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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Birds, Eggs, Nests



Detail of  "Spring" by Nancy Thomas

Spring ~ a time of renewal and birth.

Bird ~ Nest ~ Egg



"Spring" by Nancy Thomas 
A whimsical piece that hangs in our upstairs sunroom.

Spring in central Texas has taken

its time, but I think it has finally arrived.

As our days are longer and warmer, 

I find myself out in the garden.

Bird songs echo from trees above

as birds call out in search of a mate.




In honor of Cuisine Kathleen's April Challenge

~ Birds ~ Eggs ~ Nests ~

I took my table-setting out

to the garden among the flowers.





This cute little bird on a cage

is meant to hold a votive.




I repurposed it as a vase and filled it

with hydrangea blooms for the garden tray.




With the nesting theme in mind, 

I pulled out a set of plates with a twiggy border.




The plates are by Jeremie.

They are oval shape with a textured twig border.




The salad plates .   .   .

 Robin's egg blue ~ a perfect color for spring!




Moroccan Garden,  by Dena Home

These spring time napkins were a thrifty find

at Tuesday Morning.  I bought a dozen for 

less than the original price of a set of four.  




Vintage napkin ring 

with a sterling "B" for bird 

and silver mother of pearl flatware.





Couldn't resist this cute little dish.

It's perfect for serving 

savory flakes of Lemon Sea Salt.




~ Birds ~ Eggs ~ Nests ~




The bird a nest,
The spider a web,
Man friendship ~ William Blake

Joining 




79 comments:

  1. Sarah- What a beautiful presentation. It ALL looks just gorgeous. Those little blue salad plates remind me of birdbaths! Love them.

    Happy Spring to you. How nice that you have such good weather. We are not that lucky here- xo Diana

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  2. Beautiful setting, Sarah! And your garden looks GLORIOUS! So gorgeous! Have a beautiful start to Spring!

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  3. What a lovely post. You always offer such unique style and fun items - such as the lemon sea salt flakes!

    Your garden looks beautiful!

    Katherine

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  4. Sarah, your table is beautiful and so Spring. Lemon sea salt flakes, WOW. I love those pretty blue plates, everything looks so good together. Happy Spring to you.
    Mary

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  5. Love your hand painted egg! Looks like you're having some nice weather Sarah-enjoy:@)

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  6. Your outdoor setting so pretty! I'm jealous, your flowers are already blooming! Your yard is so green, too! I'd love to sit awhile at that lovely table in your garden!!

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  7. Sarah, your entire post is lovely! Your garden is the perfect spot was Kathleen's challenge and you definitely captured a spring post! Your Dena Home napkins really caught my eye. I found similar "Marrakesh" ones at Tuesday morning and I am using them at Easter. Also, that Robin's egg blue plate stole my heart!!

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  8. Sarah, I would love to dine in your garden! We are also spending more time outside working in the garden and hoping all the perennials come back after the extra-cold winter we've had. I love the plates you chose -- so pretty! And what a find those napkins were! I love a score like that.

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  9. Wow, spring has definitely hit your garden....I am so jealous you have flowers already! Mine are still trying to poke up thru the ground.

    I love those napkins and twiggy edged plates!

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  10. I love your whimsical painting, Sarah! Your garden setting is the perfect spot for your Spring tablesetting. Your bird cage is a darling centerpiece and the bid dish, holding the flakes of lemon salt, is adorable! Enjoy working in your garden. I haven't been motivated yet.

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  11. Hi Sarah, I just love every element of your beautiful post--the art, the twig edged dishes, the poetry, and the flatware and napkin ring. So interesting too! I was trying to figure out what was in the bird dish, then I scrolled further to see that it is lemon salt! How clever! I must try some too. Thank you for the beautiful post! Linda

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  12. Sarah, this is such a gorgeous setting. Love the B napkin ring and who makes those lemon salt flakes? Never heard of them.

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  13. So lovely...love the napkins and turquoise plates.

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  14. What a fun presentation Sarah. The bird cage with flowers was a great idea and the dish choices look wonderful. Love the egg and bird nest in the leaf dish- cute! I've never heard of lemon sea salt. It looks great in the bird dish. Lucky you to have such a nice garden display already!

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  15. So sweet and pretty and OUTSIDE..
    Sigh..soon here..well give or take soon:)

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  16. Sarah, I love your outdoor Spring setting. And, you know I appreciate the perfect touches of pink.

    Hope to see you tomorrow for Pink Saturday.♥

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  17. Sarah, Your twiggy rimmed plates are wonderful for spring! I love seeing the leaf shadows dance across your plate and the flowers in your garden. Spring has been slower arriving with everything blooming later for us this year.

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  18. Sarah,
    Beautiful! Those napkin rings are amazing.. and the colors you used on this table definitely say spring. It looks like y'all are warmer than we are here in Georgia.. still kinda cool in the mornings. I love the way you put your table together..
    Love, Mona

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  19. Sarah, this is such a lovely setting to welcome spring. I love the bird and nest theme and think the twiggy plates are gorgeous, especially the robin egg blue. Please tell me about the lemon sea salt! I love that little dish......and the whimsical “Spring” painting. A sunroom is the prefect.
    Happy Spring my dear friend...........

    Emily

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  20. Love your sweet table. It's so delightful and springy.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is such a sweet little setting...love the colors!

    ~Trisha

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  22. Hi Sarah,
    The outdoor setting is so lovely. I don't think I've ever seen lemon sea salt...

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  23. Sarah this is gorgeous. I'm enjoying he beauty of Spring in Texas this year myself!

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  24. Sarah this is gorgeous. I'm enjoying he beauty of Spring in Texas this year myself!

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  25. I have fallen head over heels in love with your twiggy dishes!! I just love the gentle, natural colors. Everything looks casual and pretty. The lighting just perfect. I could imagine falling back in the grass and reading a bit before sleep took over! :)

    We've had a gorgeous week. I so hope this is the beginning of spring for us!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. Beautiful serene setting...those plates are gorgeous, Sarah.
    I think spring has finally arrived here, too...I noticed hundreds of buds on the lilac, to me that is a sure sign!

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  27. Oh,your garden is looking so pretty, and your sweet tablescape, too. LOVE your little bird dish and lemon sea salt is new to me. Thanks for mentioning it..I'm checking it out online.

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  28. I loved your garden table, Sarah! Your dishes are perfect for this theme. The robin egg color dish is my favorite and looks wonderful with the patterned cloth. I really like the pop of an additional color in the napkin too.

    I think you have intrigued us all with the lemon sea salt flakes. Please tell us where you found them. My husband would love this.

    You made my day with your sweet comment this morning. I am behind because I am keeping grandchildren.

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  29. I literally could sit there for hours just enjoying the sunshine and the nature all around me! You set a really pretty and serene table, Sarah, that I don't think anyone could pass up. The serenity part of it plays big in my book.

    What a great buy on the napkins! You just never know what you're going to find at Tuesday Morning!!!

    That dish with the sea salt in it is really cool!!! I thought that was shaved parmesan in there at first. Whatever...the dish is cool, and the spoon in it even cooler!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend, and I'm glad Spring has finally arrived for you there! Oh...Ramon & I will be traveling to San Antonio later this month. Are you anywhere near there?

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  30. What a gorgeous setting. I would love to sit at that table and just soak in all the beauty!! I love those twig edged plates. They are perfect for your nesting theme!! very pretty!

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  31. Hello Sarah, Looks like you have a wealth of flowers already. Our apple trees are just started to bloom, they are usually the first. Your table is lovely. Those blue plates made me drool. I love that Lemon Sea Salt and use it all the time. Dianne

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  32. what beautiful nest related objects, the twig plate is beautiful, the whimsical art I love love lovve!! Everything is beautiful,

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  33. Beautiful Sarah, really love your twig edged plates. Lovely napkins for a bargain price, a double score! Yum, would love to find that lemon salt, great dish for it.

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  34. How wonderful to set an outside table again. Your white and blue twiggy rimmed dishes are beautiful, as well as your serving spoons. I would love to sit at this table for one! Joni

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  35. Dearest Sarah,
    That is a lovely setting in the garden between spring flowers.
    Love you twiggy plates; very special and also because of the oval shape.
    Enjoy this season of renewal.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  36. I could spend the whole day sitting in your garden and visiting with you over your darling Spring tablescape. Your flowers are beautiful! Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

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  37. Sarah,

    It is too funny, we both have twiggy borders. They really do make a statement. Spring looks lovely in your part of the country. It sure is taking it's sweet time getting here!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  38. What beautiful dishes, Sarah! Such a pretty table! ~Zuni

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  39. Hi Sarah, love your outdoor table setting. Everything is so inspiring. Love your plates and the sweet nests with the darling eggs. What an inviting spot to relax away a beautiful afternoon in central Texas.
    We are warming up here too and being out in the garden again
    is heavenly.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  40. Such a pretty spring table! I'm loving the pastels. Thanks for your sympathy at missing photos at LaurieAnna's. It really was a thrill, and I hope I got that across! We spent a rainy weekend visiting family in Dallas. We usually fly, but had furniture to deliver. It was nice having a little room to bring back goodies. Have a lovely weekend my dear!

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  41. Delightful, Sarah. Everything about this post makes me smile. It's wonderful to be enjoying our Texas spring.

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  42. You truly nailed the challenge. I love the twig rimmed plates. They pull everything together so well. Very pretty table, Sarah!

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  43. Oh those plates! I just love the rim detail and the color.

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  44. The twiggy plates are perfect for Kathleen's theme. The beautiful robin's egg blue color of the salad plate looks stunning with the shadows of the garden playing across it.

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  45. Sarah,
    A lovely backdrop to your out~of~doors tablescape, dear friend!!!
    Love your plates! The salad plate is quite stunning, indeed! I am totally smitten with the bird bowl! So~o~o sweet!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  46. No better way than enjoying Spring than in the garden ! The flowers are gorgeous! Your twiggy plates are my favorite! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Pam

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  47. What a darling and springy table. Love the dishes and the touches of robin's egg blue! The twiggy border on the plates are just perfect. I see your lavender is blooming and so pretty. Your garden table is just perfect!
    Miss Bloomers

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  48. Oh I love your tablescape, so pretty and the colors are fabulous for spring. The next and iron cloche are perfect.

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  49. So pretty! Love the edges of the plates! Great deal on the napkins I think they will get a lot of use. Wonderful Springy presentation. Thanks so much for taking the challenge !

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  50. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  51. What a beautiful tablestting! Love the twiggy border plate, looks so lovely paired with the robin's egg blue salad plate....so delighfully elegant! Pretty mother of pearl flatware:)Beautiful, Sarah!~hugs, Poppy

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  52. Good morning, Sarah,
    I'm popping over from BoogieBoard Cottage and I'm so glad to find your lovely blog.
    Your table setting is truly inspirational and I am sure your friends enjoy their time with you surrounded with such beauty.
    Have a great day!

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  53. What lovely colors and a lovely table!

    Enjoy your spring, I know what Texas summers are. My grandmother and cousins live in the Dallas area.

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  54. Sarah,
    Love your Birds, Eggs, Nests print and the outdoor table setting...

    Just when we think warm weather is here to stay, along comes a norther. Tomorrow night's low...34°....brrr...

    We spent last Friday, 4/11, in Ennis on the Bluebonnet Trail, and the flowers were in peak bloom covering field after field. Ennis is only 40-50 minutes from us and bluebonnets were all along the Hwy 287 roadside. We took this little day trip instead of traveling south to Austin/San Marcos.

    Judith

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  55. Three of my favorite things for spring....birds, eggs, and nests. I love the twig bordered plates. Everything is lovely.

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  56. Three of my favorite things for spring....birds, eggs, and nests. I love the twig bordered plates. Everything is lovely.

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  57. Beautiful! I think that you covered it all for spring! :)

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  58. It's a beautiful table setting and so perfect for spring. I see you love lavender too.

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  59. Sarah, I've never seen those "twig" rimmed plates. How pretty, and your hydrangeas in the bird cage are beautiful. I am coveting that wonderful and unique Spring painting in your guestroom. Were I a guest, it might be missing when I left your house! laurie

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  60. Hi Sarah,

    What a lovely scene of freshness, soft light falling onto your springtime setting, surrounded by colour and scent from nature's seasonal stars!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Poppy

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  61. Sarah, this speaks to my soul..... :) Happy Easter xo

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  62. Sarah, I love your Springtime post. You have a beautiful garden. The table setting is so pretty with
    those dishes!! Love them.
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  63. Sarah, I love the details of your setting. Those dishes are gorgeous! Love 'em. And the flatware is beautiful too. You've paired everything together perfectly!

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  64. This is beautiful Sarah! The lemon salt is neat Sarah! Happy Easter!
    sherry

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  65. This is beyond lovely, Sarah!

    Have a wonderful Easter!

    xo

    Andie

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  66. A beautiful setting, Sarah! Happy Easter to you and yours! xo

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  67. Looks beautiful, Sarah - lovely to set a tablescape outdoors! The artwork is gorgeous! So delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  68. Such a pretty post, Sarah. It is truly like a whisper of spring. I especially enjoyed looking at 'Spring' by Nancy Thomas. I don't think I'd ever get tired of it.

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  69. A beautiful table setting for out in your garden! Love it! I live in Spring, Texas and I am finally getting warm. LOL Easter should be nice! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  70. Oh my goodness, Sarah..I don't know where to start. I love everything about your post today. First off, that 'Spring' piece is beyond beautiful. I really love it. And your dishes are gorgeous. The twig edging is so unique. And the hand-painted egg is lovely. Oh, I just adore Easter. Thanks for sharing your lovely table. Hugs, Deb

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  71. Love the richness of detail. Fabulous post.

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  72. Looks like you are having a lovely Spring and taking the table out to the garden was the perfect plan! I love everything. You always have such fun details in your tables. I hope you continue to enjoy the spring weather and that the summer warmth doesn't hit too soon. Have a wonderful Easter.

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  73. whew! Thanks Sarah, needed that pretty breath of spring! Happy Easter!
    xo

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  74. Oh Sarah, this is pure eye candy for me. Those twig plates, the nest vignette and the pearl silverware. I love it all. I just want to keep gazing at this lovely setting. Thank you for continuing to inspire me with your gorgeous table designs.
    wishing you a blessed Easter with those you love,
    xo
    Leslie

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  75. Sarah, you did a wonderful job of meeting Kathleen's challenge this time! Love seeing all your pretties.

    Wishing you guys a wonderfully Blessed Easter!

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  76. Beautiful job Sarah, you certainly met the challenge with your cute nest and eggs. So nice of your friend to let you share her collection of blue and white and cute Easter pieces. Always beautiful Sarah!!

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  77. Sarah, I love your tablescape in the garden with the Lavender in the background! You always have the most gorgeous dishes. Now where on earth do you find lemon sea salt chips? YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  78. I am working my way along through your beautiful posts!

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