Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nesting Time...



It's the time of year when thoughts turn to the holiday season. A time for "feathering your nest", getting the house spruced up, inviting and cozy for family and friends.
Today was the first day we have been able to walk upstairs and not get hit by a blast of hot air.
Ahhhh, it feels so good.
This is also the time of year I start making nests.
My family lived in Germany for several years when I was a child. There is a German saying that if you find a birds nest in your Christmas tree your family will have health, wealth and happiness in the coming year.
Making nests has been a tradition of ours for many, many years ... (no, I will NOT tell you how many :) :) :) ) I make a number of small decorated nests at a reasonable price that people love to give as gifts and I have customers that come every year to see what the years nest will be. Then I make a few larger, special nests. Here are three of the larger ones in progress. The first pink nest will have more feathers added and I am still "pondering" what else to add. The gold nest is made of vintage buttons, vintage jewelry, lace and swarovski crystals. The red/burgundy nest also has vintage buttons, vintage tatting and berries...more berries will be added for sure. Each nest comes with a poem about the German legend.
Making the nests is a lot of fun and it could be a wonderful tradition for you to start with your family. Wouldn't it be fun to let each child add something to the nest? ... or if you used a button or scrap of fabric from a favorite shirt or dress they've grown out of? Each year you could make a new one and add something from the last year. Soon you will have a tree full of "nesting" memories.
If you don't celebrate Christmas you could start a nest wreath to hang on the door or over a fireplace.
My wish for you: A cozy home and lots of warm memories.

17 comments:

Dianne said...

Francie, I love these nests! They are so pretty and I've just always had a thing for nests. I hope one day to paint a birds nest on a sweet little chair I salvaged just for that purpose. I also love the idea of creating a nest with my children. My son loves feathers, so this would be a good way to use the ones he finds. THANKS!!

Cathy said...

Francie, I love your nests. They are so cute. Thank you for sharing. I have a few in my head I'm going to make one of these days! Of course they will be pink. Hmmm, maybe I'll start one tomorrow and see where it takes me.
xoxo Cathy

Debbie said...

Hi Francie....your nests are beautiful! I always wondered why there were nests in the Christmas ornament aisle and now I know....what a nice tradition...thanks for sharing it with us!

Pink hugs,
Debbie

Cottage Collections said...

How pretty and what a fun tradition. I love hearing about everyone's traditions.
Thanks for sharing with us Francie.
xxoo
MB

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Love your designs! October 1st? that reminds me...

Scrappy Moments said...

Francie, so pretty! We have a Nest In Our Tree every Chrsitmas, along with a German Spider and The German Pickle :)


Angie

Sweet Remembrance said...

Francie...Love the nests! So very pretty...
Priscilla

Vallen said...

Truly the most beautiful and unique things I've seen in a long time.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Francie,

This is such a sweet tradition, isn't it? We always make nests, once in fall, once in spring, sometimes for Christmas.

My best friend growing up was German, and her Mom made nests for all of us. Yours are so sweet.
Lidy

OldBagNewTricks said...

These are so elegant -- they remind me of the ones our German landlady made. Breathtaking. And thanks for the memory.

Jenny

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Francine, Love your post on the nest. I have always put a bird's nest in our Christmas trees...usually, one that I found outside on the ground and I have one in the grapevines in my kitchen. I absolutely love the ones you have made. Thank you for the inspiration for my next post. Now come on up for supper. We've having collared greens. (grin) ~ Lynn

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Francie, I forgot to ask. Will you be selling these on your website?

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Hi Lynn....yes, I'll be putting them on the web site along with some others too. Thanks for asking.
Francie

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Francie..I found your blog via The Vintage Nest....I have a lil collection of bird's nests as well. I really enjoyed your beautiful blog and I will come back often!
Blessings,
Robin

Trisha said...

Francie, you nests are so very pretty.

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

Awww..these are fab! So very pretty.
Alexandra

Whimsy Pink said...

Hi francie~ Those are adorable!