For the Birds~ A Party & Giveaway!


I’m Having a Backyard Party

and Every Bird is Welcome~


In Celebration of my three-year

Blogging Birthday on January 15th!


Millet, Sunflower and Safflower Seed, as

well as Critter Blend is on the menu~DSC_0199-001

To keep those pesky

squirrels occupied~




There is plenty of liquid refreshment and

 swimming and splashing are encouraged~



And since no birthday party

is complete without cake~


I’m serving Birdola Seed Cake

on a Chickadee Cake plate~



This Carolina Chickadee

flew in early for the party :)



Bird Seed Cake Table1


Bird Seed Cake Table2


In celebration of my third blogging birthday/anniversary, I’m giving away a $50 gift card, your choice of Amazon or HomeGoods (also good at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls).

You can buy a beautiful book or feed the birds at Amazon, or Be HomeGoods Happy :) with some new dishes!


For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me your favorite bird you like to see perched at your feeder!


Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.

For a third entry, share this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave an additional comment telling me so and where you’d like your gift card from!

bird seed cake table_1

A winner will be chosen January 23rd!

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Susan at Savoring Time in the Kitchen!

Thanks to everyone who entered!


For the Birds Details:

Backyard Party Cake Kitchen Papers/ gift~ Thank you, Annie :)

White Bird Plates, Pitcher, & Teapot/ Gracie China, Victorian Bird, HomeGoods & T.J.Maxx, used at the table, here.

Chickadee Cake Plate & Mug/ Kate Williams for Global Design Connection, T.J.Maxx, used here.

 Blue Mugs~ Villeroy & Boch, Cordoba/ HomeGoods, used here. Green & Aqua bird mugs~ Matceramica/HomeGoods

Bird Urn~ retail days, used here.

Bird cup & saucer in Urn~ Williamsburg Aviary

Flatware/ Pottery Barn


Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Let’s Dish!~

Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

Table Top Tuesday~

Wow Us Wednesdays~

Tablescape Thursday~

Home Sweet Home~

Feathered Nest Friday~

Be Inspired Friday~

Seasonal Sundays~

  314 comments for “For the Birds~ A Party & Giveaway!

  1. January 9, 2013 at 5:05 am

    My favorite bird to see perched is a Red Bird! They are so beautiful! What a great party! Your blog is amazing!

  2. January 9, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I follow you via email! Happy bloggiversary!

  3. January 9, 2013 at 5:08 am

    If I were to win, I would like the Home Goods GC! Thank you for the chance to win! I shared this giveaway on my Facebook page!!/kesha.gooding/posts/535119789846417

  4. Pamela Christopher
    January 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    A cantankerous white-crowned sparrow. He appeared just 2 months ago and even the bluejays obey him. We watch from the kitchen window as he bosses through flittering about. Love all your posts.

  5. January 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Happy blogiversary! I must say that those are the prettiest bird seed scoops I’ve ever seen. My favorite bird at the feeder was an Indigo Bunting. I only saw him once, but boy was he beautiful!

  6. January 9, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I subscribe by email.

  7. Linda
    January 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

    The two cardinals that have found my yard make my day!
    Congratulations on your anniversary! Your posts are a veritable visual treat. Thank you!

  8. January 9, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I “Like” you on Facebook and just shared this post. I also tweeted it, and I’d like the Amazon gift card.

  9. Barbara Lundquist
    January 9, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I subscribe by email and have gotten so many wonderful ideas from your posts. I, too have a Bichon, so love yours, as well. Of all the birds we see at our feeders and heated bird bath, I guess I’d have to say the little chickadee would be my favorite to watch. TJ Maxx would be a fun gift card.

  10. January 9, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I don’t see them often at my feeder but I like to see the male Indigo Bunting.

  11. January 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I ‘like’ you on facebook.

  12. Donna C
    January 9, 2013 at 5:56 am

    My favorite bird is the male cardinal whom I affectionately call Mr. Lipstick because of his bright orange beak. I absolutely love all the song birds that come to my yard. My other favorites are what I call “the lemon bird” (goldfinch) and of course the robins.

  13. Donna C
    January 9, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I like you on facebook!

  14. Shawn
    January 9, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Our favorites to watch at our Maryland feeder are the woodpeckers. Both the pileated and downy woodpeckers like the suet cakes. Congrats on your blogging anniversary. So glad I subscribe !

  15. Erika
    January 9, 2013 at 6:01 am

    My favorites are the yellow finches. Even in the winter when their yellow has faded. They are still a bright spot in the sometimes dreary winter landscape.

  16. Shawn
    January 9, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I’m following you on facebook! Love those Cake Kitchen papers. First saw some that looked like florentine plaster frescoes under a display of cheeses at a baby shower. Had never seen the fanciful birds paper before your blog. I’ve never seen those at Home Goods, which is where I would use my gift card.

  17. Shawn
    January 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Following your gorgeous eye candy blog by email subscription.

    January 9, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Happy blogging anniversary! I love to see finches at the feeder.

  19. Erika Wright
    January 9, 2013 at 6:14 am

    My favorite bird at my feeder is thenRed Bellied woodpecker! Love this,blog and love the idea of a bird party! If I win I choose Home Goods. They always have wonderful bird printed items!

  20. Mary Kassner
    January 9, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Happy Anniversary~ I love it when I see Cardinals at the bird feeder. They remind me of someone special who is no longer with us~

  21. RRJD
    January 9, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Beautiful photographs! My favorite bird to see perched is the American Robin. They always show up around Christmas time her in Florida, and enjoy our balmy weather all winter!

  22. January 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Happy blogging anniversary! I subscribe by email. Love to see the beautiful cardinals in my yard.

  23. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    January 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Mary, you had me at the word BIRD! You didn’t even need to lure me with a giveaway ;o) You are actually the gift to me. Your blog posts just make everything better in the world. LOL Since I already have beautiful cardinals, chickadees and gold finches, I would have to say Bluebird. But I know the seed won’t lure them in. I’d buy bluebird houses if I won. Thanks!

  24. January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Happy Third Bird-day to Home Is Where The Boat Is!!!! YeeHaw! I love the robins at the feeder and the blue jays at the bird bath — they need tiny towels. :D :D

  25. Anne Boykin
    January 9, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I’d have to say the cardinal couple that visit my feeder are my favorite too. Thanks for the great give away!

  26. January 9, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I am a follower and posted this giveaway on my Facebook page (Gert Stevens)! My favorite bird I love to see at our feeder everyday is the cardinal!


  27. Robbie Fulmer
    January 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Happy Blogging Birthday! We have cardinals at our feeder,always love to watch them. I just found your blog yesterday and have so much enjoyed reading your past posts and looking forward to your future ones. I would like the Amazon gift card.

  28. barbara n
    January 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I love to see cardinals in my backyard

  29. barbara n
    January 9, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I am an email subscriber to home is where the boat is!

  30. January 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Good Morning and Happy Anniversary on your Blog! I love feeding the birds and do so regularly. I love the Jenny Wrens, Yellow Finches and the stars of the show are the 2 pairs of Red Cardinals that are my backyard visitors. I just wish those pesky squirrels weren’t such “pigs” eatting so much of the seeds and suet cakes. I love your “Bird-day Party” blog….so clever! I receive your emails and follow you on facebook. All you blogs are such eye-candy and I so look forward to each and every one!
    xoxo, Kathi

  31. tina
    January 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Congrats Mary.. Love your blog! I enjoy watching the little Downy woodpeckers and the nuthatches!

  32. tina
    January 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I am an email subscriber and now following via facebook:)

  33. tina
    January 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Shared on facebook also! I would choose homegoods.. I love all your pretty dishes!

  34. Sue
    January 9, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Happy 3rd anniversary and thank you for your beautiful blog! Your bird party placemats make me smile! We always look forward to seeing and hearing the Red Wing Blackbird. Should I win, I would enjoy a card from Amazon. Thank you again for the joy your blog brings.

  35. January 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Here in Iowa, the cardinals are beautiful against the white snow!

  36. Rhonda Steelman
    January 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Cardinals are my favorite bird. I have decorated my mailbox, my front porch and bathroom with cardinals! Love the bird placemats featured in your blog.

  37. Rhonda Steelman
    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I follow your blog via email and facebook! don’t want to miss it.

  38. January 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Happy Bloggerversary! My favourite bird is the Cardinal…20 years ago I lost my son shortly after he was born. That Christmas I asked for a sign to know that he was ok up in heaven and told no one about it, not even my husband. I asked God to send me a Cardinal on Christmas Day…I waited all day but never saw one – or so I thought….later that evening when we were back at home tucking our daughter into bed – I saw my Cardinal…my husband had gotten me a card and right on the front was a cardinal…I was so busy watching for a “real” one that I never even saw the one right there on my card…since that time seeing a Cardinal let’s me know that my son is still ok up there in heaven and watching over us.

    I would so love the Home Goods card – I follow through google friend connect but I am adding you on facebook today as well..

  39. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    January 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I’m an email subscriber! I love your styling!

  40. Rhonda Steelman
    January 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Shared this blog on Facebook.

  41. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    January 9, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I love seeing cardinals on a snowy day!

  42. Donnie W
    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Happy third blogging birthday/anniversary. I used to have a blog and know how much work is involved and your site is beautiful. My favorite bird is the chickadee’s. They are so small and cute and very brave getting feed against the bigger birds.

  43. Donnie W
    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I like you on Facebook.

  44. Donnie W
    January 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I shared this on FB and would love the Amazon gift card. Happy upcoming blogaversary.

  45. January 9, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Congrats on your blog’s anniversary! The bird birthday papers are just delightful! I saw a painted bunting at our feeder only once, and I’m waiting for its return!

  46. January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Mary, I follow on FB and by email.

  47. January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Well, I love my birdie friends that’s for sure. I love all of them but I love to see the Cardinals at the feeders best I guess. That bright red is so pretty against the brown landscape this time of year. I seem to many more than usual this year at the feeders too. I have many squirrels also and have just learned to live with them. We enjoy the show they put on too. Have a great day! Carol

  48. January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    HomeGoods! HomeGoods! HomeGoods!

  49. January 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Forgot to tell you that I shared your giveaway on FB!

  50. January 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Happy Anniversary! Those are some lucky Birds! Just lovely!

  51. January 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Happy 3 rd Anniversary!
    What a wonderful Giveaway!
    I Love your Bird Party set up
    I Love to see the Cardinal perched at my feeders.

  52. January 9, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I follow you by e-mail and on Facebook.

  53. January 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Congratulations on your great success! You have a wonderful blog that I love to read. I am a subscriber. My favorite bird to watch in my back woods is the Cardinal. The male is a magnificent creature!

  54. January 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I would choose Home Goods.

  55. January 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Forgot to mention, I shared on Face book.

  56. Vanessa Clark
    January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I am a new comer to your blog which I totally enjoy, so glad I found you:). I would say the yellow finch. I love watching them in the wildflower field at our cabin in the mountains of North Carolina.

  57. January 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I love our Red Robins and Yellow Gold Finches here in Washington. It is a delight each morning reading your blog with my first cup of coffee, you’ve become a dear friend, I am so inspired by your creativity and the beauty you share, thank you!

  58. Sheryl
    January 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I would love to see the blue jays & “female” cardinal return. These birds only visit seldom :( I see the hummingbirds frequent our feeders then the everyday birds. I often wonder why? Or if there’s something we are doing wrong?

  59. KCKay
    January 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    We just had a bluebird at our feeder! First time! What a beautiful bird.

  60. January 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Congrats, Mary! I love the little party in your backyard. So cute! I enjoy watching the little cardinal couple at our bird feeder. The male seems to fuss at the female a lot, and she ignores him. It’s so funny!

  61. Margie Anders
    January 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

    What a fun blog post! I love the Chickadee “coming early” – so typical of those little cuties! :-)
    Not sure I can really pick a favorite, but I’ll say it is the Cardinal in the winter and the Gold Finch in the spring.
    I follow you through email and if I should be so lucky to win your wonderful anniversary give away, I’d thoroughly enjoy shopping at Home Goods.
    Congratulations on your first 3 years blogging! – Looking forward to the next 3 years of your great creativity!

  62. January 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Here in the middle of Kansas the only pretty bird we get are Cardinals but the funniest bird I get at our feeder are our own Guineas. We think we own them but in reality they own us. Thanks for the creativity you add to the “great plains”.

  63. January 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I don’t get a lot of colorful birds although occasionally I see a pretty yellow birdie! I am not sure what he/she is! I often fed the tiny sparrows. They seem to be bullied by all! But my friend Linda has Mr. and Mrs. Red Cardinal that lives on their farm! What a sight she says they are! So sweet! My late sister was a true bird watcher and she told me the blue birds are terrible bullies. But I have seen a plumb robin with his beautiful red breast chasing the squirrels away! Now that is a funny sight to see! As a young woman on my first job I knew a gentleman that was a true bird watcher and he went on trips just to watch birds! I was so fascinated by his stories. I still fondly remember them to this day! I think God’s creatures are fun to watch and we have lots of geese near my office building. They are such law abiders watching to cross the road! They are quite a sight to see but their food hosts are closer to the manmade lakes and ponds near my office and my home. Congrats on your blog anniversary! Such a sweet stop on my blogging travels. Thank you for the chance to win! You are a generous blogger! Happy Wednesday to you! Hugs Anne

  64. January 9, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Mary Happy Anniversary!! I love to see cardinals at the bird feeders! A fun post and very generous giveaway!

    Art by Karena

  65. January 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    My fav is a Cardinal pair!!

  66. January 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I have no idea the name of the birds who play their symphony for us every morning. Between our house and the back neighbors there is a veritable jungle so we only hear the sweet music, but don’t see the birds. Sometimes it is so loud it stops us in our tracks, but I imagine we would miss it if silence reigned.

  67. January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I also Like you on Facebook and would love to find some “bird” serving pieces there!
    Art by Karena

  68. January 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    In 3 years you have done more than I will do in a lifetime. Like so many of your readers, I look forward to receiving your posts in my mailbox and am awed by your never ending creativity. BTW, did you shoot the multi-bird photo? Terrific!

  69. January 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

    You know I have relished your blog since your very first day… Your kindness, generosity, style and grace, ok chole too, have been a bright spot in my days. Thanks for keeping beauty alive, I so enjoy seeing your art presented every week, again another exquisite example~

  70. Marilyn
    January 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love to watch cardinals, both male and female. Thank you for your beautiful posts!

  71. Margie Anders
    January 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    What fun! I like the chickadee. And would love to shop at Home Goods!

  72. January 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Great post. Your muse is doing well!
    What a wonderful giveaway for your 3rd anniversary in the land of blog.

  73. January 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Happy Blogaversary! I love this post, so cute! My favorite bird is the red cardinal.

  74. January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Happy 3rd blog anniversary! You always amaze us with such wonderful posts! Well, my favorite birds at the feeder vary depending on my location. I live in California now and we have the most wonderful little hummingbirds and finches at our feeders. Howerever, I grew up on the east coast and always loved the cardinals and bluejays. Actually, I cherish them all. Happy blog birthday to you and thank you for all your beautiful and creative posts…it’s a lot of work and we all appreciate each and every post.

  75. January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I am a follower via email.:-)

  76. January 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I forgot to mention…I am a follower…of course!

  77. January 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I would love the HG gift card if I win. I shared this on FB.

  78. Patricia
    January 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I really love to see the red birds here at my house.

  79. Vicki Patton
    January 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Awesome post!! A cardinal or blue bird. Beautiful. Thank you.

  80. January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Happy Anniversary – I love cardinals… something about a shot of red would just make my day. I will follow you on FB…

  81. Betty
    January 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Mary, I love your blog and have used your ideas as inspirations for my own tables.
    I love the cardinals and I love the precious chickadees!

  82. January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I just shared on my blog FB page and I love Amazon! I will also tweet this! I’m sure you will have many more anniversaries!! Deb

  83. Faith
    January 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Three years strong!!!
    I enjoy you every step of the way!!
    I LOVE those chickadees….it’s also the common greeting from my mom…”What’s up, Chickadee!”:)❤🐣

  84. January 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Congrats on three years blogging! Your blog is such an inspiration! Amazing photos always! I think my favorite birds at the feeder at my home are the cardinals. I love the watch them…the males and the females. They just fascinate me!
    hugs, Linda

  85. Alaine
    January 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I love to see the cardinals out there!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  86. Alaine
    January 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I follow via email!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  87. Alaine
    January 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I would choose the Home Goods gift card! Thanks for the kind giveaway! & Congrats!!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  88. Cindy
    January 9, 2013 at 10:27 am


  89. January 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I’ve been a follower for a long time now and I’m going to follow FB also!

  90. January 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I shared on my FB page and I would love a card from Home Goods…..more dishes please!

  91. January 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    def the cardinals-the oldest one my daughter calls pretty boy, and his ‘spouse’ is pretty girl, and they’ve got 2 babies who are now grown, but they all come back and chirp at her when she talks to them!

    LOVE the chapel style birdhouse in your photos!

  92. January 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    MY favorite would be Cardnials in the snow and I would love the gift card to Marshalls’!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  93. Melissa G
    January 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Happy Anniversary! The cardinals are my favorite. We feed several pairs and watching them raise their babies, and how the grown babies scream to be fed by a same sized parent is a lot of fun. Thanks for the bird posts; they are always a favorite!

  94. Carolyn
    January 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The elusive Indigo Bunting is the birdie that I would like most to see at my feeder. I follow you by Email and I would love the Home Goods GC. Happy New Year my friend, Carolyn cge4211

  95. Stef
    January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Happy Blogging Birthday! I enjoy the chickadees because they’re so lively and fun to watch. But my favorite moments are when the bluebirds show up.

  96. Jo Pomeroy
    January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I would love to see a hooded Oriole here in California. Love those birdies!

  97. Stef
    January 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m already a subscriber and follow you on facebook.

  98. Stef
    January 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’ve shared this post on FaceBook :)

  99. Stef
    January 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

    AND I now follow on Pinterest!

  100. Cherryl
    January 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    A red-headed woodpecker shows up occasionally. Makes my day.

  101. January 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Mary, Happy Anniversary! Love the bird setting! We always look forward to seeing the cardinals! The red is just so pretty!

  102. January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Mary, you are too much! This is such a fabulous funny creative post! The bird birthday cake papers are priceless, I immediately went to the link and put the owl ones on my wish list! So fun!

  103. January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I have shared your post on facebook!

  104. January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I have been following by email and Pinterest since I discovered you earlier this year! I would love a card to either but Home Goods of course is my weakness :)

  105. January 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Blogging Birthday! I have a lot of birdies who come to my feeder, but my favorite ones are in my mind’s eye; the two loves of my life, my beautiful and sweet Moluccan cockatoos Nova and Valentino, who have passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. I’d give anything to see them in my backyard, my little babies.

  106. January 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I am a subscriber and follow you on Facebook.

  107. Pat
    January 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    In winter here in Iowa we have goldfinches, purple finches, sparrows, black-capped chickadees, cardinals, juncos-with little pink beaks, and mourning doves, but my favorites are the nuthatches and downy woodpeckers- I love their acrobatics! We occasionally get a blue jay, but they boss the other birds around… By the way, have you seen the children’s book, Tea with Lady Sapphire? I think you’d love it!
    I would like the gift card to TJMaxx ( wish we had a Homegoods here!!!). I subscribe to your blog by email, and follow you on Pinterest.

  108. January 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I would love a Home Goods gift card~ my favorite store!

  109. January 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Kiwi and Pearl absolutely are enthralled! Most of their fave seeds are on the menu here. Of course, my two loves and favorite birds that are on earth are these two, but I also adore cardinals! xo

  110. January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    whoops, I forgot to mention my favorite sight is the occasional cardinal that visits outside my kitchen window!

  111. January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I subscribe via email, and also follow you on Pinterest. xo

  112. debbi
    January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    i like seeing the bluebirds around my feeders.

  113. debbi
    January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    i’m a facebook follower!!

  114. Bonbongirl
    January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Happy 3rd Anniversary! I love to see our state bird, the Cardinal at our birdfeeder and especially like how they contrast against the white snow! When our one daughter was young, she would call them “Red Jays” (since she was first introduced to Blue Jays)! Wishing you many more blogging anniversaries :)

  115. January 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Red canaries because they symbolize spring for me and it is my favorite season.

  116. Carol Sorensen
    January 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I so enjoy your beautiful blog. I am fond of the wee hummingbirds, those we don’t see them often.

  117. Carol
    January 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I follow by email, and look forward to the updates in my inbox.

  118. Debbie
    January 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I really enjoy your posts. Especially the bird blogs. I love to see the Hummingbirds come back each May and in the winter I love to watch the Goldfinch. I also follow by email and have shared your Bird Party on my Facebook page. I would love to have an Amazon card. Thanks for the giveaway!

  119. January 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I have been a subscriber via e-mail for a while…not sure how long…but I click on the link so I can enjoy your posts at the website for better ‘effect’…

    You never cease to amaze me, Mary. Your creativity and artistry knows no bounds. I know I’ve mentioned it before, as well as several other readers, but you do need to see about publishing a coffee table book, or two, or three….of your blog posts. They are so inspiring and I look forward to receiving notices in my e-mail box whenever you post a new one.

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary and may you blog and keep us enthralled for many more years!

    If I happen to win, I would take an Amazon card as we have no Home Goods stores here! .

    Thank you, Mary for providing me with countless hours of pleasure!

  120. Sandra Smith
    January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Your blog is beautiful! I look forward to checking it to brighten up dismal winter days. Love the birds – my favorite is the cardinal. I bought my daughter “Christmas dishes” with a tiny red cardinal on bare silver tree branches at Home Goods. The cardinal has always been a sign on “hope” to me. She is an artist and she loves them.-

  121. January 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    We do not have a bird feeder anymore but when we did we loved the hummingbirds when they came to feed as well as the lovely bluejays
    I still love the petite birds best>
    Lovely post and thanks for the giveaway>
    I do not have a blog but will check if I should be the lucky winner>>>
    Holy & blessed year of our lord <<<<<<

  122. Sharon C.
    January 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, I’m an email subscriber. The bird I would love to see at my feeder would be a male cardinal, However, that’s impossible since I live in the Pacific NW. My favorite local bird is the chickadee. Such cuties. For a flash of color, our blue Stellar Jays. If I won a gift card I would run to my Home Goods store.

  123. Nancy Woodall
    January 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    We love our Burrowing Owls….each year after the babies depart from their burrow, one of the family seems to find it’s way to our favorite piece of driftwood and proceeds to use our entire backyard as it’s ‘birdfeeder’. We call them our ‘Watch Owls’ and are amazed at how trusting they are; sharing our outdoor living area as we pot garden, cook and relax. We’re not quite sure who watches who more!

  124. Cindy
    January 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and todays pictures are beautiful. I am happy to see any bird and not a squirrel at my feeders, but my favorite is a Goldfinch. They remind me of my dad.
    (love, love, love Home Goods)

  125. January 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t have just one….can I have two? :)) Hummingbirds and little finches are my favorites at my feeders, although the orioles are awesome too! Love all the bird dishes, Happy Bird-day!!!

  126. January 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    A party for the birds, what a fun idea! My favorite birds are the finches, but I’m eagerly awaiting for an owl family to move into the owl house that Santa left me last year. So far, no one has applied. Don’t know why, the rent is free!
    Happy Anniversary! My visits to your blog are gift enough, Mary. Look forward to years more at Home is Where the Boat Is……….

  127. Debra Matts
    January 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t wait to see my first robin…then I’ll know spring will soon be here!
    I love your party idea(s)!

  128. Sleepyheadedmom
    January 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I love it when I see a little yellow finch. They are always pretty but the little bit of color is even better in winter.

  129. Sleepyheadedmom
    January 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I am subscribed via email.

  130. Donna Marie
    January 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Without a doubt, my favorite is the male cardinal. I have bird feeders which I enjoy outside my dining room and laundry room windows.

  131. January 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Congrats on your blog anniversary — and thanks for all the eye candy! I enjoy visiting your blog for inspiration.

    My favorite bird to watch? The sweet chickadee!

    Sure thing I follow your blog — and also subscribe by email, so that I don’t miss a post. :)

    Greetings from Munich,

  132. Karen Allen
    January 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Hands down the red bird!! They are so pretty. Thanks for such a great giveaway

  133. Karen Allen
    January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I am subscribing by email to get the latest updates from your blog!! Helped at Christmas with all the good Holiday recipes.

  134. Karen Allen
    January 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I already liked you on Facebook!!!

  135. Carrie Franks
    January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve just begun following you on email. I love this idea for the birds! Wish my bird-lover friend lived close by. We would definitely do this!

  136. January 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I love the chickadees but my favorite is the carolina wren. Such curious little bird with amazing voices!!! Makes me smile just thinking about them!

  137. Ellen Martin
    January 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I am a bird lover and feeder, so loved this post!! You have inspired me to beautify my feeding areas a little. As for my favorite bird at the feeder, I would probably say the chickadee or nuthatch, which we see more in the mountains. I do love the goldfinches when they have their summer color, and get excited about bluebirds in the bird bath. I’m a newcomer to your blog, but have shared it with many because of the creativity…….and beautiful photography!! Congrats on your 3rd anniversary of blogging, and a Home Goods gift card would be delightful!

  138. christine w
    January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love to see blue jays, there is nothing like them!

  139. throuthehaze
    January 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Cardinals :)

  140. heather
    January 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I love to see robins I think they are so lovely

  141. throuthehaze
    January 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    email subscriber

  142. January 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Always throwing a party! I bet the birdies lakeside appreciate you. ;-)
    Congratulation on celebrating 3 years. Either gift card would thill me, but actually my visits here are gift enough. Love Vicky Sayers art. Those birds in their hats are too cute.

  143. January 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    How adorable, Mary! I just love the birds on the backyard party paper with their hats on :) I love to feed the birdies and have several feeders outside my home office window so I can watch them when I’m on the computer. My favorite visitors are Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal and of course the cheery chickadees.

  144. January 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I just subscribe via email – although I never miss a post since you’re on my blog list ;)

  145. January 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I just Tweeted about your giveaway which also shows up as a post on my STITK Facebook Page – a two-fer ;)

  146. January 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I forgot to add that, if I were lucky enough to win, I’d go for Amazon!

  147. Marie
    January 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My mother loved to watch cardinals, so now that she is no longer with us every cardinal that comes to my yard brings the added joy of reminding me of her. Happy Anniversary and thank you. MM

  148. Marie
    January 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I am a follower by email, and enjoy each new post.

  149. Clare
    January 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Congratulations on three years! Thanks for always making our days a bit brighter!

  150. Barbara Schneider
    January 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Happy anniversary. You are one talented lady. I enjoy your posts, and love to see all the wonderful creative things you share. Because we live full time in our 40 foot RV ,the bird feeder I have is for hummingbirds. Their colors are amazing. I can sit for hours watching them bob in and out. Thank you for all your great ideas.

  151. Maureen O. McMahon
    January 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    My favorite bird is the hummingbird! I love it when I can get that quick glimpse of one in the summer. I did this last summer! It was heavenly. In winter I do like the Cardinal so vibrant on a cold winter day! Hope I win..$50 goes a long way in Home Goods

  152. January 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    What a “tweet” post, dear Mary! What a perfect feast you’ve prepared for your feathered friends. I love to see cardinals at my bird feeder. Thanks for the opportunity at your wonderful giveaway.

  153. ERIKA
    January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Congratulations HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY!!! for you blog. I love cardinals but here in Oregon you rarely see them were I live. But the blue jays are pretty too.. hey i think squirrils are funny lol

  154. January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Mary….a little “late to the party”…Beautiful party for the your feathered friends…..the table is just gorgeous!!!….Hands down, I would love to see the Chickadee at the feeder…..Happy 3rd Blogavesary Mary!!!!

  155. ERIKA
    January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I subscribe via email

  156. January 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I am a huge bird lover beginning with my parrot of 36 years, A parrot is said to be as intelligent as a five year old child. However, emotionally a parrot is a lot like a child stuck in the terrible twos!
    Anyway, I think cardinals are beautiful especially when there is snow around..

  157. Carolyn
    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Hard question since I love to see all the birds…but cardinals are so beautiful all the time, I will choose them. So happy I found your blog I get by e-mail. Happy blogging anniversary to you!

  158. January 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    This is sooo fun. I guess I am doing something wrong, we get a few cardinals (rare) some finches (rare) robins, horrid dove, squirrels and stray kitties. Yeah, it’s no wonder nothing comes through the yard, the cats keep everything away. Anyway… such a pretty setting for your sweet feathered friends. Happy blogaversary! It’s certainly been 3 wonderful years following you. Wishing you many, many more. xo marlis

  159. January 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    And i follow by email… you are a bright spot in my mail! Omg, should I win, well I’d have to take the Amazon on.. there are some dishes on there i “need”.. xo marlis

  160. January 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! My favorite bird has to be a robin. I’ve seen them push squirrels off of the feeder because they were hogging it. lol Should I be lucky and win, I’d like a Homegoods card. BTW I absolutely loved this post, incredibly inspiring!

  161. January 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog tonight after seeing your post at Debra’s blog. I have seen your posts before and love your decorating style. My favourite bird at our feeder is the chickadee like on your dishes at your bird party! We have them all year around and I think they are just the cutest birds. Happy 3rd Anniversary to you. Even though I live in Canada I can use the gift card for HomeGoods when I go to Bangor, Maine. Blessings. Pamela

  162. January 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    can you tell me what kind of bird that is on your feeder at top? the one with the red breast? not the cardinal but the more dull color of red? I have them here but don’t know what they are to look them up. thanks!
    love your blog…..your photography is awesome!

    • January 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      It’s a purple finch :)

  163. Linda Owens
    January 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I love the cardinal.

  164. Linda Owens
    January 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I like you on Facebook and follow you by email. If I am lucky enough to win I would like the Amazon card. Happy Anniversary!

  165. January 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    What a fun and creative party! The perfect way to celebrate your blog and YOU!!! I already see my favorite sweet bird… a chickadee! Or I’d love to see a titmouse… when we lived in England, they were my favorite.
    Happy Blogiversary, Mary!!!! And many many more wonderful years.

  166. January 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I am a happy faithful followers!!! Thanks again for the fabulous giveaway!

  167. January 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Oh, this is an easy one for me, Mary…chickadees at my feeders and human baby chickadees at my table!! :) As always, such a beautiful and creative post. Truly enjoy your details.

  168. January 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Happy 3rd! We are all richer for you being in blogland!
    I love that VB? mug…
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

  169. January 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I am a follower and you get delivered to my inbox. :)
    Thanks for the give away!

  170. Mary L
    January 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I love chickadees and as they are frequent visitors to our feeders it thrills me each time I see them.
    Love your blog, I am a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Mary L

  171. January 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Ohmigosh, I had to have the Backyard Party kitchen papers! Now I’m back. :) This is my second visit to your gorgeous blog and I am thrilled to see a backyard bird post. I love to see a little flock of Bushtits at my feeders! They fly in so quietly and flit and peck at the feeder with little tse-tse noises and then they are gone as quietly as they came. An utterly delightful break in the day when I’m gardening or weeding!

  172. Cheryl
    January 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I am a new-comer to your blog and I must say that I am loving it! Your photos and ideas are just beautiful. I think my most favorite bird to my feeder is the chickadee. I think they are so precious. Last year on a trip to the Botanical Gardens my daughter actually had a chickadee fly down to eat birdseed right out of her hand. I bought her the same chickadee plate used in your photos to commemorate that day at Home Goods. If I win I would really enjoy the Home Goods card.

  173. Donna W
    January 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    What a sweet party for the birds…I love seeing the yellow finches this time of year. There are so many visiting in our backyard right now.

  174. January 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I am a new subscriber to your blog via email! Love, love, love your blog! And the giveaway is awesome… Hope you can visit my “royal blog” sometimes…Tiffany

  175. Donna W
    January 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Since I’m a subscriber, I’ll add that I am mesmerized by the hummingbirds when they move back in during summer. Happy anniversary; I so enjoy your creativity!

  176. January 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Shared the giveaway and your blog via my facebook!

  177. Linda Kemp
    January 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I love the yellow fincehes as well as your blog. I so enjoyed this post. Thank you!

  178. Linda Kemp
    January 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Sorry…I mispelled finches.

  179. Debra C
    January 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Congratulations! I love to see the cardinals.

  180. Debra C
    January 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Following on Facebook

  181. Chrissy
    January 10, 2013 at 2:11 am

    There is a flock of blackbirds who occasionally visit my ground feeder here in town. In this group is one who’s wings are marked like a redwing blackbird, only the mark is off-white and it sings like a redwing blackbird with the “chortle-hee’. Reminds me of fishing at the ponds at my parents.

  182. January 10, 2013 at 3:25 am

    All of the Beautiful Birds that come and visit me daily make me so Happy. I do however Love to see a Pair of Cardinals, that come up by the Kitchen window and feed, daily and let me watch them, close up.

  183. jill crews
    January 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

    i also live in the lake norman area and love the chickadees but we have a family of wrens that snuggle up in my burlap wreath at my front door

  184. January 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Lovely post, I’m from Italy and I can’t join the giveaway but I would like to say that is a very beautiful post!!

  185. creativehomeexpressions
    January 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

    What a beautiful bird party tablescape! I’m in the midst of making a bird feeder out of a couple of things I had stored. I can’t wait to get it painted and outside filled with seed. I love to see the cardinals, especially in the winter months. There bright red color is a pleasure to see {and is why I want to get some feeders out}.

  186. January 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Your blog and photos are so very beautiful. I love all birds who find my feeders but I’d have to say the darling little chickadees have always been my favourites. (and hummingbirds in summer, of course). Thanks for the giveaway chance. I would choose the Amazon card…

  187. Lark
    January 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I follow you by e mail. Thank you for your inspirational blogs, I am always very excited when one of them is in my inbox. I just love a beautiful red cardinal, and would jump for joy if any came into our warm California yard.
    Best wishes on 3 great years, hopefully many more to come! So excited for the opportunity to win a Homegoods card, thank you!

  188. January 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    And I am a new subscriber, by email. Thanks again

  189. Cathy Miller
    January 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Love this!! So cute and clever. I love the red, red Robin who perches on my porch rail!

  190. Rennie
    January 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

    My favorite bird is the cardinal. Love the red color in the middle of drab winter!

  191. January 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Happy blog anniversary. I always love reading your posts and seeing your talents. My favorite too see on my feeder are the gold finches. I even have an upside down gold finch feeder. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.

  192. Donna
    January 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Every now and then I get a beautiful, teal Indigo Bunting.

  193. January 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I found you over at Common Ground…loved your photos…so here I am and I am now following. Getting in on a giveaway is just the icing on the cake…thanks.
    I would love to see a cardinal…one day.

  194. January 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    My favorite bird to see at the feeder, which is often on the ground instead searching for worms I think, is the Robin. She brings the first sign of spring! I got linked to you by Stone Gable.

  195. January 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I joined you via email today! I’ll be watching for your posts.

  196. January 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

    It is like a present for me every time I see a new post from you. I look forward to each new one and enjoy them throughly. It is amazing how quickly another blogging anniversary has arrived.
    My favorite bird would be a bluebird at my house because they are so beautiful.

  197. January 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations. I love the eastern Bluebirds that have made a nest in our yrad for the last 2 years. Thanks for the giveaway. Would have no problems spending it. Cherry G.

  198. Paula
    January 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    My favorite bird to see is the “BLUEBIRD” the bird of happiness. They showed up at my home the winter my daddy passed away and that was in 1999. So I know he sends them every year now, to remind me life is short, but everyday be Happy !

    I would love to find some bird dishes at Marshalls , Thank you!

  199. January 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It is a toss up between the cardinals and the doves. Love them both. What a great give a way my friend.

  200. January 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love to see cardinals, but every so often a random hummingbird shows up outside the window and my girls and I love to see them!

  201. January 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my gosh!! Love your bird buffet and the gifted party pad with the birds and their hats is too much fun!! Sadly, they are no longer available, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so cute. The ‘chickadeeware’ is wonderful too.

    I finally purchased my long pined for winter bird waterer this week and am really enjoying being able to watch the birds come in for a sip. Open water is a treat for them in Alberta! I think our all time favourites have to be the nuthatches, both red breasted and the whites. (Just don’t tell the other birds.)

  202. January 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary! I’m following now too! :)

  203. January 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats on you blogiversary! We have a wide variety of birds that visit our feeder. I think my favorite would be both the male and female cardinals. I also love seeing the little birds like the chickadees swoop in and quickly take off! They are all always a delight.

  204. Debbie
    January 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Happy Anniversary – I love your blog so much, it’s always such an inspiration. As far as which bird is my favorite it would definitely be the yellow finches that show up in the spring, I also love Mr. & Mrs. Redbird – they have been with us for many years. I was lucky enough one morning to look out and see a yellow finch and a cardinal on our bird feeder – sure wish I had my camera handy!

  205. Joni
    January 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Mary, my dear mother would love this table. She loved birds and used to bribe me to go birding in the fields. My parents had binoculars in the front and in the back of the house so they could spy on their friends. I however, have two cats that would love to “have at at.” Such pretty dishes and such a fun table to set for the winter. Love the cakestand and mug. Joni

  206. Joni
    January 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for this geneours giveaway! I am a follower on FB I live in the sticks but every once in awhile I do get out. About 2 hours away from there is a Marshall’s and a Home Goods and what a treat I had at both of them this week when I went to the aiport. Thanks! Joni

  207. January 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I love the yellow warbler! thank you so much :)

  208. January 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I subscribe via Facebook.

  209. January 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Shared on Facebook :)
    Amazon, please!

  210. January 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I enjoyed birdwatching through all of your images! Definitely a post “for the birds”.

  211. Julie
    January 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I just liked you on facebook. I live in Kansas, so I love to see the ruby-throated hummingbird at my feeder.

  212. Linda
    January 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I love the idea of setting the table for the birds. Such a cute idea. Your view of the lake is so very pretty. My fav would be the yellow finches who come every day summer & winter.

  213. Gerri
    January 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Happy third anniversary! What a creative idea, setting the table for the birds! At this time of year I enjoy seeing the Blue Jays and the beautiful Cardinals. Unfortunately our dog really has no manners for allowing birds in the yard so I have given up on having a bird feeder up for the winter. So your posting gave me a glance of what is to come- Spring. For from what I see outside my kitchen door is a frozen lake and snow near a foot deep.

  214. Laura Caldwell
    January 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    My favorite are goldfinches with cardinals a close second. Lovely blog!

  215. Vicki Patton
    January 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I liked you on Facebook and I am a suscriber. FB name is Vicki Su Barron Gillean

  216. January 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Hi there! I’m a new visitor to your blog. What a lovely tablescape! Thanks for sharing this! I hope lots of birdies were blessed by your welcoming table! =)

  217. jamie smith
    January 11, 2013 at 12:22 am

    my favorite bird to watch are hummingbirds. i subscribe by e-mail and follow on facebook. i enjoy your blog!

  218. jamie smith
    January 11, 2013 at 12:32 am

    just shared on facebook and pinterest. i’m a frequent shopper at t j maxx and marshalls :)

  219. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    January 11, 2013 at 6:12 am

    My favorite bird would have to be the cardinal, love the pop of color in the winter! Quite fond of gold finches in the summer too! Thanks for 3 years of beautiful pics and bloggy inspiration Mary! Thanks for the fun give-away too:@)

  220. Lois
    January 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    We don’t put out seed for the birds, but the birds love my garden and I love to see them. My favorite birds to see in the garden are the juncos, chickadees, titmice and wrens. I love the little birds. (Oh, heck, I love seeing all of them, including the coopers hawk, crows, and turkeys.) But I also love to see the squirrels. We leave our pumpkins from the fall in the back yard for the squirrels. The squirrels love the fat pumpkin seeds during the winter. You haven’t lived until you see a big, fluffy gray squirrel tail poking out of the top of a rotting pumkin. Watch for a minute longer and the squirrel himself will re-emerge from the pumpkin with a fat seed to enjoy!

    Love your blog!
    Lois in SWPa

  221. Sue
    January 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    My two favorite birds I love to see are Blue Jays and Cardinals..they are just so majestic! But I have to say we have been having a hawk hanging around and he/she is just fantastic to watch! Great giveaway…thanks for sharing and your birthday table is just breathtaking!

  222. January 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    That is just absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful idea :-) I would love to see a Blue Jay at your party… they’re so happy and colorful–especially if they hang out with the red Cardinals!

  223. January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    What a darling post and sweet idea! Congratulations on your third Blog Birthday! I love seeing the gold finches on the feeder but I only see them in the Spring and Summer so the rest of the year I enjoy my fiesty little Chickadees. We have plenty of Blue Jays but they also like to make pigs of themselves by leaving not a seed for any other birdie. The song sparrows too bring us lots of pleasure when they are around. The truth is, I love the birds! Alas, we don’t get cardinals here, for I would surely enjoy them too. Hubby and I are both avid bird watchers. I really enjoyed your post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  224. Deb Young
    January 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The pileated woodpwcker

  225. Deb Young
    January 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm


  226. January 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Oh, this was too, too, cute! I love the squirrel. The squirrels used to be our entertainment at my parent’s house.

    I love seeing those robins, then I know spring is here. The naughty woodpeckers are always pecking at my fireplace. Those I try to shoo away.

  227. Margie
    January 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    My favorite bird is the woodpecker. I set and watch them from my back porch. I loved your picture of the squirrel. Loved the pictures you post! Thanks for sharing.

  228. January 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Hi, I love seeing robins and humming birds. Any bird brings me joy but I think those two are my favorites. Robins mean Spring and hummers mean Summer to me. Thanks for this wonderful give away.

  229. January 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I am a follower of your blog. Your pictures are always so inspiring!

  230. January 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary. You have been so inspiring to so many of us. I love Home Goods, but think if I won I would go for Amazon. Just saw a book I was thinking of ordering. Thanks again!

  231. January 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I just found you, I love the bird birthday party. I would love to win a gift card!

  232. January 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I am now following you on Facebook, and would love to win the gift card.

  233. January 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I am sharing your bird party and give away on my Facebook…thanks so much for the great idea,s and the giveaway, I am looking forward to new posts.

  234. January 12, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I forgot to mention in my first post that I see Tit mouse birds feeding in our back yard.

  235. angie
    January 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I had a cardinal couple visit my feeder all summer. So beautiful!

  236. angie
    January 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I posted this on facebook.

  237. angie
    January 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I have read your blog for awhile, but now I am an official follower.

  238. Ashley C
    January 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love seeing robins :)


  239. Dani
    January 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Mary,
    we recently moved from NJ (which exit?) to VA Western Highlands and recognized different birds in our backyard. In NJ (wooded area) we had lots of Cardinals (10+ pairs in Winter) at the feeders. Here (opened pasture) we have lots of Goldfinches , Morning Doves, 3 varieties of woodpeckers + lots of other very beautiful birds I have to learn about. ( 2 Bald eagles crossing our property & rest in the trees for morning breakfast at the creek which is full of blue ribbon trouts…) Anyway- I`m crazy about books- what an inspiration they have to offer… Amazon is my favorite or better I “must be” their favorite customer (prime)…- Home goods as well but books are a little bit better to store and now I have just a little “Crawlspace” to put in all my favorite items.
    A very Happy Anniversary – such a thoughtful, loving blog , it makes my day early in the morning- glad that I found it !! What ever happened to you : Keep going – fuel for my many plans & ideas to transform ! Thank you !!!- I traveled 3 times to Charlotte & maybe was in your wonderful area !


  240. January 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I really love this post; your bird posts are some of my favorites. You captured some great pics of the birds at your feeders!! I LOVE the picture of the chickadee on top of the church bird feeder. Chickadees are the sweetest birds — I just love them!

    At the moment, we have four bird feeders hanging outside our screened porch, which we can see from the kitchen window. We love watching the birds come and go. It’s so hard for me to pick my favorite; right now we’re getting bluebirds, so I would have to say they’re my favorite.

    I would love to win the gift card in your giveaway. Congratulations on your upcoming blog birthday; my two-year birthday is on January 19th. :) Have a wonderful week!


  241. Mary L.
    January 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Happy 3rd year! Following by email and Cardinals and Chickadees make me happy!

  242. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    January 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I had to look at this post again! Love everything about it Mary!

  243. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    January 13, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Mary, I just shared this on my FB page. I would love to win a gift card to Homegoods ;o) If you EVER see those chickadee plates again, I would love to know. I have the platter and would like to add the plates and tea pot.

  244. January 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Oh Mary this is the cutest post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to see a BLUEBIRD (not blue jay) perched on our feeder this Spring. We don’t have our feedeers out yet but have seen blue birds around here!!!! That or a gold finch, they are SO pretty! Your are so amazingly creative and CONGRATULATIONS on 3 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  245. Kelly
    January 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I have tea cup bird feeders, I love it when the chickens eat from them, it always makes me laugh. So I guess my answer is a chicken.

  246. January 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I love seeing cardinals. They remind me of my late grandma, she always loved cardinals. Watching a pair chase in the backyard is fun, too.

  247. January 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I do love all of my birdies, but my very favorite that has visited our feeder is one of the local Monk Parrots. They come to our street every summer to feast on our neighbor’s pear tree, but one came to the feeder last year — just once that I saw! They are the most humorous and entertaining birds I have ever seen, and I just found that the local Wild Birds Unlimited sells a special blend for them! We are planning on building a platform for them to feed from in our yard next summer.

  248. Julie Harris
    January 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Happy Anniversay!! Love your blog and have commented before this time. Your blog is so sweet and creative…I look forward to it. My favorite birds at my winter feeder are the cardinals and yellow finches. They are so colorful, especially in the winter. I live in SE Michigan. Love your tablescapes and how you point out where you made the purchase. I love HomeGoods too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us and the chance to win.

    Julie H from Michigan

  249. Patricia
    January 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I look so forward to your posts and seeing all the creativity you bring to us. Love your shed, and the fact that you live on a lake.

  250. kim
    January 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Already a follower and you and I started at almost the same time. Happy anniversary.

  251. kim
    January 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Shared on facebook.

  252. Jean tucker
    January 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I have a beautiful blue bird that comes every morning to sit on my window sill. I love watching him as I drink my morning tea. Love your blog! I also live on a beautiful lake.

  253. Jean tucker
    January 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I follow you by e-mail

  254. January 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Newer to your blog and love it ! My girls and I love watching the fat chickadee’s ! They seem so jolly even though it is sub zero in Minnesota right now :) I like there attitude ! Thanks for the nice blog!

  255. Patty Summers
    January 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Chickadees! Definitely! Chick-a-dee-dee-dee!

  256. Jean tucker
    January 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I shared this post on Facebook and I would like a Homegood’s GC if I were to win. Thank you for sharing with us.

  257. January 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I just love your blog. I think I have already entered , but to be on the safe side, here I am again! Keep blogging, cause u r adorable. Tiffany AKA THE CRANKY QUEEN!

  258. Michelle S.
    January 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hi, Happy Anniversary! I am also a bird lover and have many bird feeders inside for me and outside for the real birds! I’m from the midwest, and lucky enough to live in a small town (Medinah IL) that is very wooded. I love all birds but the Indigo bunting is my favorite, I did not see him this last year and hope he comes back. I also love the finches, so many come at one time, I have a blue jay that comes, red cardinals and what has been hanging out in front of my house in the huge pine tree on our lot is an owl. I got a glimpse of him this past fall, he sits at the very tip of our 50ft pine and hoots away, every night when i go to bed I hear him hooting! I love your blog and sometimes wish I could sit in your little potting shed with a good book! I promise myself one day I will build one for my own little get away, although I will not have that lake view! Thanks

  259. January 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Adorable! Love your blog and all your wonderful ideas. Using chipped or odd dishes is a fun and inovative way to treat us and the birds.

  260. Sally Halliday
    January 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Happy 3rd Anniversary! Love your blog…creative and beautiful, full of detail! I especially enjoy the sweet faces of the tufted titmouse (titmice) who dine with us.

  261. celeste meehan
    January 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

    hi, mary – happy anniversary! i have to tell you, your blog is the one e-mail i look forward to – it never fails to bring a smile to my face (and to the friends with whom i’ve shared “you”)! i’ve only been a follower for less than a year, but have gotten so much inspiration for several arrangements and projects, and have tried some recipes (cha-cha chicken salad was a hit!). we also share a love of wild birds – i have some decorative bird cages (with flowers inside), bird throw pillows, bric-a-brac, etc. in my home. your chickadee montage was my favorite! thank you for the beauty you bring into our lives.

  262. Mary E. Isbell
    January 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I love watching the Cardinal playing at my feeders. Would love to have Finches but can’t seem to have them come to the feeders.
    Happy 3rd Anniversary!!!

  263. Nancy
    January 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

    As I recover fr surgery, your words and pictures keep me grounded knowing there is a time for every season and something to celebrate every day, thank you.

  264. January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I love the Cardinals that stick around in the winter like we do. They are so beautiful. Congrats on your wonderful blog and the third anniversary!

  265. Linda
    January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I try and try to get Orioles to stick around at my feeders, to no avail. Someday maybe. I miss the hummingbirds when they fly off to warmer weather, always wishing I could tag along for the winter! Love your blog…I’m a “newbee”.

  266. Pat
    January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love your blog…..look forward to it because it always brightens my day. You have such wonderful ideas.

  267. Dori
    January 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Your pictures brighten the dreary winter days.

  268. Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
    January 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    your are truly an angel sent to earth to share all your wonderous creativity! i’m hostessing my garden club here in march and ‘fairies’ will attend. ohhh .. the table will be devine thanks to inspration from you! (will be serving your delightful ‘angel-food’ fairie cake bedecked with berries. happy anniversary! xo, frannie fairie

  269. January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Your blog is always so inspirational, I thoroughly enjoy it!! I have been a bird watcher/ lover for many years. After seeing so many species I still adore the black-capped chickadee. He is small, energetic and has the quaintest call as if an old swing needs greasing. :) I love it!!
    Happy Blog Anniversary and for all our sakes keep up your wonderful work!

  270. January 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Where did you ever get the metal flower stand to make the Staffordshire

    • January 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks everyone! The cups and plates are hanging on a flat decorative shovel I’ve had for years from my retail days. You can see it undecorated here.

  271. Pam
    January 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Birds are always a treat to watch in our yard. I just came in from filling the feeders. We have a mockingbird that tries to declare our yard as his domain. We really prefer the cardinals, blue jays and the many smaller varieties that come to visit. Congrats on your 3 year anniversary. I always look forward to your blogs. May you have many many more years of sharing your inspiring ideas.

  272. Lisa
    January 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing you wonderful sense of style…so inspirational.

  273. January 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Congrats on you anniversary! I love bluebirds….however, we don’t see them at our feeder here in AZ. Your table is just adorable….

  274. Terri Betz
    January 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I love to see our fat Robins and noisy Blue Jays in our yard! We have a pair of Doves that visit and coo a lot!

  275. Terri Betz
    January 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Following your delightful blot via email for a while now! Those birds are just so lucky! Adore the cup with a bird on it!

  276. Terri Betz
    January 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Like you on Facebook as Blue Strong and shared here I’d like an Amazon gift card! I have a wish list there! :) Thank you and Congratulations on your blotting milestone!

  277. January 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I love your potting shed.

  278. mOm
    January 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Love the Cardinal, though those little fun filled Chickadees just inspire me to watch their zip. Watched Mr. Cardinal this morning sitting next to Ms. Sparrow. The two sat inside the feeder on top of the seed. I quickly got my IPhone and snapped a shot. My yard is always with friends that fly. Hummingbirds in Summer visit for all the flowers and vines. I had one Bluebird once, when I first moved in years ago, but he never returned. I have tried to get him back. Maybe one day he will revisit.
    You are a delight to my day. I just happened to come across your website at Christmas and oh WOW! Yep the ladder tree was screaming my name, sent your website right off to my sister-in-law…yep the ladder tree will be visiting our homes. Happy Anniversary and keep all inspired!!!


  279. January 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    My youngest daughter and I always say when we see a cardinal or red bird that it’s going to be a good day! Have no idea how this superstition got started with us but it sure is exciting when we see one when I’m driving her to school in the morning. Like so many, I love your blog!

  280. Erika
    January 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Your lovely photos were just the pick me up I needed on this rainy, gray day! Thank you,

  281. January 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I haven’t seen a bird in a while – too cold up here…anxious for spring!

  282. January 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I started reading your blog about a year ago and it has become a definite favorite of mine. You have given me much pleasure and inspiration with your beautiful posts! Thanks so much!

  283. January 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I’m partial to chickadees, but our family loves all birds. We have feeders front and back of our house and our indoor cats love to watch the birds too! Love these photos!!!

  284. January 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Cute idea! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  285. January 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I love red birds and the Cardinal is so bright! Love it. Thanks for your lovely blog. Di

  286. January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Since I am in North Carolina, I love to see cardinals out the back door. I love bluebirds, too. But what really got me excited was when I saw about 20 wild turkeys in the woods behind our house. :)

  287. Lois S.
    January 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    In south Carolina I love to see Cardinals, blue birds and an occasional flicker in my backyard. LOVE your blog and I ‘m so glad I found you.
    Thank you for spreading “sunshine” during a dark January week!

  288. Emily Miller-Capps
    January 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I recently “passed” on a set of Staffordshire china similar to yours–pattern and bargain–at a local auction. After seeing how you gave your china a new lease on life, I’m regretting my decision, but ready to bid on the next set that crosses my auction path! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring me to think outside the box. Best wishes for many more blogging anniversaries!

  289. January 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I love to see a nice red male cardinal in winter. I love your view, so peaceful

  290. Ann
    January 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I absolutely love love love your beautiful site. I visit eveytime I receive the email announcing a new post.
    Congrats on your blog anniversary and best wishes fo many more!

  291. Ann C
    January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    The always gorgeous Cardinal. My mom loved them too.

  292. January 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Mary! WOW! Three years is a wonderful anniversary. You have inspired us beyond measure during this time. Thank you for this wonderful draw in celebration. I would love to see chickadees at my feeder. My grandmother was called “Grammie Chickadee” by her great grand children. She always fed the chickadees and thus her nickname. Every time I see a chickadee I think of her and how she loved the birds.

  293. January 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I am following your blog on Facebook. :)

  294. January 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Shared your giveaway on my blog FB page

  295. Jenifer
    January 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I don’t have a bird feeder, yet, but I do have a honeysuckle plant in the summer and I love to see and hear the hummingbirds flying around them :-)

  296. Jenifer
    January 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I am an email AND Facebook follower!

  297. Jenifer
    January 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook, too!!

  298. Deanna G.
    January 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I love the blue jays! :)

  299. Deanna G.
    January 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I follow on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  300. Deanna G.
    January 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Shared on Facebook:

    I’d love an Amazon gift card.

  301. January 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Although my heart quickens when I hear a beautiful Blue Jay, I LOVE the tiny, reliable Chickadee. In Wisconsin they are the life at our winter feeders!
    Thanks for the chance to enter such a lovely prize. V

  302. January 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I am a follower! V

  303. Linda Hobbs
    January 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Such beautiful inspiration! I cannot wait for springtime! Thank you for the chance.

  304. Lady Delores LeBoeuf
    January 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Finches…….they are so sweet, thank you for the opportunity to win, I would purchase a bird house or cage at Home Goods..absolutely love that store…Love & Blessings

  305. Terri Mc
    January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    My favorite bird is the cardinal. Besides the fact that the cardinal is the Ohio state bird you can’t help but smile- seeing that red flittering around against the background of a snowy yard- even though it’s winter.

  306. Terri Mc
    January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Facebook follower

  307. Terri Mc
    January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I shared the post on my FB page. Home Goods would be the retailer of choice. I was there last Friday and they have some wonderful decor items now- had to control myself!

  308. Barbara
    January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I’m in love with the cardinal – at my feeder and in a baseball stadium. I’m a new follower to your blog and will be following you for a long time I’m sure. Thanks for this opportunity.

  309. BamaCarol
    January 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I love the male cardinal that shows up in my back yard. We have a sunroom where my cat and I can look out at the birds every morning and this particular bird gives us a show almost every day. Love your blog!

  310. July 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start
    my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

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