Birds of a Feather and a Winner!


A little bird love from the archives

that posted December 23rd last year. . .


. . .along with a little Pottery Barn love and

recycled shopping bags as

gift wrap last December.


Hope you enjoy a ‘tweet’ repeat and have all

your Christmas shopping done

and wrapped under the tree. . .

if you do, you’re way ahead of me :)



I had several Pottery Barn

shopping bags this holiday season.


Too pretty to toss in the recycling bin,

I thought I’d recycle as gift wrap.



Since birds of a feather flock together,

they took flight to find a home

on my ladder tree.



I added some fresh greenery, burlap & tartan ribbon,

pine cones, acorns, feathers, eggs,

lichen and bits of moss

to decorate the packages, using hot glue.


This plaid box from Pottery Barn held a diffuser

and holiday candle I received as a gift,

now dressed for Christmas.


And ready to be unwrapped for

the second time

with a different gift inside.


 A few gifts are wrapped in brown kraft paper

with good wishes and greetings offered

with reproduction vintage post cards~



Lenox Winter Song arrived with colder weather

and more seasonal winter temperatures

for December in North Carolina.


And this adorable Chickadee ornament

flew south from Philly to nest with me. . .


He migrated safely in a Christmas tartan tin.

Thank you Lynn!


PB shopping bag wrapped pkgs




The winner of my

 Antique White Holiday Berries Giveaway

 is Bonnie Morgan.

Mikasa Antique White Holiday Berries Giveaway!

Bonnie, I’ll be in touch by email and get your dishes to you

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Recycled Shopping Bag Gift Wrap

Hope you’re wrapping up

all your Christmas preparations!


Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Let’s Dish!Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,

 Open House Thursdays,  Home Sweet Home,

Be Inspired FridayFeathered Nest Friday,

Seasonal Sundays

  36 comments for “Birds of a Feather and a Winner!

  1. December 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Congrats to the lucky winner. Everything looks so pretty…Christine

  2. December 19, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Congratulations to Bonnie! ♫♫ “Lucky-Dog~Lucky-Dog” ♫♫

    The lovely blog post is truly ‘for the birds’…and I loved seeing it again!

  3. December 19, 2013 at 7:21 am

    This is such a gorgeous post Mary, love the way you re-purposed the pretty bags! Congrats to Bonnie, I’m sure she’s thrilled:@)

  4. December 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Congratulations to you Bonnie! A nice Christmas surprise ! And to you Mary, your recycling is perfect!🎄

  5. Sue
    December 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

    It’s Christmas–a time to remember to tell our friends and loved ones what they mean to us. In that spirit, a big THANK YOU for creating and sharing your lovely and inspiring blog!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. December 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Hi Mary,
    Congratulations to Bonnie! She will be so happy to find out a special gift is coming her way. I love your packages and I’m sure I would not want anyone ripping into them on Christmas morning! And I am so far from decorating my packages this year ~~ every year I say I will be finished by December 1 but there are so many activities which I can’t miss that the wrapping always get pushed to last! I love all your birdhouses. I wrote to Santa (via a texted photo from my iPhone to his) asking for a particular one. I’m hoping he knows how to open his text messages. Linda

  7. Anne Boykin
    December 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations to Bonnie! What a lovely Christmas present. I just love how you decorate with bits and pieces of nature plus those beautiful birds. Happy Holidays!

  8. franki
    December 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m a “bag lady” too…I hang them from door handles, closet hooks…it’s a disease… Luv yours! franki

  9. December 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Yes, I am thrilled to win Mary’s giveaway. Thank you,so much Mary, for your generous giveaway and for your blog that blesses us with so much beauty.

    I loved the repeat of your ” Birds of a Feather” post. Your vintage cards are such a treasure! I LOVE all your bird ornaments! What a thrill it would be to be the recipient of a package from you decorated so beautifully and repurposed too. Thank you for your lovely and creative inspiration. I am heading outside to collect little pine cones, acorns and greenery to embellish some of my gifts!!
    Merry Christmas! Bonnie

  10. Robyn
    December 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Congratulations Bonnie! You are going to enjoy those lovely dishes! I confess to the bag addiction myself!! and boxes! Love your Potting Shed Mary! It’s soooo beautiful!

  11. December 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Congrats to Bonnie! What a win. Your ladder tree is the cutest, Mary. I love your gift wrap! Your potting shed is so cute. I love it! It puts me in the Christmas spirit just looking at it.

  12. December 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I loved visiting your post again, Mary. Congratulations to Bonnie!!! We all love a winner and I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to receive her special package in the mail. xo

  13. December 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    OK…we are birds of a feather!…I am using the PB paper this year…While on a shopping binge at PB last year, I the kind salesperson who took care of me and my friend at our “own register”…gave me a great deal of paper..:) and I am have that very same ribbon on my wreath on the great room mantel…and..I have that wonderful napkin!…so you see, “birds of a feather”..Gorgeous, gorgeous wrapping Mary!!..your creativity is over the moon!!..Congrats to the winner!!!..oh and the ladder decked with the packages is perfection..I will look for a ladder to replace a tree next year!!!

  14. December 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    truly a feathered paradise! so love all the extra touches, its so fun to peek into your wonderland over and over again! congrats to bonnie, everyone is so lucky with your generosity over the years~

  15. paula
    December 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Love how you used the bags to gift wrap, wish PotteryBarn was closer then the 2 hours away, I did order the flatware with the words fork,spoon, and knife on them !! Love your pretty dishes as always !
    Have a super day !
    congrats Bonnie :)

  16. The Quintessential Magpie Blog
    December 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Mary, this is the cutest thing on the Internet, and I mean THE cutest! That ladder and those birds and all of the fluffing! It is STELLAR! Great job!



  17. December 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is so gorgeous! Everything is amazing. Congrats to the winner! The dishes are so pretty!

  18. December 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    You always start my day with a smile and AWE!!!!! I might have to buy something at PB just to get a back to wrap with:) I adore every bird you show but your wrapping creativity is GENIUS!!! Every post I end up just shaking my head in wonder. You are amazing my friend.

  19. Karen
    December 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Just Beautiful! And Congrats to Bonnie:)

  20. December 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

    What I’m wondering is when you run out of ideas! Each and every one of your posts amaze me with its originality and detail. It’s always a visual delight to stop in for a visit.

  21. December 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I can hardly wait to open my e-mail to see if you are there with those amazing ideas and beautiful “fluffing” I love birds to and have them flying about the house . Merry Christmas and happy hunting


  22. December 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Congrats to Bonnie, you made her Christmas Merry!
    Another beautiful table, Mary, do you have nihtmares about running out of ideas/dishes? I do! :)
    Since I only shop at the outlet, my wrapping paper would be white or brown, cause that’s what we get there! Your wrapping looks beautiful, great idea!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

  23. December 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Mary, Your gift wrapping is beautiful! Love the ladder and your beautifully decorated potting shed.

  24. December 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The birds are always gorgeous. The ladder/tree is adorable and what a fun display! Yes, we finished our wrapping last night! Woo Hoo!

  25. December 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    So lovely

    Congratulations to Bonnie!

  26. December 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Lucky Bonnie! Your wrapping is certainly worth retweeting, it is absolutiely stunning. All I ever do is pretty paper and a fat ribbon, I dream of someday having beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree like yours, for weeks to enjoy before giving…It won’t happen this year but I love to dream! So glad you reshared this!

  27. Judy Hubbard
    December 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Mary: are we going to see the inside of your house decorated for Christmas this year? So far, I think we’ve only seen the Potting Shed. Love it but want to see more!

  28. December 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Mary, As always every single photo & idea is over the top! HOW do you do it all? How do you come up with the ideas week after week? I envy your talent, stash of goodies & your energy. Someday I would love for us to meet in person. Hope you & your girls have a Very Merry Christmas. HUGS!
    Charlene & Elle

  29. ERIKA
    December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm


  30. Bonnie Keearns
    December 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Congrats Bonnie; what a lovely gift to receive. Mary, you are so talented and blessed. Thank you for sharing your inspirations. I love everything you do and I can’t wait for your next post. I must add…those little snowflakes that fall in the background of your posts are so enchanting; my heart just melts<3 God Bless and may you and your family have a joyous Christmas!

  31. Carolyn Ericson
    December 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Mary, these packages are so beautiful and have inspired me to get my rear in gear. I have yet to wrap the first present. Lovely post! Merry Christmas to you and David and your extended family.

  32. December 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Beautiful wrapping and everything else along with it… You inspire… Thanks for your wonderful posts…

  33. Lesley Kemp
    December 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Oh Bonnie, I’m very jealous but also oh so happy for you. And now I’m off to try to wrap some gifts and want them to look somewhat like the ones Mary has shared with us. Wonderful post.

  34. December 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Where can those dishes be purchased?! LOVE!
    I adore your potting shed!!! I also love to wrap pretty packages – ‘present’ation is so important and yours are divine!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

    • December 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Hi Linda, Thanks so much! I found the dishes at HomeGoods last year :)

  35. Margie Ayers
    December 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I adore the Ladder Tree. I have to put this beside my kitchen door and decorate it with vintage finds. Love your blog . Thank you for all the wonderful ideas.

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