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Late Summer Nesting: Simple Bird Vignettes

Hello everyone! Today I am participating with some blogging friends for the Thrifty Chicks August  “birds” challenge. Although I didn’t create a brand new bird craft, I have been feathering my nest and refreshing the decor and garden for late summer. My little birds have been flying around finding new places to nest in preparation for fall too. For this challenge I am sharing some of my vintage bird vignettes.


We are at the height of summer here in Kentucky. It is extremely hot and way too early to decorate with pumpkins, but sunflowers are in full bloom! I recently made some mantel changes to reflect the end of summer and the first signs of fall. I simply switched out a beachy air plant and some seashells for this little brown bird and placed a pretty sunflower in one of the bottles.




The Vintage Summer Vignettes continue in the dining room with a “birds and bottles” theme.


Spring vignette birds moss ball ironstone shabby chic vintage junk treasures

Back in the spring my little birds started appearing here and there around the house just in time for my Early Spring Home Tour. I always keep my birds from spring through late summer, but this year I have some ideas for using them in fall vignettes too.




Easter Cloche Display Idea stamped rock bible verse in nest olive bucket with herbs farmhouse style home tour

I also enjoy decorating with mossy nests in creative ways.


Here I have nestled a mossy nest of eggs down in part of a salvaged gas light fixture. A beautiful bird brooch adds an unexpected touch of vintage goodness.




Vintage dough bowl spring

I used my favorite bird treasures to create a nature inspired dough bowl display.


vintage styling spring birds decor Easter egg cloche antlers vintage birds nest



Mossy nest with eggs and vintage brooch Spring dough bowl ideas


Junkaholics Unanimous: Spring Finds and new Etsy listings!

This little bird saucer is one of my favorite $1 yard sale treasures.


A recent thrifted bird has flown into the music room to becoming part of a summer-to-fall transitional vignette. The pretty shabby chic tray with a Frenchy roses and bird motif is also a junkin’ find from earlier this summer.



A pair of pretty metal bird ornaments hang from a metal picture frame holder on the piano,


This lovely bird pillow will be on display from late summer through fall.


Outside, a pair of cast iron “blue birds” can be seen in various garden vignettes year round.




For my Vintage Summer Garden Tour I displayed the birds on a thrifted baker’s rack beside our back door.






Another little bird is perched on the top shelf of the baker’s rack as a reminder of healing garden therapy.


Other birds appear in whimsical garden vignettes in the flower beds. Don’t worry, these two are feathered and furry friends!


So, I actually did have a very easy and cute bird project in mind for this challenge that I planned to whip up at the last minute. These little birds and sunflowers from Family Dollar’s summer clearance sale inspired the idea. I did wait until the day before the challenge, but it would have only taken a few minutes so I wasn’t worried about it. I came straight home from the store excited to get to work, but out of nowhere the sky turned dark, followed by thunder, and then torrential rain that lasted all evening! It was so dark there was no way to get pictures even inside the house. Nevertheless, the birds and sunflowers are cute as is in this impromptu vignette for now, and the makeover will be even more fitting for later this fall. I will certainly share a post when the project is complete.




Thrifty Chicks

Now it’s time to check out all the other amazing bird themed projects from the talented Thrifty Chicks! You can find visit all the blogs via the links below.

Thanks for visiting today friends!

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  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Amber, you know I think you are the queen of vignettes and these are really beautiful! Birds and bird nests are my favorite because of the symbolism. Honestly, I like to incorporate them year round. Love your ideas and I have pinned and pinned.

    August 8, 2018 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Debrashoppeno5

    I love all of the vignettes you have created around our theme. They are so charming and adds such interest.

    August 8, 2018 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Tania

    Awww, i love all your beautiful bird vignettes!


    August 8, 2018 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    Your bird vignettes are all so lovely Amber!

    August 8, 2018 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    I love the way you filled your bird vignettes with summer flowers and nests…so pretty, Amber!

    August 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Just love your style, Amber! I especially love the vases and birds vignette with the queen anne’s lace! So whisper soft;) Fun to see how you work the birds in throughout your home and garden!

    August 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Love your beautiful bird vignettes, Amber–you are such a gifted stylist 🙂 Looking forward to your bird & sunflower project later on.

    August 8, 2018 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply LINDA

    I love the bird decorating! So adorable. I have a few birds I switch around from here and there… Pinned. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode Thursday Favorite Things hostess.

    August 12, 2018 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Such beautiful vignettes Amber. You always do such a great job of styling.
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your late summer nesting vignettes at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

    August 16, 2018 at 6:09 am
  • Reply Nikki Gwin

    Hi Amber! I love birds and I use them a lot in my decorating. Your bird vignettes are one of my features in next weeks OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY which goes live on Sunday evening at 5 pm central. Please stop by to see your feature and link up again!
    🙂 gwingal

    August 16, 2018 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Cheryl Lawson

    Amber, I love all of your vignettes! Thank you for sharing them…A new reader, Cheryl

    August 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Cheryl! I just posted my Vintage Cottage Style Early Fall Home Tour. I think you might really enjoy it too. Happy fall!

      September 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, your vignettes always wow me! You have such a knack for mixing the new with the old. I love birds and have quite a collection of my own. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    August 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Menaka Bharathi

    Hey! You really have lovely vignettes. You excited me to have my own collection of bird vignettes.

    August 21, 2018 at 5:11 am
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