WHERE is Spring???

Ready for Spring!

I am SO ready for spring sunshine!  We had a couple of sunny ‘teaser days’ in January, and a gorgeous sunny and warm weekend last weekend . . . . the rest of the time . . .  rain . . . and MORE rain!  sigh.  Spring.  Spring.  Where art thou?

Although we haven’t had much in the way of spring weather thus far, I have been diligently working on new spring inventory; for my booth at Stars and the upcoming “Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar” in April.

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on.

I’m really liking neutral tones this year.  And big jars of stuff.  Dried hydrangea, dried white pepper berries, assorted dried botanicals and assorted shells.


Jars of spools and balls of yarns and BIG vintage spools of neutral color yarns.

And nests with eggs . . . . this set of three eggs with wood base and cloche top will be sold as a set.

Natural moss, bark and twigs (from my yard!) in a vintage apothecary jar with a little nest.

Big mercantile jar with lid and three nests; being sold as a set.


It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but this jar also has three nests in it, each facing a different direction in the jar; moss on top of all the nests.

Small vintage bell jars with moss, nests, eggs and twigs.

Another ‘beach scape’ jar.  This jar is an old fish bowl.  This lid was from a big 2 gallon glass jar that I BROKE at my last show.  I decided to hang on to the lid, ‘just in case’ I came across another such jar when I’m out thrifting that was missing a lid.  Turned out, it fit this fish bowl perfectly.  The little sand castle was just a white plaster one that I covered with sand.

Just nests.  To give them a little ‘oomph’, I glued them to a big piece of bark.  Tied a little ‘nest’ tag onto some of them; added feathers to some.

More ‘just nests’.  These with super tiny speckled eggs.   See the comparison photo with the nest on bark for egg size.


Assorted vintage containers with various eggs and nests.  The eggs in the tallest jar are ‘chicken egg’ size.

More of what I call the ‘mercantile’ jars; this time with bigger nests and ‘chicken’ size eggs in them; ‘nest’ tags and vintage keys tied to the lids.

Finally ran out of nests and had to start just using the assorted mosses and excelsior that I had on hand for fluff.


Assorted vintage jars with moss and eggs.  I GLUED the eggs to the moss to prevent then from ‘disappearing’.

Using up whatever containers I happen to have on hand for the eggs and nests.  These metal candle stands were perfect ‘little nest’ size!  The darker nest is a ‘purchased pre-made’ nest; the other, a hand-made moss one.

I don’t remember where I got these cute little canning style jars, but they were perfect for a tuft of moss and three little eggs.


LOVE these little apothecary style jars.  They are TINY.   Barely big enough for 2 of the tiny eggs.

I don’t even know what the original use for these metal tins is?!?!  I used to always use them for grubby primitive candles and ‘fixins’.  had a few leftover from my primitive days and decided to put nests in them.  These pictures show a good size comparison of the small vs. chicken size eggs.


For those whom already have containers or cloches and just want to buy the nest, I did a few even without the added bark.  The larger white eggs in this picture are plastic eggs that came in the nests when i bought them.  The other eggs are ‘styrofoamish’ stuff that I hand painted.   All eggs are glued in place.

Close-ups of eggs.

I had a LOT of eggs to use up!  I had saved these glass baby food jars from buying baby food meat to make dog biscuits for my grand-puppy.  Spray painted the lids and printed up little ‘specimen #’ tags to glue onto the jars.  Placed one tiny egg and a pinch of moss in each one.

Will be taking some of this to Stars tomorrow.  MORE to Stars next week . . .  along with a BIG SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.  And the rest to the spring show April 23rd.


Is it spring yet?!?!?

Been getting LOTS of spring things ready to go to Stars!

2.16.12 stars projects 001Batch of vintage apothecary jars.  You can tell the ones that are older because the inside rim of the topper is frosted glass.

2.16.12 stars projects 008This was one of the birds with the wire feet; except the feet broke off on this one.  So I put it in a nest!

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2.16.12 stars projects 009BIG vintage tin cup filled with paper shred and eggs.  (those are ‘real’ sized eggs).

2.16.12 stars projects 010I didn’t have any ‘grass’ to use so I just used my custom paper shred mix.  Since the cup is turquoise, it worked just fine.

2.16.12 stars projects 011Nest with eggs in apothecary jar.

2.16.12 stars projects 014The lid to this crock broke, so I couldn’t sell it as a crock anymore.  Just filled it with moss and added a bird and some tiny eggs. (made these eggs using Fimo clay)

2.16.12 stars projects 017Little tin watering can had a weird logo on the front, so I covered that with some tea stained paper.

2.16.12 stars projects 022Vintage cherub wall sconce nest.

2.12.13 etsy projects 034I had lots of eggs left over from last year to use up, so I didn’t need to buy any this year!  Pulled out my stash of jars that I collect year round and a bag of moss and started filling!

2.12.13 etsy projects 035A single egg on a bed of moss in a small jar.

2.12.13 etsy projects 036Covered pedestal bowl was just the right size for one of the nests.  Just added a bit of moss in the bottom.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 038Little bell jars with moss and one egg.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 040Bigger jars filled with nests.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 042Short squatty jars were too small for the nests, but had room for three eggs and moss.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 044Slightly bigger jars, but still to narrow for the nests; so again, just moss and eggs.

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2.12.13 etsy projects 047I had more of the cream colored eggs left, so I filled this coordinated set with them.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 032Vintage repro bird post cards that I framed.  This set went to my etsy shop and has already sold.

2.5.12 signs finds etsy 039The rest of them, in these weathered wood frames will be going to Stars.

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And now I just have to price and pack them all up to take to Stars!

Have you started on your spring/Easter decorating yet?  Easter is EARLY this year, March 31st!

New things stocked at Stars Antique Mall in Portland

Latest pictures from my space at Stars.

Wee bit of Paris.

Beachy blues.


Robin’s eggs.

Little nests with 3 speckled eggs.

Hand formed nest with medium-sized egg.

Nest grass with quail egg and feather.

Assorted birds display.

Vintage shabby urn with nest and egg.

Little glass cloche with bird on top and nest inside.

Vintage black cast iron lamp with sheet music covered shade.


Another old lamp with sheet music shade.

Welcome lamp size sheet music shade.

Yep, lots of lamps!

Shabby chic lamp with fringed shade.

Vintage tea stained lamp shade.

Grubby weathered finial. 

(how to make these coming in my next e-book!)

Wire tabletop tree with Easter decor.  And if you already have your own little tree, there’s a bag of just the decorations available.

Easter baskets.

Nests and eggs in little apothecary jars;  framed bird collage; shabby bird on pedestal.