Friday, May 19, 2023

Birds in the Late Spring Holiday Cupboard

May has always been Bird Month for me. Around here we have nest building, new babies, and new faces at the feeders. I've collected a bit of bird themed vintage items during my time as a vintage market dealer, picking up figurines, tins, illustrations and ephemera during the years. It's a perfect themed match for my other favorite vintage theme which is old garden goods.

I love using that theme for vignettes and centerpieces this time of the year. Of course nests are also a fun theme along with the birds for seed boxes and vintage prints. And since I love to create a theme in the Holiday Cupboard in the Garden Room, it's a perfect time and place to mix it up with anything bird related, dishes, pottery, and any spring decor.

In early April I changed out the green transferware dishes for my French Faience Pottery that are covered with spring and summer color. I have a few pieces of the green transferware and Ivy dishes stacked, and a wonderful "Berry Basket" platter/tray from Fitz and Floyd hiding behind the tureen and "Natural History" book.

A small painted white cigar box is holding a vintage print, Enesco figurine, small ironstone pitchers, and a few green transferware dessert plates. Below, another box with old clay pots and teacups. A Lefton "flycatcher" figurine with a discarded finch nest sit out front.

This "May" not be an actual "May" postcard, but I love the charming and quaint English cottage theme, which seems like spring.

Bluebird mini flower vase.

Framed antique flour card in a mini wheelbarrow

Last week I put together a super easy seed packet garland for the Holiday Cupboard.

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn

 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Home Matters at Southern SunflowersGrace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. I love how you rotate for the seasons and spring is always a favorite. You have some lovely birds!

    1. thanks Jeanie, so funny, every season is fun here in the cupboard!

  2. How sweet to have birds inside and you can finally now see them outside too. Your cupboard is always decorated so lovely. All of us are finally seeing some beautiful weather and life coming back. Have a great rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

    1. the warm weather has been wonderful, I just want to sit on the backporch and watch the wildlife!

  3. Love all your beautiful bird inspiration

  4. You have a lovely collection of birds and I so LOVE the little bird figurines, prints, etc. Blessings, d

  5. Debra, your collections are so lovely. I love the bird inspired cupboard. Birds are a joy to watch.

  6. Oh my goodness, I love that vintage bluebird vase, as well as all the vignettes in the cupboard. I was lucky this past week and scored an old, oval framed print of bluebirds at an estate sale. I may foster it a while. 😉It's been such a busy week (mostly in the garden again) that I still have my loot in the car, just pushed it forward so I could get mulch, plants and dirt loaded in the rear end! (and that's why I'm so late catching up with my friends' blog posts!). Have a good Memorial weekend, in case I get lost in the garden again.

  7. Your corner cabinet looks great! Love the bird inspired theme.

  8. Such a pretty bird vignette, Debra!! I love all of your old and chippy terra cotta pots. The theme you chose for your cupboard is perfect for this time of year!!

  9. I recall my grandfather bird watching when I was a little girl, he always seemed so fascinated with what they were doing. At the time, I didn't understand it, but as I have gotten older, I can certainly understand the simplicity of bird watching, and actually enjoy it. I only have a few pieces, but I keep my eye out for new items all of the time. You have some lovely birds in your cupboard Debra.


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