This is a blog first. I am having computer issues and I think a new one may be in my future. Hoping to be up and running sooner than later. Stay tuned...and cross your fingers.
p.s. I still have my iPad for checking blogs, emails and etsy. My blog may be silent for a few days.
I went to the Coburg Antique show last weekend and bought a celluloid songbird. I don't know my varieties of birds..cockatoo?
This sweetie will live in my house with my collection of bird items.
First I have a cage of course. I have a stand for it as well.
Every birdcage needs a nice little perch with bells.
Birds love to play with toys. This tiny bird is a nodder and bobs up and down when nudged.
This little perch is a favorite. I love the little birdhouse style clock. The weight of a bird on the perch makes the little red door open and a tiny bird appears.
A vintage celluloid bird keeps a bird company.
When you have birds you need a pamphlet to help with the care. This darling girl looks like her pet parakeet is adored. Bird Gravel Song Food...how cute is that? I saw this last weekend at the Coburg show where I bought the celluloid bird. I passed on it, but I was tempted.
This spun cotton fellow will live with my newly acquired bird. This chenille fellow is also part of my caged bird flock.
These records were a fun find years ago.
I have never listened to the records (alas, no record player) but the description on the record explains it all....Peter Parker (a real bird) is the star of the record and according to the sleeve of the album "Peter said his first words at the age of four months, after 2 1/2 months of training. Now at five years of age, he boasts a vocabulary of 400 words!"
Peter Parker says phrases such as "I'll play bridge, If I'm dummy" or "It's absolutely Preposterous!" and "Peter is a precious little birdie - hello Boy, whadya say boy?". According to the record you should play it several times a day when the room is quiet. Just couldn't pass up these records at an estate sale.
This collection lives upstairs on my landing.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____". You never know what "tweet" thing I will share each week.
P.S. One of the perks of doing a challenge like this is doing a little housecleaning at the same time. Evidently bird cage cleaning is not a high priority in my house.
Another weekend, another round of sales. Friday was definitely the better day. At the first sale I hit on Friday I found absolutely NOTHING. As I was driving to the second sale (which only sounded mediocre) I was thinking that I might actually have a dud day.
The second sale I hit was a little old lady in her yard with things scattered about. It ended up being my best stop of the whole weekend.
From the little old lady I purchased a globe and a vintage cocktail shaker.
A lamp with a shade that is almost as big as me. It was just to retro crazy to pass up and will head to my garage sale.
Vintage postcards. Sometimes I tuck these in my Etsy orders with a note.
My best score was a set of Lu-Ray pastel dishes. Service for 8 including plates, 2 sizes of bowls, a platter, cups and saucers, small plates and a creamer and sugar. Score!
I also got a couple Fire King plates (on the right).
I hit this sale since the woman advertised craft supplies. I was super happy to find vintage bump chenille in the original packaging. 14 packs of it.
I hit a couple more sales after the little old lady sale. I found tidbits at those sales. A great owl cookie jar perfect for Halloween. The fishing book is for a fishing crazy nephew...I will tuck it on his Christmas gift this year.
A couple of cabinets and a crusty outdoor owl.
I do not have a fish. Yet I could not resist aquarium gravel in original packaging in bright yellow.
Last but not least this adorable wood duck. She is about 18 inches tall and is made in Western Germany. This is her Instagram photo.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Another weekend in estate sale land.
When Crystal from Vintage by Crystal visited last summer she took special notice of a tiny chenille bug I had on my studio windowsill. Since her visit I keep finding more of these tiny chenille creatures tucked in some of the oddball sacks of vintage I buy. I now have a collection of chenille bugs.
I wonder if the category of chenille bugs applies to this official definition.
The proper identification is an entomologist, which is a person that studies insects. However, if you want to be very technical, a person that collects actual bugs, which are a type (or class) of insect, that person is called a hemipterologist.
Lets visit the yard today. A ladybug rests in my garden amongst the tomatoes.
I am not sure of the exact classification of this bug. This is the fellow that Crystal admired in my studio.
I know that snails aren't really bugs, but it fits in with the chenille collection. Notice how jagged the edges of my dahlia are...I think this snail has been snacking on them.
This praying mantis is trying to camouflage himself in with my hydrangeas. This time of year I can't walk through my yard without running into a spider in a spiderweb..they are everywhere.
Chenille frog hopping around the yard. (again, not exactly a bug).
You may wonder where all these critters live when not munching or crawling about in my backyard. At Farm Chicks this year I bought a critter catcher. At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
It is the perfect spot to display my chenille bugs.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of _____."