Saturday, April 18, 2009


Yesterday, I found something very special perched upon our springy wreath!


Inside are three perfect little robin's eggs.


Mom is understandably a little shy when we are outside, but she always stays near her nest.


I'm so happy she decided to build her home on our home! After three moves in as many years, I've become resistant to nesting. It just seems like every time I do something outrageous (and time consuming) to the garden, walls, or windows, we get transferred. The last two moves, I bounced right back and went into a decorating frenzy even before unpacking. This time, I just didn't have it in me. I've hung some pictures on the wall, painted a few rooms (Louie's room was done up in pink), but really haven't had the urge to make the space "mine." Even so, it has a comfortable, homey feel, and I'm very happy to live and work here. I'm planning to do things bit by bit, and hope that we can stay awhile.

I'm in the process of transplanting perennials from the choked-up raised bed to a new border. It is a bit overwhelming because there are so many plants. I can identify most of them by their foliage, but there are some mystery varieties. I need to find places for them soon, because the vegetables are very ready to get outside!


Check out the crop growing on our entertainment center!


I finally hung my YCMT quilt-along project. What a difference it makes in that room!


Aside from gardening and life-maintenance stuff, I probably won't be doing much in the way of domestic nest-building for a while. I'm working with a fabulous collaborator on some very exciting projects, and am so inspired! I'm definitely in heavy duty eBook creation mode. Stay tuned for details and sneak peeks!!!


Shannon said...

What a nice surprise to have a nest built in your wreath! what a perfect picture of spring! Enjoy watching the wonder of nature.

LOVE the quilt too!

Tom said...

How neat to have a nest in your wreath!
Your quilt looks great hanging on your wall!
Can't wait for sneak peeks!
I have a *feeling* who you might be collaborating with! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!!

Cathy said...

OK when I saw the title...I almost had a heart attack thinking YOU were nesting! I am sooo disappointed :) but the birdy is cute! And your gardens are looking better and better!

Cathy said...

And I love your quilt!!! It looks so pretty there and I am sure it makes a big difference....
...we all love to hear you are inspired and in "ebook" mode! So....what do you think about getting an embroidery machine???

Leslie said...

Love the Speingy Wreath, and the nest is the perfect addition! Can't wait to see what you have in the works!

Nicole K (eyore4ever) said...

Well she picked a such a pretty place to put her nest and sweet blue eggs- I envy the sunshine you have in your home to help things grow!
I love your wall quilt!
I can't wait to learn what your next ebook is, the precious dress has been a big hit and I have already enjoyed using it.

Mindy said...

Carla, that wreath is BEAUTIFUL! I can see why she chose it as her home! The quilt looks great, that was the perfect place for it! Can't wait to see what you have in the works! I finally worked up the nerve and am working on my first Precious dress! I can't wait until I have it completed!

Courtney said...

Love the Robin eggs!

The quilt looks perfect in there!

Can not wait to see what you have up your sleeves!

Sahmy said...

Awww, we have robins nesting at our house every year. Last year, we had two sets of mamas nest on the front porch. When the first one left after the babies flew, the second one moved into her nest.

The quilt looks great.

Shelli said...

A robin's nest on your front door wreath...what could be more storybook perfect? Your quilt looks fabulous! I love the colors you chose! And a new collaboration--can't wait to see what you're working on!

Jennifer Paganelli said...

Carla!!! That is so perfect!! look at the blue of those eggs!! A Robin tried to make a nest on top of our door too but George in and out must have given her a fright!!! Your bedroom is glorious and so us that beautiful quilt!!!

Kim said...

Hi C!!
Now how cool is that to have a robin nest right there! That is so neat!! I love how your quilt turned out -- that was the perfect place for it, too! And I'm VERY excited about your new collaboration!! :)


HeatherSue said...

I love the wall hanging in your bedroom. I'm also loving the pillow you have on the bed and the pretty flowers on the headboard.

Your garden is going to be wonderful! We have a little 10x10 raised garden that was really cramped last year. I'm not much of a gardener though, so it'll have to do.

BTW, I did get my ruffler out and tested it out on my newer machine. It worked great! I forgot how much I love working with one!

Jennifer Paganelli said...

I'm so sad I found the most elaborate nest on the ground today with the eggs nearby broken butone was whole!! All the work must have taken hours. I doubt without mom this egg can make it...