Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CARDINALS AND DINING WITH A COZY FIRE


We have a Mr.& Mrs. Cardinal that visit us several times daily at the feeder.
A table has been moved near the fireplace so we can be toasty warm while we eat.
January and February are our months to relax and unwind. Wool cozies made from a re-purposed wool sweater warm the mugs. I'll pour some tea and Joe will have cappuccino.

The cardinal plates have been in my collection for a few years and were found at the Olde Wicker Mill on clearance. Doesn't Mr. Cardinal look handsome on those plaid dinner plates? The white wooden chargers are from Pier One.
The plaid plates were on sale at Pottery Barn in New York City after Christmas. Since I had a $20 voucher to use, it ended up costing me less than $20 for the six plates. 
 Birch candles and candle holders are from Pottery Barn, plaid napkins from Crate and Barrel a few years ago, and the knit napkin rings were re-purposed from a wool sweater.
Doesn't the cardinal look warm perched on the wool napkin rings? I'll be putting some wool scraps from the re-purposed sweater project outdoors in the spring so the birds can use it for nesting material.

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish Winter Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by!


36 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of birds in the first pic-really neat! Your table is very pretty, the cardinal plates look great with the plaid-enjoy:@)

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  2. Debbie, I absolutely love this post. Cardinals are my favorite birds, and that photo is amazing. We have two cardinal couples who live in our back garden, and I get so much enjoyment out of watching them! Your tablescape is so cute. Love the plaid plates and the mug cozies!

    xo,
    RJ

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  3. Debbie, the tablesetting is absolutely beautiful and how wonderful to dine by the fire! I think if I looked outside and saw a beautiful tree loaded with cardinals like that I'd probably have a heart attack - so very beautiful!

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  4. I love cardinals. Was that picture taken by your BIL? It is great. Love your warm cozy table. It's still early and I am already coveting cardinal dishes. Ay! xo

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    1. No I don't know what BIL stands for but I took picture.Story from Sheila,towards end.:) Thanks for compliment.

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  5. Table looks cozy and warm by the fire...love the plaid dishes (I had considered buying them, too!) Cute ways to repurpose your old sweater, too!

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  6. Ooh Debbie, I love this table, setting and picture of the pretty birds!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful theme of using the cardinals. Your plates are gorgeous and what a deal on the PB ones. The mugs look so cozy with their woolen wraps, as do the pretty napkins. What a perfect spot to enjoy your meal with your honey by the warm fire. I'm going back to take another peek..,,,,... *_* xo

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  7. Gorgeous photography! wow. And the table is so pretty. I love the cardinals with the plaid dishes. What a great deal you got on those. I am going to find me a project sweater.. so many good ideas. I love the cable knit napkin rings. So perfect with this table.. xo marlis

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  8. What a warm and cozy setting!!! It makes me want to do a table by our fireplace since it is FRIGID here!!! LOVE all the dishes, the cardinals and the plaid. Love how you repurposed the sweaters!!! The mug cozies and napkin rings are fabulous!!! I am not good at stuff like that at all, no sewing skills:( Thanks for sharing this. XO, Pinky

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  9. Beautiful dishes, Debbie and that photo with so many cardinals on the tree is amazing. I have Cardinal plates too but they are Winter Greetings by Lennox. It's in the 70's here today so can't use the fireplace, lol. Your setting is so cozy...Christine

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  10. Oh how I love this beautiful table, Debbie!

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  11. Gorgeous table. I think cardinals are the most beautiful bird. I love your mug cozies.

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  12. Debbie, how it would be to have a cardinal in our yard! That picture is just stunning!! I love your table, and the repurposed wool cozies and napkin rings are fab! I have admired those plates and chargers on other's blogs, but those cardinal salad plates are new to me, and I love them! Joni

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  13. Oh so lovely. I really like how cozy this table is!

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  14. Debbie, you always have some of the most unique dishes...gorgeous table. Those cardinal plates look like they were made to go with the tartans. We have a couple pairs of cardinals, they are so beautiful. I can't imagine seeing so many on one tree, what a treat.

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  15. I love those plaid plates, and the cardinals look so pretty with them. Neat re-purposed cozies and napkin rings!

    Katherine

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  16. I adore cardinals. We are blessed to have several families that live in our backyard each year. My favorite element is the knit sweater napkin ring...such a great idea! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  17. GREAT deal on those PB plates, Debbie!!!! Aw, man....those are so cool! They work perfectly with your cardinal salad plates. They both have a wintry feel without looking like Christmas unless you want them to. You picked some great pieces to round out your setting. The sweater mug cozies are darling, and the "log" candles really are a nice touch. Way to go, lady! I'm still on break. Have a great week!!!

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  18. Debbie, your cardinal theme table is adorable. And those cute mug cozies are a clever idea. Amazing photo of the cardinals in the tree. I've never seen but one cardinal at a time. In fact, saw one on my walk this morning. He had flitted into a low shrub. His bright red feathers glistening against the leaves.

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  19. What a beautiful table! I love cardinals, love plaids, love white with plaids, so it's perfect in my book!! And those cozies....too cute! ~Zuni

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  20. What a cozy table by the fire! Love the cardinals - dishes and napkin rings! I've never seen mug cozies - only those for teapots - what a great idea and yours look so cute! Wish I would find a deal like you did at Pier 1!

    DD

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  21. Hi Debbie, I am in love with your table. I have those wood chargers too and I use them ALL the time! The PB plates were on sale at our PB too but all were damaged -- maybe next year! I look for our cardinals everyday. We have two pair. I love the idea of the wool cozies for the tea cups! I do not like cold tea! Linda

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  22. Such a delightful table table. The cardinals are wonderful. I see we have the same chargers. Your plates are so pretty. The cozies are so sweet! The napkins rings are perfect. Love it all.

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    1. Linda, I did notice we have the same chargers. They seem to be very popular in blogland. I went back to Pier One to get more last year, so I think I have 12 now.

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  23. Hi Debbie, I love your cardinal photo. We do not have them in our area. I grew up in Northern, Indiana and they are plentiful there. I love how you mixed the red plaid with the black and white checks and prints, and your dishes are amazing. You set a very pretty table.

    In regard to the question you left on my post:
    I know that everybody has a special technique and that they use many different products, but wait until you hear how complicated it was to get this photo onto my page. Are you ready for this.? It was a photo that I took in Las Vegas just outside the Paris casino, so I had it stored on my computer in my picture files. So, all I did was print in on regular computer paper, cut it out with scissors and glue it onto the page with a glue stick. I know you're thinking . . . what? . . . yep, that is all that I did,LOL.
    Now, I have heard of this method where you print your photo in mirror image onto regular printer paper and then use lemon Pine-soil cleaner to brush over it and transpose the image to the page. I haven't tried it , but I bought some Pine-soil the other day, to try. You turn the image upside down so that the ink side is down and brush the pine-soil over the back. Wait a minute or so and peel it away.
    Good luck . . . I'm curious now and off to give it a try.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Connie, I would have never guessed that you cut out the photo with scissors and glued it onto the page! You have inspired me to get our my journal, and start doodling and cutting ;o)

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  24. Hi Debbie, I'm back . . . well I tried the Pine-sol and I wasn't happy with it. It ended up taking about 10 minutes, but not with very good results. If you come across a method that works well, I would love to hear about it. Sometimes you want to layer in a more sophisticated way than, cut and glue, LOL. I know that there is a way.
    sorry that i could not help more.
    Your blogging sister, Connie

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I won't run to the store to buy the Pine-sol!

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  25. What a cozy way to enjoy a meal...love all your Cardinals..and that photo of them all in a tree is amazing...we just do not get them up here where we live...would soooo love to see some.
    Thank you for your sweet comment you shared about my book....happy weekend...stay cozy.

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  26. Hi Debbie,

    This is a CHARMING winter table for two -- for starters because it's placed right in front of the fireplace. :) I love everything you've used on this table. I seem to be obsessed with tartan plaids at the moment. I think I've loved them for years, and now they're popular and I'm finding them everywhere. I love your tartan plates (I saw those at PB) and the tartan napkins with the darling wool napkin rings and cardinals. I missed seeing the cardinal plates at Pottery Barn; you made a great purchase with those. Last, but not least, those wool cozies for your coffee/tea mugs are soooo cute!! What a clever idea!

    I hope you have a great weekend. We have ice and very cold temps here in North Carolina.

    Denise

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  27. Beautiful,Debbie! I love the cardinals paired with the plaid, and your wooly accoutrements are so cozy!
    Thanks for taking the challenge at Let's Dish!

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  28. Wow!never thought my Cardinal picture would go so far,and I'M just an ordinary ol' city/country,girl taking pictures:)ThaNks everyone,this was in Bellevue Nebraska,in my sisters back yard lines up to as you can kinda tell a Field some people store there R.V.'s But this was a few years ago after our dad passed,every year until my ma ma passed the male would come,and the year she passed they both showed up together,when I saw this with the Turtle Doves,I snapped the picture.They mean a lot to me.I think the Indians have a story about them being a spiritual bird.

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  29. Debbie, this post was on your sidebar tonight, so I popped back over. Amazing shot of the cardinals in the tree. My sister has had lots of cardinals in her trees in recent weeks. A friend says they are our loves in heaven come down to visit. I like that thought!

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  30. Well I can tell you that I'm the owner for the very first picture on the top. It was taken in Pennsylvania. Although there are many people out there claiming it was their picture when it wasn't and benefitted by stealing it. One is Kathy Hussey from Ohio. She has this picture on cards, on pintrest and all over the internet. I do have proof this is my picture. Also there is a site on facebook called Quotes and Pictures and they also have stolen this picture and had over $215,000+ likes. This may be flattering for my picture to go viral but it would be nice if I got recognized for it and people did not illegally profit by my picture without my permission!
    Mary Lynn Marsico

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