Nesting Instincts


I’ve been feathering my nest twig-by-twig lately. . .

. . . tidying, sorting, consigning, donating~

 There always seems to be nesting going on around me. . .

 I’m long past due taking stock. . .

. . . cleaning out & preparing for Fall with October’s arrival around the corner~

I thought I would follow the birds’ lead and bring my nesting instincts to the table this week ~

And since birds of a feather flock together~ I decided these teapots & pitcher should come home to roost with my set of four fledgling plates~

  Gracie China Victorian Bird tea pots along with a pitcher, took flight from TJ Maxx to follow me home~

Filled with an assortment of white blooms serving as vases~ for a flower-filled habitat for my table.

I used my fledgling dishes on a table here, back in January.

On a lark, browsing tablescapes on Pinterest, I discovered that a photo from that post migrated to a blog on tumblr and was then reblogged by tumblr bloggers over & over :(

I noted on the photo on Pinterest that I was the original source and emailed tumblr about copyright violation sending a link to my post.  I received a reply within 30 minutes that the media file had been removed.

I’ll be watermarking my photos now and pinning with more interest & an eagle eye in the future :)

Have you made an interesting or disturbing discovery on Pinterest?

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Birds in Flight~ sprinkled with sanding sugar~

Perched on a soft landing of lemon curd, berries & whipped cream~

Nesting Table Twig-by-Twig Details:

Nesting Pillow/ Pottery Barn

Bird Plates-Gracie China, Napkins & Napkin Rings/HomeGoods

 Gracie China Victorian Bird Tea Pots & Pitcher/ TJ Maxx

Dishes/ Oneida Westerly Basket

Chargers/ Pier 1

Tablecloth- Quilt

Flatware/ Horchow

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

  56 comments for “Nesting Instincts

  1. September 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    The very natural and simple balance of one primary color with nature as it’s accent is stunning in this set of photo’s … happy creating.

    Katie from

  2. September 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Mary, when are you going to do a book! This is gorgeous! I love the white!

  3. September 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Hi Mary,
    I love your nesting theme for this tablescape, all the way down to those adorable puff pastry birds! The use of the white makes all the other elements really shine. The photos of your birdhouses are outstanding, as usual.

  4. September 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    good morning from sea dream, i am typing in the pitch black on an ipad, wish me luck! i am so happy tumblr corrected the theft, i know how disturbing that can be, and i can easily see how others steal your photos to feather their own nests~ i noticed on a food blog that they had the hall of shame tab, i clicked through to see the stolen international photos they had found… to no avail no one was correcting them, they used them for business pics in restaurants, for ADVERTISEMENTS, it was endless. another sad note was she had watermarked her pics, these companies had just put banners over them using THEIR logos… makes me ill really, i have so much theft from foreign countries, i mean they harvest pics for hours at a time taking almost everything i share. it just not right … but as someone who umm “borrows” a gazillion of your pics i get the temptation. birds of a feather do flock together and i love all you do!

    ok back to the birds :) i love white, outdoors, birds and dessert… so i guess that means i adore MORE OF YOUR WORK! its always so joyful here, honestly when i saw your fresh post i just new i was going to have an extra special start to my day. of course you know the ipad allows me to drink in all your beauty to the tiniest of details. fun fun FUN!

    please excuse the typos, you know how words get readjusted and i am not sharp enough to fix them!

  5. September 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Mary, one of these days I’m going to shownup at your house to see if you are for real. When I think I’ve seen your best you turn up with something even better! I haven’t quite got the Pinterest thing figured out. I have pinned a couple of your things to my boards and hope there was no problem.

  6. September 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Stunning. I am in awe of the teapots.. what delicious creatures. As are the little bird dishes. Wow. The twig placemats just pull it all together. So wonderful. xo marlis

  7. September 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    So beautiful and inspiring as usual! I really love your Birds in Flight puff pastry! Happy Day!

  8. September 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about the copyright violation. I’m glad you caught it. I so wish we were neighbors! Keep up the great work. (When does your book come out?!?)

  9. afoodie
    September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I would never have to worry about my photos being stolen because I can’t photograph worth diddlysquat, but yours are “professional quality” and I can see the temptation. However, their lack of integrity is what bugs the “shit” out of me! I see I’ve got a fan club started for your “book”! And rightly so, you have one of the best blogs out there, Mary. I look forward to your posts in my email with anticipation.

  10. September 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    You’ve scored another hit! the white on white theme is stunning in its deceiving simplicity….deceiving because it is not easy to do a monochromatic theme and yet, you achieve it with seemingly, very little effort…!

    I was not familiar with Pinterest. Interesting site, although I can’t quite make heads or tails of it yet….

    A friend of mine found one of my food photos in another blog and let me know so I could contact them. The ‘borrower’ used the excuse that they could not find the original source…yet, it had been found at my own Gather site with my name on it. Eventually they deleted my photo and used someone else’s….I hope they asked permission, because they did not give credit to that other source!

  11. Clare
    September 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Tweet Tweet! xxoo

  12. Stella Boatman
    September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    You posted a lovely tablescape today. I love the white bird dishes and teapot . Wish I had those stores close to me!

  13. September 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Mary, love every detail of this, but then I always do. I smiled when I saw this one. Will explain later. ~ Sarah

  14. September 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Mary, Mary, Mary…..shaking my head. What to do? What to do? This is beautiful!!! I am so in love with the dishes that I can’t see straight. I don’t remember seeing them back in January, so I am going to revisit that post. I am just head over heels and back again with those dishes!!! The monochromatic look of the table is beautiful! Like Linda and the foodiesleuth lady, I haven’t figured out how to use Pinterest, either, so I haven’t browsed through it. When I first started my blog, however, I noticed that one particular site kept showing up on my “Incoming Links” thingy. I went over to her blog and found that she makes pamphlets and videos. You had to become a member or something to view everything, so I never saw for sure what was going on. I started watermarking my photos, though, and I haven’t seen her back since! It’s a shame that we have to do that, but it’s like paying for an elaborate alarm system to keep bad guys out. The good guys are always the ones who pay! And I saw where OnceInABlueMoon wrote that international theft was shameless with them just putting their own banner over the top of the watermark. Crazy!!! You would think a watermark would be as such that no matter what you do it still would come through! These pirates really get my goat! We do all the work and get none of the credit…pitiful! Just pitiful…and criminal!!!

  15. September 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I am in love with your white dishes. I would so love to be able to see your nestling birds.Would love to sit at your table for lunch maybe.

  16. September 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Oh Mary, This is jaw dropping gorgeous! I just love what you created here. Its so sweet with the twig theme and white. Your china with the birds, oh my goodness, its beautiful and the tea set of flowers.Your tablescape is breathtaking. The desert I know must be delicious and its also a work of art. Just so pretty on the colorful berries. I love all the nesting photos of the birdies and your nesting pillow. I think you are so creative in all you do.
    I’m just getting to know my way around at Pinterest so I will keep an eye out. I do know I’ve seen my photos all over the internet, why anyone would want them besides me I don’t know but they’re out there. I did have someone copy all I was writing on ebay, word for word. I do understand how you feel.
    Happy Fall……….

    The French Hutch

  17. September 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Your nesting table is so special for fall. The whites in your table add such elegance to the rustic twigs and nests. I am in love with the Pepperidge Farm pastries – you may not believe this, but there is a Pepperidge Farm “Plant” (really a gigantic bakery) just down the road from me, how did I miss these! You have opened my eyes and I am on the hunt!

  18. September 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Mary, this is simply breathtaking…the starkness of the white against the brown with a little green…love it! Thanks for sharing.

  19. September 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The table is beautiful.

    Birdies are so cute, loved all your settings and dishes.

    Wonderfully done.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  20. September 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    OMG… I mean, another OMG!!! §:-)

    If you visit me in Sweden, you know the reason, I fainted when seeing your unbeatable dishes.

    I adore white deadly and seeing your set? I would die for them, truely. Ha ha… I will browse if I can purchase from the net. Or if not, I will be devastated.

    MAGNIFIQUE… indeed. TY a mill for sharing your treasures.

  21. September 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I was so frustrated! I tried making a comment on my ipad, but had to wait to get home to make it on the laptop! This is wonderful. I just love white. I think your birdware is just fabulous. Everything is always perfect where the boat is!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. September 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What a pretty white and twiggery table — love the birds and that dessert looks pretty darn wonderful too!

  23. September 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Mary! Wow, this ‘Feather your Nest’ table is very beautiful. It is serene, and as always, you really have a knack for pulling all the elements together in a great way. I noticed last week we had similar tables, and yours was stunning! I should do an ’empty-nesters’ table! I, like some of your other readers, do not know much about Pinterest, and I wouldn’t have a clue if anyone was using my photos, so great catch! Your photos are all so beautiful, but that’s just wrong!! Back to the white look, not only do you have great ideas, but your dialogue, so to speak, is just entertaining. Not to mention your food items!! I do enjoy your posts!! Thanks!!

  24. September 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I totally love looking at your blog Mary! It cheers me right up every single time I am here!! I am also having trouble commenting on my ipad so I just selected standard site and it will now allow me to comment!

    I am very sorry to hear that you have had problems with copyright…it is just a shame!

    Hope all is well!!

  25. September 30, 2011 at 12:21 am

    This is such a lovely and elegant looking table! I just love the flowers you chose to go with everything! The tableware itself is gorgeous too! And that dessert looks absolutely amazing :) This is absolute perfection!

    Sorry to hear about the copyright issue with your photos :(

  26. Pondside
    September 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I would be so happy to nest at that table for an hour or so, especially with the lovely dessert on offer!
    I have, thus far, resisted Pinterest. I have enough trouble getting everything done! It’s terrible that your photos were used without permission or credit. I’ve even heard of written posts being stolen – very bad form.

  27. September 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Effective use of textures and white-on-white elements. The fledgling plates are quite special, and the teapots are delightful. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

  28. October 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I keep waiting for you to do something that makes me say, “Ho hum,” but I just know that is never going to happen. You have another winner here, Mary. Honestly I stalked that pillow at Pottery Barn for about a month before passing it up since I have absolutely no place to put it (this hasn’t stopped me before, mind you, but I also have no place to store it and that was what ultimately made my decision). I was so glad to see it so beautifully displayed here where I can occasionally come back and visit. I love the teapots — the one with the warmer in particular — and those puff pastry birds. Do you have a cutter like that or did you freehand them? Beautiful!

    Watermarking photos is a good tip when dealing with Pinterest. I started doing that as well. I was surprised at how many of my blog photos had been pinned. Not only does watermarking give you copyright protection, but it also gives people an idea as to where to head to look for the recipe, instructions, or more information. So many times I’ve found photos on Pinterest and would like to learn more, but they’ve been pinned and re-pinned, and there’s no clue as to the origin.

    I must confess that I am so in love with your work that I’ve pinned quite a few of yours.

  29. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Those white dahlias are spectacular Mary! Love the great chargers and beautiful napkins too! Your photos are always amazing, glad you’re watermarking them:@)

  30. October 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love the white and freshness of your table..I covet that teapot!! LOL..Wonderful tablescape!!

    Miss Bloomers

  31. October 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Such a pretty post with all the white and your pretty birdies. Wonderful!

  32. FABBY
    October 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    OMG! This china and tablescape is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen lately! I covet the white teapot with the birdie and the white pitcher! Everything is totally wonderful. Happy Sunday and see you soon at Seasonal Sunday. Lots of hugs, FABBY

  33. October 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Great table! Love the plates with the birds on them.So happy to have your table be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  34. October 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Hi Mary,
    This is just gorgeous! I am with Pat! You should do a waterside entertaining book! I love the bird theme! The bird puff pastry is fabulous! Just a treat to visit as always! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  35. October 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Wonderful as usual. So elegant. A+++

  36. October 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Well, Mary, I’ve read every comment–can you believe it? I wanted to see what others had to say about this BEAUTIFUL setting, and it’s all been said. Maybe no one said that they “covet” those birdie pieces, but I do! They are so beautiful! And what you did with this setting is beyond words. I’m sorry about Pinterest. Maybe you can tell us how you’re watermarking–the way I know how to do it is pretty tedious, so I haven’t taken the time. Cookbook?! Oh, I’d love to see that! Thanks, Mary.

  37. October 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    YOur delicate and artful hand takes my breath away! Yes, when are you doing a book?
    The dinnerware is gorgeous. I love white. But what really pulls this beautiful table together are the floral patterned napkins. Wonderful, Mary!
    Thanks for sharing your table and puffed pastry treats at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  38. October 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Oh this is so pretty. I totally love this tablescape. Your dishes with all the basketweave pattern and the birds are just exquisite. I love them and you’ve used them with such beautiful accessories. I always love to see your area outside, such a beautiful spot. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  39. October 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Such a beautiful table!


  40. October 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Your table is exquisite as is your setting. I love the nesting them and how you tied each detail in with it. Thank you for sharing.

  41. October 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Your table is gorgeous….and your pictures are stunning!!

  42. October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Absolutely stunning ~ love every bit of it!

    Susan and Bentley

  43. Pat @ The Best Moments
    October 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    So crisp and clean looking! Loving your white bouquets too. Chargers add just the right touch of color, too.

  44. Sheryl
    October 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

    You have put together such a beautifully crisp table setting. I love how you kept to the nesting theme — from the chargers to the cute puff pastries! Your little fledgling plates are the perfect addition — so pretty!

  45. October 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Mary, I was away last week so missed this:( Another stunning table! The simplicity is wonderful and the napkins and rings are exquisite on the white! LOVE the teapots and pitcher. My HG is not as good as yours evidently:):) The pastries and berries are calling my name! XO, Pinky

  46. October 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Do you know where I can go to research HOW to watermark my pictures????? XO, Pinky

  47. October 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Your table is gorgeous, Mary! The winter tablescape with those dishes was the first time I remember seeing one of your lovely tables!! Your dessert is stunning!

  48. October 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful table setting, beautifully photographed. Those puff pastry birds and fruit look divine.

  49. October 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Love the pastry birds

  50. January 7, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Fabulous blog and a beautiful spread. I was hoping to get permission to use some of your pictures on my blog. Thanks in advance!

  51. Geri
    March 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Everything looks awesome, as usual!! Gotta know tho…where are the gardening gloves from?? LOVE them……….

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