I’m a bird-watching geek but even if I wasn’t, I have to think I’d still love these handcrafted textile birds by UK artist Abigail Brown. It’s not just the texture and layers of stitching that’s so appealing. It’s also that she seems to capture the spirit of each bird in her work. The shy, sleepy owl. The hummingbird that even while sitting looks poised for flight. The curious blue tit with its head turned, watching. While they’re not cheap â€” prices range from just under $100 to over $600 â€” they’re beautiful works of art and certainly special-occasion worthy. Which oneâ€™s your favorite? â€” Sarah L.
Okay, I admit to not having a place to hang it in my house, but Iâ€™m fascinated by this Jenny Haniver nonetheless. Originally created by fishermen as fanciful hoaxes, the Jenny Haniver is a dried skate fish that is then carved and lacquered. You can get your very own sea devil on eBay for $75. Hang it if you dare. â€” Sarah L.
One of my fondest memories of my grandparents’ house is of an old German cuckoo clock that my grandfather especially loved. It was old-fashioned, hand-carved, and every single morning, he would remember to wind that clock before he left for work. I remember sitting underneath it constantly, waiting and waiting for a new hour to strike so I could watch the dancers go around in a circle, and see that little cuckoo pop out of the top.
Sadly, it’s probably not terribly stylish now to have one of those big, clunky clocks on your wall. But I still love the idea of that little cuckoo – so when I spied this thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic over at CB2, I couldn’t help but covet it. Those clean lines and minimal colors couldn’t be further from the original, but it still makes me smile.
What do you think? Would you hang a cuckoo on your wall? –Becki S.
I bought these three glass custard cups at an antique store over the winter. It was a snowy, yucky day and it was just the owner, myself and a small store with antiques stacked almost to the ceiling. After chatting and wandering around for most of my lunch hour, I felt I had to buy something so I picked up three custard cups for $15. Once I got them home and in the light, I fell in love. The glass has a pale blue tint to it and the thereâ€™s a starburst design on the bottom. I thought Iâ€™d be able to find a few more online in the usual haunts (ebay, Ruby Lane, Tias) by seplaceing for Hazel Atlas, Fire King or Anchor Hocking. No luck. It seems like from the design on the bottom, someoneâ€™s got to have an idea. Anyone got a helpful hint for me? â€” Sarah L.
I’ve been obsessed with macrame for a few years now, ever since I lucked into two vintage macrame lawn chairs (FOR FREE!). There is something about macrame that screams 1970’s to me — in a good way — like reruns of “Three’s Company”. Maybe I’ve always wanted to be Mrs. Roper… So now, you’ll find me thrifin’ in a floral caftan (not really), scouring the aisles for little pieces of fiber-woven nostalgia, notably plant hangers. I scored the lovely jute number you see in the photo for 3 dollars, bagged with a larger unfinished hanger. Thinking that it may be a good source, I seplaceed Etsy for more and found quite a few lovely examples, like this and this. But honestly, I had no idea that vintage plant hangers would fetch $20+, so I guess the next step would be learning the craft. This vintage leaflet looks like a good resource: and for the bargain price of $3.25. Have you ever worked with macrame? Any books or tricks of the trade you can share? — Megan B.