Spring Cloche Party: The Nest

This little nest is only 2 1/2″ at its widest point … and barely over an inch tall.

I found it about four years ago when my youngest daughter and son-in-law bought their first house. It was hidden in overgrown shrubbery  — a reminder of a Springtime past … and a hope for Springtimes to come.

Last Easter, Renaissance Man’s then 89-year-old mother came from Texas for a three-week visit. I knew it would likely be the last time she could make such a long trip, so I wanted her to see some of her treasures … ones she had already passed on to our family.  I displayed her set of demitasse cups and saucers  — with their sweet pink and gray flowers — on a large pressed glass plate that once belonged to her mother, Renaissance Man’s grandmother. In the middle, under a “cloche” I sat the treasured nest on an inverted milk glass vase.

Leaving plenty of room on the sideboard for Easter desserts, I tucked another “found” bird’s nest into a milk glass compote that once belonged to my own Grandma … and added a white ceramic cross with an embossed design that mimicked the beautiful handmade runner I first showed you HERE.

But that was last year.

This year, I’ve used the same tiny bird’s nest. It has become a favorite part of my Spring decor.  Today I placed it in the opening of a vintage etched glass vase … and set it in the center of a silver overlay plate.

I tucked a little surprise inside the nest … and covered it with a small cloche.

The surprise is a necklace that I often wear.

In this picture you can see the dogwood charm I received from a longtime friend last year on my 50th birthday. It’s a symbol to me of Springtime and new life and, of course, friendship. You also see a charm with the simple word “hope.”

When days are dark or confusing, I find comfort and refuge in the promise of Hope.

As Spring bursts forth in color and new life, I pray you can say the same.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has given us a new birth and a living hope  by the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead.  (1 Peter 1:3)
I’m joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Spring Cloche Party
Marty, thanks for hosting … and continued prayers for your grandson’s recovery.


I’m also linking to these parties:

Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound and Spiritual Sundays


  1. Love the mini cloche and am glad you rescued it.

  2. Very pretty…love the little bird nest…Picket

  3. What pretty displays!…Christine

  4. What a precious little nest. I love how you have taken care of it.

  5. I love how you have put the nest on a pedestal. I love natural birdnest so much better than the manmade one. ~~Sherry~~

  6. I love how you have put the nest on a pedestal. I like natural birdnest so much better than the manmade one. ~~Sherry~~

  7. So beautiful!!!

  8. Amen, Susan, to a beautiful verse and fabulous tabletop displays…

  9. That is just adorable, Susan! I like how you’ve given it some importance by raising it up with the vase and using it on the tray.

  10. Just adorable. How sweet is that nest. What is it about nests that we love so much…… hummm something to ponder about.


  11. What an absolutely beautiful post you have created here. I am so glad I stumbled upon it! I adore the great treasures you have found and preserved and how you have incorporated it into your decorating. I also love your idea of putting the sweet necklace inside the nest. It just gives me goosebumps to think about how wonderful that is! My little cottage in OK is decorated with “bird” decorations right now so I really loved your post.
    Happy Pink Saturday to you!


  12. What a beautiful way to share treasured memories from family members. Your found nest is so sweet and I love the necklace you placed inside it this year.

    Thank you for such a lovely PINK Saturday post (I’m a new follower of yours too).

  13. I don’t know what is more elegant.. the displayware, or the birds nest! The latter displays the intricate design of the bird’s Maker. 🙂

  14. Susan,
    what a touching post. I can imagine that your MIL was pleased to see her former treasures being loved and cherished by you.

    I love they way you have displayed the sweet little birds nest.

    Happy Pink and Green Saturday
    Deanna 😀

  15. Susan,
    what a touching post. I know your MIL must have been pleased to see her former treasures being cherished by you.

    I love the way you display your sweet birds nest.

    Happy Pink and Green Saturday
    Deanna 😀

  16. Lovely! I have a little nest too, maybe I’ll steal some of your ideas!

  17. What a beautiful and sentimental post! I am sure your MIL was thrilled with how you displayed her treasures that have become your treasures!



  18. happy pink/green saturday
    this is a lovely post
    and a totally awesome blog
    i am your newest follower =)

  19. Susan, MIL had to have a melted heart when she your lovely decorations of treasures & finds. Love the birds nest.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~


  20. this is so nice…a great idea…and putting your hope necklace makes it even more special

  21. Nest is so pretty. You very clever. Laura

  22. Very pretty nest Susan!

  23. What a sweet lovely post. Thank you for sharing this creative representation of spring, new life and new hope.

  24. My goodness.. so glad I stumbled across your blog.. it is gorgeous! And your photos??? To die for!
    Happy PS!
    Cricket gypseanurse

  25. My goodness.. so glad I stumbled across your blog.. it is gorgeous! And your photos??? To die for!
    Happy PS!
    Cricket gypseanurse

  26. How sweet of you to decorate with her treasures,and what a great idea. Well I have to tell you that I will join
    you in the 50 club this year.It’s funny because when I was much younger 50 seemed old, but it sure doesn’t now 🙂
    God Bless,

  27. I’m so glad you recued it! I love the mini cloche and so nice of you to decorate it with her things. Come over, you’re welcome to visit me and my cloches!


  28. Susan, your vignettes are so pretty. Love the mini cloche and the precious nest. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  29. The hope of Spring and the Hope of the world. So much enveloped into those hopes. The surprise tucked into the next spoke to my heart.

  30. That is so sweet! Just lovely!