Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rooster Party ~ 2010

Last fall when Barb hosted her first Show Us Your Roosters Party, I was thrilled. With roosters plentiful around HFTS there was no question that I wanted to join in the fun once again.

Detail of Man's Tie

The rooster is a revered and beloved image in many cultures so it is no surprise that there are many of us that enjoy the decorative nature of these handsome guys.

Chickens, both hens and roosters are often out and about around our home.

This little boite ancienne Reglisse Zan once held French licorice candies. Now long empty, it remains appreciated for the simple joy of the graphics.

Whimsical hand carved "poultry" are colorful folk art pieces from Oaxaca, Mexico that are usually on a shelf in a guest bath. They wandered outside for a little fresh air. Those of you here for Pink Saturday might note there are plenty of pink accents on many of these.

Large jug by Capelo and two small plates by Gorky Gonzales are each made in Guanajuato, Mexico. Both of these famous potters are renown for their beautiful ceramics.

A petite brass and enamel place card holder is likely from the 1940s.

Vintage Chinese mud figures in various poses like to gather in a group. Each are about 2"-3".

A pair of larger Chinese roosters 8" tall are near by. I like the way this one is reflected in the pewter pitcher that stands behind it.

Most recent to join the flock are a pair of vintage Chinese roof tiles found while in Santa Fe.

Once guardians upon the roof of a home or public building in China, these two now stand guard in a bookcase.

A ceramic tea caddy made into a small lamp features a barnyard gathering.

Does your mother know you're out?

A petite paper maché snuff box was found at an early morning London flea market years ago. This one simply puts a smile on my face!

Yes, roosters are definitely in the category of A Few of My Favorite Things.

Carpe Diem ~ Seize the Day!

The older I get the more I realize that this motto is one I want to live.

Barb has set a beautiful rooster tablescape so be sure to visit Barb @ Bella Vista. Links to all who are participating in The Second Annual Show Us Your Roosters Blog Party can be found on Barb's sidebar.

Thank you to our hostess Barb and to the ladies hosting the following weekly parties. More information about each of these memes can be found on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Details for the Anniversary Give-Back at HFTS can be found at the top of my sidebar. Hope you'll participate.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I was just about to go to bed when your post popped up. What a lovely collection of unusual roosters. I think I like best the ones that are now used in the book case....and maybe the little paper box from the UK.

  2. Oh Sarah...what a hoot! I love those dancing fowl from Mexico...LOL
    There certainly ARE plenty of roosters around HFTS.

    The idea that you found some ancient Chinese roof tiles & repurposed them into book ends is just brilliant!
    Your knowledge of their history is impressive but then ARE still a teacher! I give you an A+

  3. I love the dancing couple! That is just too adorable for words.

    My Show n tell is "Troll Talk" if you'd like to click on the link and visit with me today

  4. You have such a amazing and beautiful collection Sarah! I just gasped when I saw that wicker pic, that is really charming!

  5. You have a charming collection of roosters.

  6. You have an incredible collection. I love the whimsical ones. They are too cute. ~~Sherry~~

  7. I so enjoyed your rooster tour! Each and every one are wonderful! I have that same rooster lamp finial...

  8. Sarah, you are a rooster girl after my own heart. What variety you have and such wonderful color. I just love them all...I need to stare for a while. Ha.

    Thank you for joining and sharing all this with us. Have a great time visiting everyone.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  9. Oh have some serious collection of Roosters! Not a single Rooster to be found in my house :-(
    The wooden Roosters are my favorite. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Thank you so much for participating with us on Friday Finding Beauty.

    Your rooster collection is so fun and diverse.

    Have the best day

    Claudia ♥ ♥

  11. Hi!
    Beautiful, one and all. Love the Chinese roof tiles, very pretty. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  12. The roof tiles are amazing! You always find such interesting items, thanks for sharing:@)

  13. Sarah,
    I love your rooster collection. It has such diversity! I just love the roof tile. I had just been to Epcot in China and took a picture of a roof like that and I know where they placed them. So very interesting! Have a great weekend!

  14. Sarah, the carved "poultry" are so unique - - - I LOVE them. And the dancing couple, they're really cutting the rug, aren't they?

  15. I love all your roosters Sarah! I especially like the Chinese roof tiles and the black and white Carpe Diem.

    ~ Tracy

  16. HI Sara!! Oh, I love your wonderful Roosters! You have some lovely olden ones. Oh, this is a fun party.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  17. I've visited a couple of these posts today. I'm loving all the great roosters folks have. Yours are especially variend and colorful.

  18. Sarah, you have some very unique pieces. I love the mud ones I believe you called them and the Chinese roof tile is fantastic. That is my favorite.

  19. So many colorful roosters...I like the wood ones. Trish

  20. Your whole post made me smile...and I learned a few things as well.

  21. I love the whimsy of the dancing roosters!! This was a pleasant posting!

  22. Sarah they are all beautiful and colorful. Lovely vignettes. :)

  23. Your rooster collection is ever growing! Love the tiles reinvented as book ends, and the little box from London is a delight.
    Have a great weekend

  24. What a wonderful collection you have!

  25. So many gorgeous roosters! And I love the large shiny black "S".

  26. You have a great collection of roosters. They're very unique.

  27. YOu have some truly unique roosters!! Great collages.

  28. Oh so many different an interesting roosters! What an amazing collection.

    Sure would love to get you to the Hamptons. Any chance this fall?

    Hope to see you at Summer Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  29. Your roosters are just way too cute and unique!

    I am happy I found your blog, it's so interesting that you love sailing, that is just awesome!

    Nancy's Notes

  30. I love the cookie jar and the tin is soooo.....nostalgic

  31. You have great collections of EVERYTHING! So many unique pieces!
    Great post.
    And like the Tablescaper said?? Your name came up at the dinner dance!

  32. I think you have the most unusual and fantastic collection of roosters that I have ever seen! How absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  33. all your roo's are outstanding but I truly adore that lamp~!!


  34. Hi Sarah,
    I really, really like your roosters. I adore those little porcelain rooster books in your first mosaic. They are so cute. And I love the rooster lamp. It's just beautiful.

    I hope you are having a beautiful day,

  35. Sarah, your rooster collection is beyond amazing! I like the ones you just added. How neat to think they once adorned a building or roof. Clever idea!

  36. You have some unique Roosters. I really enjoyed seeing them all!

  37. Such a great collection - love those Chinese roof tiles, very unusual.

    Happy weekend Sarah.
    Mary X

  38. Oh, my! I think you have the most unique roosters of all! The dancing rooster and hen are sooo funny! I enjoyed seeing all of them!


  39. you have a beautiful collection of roosters!!!!

    Take care!

  40. Love your roosters, Sarah, so many beautiful unusual ones...Christine

  41. I'm still trying to make it around to all the rooster parties!! Love your rooster collection! I just love the lamp!

  42. What a lovely collection you have. As with all your things, the roosters and chickens are first class.
    I always enjoy your lesson/s, too. You are quite the teacher.
    hugs, bj

  43. I love all of yur roosters, Sarah! I think you have some of the most unusual ones around! I have never seen Chinese rooster unique! I am scrolling to catch up...lots of babysitting...and I loved your orange post! How wonderful to make biscuits! I quit making them as soon as I discovered those southern-style frozen ones...waaaay better than mine! lol And you are so sweet to mention me in yuor celebration post. You have far outurn me in the blogging department! I hope you are havning a happy weekend!...hugs..Debbie

  44. Sarah, I just love your rooster collection, and the unique pieces with roosters on top. Isn't it amazing how gorgeous sunflowers look with Roosters?

    The puzzle, I purchased in Home Goods recently. It came in the box that is sitting next to my favorite chair. It was just $9.00. It also has four lovely prints of the four puzzles you can make. The blocks are covered with paper. All four puzzles are farmyard animals.

    Hope you have a Home Goods nearby. Again, your roosters and your home is lovely.

  45. What a fun eclectic collection of roosters.

  46. Oh Sarah, I had to click on each picture to enlarge it, so I could see all of these wonderful roosters better. I love those Quimper snuff boxes, and of course the Quimper plates are faves too. And I love those fun, colorful Mexican pieces. The French licorice box and the English snuff box are such treasures too. I bet you are the only person who posted Chinese roof tiles for the Rooster party. How unique and wonderful! Thank you for linking this fab post to Fav. Things Sat. (Our granddaughter had a horse back riding accident, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Memphis Fri. She is fine now, but I've been in Memphis, so I'm late getting around to visit). laurie

  47. Beautiful mosaics of your roosters. I love the little couple dancing, so sweet, Char

  48. Sarah you sure have some wonderful collections here...the couple roos dancing where my favorites of all time. Have a great week. Debbie

  49. Hi Sarah nice to meet you..thank you for stopping have some awesome roosters..I love them all but especially the colorfol mexican ones..I love mexican pottery anyway, love them!

    Have a wonderful week!


  50. Happy Pink Saturday, Sarah. And Happy, Happy Roosters.

    You have some very handsome fellows. And, your collection is so diverse. I am particularly drawn to the roof tiles. They are amazing.

  51. ooh love your roosters.. From where in Santa Fe did you find the roof tiles? They are amazing. We are headed back there in Sept, I'd love to find that shop! You have quite an eye for the beautiful..

  52. Hi Sara! I'm late to your Rooster party! But oh, my goodness, you have the most wonderful ones!
    Be a sweeties,
    Shelia ;)

  53. The whimsical roosters that wandered outside are great. I love them. The Lamp is definitely my fave. Blessings, Janet


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