Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birds and Turkeys...

Howdy friends...
I've been busy crafting away today, preparing for the big feast on Thusday, which I am hosting this year. In all my 41 years, I've never hosted Thanksgiving or roasted a turkey, but I will be doing it up this year for both sides of our family, which will translate into 16 hungry mouths.  I have my menu planned, my course plotted, and today I made some hostess gifts and some pretties for our table.

Birds in a nest....
have you heard the Old German Legend of the birds nest in a Christmas tree?  Well here are some specimens that will soon be gracing the trees of each family that will attend our Thanksgiving day festivities. I made them with my own paws this afternoon and I must say between the sweet little eggs and those lovely birds of paradise, they turned out pretty doggone good! The only difficult thing was "making the nests". The nest is made of spanish moss, the eggs lay on a bed of reindeer moss, I put some twigs that I clipped off our trees in the front yard and its all mounted onto a clothes pin so that they can be put inside my guests Christmas tree. These will be presented to my guests as they leave for home, as I'm sure they will be putting up trees in the near future. Just a little "thank you" for coming to spend their holiday with us :)

Bird1

Birds

Birds2

Each little handmade nest....
is all bagged up with this story tucked accompanying it:

An Old German Legend tells of the magic of all the world's birds bursting into song, as if with one voice, the night the Christ child was born. If a family's Christmas tree contained a birds nest, they would be granted the gift of health, wealth and happiness throughout the year. It is our hope that this little nest adorns your tree and the legend may come true for you!
~With Love,
The Pfeiffer's


Then...
I needed some festive table runners to display some pinecone turkeys that Miss Ellie graciously made for our tablescape. So I rummaged through my fabric and made these for both of my tables:
Runner 1

Runner 2

Not too bad for a rookie, huh?! :)

So until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and hearts to God inbetween bites of turkey, dressing, taters, and.....

May your harvest be bountiful for all my US readers!

Love and hugs,
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57 comments:

  1. cute cute cute!! Love all those little nests and birdies....Great job!!!

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  2. Super cute decorations. I see a regular Martha Stewart celebration brewing!

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  3. Oh, those nests! Vonna they are beautiful!!!! What a wonderful gift! And I love your table runners. I need to think about prettying up my table for Thanksgiving, too. I use to do that and have just let it slip. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  4. I love the nests! I want to come to your Thanksgiving dinner!!

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  5. The nests and their story are very sweet. What a nice gift. Have fun with your thoughts and preparation, and good luck with the turkey...you'll do great.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Bobbi

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  6. So cute! Hope your Thanksgiving meal goes off without a hitch!

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  7. A rookie? Goodness, I'd say you were a pro! Those little nests are so cute and I love the legend that goes along. Lovely runners too!
    Good luck with the bird and a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  8. You are always so creative! Wow! Love the birds in the nests -- amazing! And your table runners -- I don't think you're a rookie. Nuh uh! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  9. Lovely! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Blessings, Patti

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  10. Awwww...the little birds' nests are too sweet. I'll be coming for T-giving dinner, so you'd better set another place (I don't care about eating the turkey, but I definitely want one of those nests). And dearie, if this is the first T'giving turkey you've roasted, don't forget to take the extra paper package out of the bird's bum cavity, right? (I'm kidding; I'm sure you know that.)

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  11. You are definitely not a rookie Vonna! I really enjoyed the legend of the nests and I am thinking I might have to make one up for my tree. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  12. I love the the darling little birds nests. So cute. Great table runners. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  13. You are a crafty one, my dear. Love those little bird nests. Super cute. Your guests will love them.
    Good luck with your dinner, and enjoy the holiday.
    BTW, still trying to get the right color of Swamp for you.

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  14. As always - LOVELY!! Happy Thanksgiving Vonna!

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  16. Leave it to kind and generous you to turn the meaning of a hostess gift around! Your bird nests are such a special gift; thanks for sharing the idea and the legend.

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  17. Love the birds nests and I really love the thoughtfullness of your gifts.

    Table runners are beautimus!!

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  18. How thoughtful of you! Love the little nests and the table runners! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving to you Vonna!

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  20. Those are too cute; what a sweet idea; I know your family will love these hun; hope you and your family have a wonderful day..

    Hugs, Shar

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  21. Very cute Vonna. I assure you your guest will appreciate their small gift and all the fixings of Thanksgiving you've made for them.
    Blessings and have a Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  22. There has always been a bird in my Christmas tree!

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  23. Oh an I forgot...do you put Manger herbs on the tree also?

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  24. Love the St Clair paperweight on your work table? Or is it Joe Rice? :)

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  25. Lovely. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  26. aww so sweet..i love them so much.wonderful job xx

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  27. The birds nests are adorable

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  28. Your birds nests are adorable and I love the story that comes with them. What a lovely gift for your guests. I know your dinner will be delicious.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family.

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  29. oh I love the black bird is not here in France ........

    have a good day

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  30. ohh those nests are lovely .. wonderful story with them too ...love the table runners do we get to see the tables set up before the dinner >>> hope you have a great time and good luck with everything with all those mouths to feed :) love mouse xxx

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  31. I love those birds in the nests. They are gorgeous! Lovely table runner too!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  32. Vonna, nothing you do surprises me! You are so gifted and thoughtful. God Bless and THANK YOU for taking the time to share your efforts and inspiring others with your creativity. :D Cathryn

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  33. Those are so pretty. I hand't ever heard that one before. I'm sure everyone will love them and you'll do great with the turkey.

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  34. The birds nest's are adorable!! I love the legend that goes with them too. Your table runners came out fabulous!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
    Hugs

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  35. Your bird nests are beautiful Vonna and such a thoughtful gift! It looks like you are all ready for Thanksgiving. Hope you and your family have a very happy one!

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  36. Love the birds in a nest ~ so pretty and what a lovely story to go with them. Your table runner is gorgeous and pretty darned good for a rookie! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  37. Love your bird nests, wonderful idea.
    Good luck with your Thanksgiving dinner. I sure it will be most delicious. Don't forget to take time to enjoy.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  38. Those are beautiful gifts and the table runners are lovely.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  39. You sound like the hostess with the mostest! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  40. Vonna,
    That is a very nice gift to send your guests home with and I have had one on my tree for years!!!!! Good luck with your Thanksgiving dinner (just remember to clean out the turkey) :)))) I remember my first one!!!! ha! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! pam

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  41. Your nests and the sentiment you sent home with your guests is lovely. Well done on the table runners your table will look fantastic.

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  42. Your birds and runners look amazing!

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  43. Oh my goodness... how absolutely cute are those birds????!!!!!!!!

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  44. Very creative, love these nests and birds!

    Love your table runners too!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hugs,

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  45. Beautiful tablerunner and love the nests!

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  46. Having hosted many, many Thanksgivings through the years, I can honestly say I've never sent my guests home with anything other than leftovers! You are so sweet to make those darling gifts for each family, Vonna!! I'm sure your day will be filled with that wonderful feeling that you can only get when the whole family gathers together :) Enjoy your blessings...

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  47. Great job (of course)! I'm sure this will not be the end of your Thanksgiving hosting! Happy Blessings to you all.

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  48. What a fun little gift for your family.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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  49. I've never heard of that tradition before but it's a lovely one. Thank you for sharing. The nests and birds are so sweet, I'm sure your guests will love them.

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  50. Vonna
    Happy Thanksgiving! You are blessed to be sharing this day with so many of your family members. Your table runners are first rate...your gifties are so beautifully created...I look forward to seeing pics of the set table. Your attention to detail and thoughtfulness is beyond compare.
    Busy Hands...Happy Heart
    PS You'll do fine with the big bird, too!!

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  51. What a lovely gift idea!! and your runners are gorgeous...hope you all have a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!

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  52. I love the idea and sentiment of the bird in the nest. I lived in Germany for 3 years as a child, but don't remember hearing that story. I had to pin one of the pictures on Pinterest and might use it as an idea for gifts this year. Things are going to be a little tight for me this year, but this seems like the perfect gift to give, and I'll definitely need one in my own tree.

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  53. I love love love the little birdies - too cute, and your table runner is wonderful - now we will see the finished tablescape, right?? Happy Thanksgiving dear friend, Judith

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  54. The little nests and birds are so pretty Vonna. What a lovely gift to give to your family.
    Your runners are wonderful and will make a nice addition to your tables. I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving day.

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  55. I must get myself a birds nest for my tree to ensure the gift of health, wealth, and happiness! Yours look beautiful. I am sure that your Thanksgiving feast was a huge success.

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  56. Hi Vonna, Your nests are so cute. I love them as I have made some for friends in the past. I think my verse is a little different. I have one given to be from a dear friend when we were kids. I believe the year was 1977. I still put it on my tree today and is one of my favorites.

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  57. You are so creative!! Great job, Vonna! I'm sure your guests loved them.

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