Thursday, December 3, 2009

Love Warms Every Nest...Show and Tell Friday/Happy Pink Saturday!!

Hello, my sweet friends! Thank you so much for coming by for a visit today! I have noticed that I love to decorate my home with things from nature: birds, bird nests, bird houses, chicks, eggs and bunnies. I think this is because I am a nature lover and gardener. I especially wanted to show you my new shelf, "Love Warms Every Nest". It was painted by Ruth Ann Sebestia, an artist on E-bay. I love all of her work and think she is a very wonderful artist. I have placed some vintage bottles on the shelf and above the shelf, I have displayed some of my vintage plates. The first picture is a pretty painting by Christie Repasy. I love to "fluff" my nest with her paintings.

Beverly from "How Sweet the Sound" asked us to share a favorite holiday memory for "Pink Saturday". A Christmas memory that I have is from my childhood. I grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. My dad was a potash miner who worked for the Potash Company of America. Potash is a mineral used in making fertilizer and for explosives. Every Christmas the Potash Company of America would host a Christmas party for the miner's children. We would be invited to the local theater and be treated to a movie and cartoons. The movie was usually a western with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. After the movie, we would see several favorite cartoons such as Donald Duck, the Chipmunks, Tom and Jerry, and Mickey Mouse. When the movie and cartoons were over, Santa would be waiting at the door to greet us as we were leaving. He would always hand us a large Christmas stocking filled with candy, nuts, fruit, games, and other treats. This was a highlight of the Christmas season for all of us children. I would have so much fun when I got home looking at all the things I had received in my stocking and eating the Christmas candy, nuts and fruit. It is these kind of memories that make Christmas such a magical time of the year.
I am participating in "Pink Saturday" so graciously hosted each week by Beverly from "How Sweet the Sound". Please visit Beverly and all the "Pink Saturday" participants by going here:
I am also participating in "Show and Tell Friday" so graciously hosted each week by Cindy from "My Romantic Home". Please visit Cindy and all the "Show and Tell Friday" participants by going here:
I hope you have had a beautiful week and are looking forward to Christmas and a visit from St. Nick. May God bless and keep you!


Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love your shelf and those plates are to die for!!! How lovely!!

I enjoyed reading your story- I grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Not potash mines there- just the air base


Julie Harward said...

I love everything on this post..aren't we grateful for childhood memories, they are so dear! I saw Roy Rogers and Dale Evans once in our small town rodeo, it was so great! Enjoy this wonderful month! Come say hi :D

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

Hello Vicki,

I would like to commend you on your blog and posts. This one and all your posts show first and foremost you take time and put effort into composing them. They are well put together, easy on the eye, interesting, and a pure delight and joy to read.

I have taken the liberty of adding it to my "Blogs I Follow" on my blog's sidebar.


Jeanne Selep said...

I love the dishes and the pictures.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your new shelf is so beautiful. I absolutely love it. The vintage bottles are so pretty on top of that lovely shelf. Great Christmas memory too. We took family vacations every year and one time spent a couple of weeks in New Mexico and Colorado. We hiked everywhere. I didn't appreciate it then but I certainly do now as I love to walk. Wishing you a blessed day and wonderful weekend. :)Tammy

Sares said...

It sounds like you have wonderful Christmas memories of those parties! I think Christmas is so magical for children. They have none of the worries that come with it.

Love your little shelf, the painting on it is beautiful! Happy Pink Vicki!

Gracie said...

Your decorations looks really lovely, I like them!
Gracie at

Marilyn said...

Your shelf is absolutly beautiful!! I am drooling over the plates!!!!!!
Great Post....
Happy Holidays!

Hootin' Anni said...

So rich, Springlike!!! As I sit here in the freezing cold. This warmed my heart.

Come see what I did with my blue cobalt glass candle holder I found at the antique store...


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your cottage treasures are beautiful and endearing! And I loved your Christmas memory! I'll be posting my Christmas Memories for Pink Saturday a little later today on both of my blogs A Vintage Cottage Home and Charming Vintage Recipes! Loved your post! Hugs, Coralie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... this is my very favorite post of yours! You know me and Nature... your new shelf is just precious! I love all the little birds and critters you have everywhere... your childhood memories are so sweet, I miss those simpler, gentler times... it was such a special treat to receive fruit and nuts in our stockings then too... we never got them year round, that made it even more special... and those old cartoons... well, they just don't make them like that anymore either... thanks for sharing your precious memories... xoxo Julie Marie

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Vicki, your display is so gorgeous. I love the shelf and the birds and plates make everything look so elegant.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Holly- Girls At Heart said...

What a sweet painting on that shelf! Sweet Christmas memory too, Vicki! ♥

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Vicki, it is lovely! I love all of your beautiful things, and this is no exception. What sweet memories everywhere. I love the postcard as well. I have a collection of my grandmother's postcards that all pre-date 1924. That one is just adorable. I love the sweet children. But I love all of your other pretties, too. There is nothing like antique china. It is wonderful!

Happy Pink Saturday(mine will be up later)!


Sheila :-)

Connie said...

Okay, ya got me gasping, sugar!!! Just gorgeous.


What a wonderful Christmas memory! It sounds magical for children. Also love your pinks. that shelf is darling. Have a blessed day!

Becky from Tennessee said...

Hi! I am visiting from Cindy's My Romantic
Home and will be back. Your blog is so
pretty. Please tell me how you found the
ebay artist Ruth Ann Sebestia. I went to
ebay but didn't know how to search for her.
Thanks so much! Becky

Blue Creek Home said...

All of your pretty things are so calming. I am zipping around cyberspace like a maniac and I came here and I took a deep breath and looked around slowly. Thanks for the much needed break.

Everything is delicious!

Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
I love your sweet little cottage. There is just sweetness everywhere your look. I was eyeing your is gorgeous and it looks perfect with all the little bottles and pretty plates above it. Love it... And thank you for sharing your Christmas memory. I think I love Christmas so much because of all my wonderful childhood Christmas memories. Have a wonderful and merry weekend. Oh! Before I guessed it...I did make the little snowman. Isn't he cute. I ♥ snowmen.

Much love to you,

June said...

Hi Vicki,
Do you know how much I love coming over here and being so graciously invited in to your beautiful homw? Such a delight for me. I adore how you fluff your nest and that shelf is so amazing. I do love that Christie Repasy painting. I love all of her art and someday I will definitely own one of her pieces.
I loved reading your memories of Christmases when you were a child. In my minds eye I can see you all sitting around Santa to get your little stockings.

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

VICKI!! I think we are long lost sisters!! I decorate with the same things! I love nature and especially spring. I have to have bunnies and birds around me at all times or I get depressed. I dont like winter so I try to keep an eternal spring indoors. I love your new shelf!!! Gorgeous and that artist is so talented! I love Christie Repasy too! She is amazing!
Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend!

Pauline said...

Dear Vicki, it's so good to see you posting again...I was beginning to wonder where you were :o) Thank you for sharing these lovlies with us. I so enjoy visiting you. God bless you and have a great weekend.


Elyse said...

hi amy!

how pretty everything looks. love your altered bottles, too.

your christmas memory is so cool! how fun that blogging connects us all and we get to learn about each other and different parts of the country ... and world!

happy pink saturday eve!


Maria said...

Hi Vicki!
Your post tonight made me very nostalgic... (funny, my students asked me about that word today :) When I was little the VFW used to put on a very similar Christmas party. What fun we had.
Such a simple time, wasn't it?!
The smallest treats would bring the biggest smiles.
Your blog always puts a big smile on my face.
The sweet things that surround you make the sun shine on all of us~
Thank you for spreading J*O*Y
Blessings * Always ~Maria

maría cecilia said...

Vicki, I simply LOVE your new shelf with the lovely inscription on it, and love all the items you show in this post... your home is a never ending box of surprises!!!
maria cecilia

LDH said...

Hi Vicki!

I love pretty plates and birds and you have some really sweet ones. I was happy to see the little pair of tan and white birds. I had a set just like them for ages that I always loved. A few months ago I had a young family over and the little guy clapped them together causing one to chip and the other completely smashed. Oh, well, maybe I'll find another pair someday.

Sweet Christmas memory about the company Christmas party and the filled stockings :)
Really nice visiting with you!
Kindly, ldh

someplace in thyme said...

Vicki, I can't tell you how much it warms my heart to read your story. Beverly had a great idea when she came up with this. I love it that the company did something for all the children, that is how America used to be and I wish it were like that still, what happened and where did all the caring and love for one another go. Your story is so perfect and thankyou so much for sharing it with us, Char

alittlefrenchloven said...

Hi Vicky, what a beautiful set of plates! I don't have anything pink in my house, other than my daughters room, but these are beautiful. Thanks for visiting my bloggie! Have a wonderful night!

Elena@EPtreasures said...

This post is filled with so many gorgeous things.... as usual :) The vintage pic is lovely too. Thank you for sharing your story. It's so nice to read about people's childhood memories.

Happy pink satuday VickI - have a wonderful week.

ciao for now,
Elena :)
PS: I have my first Christmas giveaway on my blog :)

. said...

Such beautiful things. A delight to our eyes.

♥Mimi♥ said...

On this first Saturday of December ♥Jappy Pink Saturday♥. I was away for a while and sure missed running around the blogs arnd seeing all of the goodies everyone was sharing.

Thanks for the memory...

It was a blessing for you to make my morning so much fun. Hoping that you and those you care about spend a wonderful weekend making memories that will last a lifetime☺

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hi's another 'Small World' thingy! Yep, been to Carlsbad and passed by the Potash Mines out on the Jal Highway many, many times! Enjoyed your Christmas memory story so much and all your beautiful china and 'Nesting' shelf. Hope you can drop in and see the Snow in Texas....Sue

Ginger said...

Love all the birdies, they are my favorite too. Thanks for bringing back some more of my childhood memories, aren't they special? Thanks for coming by to say hi.


Claudia said...

What a wonderful memory, Vicki! That must have been so magical for you. I love all your beautiful things - the plates and the shelf are wonderful. I have a Christie Repasy painting that is very similar to yours and I love it. I am partial to anything with birds!

Happy Pink Saturday!


koralee said...

Every thing is lovely at your home today my friend...I love your memories!

sissie said...

I came over to visit from Beverly's and I believe I'm going to stay awhile. I signed up to follow you too.
I love your shelf and plates and all your other charming cottage decorations.
Please stop by and see me too, I'd love to get to know you better.
Now excuse me while I go snoop around your blog.

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Vicki!
What a gorgeous shelf...and she IS an amazing artist too. Love your display and plates as well. Enjoy your pix and even the victorian images too!
Happy Pink...Lorena

She'sSewPretty said...

What a sweet memory and what pretty things you've shared today. I love that little chocolate cake with the bird on top!

Betzie said...

Wonderful photos of gorgeous things that are so warm and inviting! I would love your home!!!
That shelf is just beautiful!
Have a great weekend! HPS!

Betzie said...

Me again, would you mind sharing that artist's ebay ID with me? I would love to buy something from her, just love her work. Thanks so much!!betzie

Mollye said...

That was a fun and beautiful post. Times they've sure changed!!! Happy Pink Saturday, Mollye

Fairy Footprints said...

Vickie oh my gosh the mantle and the plate is darling, simply breathtaking, I love all the designs, but that is my favorite.

Have a wonderful weekend.



Elena@EPtreasures said...

Hi Vicki - just popping back to say Thank you for entering my Christmas giveaway - all the best with it!

Elena :)

Atelier de Charo said...

Your new shelf is so pretty. Love the blue birdhouse!!!

Mary said...

Thanks so much for sharing that lovely Christmas memory with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day and are looking forward to the holidays to come.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Hello Vickie,

I love your sign and what it says. Very much agree on it too :-) And I think you collect such sweet things. As always, I' amazed by blue eggs (real or not), just cause I haven't sen a real one LOL.

I enjoyed readin g your story too :-) I really think this was a wonderful them Miss Beverly came up with. SOmewhere, inside our memory chest, t here is always that something that just pops. I think it's very sweet that you and all the kids were treated that special occassion. And then to receive your very own Christmas stocking filled with treats is pure heaven in children's eyes - I'm pretty sure in yours too :-)


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Vicki!! WHere do I start? You know how much I always love your china plates! Wow, those decorated bottles and that beautiful hp shelf are just perfect for the sweet vignette you've created. You have THE PRETTIEST home, so soft and sweet always!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents