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Nature-Inspired February Vignette with Thrifted Vintage Treasures

Vintage natured inspired vignette with vintage bird pictures, vintage books, evergreens, pinecones, and moss hearts in a vintage wire heart basket


Well the groundhog may have seen his shadow resulting in the ever-dreaded prediction of six more weeks of winter, but robins and various other birds in our neighborhood are singing sweet songs of spring! All weekend long I have sat in my recliner taking it easy (chronic illness is for the birds, no pun intended…) but the hundreds of birds flying back and forth from our home to the forest across the street put a bit of “spring” in my step this afternoon!



I was inspired to put together a quick February nature-inspired vignette using a thrifted wire heart basket filled with a few other thrifted vintage treasures. 


Vintage wire heart basket Valentine's Day ideas

I found this awesome wire heart basket at a junk shop last summer. I knew it would be perfect for February!


Earlier this winter I thrifted this pair of sweet vintage bird pictures for only $4.00 at a local thrift shop. I had intended to save them to reveal in my spring posts, but outside the February birds seemed to be signing, “Hey, we’re here to stay!” Their song inspired me to go ahead and share the bird photos today.


I haven’t found a real spot for the pictures just yet, so they have just been perching here and there around the dining room waiting for spring. I always loves decorating with bird vignettes so I will enjoy playing around with the pictures in the months ahead.


I was thinking of how to style the pictures on shelves or in my china cabinets, when I spotted the wire heart basket just sitting on the dining room table. I dragged it out last week to decorate for Valentine’s day, but hadn’t done anything with it yet. On a whim I decided to put together this February nature-inspired heart basket vignette featuring the bird pictures and some of my favorite neutral antique and vintage books. Love it!


Evergreens, grapevine twigs, tiny pinecones and my mini-cardboard moss hearts are perfect mid-winter-to-early spring fillers for the basket.


I did a bit of “foraging” in my junky craft stash room and found one lone neutral blossom that had fallen off a larger floral branch I tucked it in with the other natural elements and I think it adds a perfect extra touch to the basket, tying in with the little spring blossoms in this picture.



Vintage bird pictures and vintage books in a wire heart basket with evergreens nature inspired February decor

I am not sure where this basket of treasures will end up, but for now it is just sitting on a rusty-chippy farmhouse stool  next to the vintage chest in the corner of the dining room.






Now for the big question…what kinds of birds are these? Honestly when I snatched these pictures up  at the thrift shop earlier this winter I just glanced at them, thinking they were robins. It wasn’t until I starting styling the pictures today and taking photos that I noticed they were different, and that neither are robins.  The tiny writing under each bird is too small for me to make out. Any ideas? I would love to learn more about them! Whatever they are, they are keepers!


Vintage natured inspired vignette with vintage bird pictures, vintage books, evergreens, pinecones, and moss hearts in a vintage wire heart basket

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my little treasures and this post has you singing a little hopeful spring song while still enjoying the beauty of mid-winter. Have the birds starting signaling signs of early spring in your area? I love hearing from you, dear readers!

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  • Reply Cindy

    Great pictures you scored. Love the birds and how you have it styled.


    February 8, 2021 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    I thought your birds were robins, too; one of my faves. I have an ever enlarging collection of inexpensive porcelain birds including several robins, blue jays, and blue birds. Here in Maine, my birdwatching is limited to watching the crows and blue jays pick at the compost pile! More snow. SOOO…this week I made 3 (for my booths) willow heart shaped bskets (to wall mount) with a mushroom bird, nest with eggs, and sprays of forsythia and other flowers! It helped–a little! Hope you feel better fast!

    February 10, 2021 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Since I’m a bird lover through and through, your little vignette is giving me lots of ideas. Love it Amber!

    February 12, 2021 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Your spring vignette is lovely, Amber! Love those bird prints! And the moss adds such a wonderful spring element! Pinned, and I’m happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow!

    February 22, 2021 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, I love how you put together your sweet bird vignette, and yes, the one looks like a robin! I have noticed that our robins (Texas) have rounded, almost bulbous stomachs. Maybe yours are the same. So I got to thinking about it and went searching”rust and brown colored song birds”… Could be an American kestrel. Definitely both are sunflower seed eaters (the heavy beaks for cracking seeds).

    Anyway, lovely both!! Congrats on the Birch Lane sponsorship, too, btw!!! And I featured your post at this past week’s Share Your Style #293. <3

    Hope you are feeling better.
    Barb 🙂

    March 1, 2021 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    p.s. The bird with the spotted breast could be a Brown Thrasher, which is the state bird of Georgia according to this Wiki. post:

    If you do figure them out, maybe write their species on the paperback on of each frame so you’ll have it. 🙂


    March 1, 2021 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Tiffany Frost

    This is the cutest pair of bird prints I have ever seen! You were so lucky to find them! Beautiful arrangement you put them in too! Love your posts!



    March 18, 2021 at 2:56 am
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