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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


                                            Country Living magazine, November 2010

We all know the old nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence":

      Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye
      Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie
      When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing
      Wasn't that a pretty dish to set before the king?
      The king was in his counting house, counting out his money
      The queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey
      The maid was in the garden, hanging out the clothes
      When along came a blackbird and nipped off her nose.

The old song was inspiration for the ceramic piebirds which became popular in the early twentieth century in England as a way to vent off the steam which bubbling away in a pie would cause the filling to overflow and make a mess of your oven and also spoil the perfection of the pie being baked. The "piebird" as it was called was a perky little addition which could be removed and washed up after the pie was served and then would decorate a shelf in the kitchen until needed again.
I've long loved these little kitchen treasures and picked up a few along the way. And seeing the article in last months COUNTRY LIVING magazine ( ) I decided to list them and see if there will be a demand for them. And so, check my page Other Great Stuff  ( to view these sweet bits of kitchen decor.

Just reminding you that you have the rest of today to enter my free giveaway and the choice of a $50 or a $25 gift certificate to spend here. In addition, remember that there is no cost for shipping within North America on any items ordered by Dec31 so your Christmas shopping dollar goes much farther with me!

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