Monday, September 18, 2017

Over the Door Storage, #2

Some of you have emailed, asking for me to show ALL of the shoe organizers I have around the house, none of which, by the way, have shoes in them.  So, this morning, I took my camera around to photograph these things.  I won't spend much time on them, as you already know the story and get the drift.   This one is on the other side of the one you saw last.  You know, lace, etc.  This closet is right inside my bathroom door, on the left.  It is a large closet.  I will show you a peek.  And, this is actually the first shoe organizer I put up. 

 I have had my thread in drawers, boxes and thread racks...all of which make me nuts.  So, the day I thought of this...I thought maybe it would work better for me.  I do have to say, I love it.  However, it may not be for you.  I have sorted thread into colors and I can see it all fairly easily.  Then, it's all hidden away.  Like I said, it may not be for you, but I like it.  

 This is the inside of the closet.  I knew when I moved in here just what would go in this closet.  I'll show it in detail in some other post on some other day.

 This closet is also in my bathroom....back in the little room with the toilet.  Well, there should be something to look at in that little space, so there is this closet....vintage clothing, to begin with, but when you open it up....well, 



 There are four closets in my bathroom.....yes, four.  Two, you just saw,  there is also one for my clothes, and one with a secret collection.  You will see that when I show you the great storage this house has. 
 For those of you who haven't read my blog that long....well, at my other house, I had a studio in the backyard which housed ALL my STUFF!  It was 500 square feet, with lots of shelving.  Wonderful space.  I miss it, of course, but thanks to the storage in this house, I have found a home for most of my stuff....and what I can't store...well, it's right in plain sight.  And, that's ok with me.

Now, this closet is in the garage.  And, it's one of my favorites.  Why?  Well, I call it the Tool Closet.
Here, you see more fabric is stored on the outside of the door....

 But when you open it....well, there is the vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, etc.  (Another door, which houses the hot water heater), shelves for cleaning supplies, etc., and on the inside of the door....YES,

 I love it when I need the hammer, a screwdriver, wire cutters, or whatever, I just walk out in the garage, open the door and there they all are. 

 So convenient!

 A peek inside.

Now, what do you think?  Shoe organizers.  Well worth the $5, I do believe!
 Well, ok.  So, not many want all that stuff so 'out there.'  But, me, I'm fine with it.  I do love to pretty much know where everything is and be able to put my hands on something when I need it.  

(Of course, that only works on days when I remember where the storage things are!!!)

And, next time...something completely different! 
 Take care. ❤️

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Over the Door Storage for My Treasures

Today, for some reason, I thought I'd show you "some" of what I call my "over the door storage."  When you have filled your house with stuff...well, sometimes you have to be creative with ways to hold ALL your treasures.  Sometimes meaning ALWAYS.  One day, I just happened to think I had reached the max this place could hold, then I began to notice DOORS!  So, I drove to WallyWorld to see what I could find that would help.  By WallyWorld, I mean, as you know...Walmart.  Now, right down the street from me is a Walmart Neighborhood Market.  It's good when you need a couple things.  My daughter and I call it "Smallmart."  I prefer, really, to go to our local Walmart....on the other side of town, which we call it "Largemart."   So, that's where I went.

I was searching for something to store things in which might work with a door.  Boy, there's not much.  But, for $5 and change, I found these things we've always known about for the closet -
yes, shoe organizers, twenty-four pockets.  Naturally, I bought more than one.  I was sure I'd need them.

Later, when I set out to see just what I could do with them, well, I went a little crazy.  Without getting up out of this chair I'm sitting in so as to get an accurate count  - I believe I am now up to four doors holding stuff, sometimes on BOTH sides.  In my house, and also in the garage.

Handiest things EVER!

 So, here we are.....there are linens, lace, buttons, embroidery, baby bonnets, doll clothes, a lovely pillow holding Lavender, a special gift I received.  Tatting, crochet, bits and pieces, filled to the brim.
(By the way, this closet is in my bathroom.)

 A piece of beaded fabric given to me by a young neighbor...left from the making of her wedding dress...she was having a garage sale.  

 All kinds of fun stuff!

 One can never have enough embroidered baskets!

 The only thing I have tried and couldn't do was tatting.  I love finding it at the flea!!


 I've always loved doll clothes....probably more than the when I find some like these and the price is just right...well, they come home with me.  I don't actually have a lot of them, but some.  
Some is good.

 So, okay.  I know this would turn off a lot of folks.  Fortunately, I don't worry about is too short.  I cannot even tell you how handy these shoe organizers have become.  I almost hate to make this confession, but there is another one on the other side of this door.  You might NEVER guess what is in if you want to know....maybe I'll show you in my next post.  I might even show you the others too.  So, come visit again if you can stand it.

Wishing you all the best!

until next time

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Friendship is a Gift

 Friendship IS a gift.  The best gift.  Don't you think?  Lucky me, I have some good friends.  They are dear.
We've been through lots together....and, knowing how life is, we will go through more together.  If we remain lucky.  One of the good parts of having a blog is the extra added bonus of making new friends.
Friends that you may never meet, but  you know you are tied to them in that friendship kind of way.  It's lovely.

Several years ago, a wonderful person named Sandra sent me a gift.  She lives in Alabama.  I did not know her, but because I have a blog and she reads it...well, we have become friends.  There are others out there, who email me...we send messages back and forth.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
It's the one reason I can't think of giving up the blog.  I don't want to do without my peeps!

So, on with the story.  One time, Sandra sent me a package.  To my complete surprise, she sent me that little chest on the right in this photo.  And, it was completely filled with the kinds of goodies I like...lace, buttons, ribbon, etc.  It was and still is a wonderful gift.  Recently,  we had a little business thing going....I sent her something she wanted to buy and was glad to do it for her.  We were both happy about it.  And, then....she sent me another package.  OMG!  It was the little dressser in this photo, there on the left.  Completely full of lovely yes, ribbon, lace, buttons, etc.  I was beside myself.  I feel I didn't deserve such a thing...especially AGAIN....but there it was.
Sandra, you are dear.  You are my friend.  Please know your gifts are appreciated.  But, I really want you to know that you and my other blog friends are special to me....I am grateful for you and there are no strings attached.

(By the way....the photo...I thought I was being clever.  Imagine. Three chests sitting on a chest!
This one holds all my candles, candle holders, etc.)

Adorable, right?

 By now, you know that I LOVE all things drawers, doors and shelves, so these little pieces just scream my name! 

The sign in this little bird's mouth says WISH.   Sandra sent the cutest little bird.  One day soon, I will show it to you in it's new home.  This one is sending you my hope that your own wishes come true!  And, yes, there are old books.  I love them so!

 These little photos are of Ethel, our old cat, long gone but not forgotten, the Old Navy Man, our son Scott with our friend, Deon and her puppies....lovely memories, for sure.

I don't know who the little girl is...she came in the frame and I liked her so much, I left her there.  Two tiny photo charms and the tiniest little photo of strangers I have, sitting on the tiniest little flower frog.  See, Sandra, you are contributing to my habit of adding things to every horizontal surface in the house!

Some quotes regarding friendship:

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."
Hubert H. Humphrey

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
C. S. Lewis

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."
William Blake

and one of my very favorites

"Yes'm old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of."
Sarah Orne Jewett

Thank you to you, Sandra, and to ALL my blog friends.  You add so much to each of my days and I wish the very best to you all.  And, yes, I will be posting here as often as I can as long as I can.
You make me want to do it.

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Butterfly

Today was a beautiful day here.  Low humidity, perfect temps, sunny skies....and also - THIS!  I was out on the patio and this lovely creature flew right in front of my face!  Carefully, as I always scare them away, I stood very still and managed to get a few photos...following it around for a good ten minutes.  Just had to share this beauty with you!

 "Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly.  Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul."
K. D'Angelo

 "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if
you sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

 "Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson

 "Butterlies are self-propelled flowers."
Robert A. Heinlein

 "The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity."
George Carlin

Wishing everyone a safe and beautiful tomorrow.

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Early Sunday Around Bird Nest Cottage

 I took these photos earlier this morning....thought I'd show you around...just for a little something different.  I hope you don't mind....just some visuals.  I have a small kitchen, but it feels big enough to me and although it is cluttered (as is my whole house),  as I often say....I live in my own little world, but it's ok...they know me here. ❤️  Notice the sign....Yes, it hangs crooked.  We have found that no matter how we hang remains crooked....I'm not perfect either, so it doesn't bother me and I love what it says....You have my whole heart!

 This is where I make my morning cup of tea...and other things too.  Of course,  as is my habit,  I have to put more things there than are necessary.

 And, this is one of my favorite prints in the house...I LOVE the colors!  And, this morning, there are tiny flowers from my tiny bit of yard.

 The center of the kitchen is taken up with this small island.  It does hold "lots of stuff" so is a very nice thing to have here.  Of course, you can see right into the dining room...I like the layout very much. 

 And, another photo of the dining room...remember the dress, the quilt?  And, did you notice the sign above the seems to explain my whole house..."it is what it is."

 A TINY bit of a flower arrangement in an old cream pitcher, along with a poem I love.
You can probably enlarge to read it, but I'll write it out for you here anyway:


"She scanned the table with keen old eyes
There was the brown fried chicken
The creamy custard pies
The cool bright green of pickles
And the ruby glow of jel.
Then she hastened to the cellar 
Before she rang the bell.
And, brought the golden butter
With its drops of frosty dew
Chilled and sweet and delicate
In a deep bowl of old blue."

by Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey

I thank my friend, Kay, in Mountain View, every time I read this poem, as she gave it to me tied in a blue ribbon long ago.

 The sign isn't lit says "OLD QUILTS."  Indeed!  A few odd flowers from the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern, here at my ironing board.  They came to me via someone's collection of quilt scraps I was given a few years ago.  (Only a quilter would appreciate an iron and some vintage quilt pieces.)

 I recently moved my sofa so it's in the room diagonally.  It has given me room for a work area behind the sofa and yet keeps the resulting 'mess' out of sight from visitors.  Unless they want to see that stuff, of course.

This photo was taken at my new little work area behind the sofa.  It's by the window, which makes it nice.  This morning, I decided the space needed a little flower arrangement of it's own....along with a sweet card and a project I am working on.  More on that project this coming week sometime.

 I don't remember where this card came from but I do love it:

Kind Hearts,
Like Garden Flowers, 
Grace and Beauty
to our World.

 Have a wonderful Labor Day celebration!

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio
Right in My Backyard

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.