Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Birdhouse

I've been thinking lately about the things I've carried around for years. One of those things is this birdhouse that always sits somewhere in my house, usually tucked away under larger things.



Many bloggers work for hours to create a rustic patina on furniture they're refinishing. The flaky, peeling paint on this birdhouse comes naturally. It sat for a long time on a fence post in the back yard of my deceased stepfather.




One day in the 1980's when I was having a bout with the flu, my mother and stepfather brought me a medicine called Theraflu. Knowing how resistant I am about taking medicine, my mother had an article of some sort wrapped up in a large towel. She told me if I took the Theraflu, I would get a decorating surprise.




Well, she had me at "decorating", so I chugged the medicine and starting unwrapping the towel-wrapped object. Both my parents started grinning and laughing to each other, thinking they had pulled one over on me. Seems they had removed this old birdhouse from the fence 'out back' because I had been talking about birdhouses being the rage at that time. They thought this was going to be a big joke on me when they pulled this old shabby birdhouse out (shabby wasn't in back then) and presented it to me.





Can you imagine how much I loved it? It really deflated their glee! So many times over those 30-some-odd years my mother has mentioned how she wishes she hadn't been so quick to give away something she's come to love too. It doesn't matter though 'cuz ...I'm not giving it back!



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27 comments:

  1. Nice post
    Good blog
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  2. Love the bridhouse very unique.

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  3. We do go to a lot of trouble to get that exact look. lol Do you have a little shabby bird to go with her? ~ Maureen

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  4. Love the look! I still don't understand why I work so hard to make my new things look old but I keep doing it.

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  5. What a cute story! You're right. Many years ago, old flaking paint wasn't in vogue the way it is now! You were ahead of your time! Ha! It's very cute and it's nice that it's staying in the family.

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  6. I'm like you I would have been tickled pink! Love the bird house. Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind words about my buffet. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Thanks so much for stopping by -- I don't know how I have missed you in the BlogWorld. I do love to make new friends.

    I had such a good time looking back through your blog -- my husband was sitting here with me looking over my shoulder, and we got a good laugh about the daughter's cooking!

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  8. What a cute post and a great memory.
    Katie

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  9. I love that birdhouse.. I have a "picture sign"?? from my uncle he made in HS...he is now 82! It is chippy and really not all that pretty...but no one better try to take it from me!!

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  10. Cute story. I like the birdhouse but do not like theraflu, yuk. Made me giggle about you liking it to her surprise ;-)

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  11. Hi, Love the story and I love your birdhouse! I love the worn weathered look. I really like your blog and just became a follower. Thanks so much for stopping by my place and leaving a comment. I hope you'll come back for many more visits.

    ~Sandy

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  12. This is great! I am hosting a Giveaway to celebrate my blog's third birthday. Would love for you to drop by. hugs Anu

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  13. I was just over reading around your blog and wanted to comment that your horseshoe is in the right position - if it was the other way all your luck would run out.

    ~Bliss~

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  14. Listen, Listen, Listen! You have a great blog here. I found you from your visit to my blog...but LISTEN- You have to get over to Debbie Doos and get in her newbie party before you hit 100 followers. You will get a lot of hits from there. Once you hit the 100 you can't join anymore. People just have to find you and they will love you! Great old birdhouse. Do you know that TheraFlu is the ONLY med I will take? lol I HATE taking anything!

    Hope you have a great day-xo Diana

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  15. I love the birdhouse! you had to work hard for it though I have had theaflu I don't know which is worse taking it or having the flu. I can't wait to read more I'm following you back

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  16. I love it's rustic charm! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    SHerry

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  17. I love it! We were 'shabby' when 'shabby' wasn't 'chic'! That is wonderful in my book! Following you!

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  18. Your shabby birdhouse is wonderful, Sharon! Isn't it funny how many things we've loved BEFORE the style became popular? ;)

    Hope to see you linked to Time Travel Thursday again this week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  19. Love your birdhouse! Seems like they never go out of style. I have a couple that I have been holding onto as well, but they definately don't have the patina yours does. Maybe I should put them outside. :)

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  20. Hi Sharon, thanks for becoming a new follower. I'm now following you back. Your story of how you got the birdhouse is priceless! hahaha! I love birdhouses and have notice an old one on the apt back fence that was left by a previous tenant. Time to sweet talk the landlord for it! -_^
    I'd love if you shared this post at my Frugal Treasures party. Look forward to getting to know you and share projects and tips.
    Barbe

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  21. I am in love with your sweet birdhouse and your new island is to die for. Have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  22. I'm catching up on blog reading today and have made it to yours...late, but I'm here! :-)

    Il ove this birdhouse and would have done the same as you, and also NOT given it back!! What a great memory!! :-)

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!*´¨)

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  23. What a great story! I don't blame you. I wouldn't give it back either!

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  24. What a beautiful story behind that lovely birdhouse! I've enjoyed my visit and have become one of your newest followers. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

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