Monday, June 16, 2014

The Little Sparrow in my Entry Way

A little bird with plumage brown,
Beside my window flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Then taps upon my window pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my notice to its song;
But I work on, nor heed its lay,
Till, in neglect, it flies away.

So birds of peace and hope and love
Come fluttering earthward from above,
To settle on life's window-sills,
And ease our load of earthly ills;
But we, in traffic's rush and din
Too deep engaged to let them in,
With deadened heart and sense plod on,
Nor know our loss till they are gone.

~Paul Laurence Dunbar

One of my favorite little pieces of red transferware is this sparrow shaped bird ashtray from Clarice Cliff / Royal Staffordshire which hovers just above the entry table in our foyer.  I have displayed it on my hutch in previous houses.  It has lived better days as it's been dropped and broken and glued back together, but I still like it just the same.



  1. I like your little sparrow, too!

  2. I love the little bird shaped ashtray. So pretty! And what a lovely poem.

  3. Oh I love the sparrow! I would keep him, too, even being glued together! Your foyer is lovely :)

  4. Hi Nancy,

    I prefer that blue and white bowl you used with the cloche. What creativity! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  5. A well-loved piece like the wee sparrow is worthy of gluing and re-gluing. It's a sort of patina, I suppose.

  6. What a beautiful piece you have such great pieces and that blue bowl caught my eye.


  7. How lovely! what a wonderful quirky post. Thank you

  8. Oh yes I keep my broken and glued back together treasures, Your sparrow is so cute and it looks good climbing or flying up the wall

  9. These little treasures are worth rescuing and saving for years to come. Sweet piece, Nancy!


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