Friday, April 20, 2012

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Is it just me, or do you occasionally experience this, too? You find something you really like:  a pretty plate, a vintage linen, a compelling old photograph. So, you buy it. Then, all of a sudden you start seeing other items the same shape, composition or style everywhere you turn.

That has recently happened to me with chickens, particularly roosters.

It may have started with my son who, as he was looking to decorate his new apartment at about this time last year, seemed drawn to vintage roosters. Like this vintage trivet he found at a thrift shop.

Naturally, I began noticing roosters when I became aware he had an interest.

A while back, as I was browsing Karen's extensive library of wonderful images at The Graphics Fairy for a project I was working on, I came across a gorgeous rooster image. I had been saving a fabulous piece of Waverly fabric (an estate sale find) for just the right project and decided to stop right then and make a pillow with these beautiful elements. I can be impulsive like that.

The polka dot fabric is gorgeous and the large rick-rack row at the bottom is part of the print. I transferred the rooster image on a piece of vintage muslin using my inkjet printer. I added the black rick-rack frame to finish it off.

It even looks pretty from the back.

And, the chickens just kept coming. My husband and I grabbed a set of 10 embroidered fabric cocktail napkins at a recent estate sale. The proud white rooster is accompanied by his cocktail shaker. Won't these be fun for a summer get-together?

Then, on a recent trip to Illinois to visit my husband's parents, my mother-in-law asked if I'd be interested in some of her old tablecloths and linens. They are trying to downsize and have started sorting through their accumulation of household items. Lo, and behold, more chickens.

This beautiful brown tablecloth is in perfect condition and is adorned with roosters and hens. Yes, I told her. Yes! I'd love it! Thank you.

And, finally, last weekend, I came across this sweet vintage apron at an estate sale. My daughter, a barista in a cozy, locally owned coffee shop, enjoys wearing fun aprons to work. She has a nice collection of them, but is always looking for more. And, recently, she also seems attracted to the chicken motif. This cute apron will be a birthday surprise for her tomorrow (if she doesn't read my post today).

As you can see, when the chickens come home to roost around here, it makes for a fun and interesting collection of goodies.

Make it a great day!


  1. I love all your rooster stuff! I am working on a Modern French Country theme for my friend's apartment and your pillow caught my eye! Stop by and check out what I've done so far on my blog. Cheers, MGal

  2. I think it's all part of that "As you think so you are.." saying. So be careful and think only good things.

  3. I love chickens and roosters too. My favorite is that adorable tablecloth, you know, if you ever get bored with it.

  4. Roosters, roosters everywhere! Your rooster pillow is so cute!

  5. You have some very lovely items here. I get attached to patterns and textures from time to time. They usually become my favorites.

  6. Oh my, I love those cocktail napkins! I collect them. They are a rare find around here. What a beautiful color they are!

  7. So cute! I love the pillow! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  8. Your ever-growing collection is fabulous, Ann. I love chicken and rooster-themed items. Of course, I AM a farmgirl. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  9. I just love the black and the white and the polka dots and the rick and the rack and the black and white rooster! So I pinned and tweeted and FB page posted too!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us all at Pillowpalooza!




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