Category Archives: Cardinals

A Simple Christmas Porch

This afternoon I snapped just a few photos of our pretty new porch,

 decorated very simply for Christmas time.

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We bought those black urns at Lowe’s this past summer,

+ of course, at the time,

I was already dreaming of how pretty they would look at Christmas.

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They look like cast iron but are actually made from old tires,

which means they are lightweight + are supposed to be durable enough

to make it throughout the cold winter months.

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Each window in our house has a single electric candle,

which is one of my favorite things to do.

I think it is so quaint, especially in a 2-story house like ours

(+ this one, below:)

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We hung some artificial garland made of mixed greens,

including some blue spruce,

which coordinates divinely with our blue spruce topiary.

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Yes, I know this Dachshund is tacky, but how could I resist so much cuteness?

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She’s standing in front of my seats from the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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I bought that ginormous wreath at a garage sale one warm summer day.

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but those are big, retro red bulbs.

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Yes, I use a lot of red in our house, which is especially festive at Christmas time.

Did I share a photo of our new mailbox?

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Look!  Yet another Dachshund — a boot  scraper, actually,

which I placed next to some old, red boots I bought at a vintage store.

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This may or may not be the final version of our Christmas porch,

but whatever — I am going to keep things simple, with red + greens.


Baseball (Again!) + Pillow Musings

Hola again, sportz fanz!

If you didn’t know of my epic St. Louis Cardinal fandom,

then you’ve not been paying attention!

Why do you think my blog + biz are called

R E D B I R D ?

Here’s why:

Look!   My grandlad + me at Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Look!
My grandlad + me at Busch Stadium, St. Louis!
September 27, 2013

Any-hoo, maybe you heard:

 my Cardinals won their deciding Game 5

v.s. the Pittsburgh Pirates last night (YAY!) . . .

There they are, my 2 favorite Cardinals, pitcher Adam Wainwright + catcher Yadier (Yadi) Molina

There they are, my 2 favorite Cardinals:
pitcher Adam Wainwright + catcher Yadier (YADI) Molina!

. . . which means they can advance to the next series,

which will pit them against the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers!

pillow -- st. louispillow -- l.a.

Get it?  St. Louis v.s. Los Angeles?

SO, in my world, this is perfect timing

 for some shameless self-promotion!

I make these awesome (if I do say so) city pillows;

they’re sold in my online etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/redbirdvintagehome

I hand-stencil + sew them myself, using repurposed canvas + vintage buttons.

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AND I just introduced some grain sack pillows

 on which I’ll stencil any name.

Fun!

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I just sent this one as a wedding gift to a couple being married in November:

Fingers crossed they'll love it!

Fingers crossed they’ll love it!

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But what’s going on at the Dutch colonial project, Kay?

Do I hear anybody asking this?

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Well, the most photo-worthy update

is that I coerced/nagged G.O. into hanging my ginormous Cardinals flag there.

"But we don't live here yet!"

“BUT WE DON’T LIVE HERE YET!”

HA!  Whatev, G.O.!

If we DON’T do stuff like this, they won’t win!!

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But I digress.

Not much else at our project is really that blog-worthy, sadly.

They are framing for new windows, at long last,

so that’s going to be a morale boost!

Stay tuned + go Cardinals!


Retail + Baseball Therapy!

Today I’m seeking the morale boost that an online purchase provides.

Here ’tis:

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‘Tis a roof finial, + I need a pair, actually . . .

. . .  one for each end of our garden shed roof peak:

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At about 7″ high, I’d say these finials will be perfect!

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Speaking of retail morale boosts,

Saturday morning I shopped our local French Country Market:

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The Good Humor Man was there!

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This adorable girl provided live sax music!

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This cool, vintage camper was for sale!

I called G.O. + asked him to come down + have a look-see:

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It was completely re-done + wonderful,

but I’d rather we re-did one ourselves.

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Speaking of G.O.,

I did purchase a huge, red O from this booth:

Hundt No More Antiques & Collectibles 779.279.1109

Hundt No More
Antiques & Collectibles
779.279.1109

Even though he nixed the idea**,

my plans were to include the O in my bridal shower gift

for his beautiful soon-to-be-daughter-in-law:

L, niece of G.O. R, soon-to-be-DIL of G.O.

L, niece of G.O.
R, soon-to-be-DIL of G.O.

** He even said, “I’d have just gotten her a $50 gift certificate to Kohl’s!” . . .

. . . no offense, Kohl’s, but that’s just not how I roll,

gift-giving-wise.

Fingers crossed that ‘the kids’ dig their O (+ other stuff!)

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Back to the Market.

My other purchase:

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Vintage initial pennants!

I am going to use them to make pillows,

similar to what I’ve done in the past

with a really swell vintage golf flag:

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Sold it in my etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/transaction/39139050

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Anyway, as much fun as I had at the French Country Market,

Saturday’s highlight took place here:

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Wrigley Field’s iconic manual scoreboard

We took our grandlad to his first-ever Cubs-Cardinals game

at Chicago’s Wrigley Field!

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Wrigley Field’s iconic marquee

And yes, the Cubs DID manage to win one.

(HA!  I “keed”!)

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But check it out!

WE GOT ON NATIONAL TV!

He has a peanut shell on his finger.   Kids do that sort of thing.

He has a peanut shell on his finger.
Kids do that sort of thing.

Yes, we made our own signs,

+ yes, the national FOX TV broadcast showed us!

His “GO CUBS” was a huge hit!  FUN!

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My sign is a shout-out to Tim McCarver,

the FOX MLB broadcaster who’s retiring after this season:

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McCarver was the Cardinals’ star catcher in the sixties:

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3 World Series: ’64, ’67 + ’68!

Feel free to comment if you noticed

what a good sport Grandma Kay is,

to promote or even tolerate my grandlad’s Cubs fandom!  😉

Who do you think bought him that shirt?  😉

Thank you!


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