Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop with a special giveaway

Welcome to our stop of the Tree Bird Blog Hop! First of all we would like to thank three very special Ladies: Madame Samm, the wonderful author of Sew we Stitch and the Queen of Blog Hops; Lana at It Seams To Be Sew..., our super efficient Cheerleader and Pat at Life in the Scrapatch. Thanks to Pat's generosity we had the chance to sew with the lovely "Beautiful Birds" collection by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth Studio. Not only did Pat send us the Potrait Panels we won with her giveaway, she also included an extra Tree Panel. We are paying forward her generosity with our own special giveaway. A hint: it has to do with birds!


Birdwatching is a bit of a tradition in our family. Most of the birdwatching takes place from the house, looking out the window at the fig tree where, during the winter, food for the birds is never missing. It's a full time job to keep the birds happy in the winter and they repay us by returning every year. This jolly crowd is great company!


We're often checking reference books to see the exact name of our "fine feathered friends" and studying details. So a nice book cover comes in very handy!


To celebrate our little friends we also made a cushion cover using two of the portraits and some wood grain fabric. We liked using the simple linen fabric to set off the detailed drawings of the birds. 



The quilting is also very simple, a couple of "matchsticks" to make the wood grain fabric stand out like a tree. We're definitely thinking of making a set of these cushion covers to give as a present to our bird feeders!


While writing this, we're singing "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins... We can't help ourselves... We even have a board on Pinterest where we collect pics of Birdhouses and little houses.



And now for the giveaway! For all you bird lovers, we are giving away a beautiful Bird House Decoration by MIHO Unexpected Things:
To have a chance of winning this pretty Bird House (in mdf, 16x18x14 cm, in a flat pack very easy to put together) all you have to do is leave a comment. For followers, old and new, another chance of winning: leave a second comment telling us how you follow our blog.
The giveaway is open to everyone and we will post the prize anywhere in the world (if the post office lets us!), closing on March 31st. Mr Random will then choose a winner who will be contacted by mail.
Fly on over to visit today's blogs: with so many creative projects, you'll be surprised by how many lovely ways have been found to use this fabric collection:


Tuesday, March 17




Joining in the March edition of A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs with our Beautiful Birds book cover (Goal Setting Party entry number 130, via Flickr):


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106 comments:

  1. I would like this for my mother-in-law

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  2. The cover for your bird book is wonderful! Love your pillow. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. What a wonderful way to showcase your little birdie friends!!! I had never thought of making a sweet book cover!!!! VERY CLEVER!!!! and that pillow!!! You are so right! That fabric just really shows off that beautiful fabric!!! FANTASTIC WORK here!!!!
    LOVE them!

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  4. What a wonderful way to showcase your little birdie friends!!! I had never thought of making a sweet book cover!!!! VERY CLEVER!!!! and that pillow!!! You are so right! That fabric just really shows off that beautiful fabric!!! FANTASTIC WORK here!!!!
    LOVE them!

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  5. What nice projects and love the classic detail you added to your cushion. It's a perfect touch, thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love the little house. I need to buy some of this bird fabric. I am an avid watcher and of course I follow you on BL.

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  7. Gorgeous projects; the pillow is absolutely stylish! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Very sweet book cover, and love the cushion, no wonder you want to make a set - lovely.

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  9. your cushion is gorgeous. I have to admit our family is not really into bird watching, but last year we had a nest that fell out of the tree in our little backyard, with the eggs still in it. We put it back into the branches, and watched as the eggs hatched, as the parents came and fed their young, and then finally the day when the parents coaxed them out of the nest. It was just amazing!

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  10. I love your pillow. Those little bird prints are just too precious! It's just perfect for your book cover.

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  11. so clean so fresh so tweet to a T.....

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  12. The book cover is darling and the pillow is amazing! Love that..

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  13. I really like the clean lines of that wonderful pillow and such a fab idea to make a book cover !

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  14. Gorgeous pillow, and the book cover is a great idea!

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  15. Beautiful pillow. Very elegant with the linen. Feed the Birds will now be in my head all day. Follow you with Bloglovin'.

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  16. What a pretty book cover. I love the way you used the bird squares on your pillow. Very elegant looking.

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  17. What a pretty book cover. I love the way you used the bird squares on your pillow. Very elegant looking.

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  18. Nice job!!! Book covers were a great idea...and the pills is adorqble

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  19. Oh what lovely projects! I really like your book cover, and that pillow is so elegant. Great job.

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  20. Sweet pillow and book cover! I love projects that are not only beautiful, but useful. Happy St. Pat's Day!

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  21. I love your book covers! How beautiful!
    Your cushions are also beautiful and a great showcase for that fabric!

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  22. Beautiful cushion cover and book cover!!

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  23. My sister is a bird person and I would give it to her.

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  24. What a beautiful pillow. Great book cover to.

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  25. What a brilliant idea for the book cover! And the pillow - adorable! blessings, marlene

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  26. That fabric looks fabulous on that cute book cover and your pillow is just beautiful!

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  27. The book cover is a fabulous idea and I love the pillow. The bird house decoration is so cute.

    senstrings(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. So clever: a bird cover for your bird book! I love it and it came out so crisp and lovely. I just adore your pillow too. I have all that fabric (the tree grain print and the linen) and it's amazing when I see people combining fabrics in ways I didn't think! Wonderful share on today's hop!

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  29. Beautiful projects and what a perfect cover for your bird book!

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  30. Great ideas. My mom, 2 sisters and myself are bird crazy.
    We have lots of little sparrows. Very fun to watch.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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  31. Your projects are fantastic. I love the idea of using the fabric for the book cover and that pillow is beautiful. The wood grain fabrics are a perfect addition to it.

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  32. I do love your book cover! And the clean lines of the pillow cover. That wood grain fabric goes perfect with the panels. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  33. Love your book cover. That would make a perfect journal cover, too. Your pillows are so sweet. Thank you for the chance to win the birdhouse. :D

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  34. Your projects are all so beautiful, Nesta! I love the neutral fabrics you chose for the pillows that really set off the beautiful birds. The cover for your bird guide book is a wonderful idea. I am happy to have played a small part in helping you create these treasures. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

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  35. Loved the wood grain choice. Awesome giveaway.

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  36. Love your idea of using the little panels as book or journal covers!! I have some birding friends who would love that, too!!

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  37. Nesta you have a beautiful blog that I will now be following via Bloglovin' as I think that it is put together as nicely as what you did to show off these little birdies. They appear to be very simple but I like the clean lines of both of the projects. You was able to bring the out birdies without to much fussiness. Thank You for sharing such beautiful pieces with us today.

    Toodles,
    Tricia

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  38. Gorgeous bird house! Just trying to re-pot my fig tree, it's had work!

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  39. I have a thing about pretty pillows so I love the pillow
    Gmama Jane

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  40. I have a thing about pretty pillows so I love the pillow
    Gmama Jane

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  41. Love your projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. I love your Tree Bird projects... especially the beautiful bird book cover!
    Susie

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  43. Lovely projects. The pillow is so classic in its simplicity. Thank you so much for sharing these projects with us.

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  44. Visiting from far eastern Canada where we still have winter! UGH!!! Thanks for sharing your work & for the giveaway.

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  45. That is a very nice idea, These book covers are since a Long time on my want-to-do-list, but now I really have to sew some, it Looks sooo nice!

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  46. Your pillow is so pretty and looks so comfy. I love the idea you had as to make a book cover. It turned out great!

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  47. I love your book cover and your cushion is fabulous! Gorgeous projects.

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  48. Lovely cushion. Very clean and fresh and simple. Love the wood grain fabrics; they reminded me I have some in my stash and have to go fetch them. Thanks for sharing your creations today.

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  49. Love your pretty book cover! The border in wood fabric is just perfect on your pillow. Such a cute one. I am loving this fabric, it sure is a pretty and colorful addition to a room.

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  50. Here's my second entry as a follower ;-)

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  51. Oh yeah, and I follow your blog through bloglovin:-)

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  52. I am a new follower as of this Tree Bird hop. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  53. I adore your Tree Bird book cover and the pillow to rest upon while watching the precious birds. Thank you sew very much for Tree Bird hopping and participating. I forgot to tell you I am following via email. Creative Bird Bliss...

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  54. great idea to make a book cover!

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  55. I'm loving the pillow and what a good idea to make a book cover.

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  56. Love the book cover! I want to make one now to cover the bird watching book my dad gave me. Your pillow is wonderful too! Thank you for sharing today and for the chance to win your giveaway. Happy quilting!

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  57. Love the cushion and book cover! We have three bird feeders outside our sunroom to enjoy the flyings about all day :)

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  58. I found you through the blog hop and now follow you on Bloglovin'

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  59. Oh my, I love birding and this is such a great little creation! Thank you & God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  60. I am a new follower on Blogloving as Rose Santuci-Sofranko . Thank you & God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  61. Love the little birdhouse.

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  62. Following your blog by email now. Like the book cover and pillows. Found you because of the bird blog hop. Love birds.

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  63. Following your blog by email now. Like the book cover and pillows. Found you because of the bird blog hop. Love birds.

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  64. Love the pillow, you are right, it's simply elegant with just the birds and the linen fabric next to it.

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  65. Your pillow are awesome! I have many birdhouses in my yard. My favorite bird is the chickadee!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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    1. I'm trying to post this comment and not have it bounce back. Hopefully this time it will work!
      Your pillows are awesome! I have many birdhouses in my yard. My favorite bird is the chickadee!
      nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  66. Oh, I do love birds ~ especially love to watch the little wrens all flitting around the yard. I like them so much I've got a tattoo of one on my wrist!
    Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  67. I follow your blog via email and enjoy it a lot!

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  68. Thanks for the cute giveaway, and thank you for introducing me to the bird fabric. Your book cover is so beautiful.

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  69. visiting from lets be social linky...I love the birds I have in my backyard... and have gotten into making covered books and "junk journals"...I need to make one to keep track of my birds...hummingbirds, blue jays and grey doves.. in addition to the "generic" birds that visit! And..Mary Poppins was my favorite movie as a kid (although I never saw the movie until I was pregnant with my second child in 1982 - 30 plus years ago!) I read athe book and had the record and would put the record on repeat and the needle arm would just keep starting it over and over and over...all day long! Thanks for the giveaway! I would let my grand kids help build it!

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  70. the pillow is perfect--highlights the beauty of this fabric line to a tee!

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  71. So beautiful. I saw a little Cardinal this morning and we still have snow on the ground but spring is on its way.
    Bunny

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  72. I spent over an hour watching a pair of Sandhill cranes with their ten day old chicks by my house this morning. I'm a big bird watcher too! Love your cover.

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  73. I am Canadian but live in the UK and I will always remember watching with fascination the Wagtails when I saw them for the first time! And the robins here are so much smaller than the ones we have in Canada. I love watching the birds!

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  74. Beautiful apron and I'm sure a beautiful lady modeling it. Yes she should show her face! :) Lovely bird book cover and pillow too. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  75. Your book cover is delightful. Great idea for this fabric. The cushion is super sweet.

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  76. That would make a great decoration on a luncheon table.

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  77. I so love your book cover - totally gorgeous. The pillow is wonderful and the frame in the wood grain fabric is perfect. I follow you with Feedly.

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  78. I love your book cover and the wood grain fabric in your cushion. Beautiful projects!

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  79. Such a lovely giveaway a beautiful fabric birdhouse.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  80. I follow you on Bloglovin'
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  81. Wow! I'd love to join this giveaway, too. I am crazy for birdies and my dream is to make birdie-style kitchen at home))) My email is iammariab@gmail.com

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  82. I follow your blog via Blogspot service. My email is iammariab@gmail.com

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  83. I love the simplistic beauty of your pillow. It is just gorgeous.

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  84. I'd like to have such a great bird-house too:)) It looks like spring is in the air:))

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  85. My e-mail is fleurpreciese@gmail.com.
    I follow you on Blogspot.

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  86. What a cute little bird house! So springy. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  87. I follow you via e-mail. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  88. I love the book cover & pillow. They are gorgeous and I would love to have them too. I love to watch the birds come to the feeders year round. I love the little birdhouse. Thank you for the opportunity to win it! I would hang it on my front porch for everyone to see. Even the birds!

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  89. Oh I forgot. I follow via email.

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  90. Hi - Love the fact that friends share with friends and the receivers are giving back - isn't that what this sisterhood in stitch and cloth is all about! The book/journal covers and pillows and wall hanging ideas and more are terrific. Had a visit with your pins page as well! Great. Thanks for sharing at Nina's Friday!
    Bethany

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  91. I follow along at Nina's Off the Wall Friday posts and as a RSS subscriber.
    Bethany

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  92. What a cute little birdhouse.

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  94. Such a beautiful giveaway! I love birds!This little birdhouse would look lovely next to my Geninne bird prints!AriadnefromGreece!

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  95. I have become a follower through Bloglovin!Thanks!AriadnefromGreece!

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  96. I have become a follower through Bloglovin!Thanks!AriadnefromGreece!

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  97. What a wonderful idea! My mum would love the bird house.

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