamp and make your antique bird cage a light source.

 

 

 

What do you think about the idea of putting a collection of like-colored items or like-themed items together? We have so many great little pieces in the store that would fit into this idea!

 

Finally, there is this practical idea which I really like! My little miner’s cottage doesn’t have a lot of storage so an idea like this makes practical very cute! You can also stack towels, place makeup supplies in decorative containers, or add Mason jars filled with cotton balls, etc.

 

 

Remember, whatever you choose to do with your bird cages, please come by to share the results. In the meantime, enjoy the spring weather, the sounds of the birds chirping and all of the new fresh flowers that keep popping up in unexpected places!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

 

As Cute as a Button!

“As cute as a button” can be about anything absolutely adorable, including buttons! How many of you have loose buttons on top of your washer or dryer, in the bottom of a drawer (or two or three), collecting in a jar, and that’s all they do…collect…and collect some more with each new loose button or extra button on a new shirt. I put mine in a jar now! They look adorable, some might say “as cute as a button!”

We have lots of buttons in the store and it made me wonder (I do that a lot!) what I could do with buttons… Well, there are so many incredible ideas that I thought I would share some here!

You can display them in a salt shaker with a pretty ribbon or a button flower bouquet!

                 

There are button flowers to display in a jar

and button pictures galore!

       

       

I really love this last idea because I have an antique Bingo cage and cards and this would be a great way to show one or two of the cards!

No matter what you choose to do with your buttons, you know that we always want to see the finished project!

Please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met yet and then head off to find buttons, frames, shaker jars, and whatever else you might need to complete your project. Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Let’s Talk Crocks

Let’s talk about crocks! No, not those cute little shoes perfect for summer wear! Those beautiful stoneWARE pottery pieces that were once used to hold food before the days of refrigeration.

They were watertight and could hold a wide variety of items. Well, now we don’t need to hold food in them! We have a wide variety of crocks in the store, different sizes and shapes, with limitless possibilities for use in your home!

These two are my favorites! I don’t use traditional end tables in my home so a large crock would be perfect in my meditation library next to my reading chair! And what a great way to display your collection of antique kitchen gadgets!!!

I also use a crock for a doorstop because the stoneware is heavy, so think about bookends or holding up an old bookshelf that has just a bit of a lean but you just can’t part with it!

Entertaining is another great time to re-purpose your smaller crocks! You can put your Grandmother’s flatware out in a crock if you are serving your delicious meal banquet style.

We all know what Nancie uses her crocks for…planters!!!

   

Whatever you use your crocks for, please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met, and show us pictures of what you have done! Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

Re-Purposed Old Doors

Let’s talk old doors today. Olds doors in themselves are such a work of art, and if you’re lucky to have the original hardware, it can’t get any better!

There are soooo many uses for old doors. I use them as dividers at antique shows, and then hang signs, birdhouses, and more on them.

One of my favorite shows is Flea Market Flip, and I have seen many old door flips, but never as a bar, and this bar is totally awesome!!

Can you imagine this in a rustic cabin????

I have a couple of corner cabinets made out of old doors and I just love them. They aren’t too big and take up a lot of space, and the rustic hardware is totally awesome!

 

This stunning potting bench would look awesome either in the house full of beautiful house plants, or on the deck with lots of flowers and color!

I just may have inspired myself to move my potting bench to the patio by the shop so that I can enjoy it when I am relaxing and enjoying the sun!

 

 

I hope you guys feel inspired to spend a few minutes a day just enjoying life around you, and thinking about your next project! We love pics, so please tag us when sharing!

Thanks for stopping by today, and every day to see what we’re up to!

Have an awesome week.

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Unique Planters Found in the Store

 I am dreaming about spring and warmer weather, and with the cold weather we are having in Colorado it won’t get here soon enough!! I am tired of the brown, and cold. I want COLOR, and more COLOR!!

Since it is too cold to plant and we can’t plant outside until Mother’s Day, I am collection some new (OLD) planters for my spring planting. I am also collecting small planters for inside the store! Now I just have to get to the store to get plants for them 🙂

All of the unique planters I am sharing today can be found right here in the store, so you can get your new (OLD) unique planters before spring gets here!

 

 

If you want to see some of my unique planters, just stop by the store. I have many that I just love looking at!

Tag me in a photo with your unique planters! and spring color! We love sharing.

I hope you all feel inspired by todays pics, and unique planter ideas. As always thanks for stopping by today to see what we are up to!

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Spring Fever

The sun is finally out today, and all I can think about is warmer weather!!

I have an area at the house I haven’t been able to come up with an idea – this might just be what I have been looking for!

Share pictures is your yard decor! We love pics!!

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Gift Ideas in a Jar

We’re all running around like crazy these days. You want to get something for your co-worker and can’t afford to spend a lot of money, or you want to be a little creative. Here are some adorable ideas to create gift ideas in a jar.

These are a perfect size and you can create one for any interest!

How about a mani / pedi lover?

or someone that loves to bake?

maybe a tea lover? or coffee lover?

These are so simple and quick to put together, and the recipient will be thrilled when they see what is in the jar!! 🙂

 

Until next time,

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Simple Décor for the Fireplace Mantel

We are all busy working, taking care of the kids, and we all suddenly realize that the holidays are upon us!

Where did summer, and then November go? Today we have some simple, yet adorable and colorful.

We all have those ugly vases, yes I said ugly vase, but when you fill them full of colorful vintage glass ornaments, and lights they go from ugly drab to FAB!!

Just add a little greenery and you’re ready for holiday entertaining!

 

Until next time!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

Vintage Tins & Bottle Brush Christmas Decorations

I absolutely love vintage tins and bottle brushes. What better way to enjoy both is to incorporate them to made adorable Christmas displays!

These are so cute and would make your breakfast table look amazing on Christmas Day!

Make an extra one to two for friends & family, they would love one!

 

 

Have an awesome day, and make sure to share pics with us!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

Vintage Ball Jar Holiday Centerpieces

Tired of the same old dining table center piece? Look no further, we have many amazing vintage ball jars ideas that will make the perfect holiday centerpiece!

Look at the stunning centerpieces that you can put together with vintage ball jars and milk bottle holders.

There are soooo many ways to use vintage ball jars! These ideas would also look great on a side buffet if you don’t have room on your table.

 

Having a more formal setting – use either silver or gold bulbs to create a stunning look!

These would be adorable with a solar top as they light up at night! Super cute nightlight 🙂

 

We would love to see what you come up with for vintage ball jar centerpieces – please share!!!

 

Until next time,

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy