Monday, February 15, 2010

Did I tell you about the time I was featured in Romantic Homes Magazine???...

So many of you lovely ladies have had your homes, your shops, your crafts featured in favorite magazines... well... I was featured several years ago in Romantic Homes magazine... honest, I was...well... sort of...

Among all of the treasures from the past that I collect, some of my very favorites are my pie~birds... the photo below shows my little collection in one of my hutches... some of these I purchased myself, some my sweet sister Jill purchased at antiques stores on trips to California for me... (merci Jill!)... the teeny little yellow one in the very front belonged to my mama... the yellow chicken at the back is not vintage... it was represented to be by a shop owner (who knew better) and I knew it was not old, but it was so darn cute, I brought it home anyway!... (I just did not pay the price a vintage one would have been!!!)... I adore these little pie~birds, and they always bring a smile to my face...

I'm sure most of you all know what a pie~bird was used for, but for those of you who do not, they were used to vent the steam in a pie so as to keep the filling (usually fruit) from spilling over and also to keep the crust from sagging in the middle... Imagine my surprise when I purchased Romantic Home's book "Vintage Vavoom" several years ago, and there on page 23...

was a picture and story about collecting vintage pie~birds, and I happen to own three of these treasures identical to the ones they featured!... (photo below of page 23)...

I was soo excited to see these!... I personally do not know anyone else who collects pie~birds, and was so happy they had shown these... I decided to photograph the three of mine that were like the ones they showed, and wrote a "letter to the editor" of Romantic Homes magazine... it is the one and only time I have ever written to a magazine, and Jack told me not to get my hopes up about it being published, as they were sure to receive thousands of letters each month... (I still had my hopes up!)... Then in November 2008, I bought the latest issue... (one of my all time favorite covers too!)...

I opened up the magazine and started to read it, when there I was!!! Well, not ME... but my little pie~birds in "letters to the editor"...

So, as the late Paul Harvey (who I adored!) would have said... "and now you know the rest of the story"... tee hee hee... P.S. Since I have kind of a kitchen~collectibles thing going on this week, I will post my Bauer bowl collection next and tell you about a very generous lady!... xoxo


  1. That is wonderful, it is quite an honor and accomplishment to be featured in a magazine and you my friend have been in one of the sweetest magazines ever!! Jack is right...they do get thousands of letters, so that makes it all the more wonderful and meaningful that they chose YOU!! :) Your collection is adorable, I only have one from pfalscraf (I don't think I spelled that correctly, I'm drawing a blank??) I bought it with my family up in the Lake George outlet years ago.
    You are such a treasure Julie Marie, and thanks for your email, you are so sweet.

  2. I have that book and I remember seeing those pie birds and thinking how cute they are!! How cool Julie!! I love your collection, it is darling! My favorite is the yellow one that was your mammas. It is darling :)
    Love ya sweetie!

  3. Oh Julie Marie......I remember that article and I thought those pie birds were so very clever. I never make a pie but I can certainly appreciate those that do!LOL

    Blessings dear friend,


  4. How wonderful is that!!!! Your pie birds are famous! I know my sister has some. I'll have to see which ones she has!!

    Your home is filled with such treasures, Julie!


  5. No matter how you look at it, you and your pie birds were in Romantic Country Homes! I think it counts!


  6. I soooo saw that and now I know you. You are famous!

    Love you most~Rebecca

  7. Hello, Julie Marie,
    I had seen pie birds before but did not really know the history of them or that they were called pie birds. Thank you for the information and congratulations on having your letter and picture posted in Romantic Homes. I hope you have a beautiful week, and I look forward to seeing your other vintage items! Vicki

  8. Wow!!!! Great story! That would have been such an exciting moment to see your article/letter published :-)

  9. Well, how cool is that! I will have to go through my collection, yes, I do tend to hold onto those magazines, and check it out! Maybe you will be featured again some day!
    Take Care!

  10. OH Julie Marie, I remembered seeing those in the magazine, and I found it fascinating how much some of pie birds were worth. I tell you right now I had no idea what they were used for. My mom used to make bake a lot and pies were one of them and I have never seen her use of of these. Anyways I found them to be very interesting and charming.. I think it is so neat that you have some and that they were in the magazine.

    Your last post on Vintage Recipes-My sister has an old recipe book that my mom had for ages... and I'm telling you there are some great delights in that book. I really got a kick out of the How To Preserve a Husband....


  11. Hi Julie Marie,
    How sweet is that !! And, Fun !! I have a few of those pie birds as well .. I LoVe the way they look !! What sweet mouths they all have .. They look so happy .. But, if I was bathing in the middle of a pie, I would look the same way !! Thanks for sharing your little piece of heaven .. Sooo sweet ~
    Big hugs ~tea~xo

  12. Good for you Ms. Julie! This will be just the first time I am sure! That's quite a pie bird collection. I never see them when I am out antiquing, so I am guessing that maybe they are not so easy to find anymore? Hope that you and Jack had a lovely Valentine's Day! XO~ Janet

  13. I have never seen or even heard of pie birds??? The are so cute and how wonderful that you photo and letter was featured in one of my all time favorite magazines!

    Hope your week is off to a fabulous start Sweet Friend!

    Love and hugs,

    P.S. Toby wanted me to tell you that he's sending you a big slobbery kiss!

  14. You will always be famous in my book! Where do you find the room for all your precious little treasures? I love seeing all the vintage items you have. Seeing your pie birds I am reminded of the song 4 and twenty black birds . . .

  15. YAY for you! I remember years ago I sent a letter to my then fave magazine Country Home and it was featured as well. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw MY letter in the mag as well. ME a Dutch girl was in an USA mag YIPPEE! I don't know if I still have it, have to look for it hehe. And not too long ago I was mentioned in another wonderful magazine MaryJanes as part of an article yay...

    Hugs...OH and I just ♥♥♥ Romantic Homes too, it is not here but have a few very old ones that I keep reading for lack of the new ones lol ;)

  16. G'morn, Miss Celeb ~ I should have known, you are #1 in my 'book' ... chuckle! You write the cutest, Julie Marie. Love the pie birds, wish I'd known you collected them before I got rid of all of mine ... sniff! Your collection is wonderful, I love the little horse.

    Someday I'll post my time in Romantic Homes feature ... for real.

    Love ya!
    Have a beautiful day ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  17. I am so very happy that I found your lovely blog. I would love to congratulate you on being featured in Romantic Homes, that is a keeper for sure. As much as an honor that that is, I find your pie bird collection much more interesting. I have never heard of a pie bird collection and yours is the sweetest. I do bake pies, and I use a pie bird. I am going to start keeping my eyes open for these wonderful little critters. Now I must return to your blog for some more great reading, I love it all, Char

  18. Hi Julie Marie,
    What a wonderful collection of pie birds...I remember the first time I saw one. I really didn't know what they were for but fell in love and just had to have one...Mine is all white and I just think it's the cutest thing. Thank you for sharing your collection with us...I love, love, love the tiny little yellow one because it is the tiniest, cutest and it belonged to your mama. Have a wonderful day my friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  19. Oh Julie Marie, I adore pie birds and have the black ones that were my mothers. I have a blue one, but I do not think it vintage. I am going to collect more as I see them. They just inspire me so much.

    I love your collection and Congrats on being in the RH magazine. I am sure it was a wonderful surprise to have your collection featured.
    I also have that book and love it.
    Love your header. So inspiring for Spring.
    Have a great day.
    Love to you.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  20. I've been here for a while reading your blog and some past posts.... I have enjoyed my stay here very much... your country house was lovely, but I'm sure where ever you are now your house and gardens are still lovely because you make them so....


  21. I do remember seeing this and I was so excited that it was you! Very special.

  22. What a very sweet little story Julie Marie!!! Loved reading it and learning about "pie birds".
    Happy day.

  23. Oh my goodness how fun Julie!!! {and actually I was one of those who didn't know what a pie bird was till reading about them here!} Actually, I too wrote to RH's several years ago...but I wrote to complain about how dark and masculine it was getting...and then they printed my letter! Now, I kind of feel bad for what I had I felt it at the time ;)

  24. That is so neat, Julie Marie. I think I know just where my magazine is, I'm going to go pull it and take a look! I too loved Paul Harvey... can still hear his voice.

  25. Cute! I have never seen or heard of a Pie Bird (I guess that tells you about my baking skills) and it is a treat to have your letter to the editor published. Very fun Julie Marie! xoxo Amy

  26. OMG - you must've been so excited! How FUN! My grandma and my Mom both used pie-birds! My Mom used to bake a pie every Sat. for my Dad . . . with whatever was in season. I can remember her asking me "Karen, would you go pick me some nice lemons and we'll make Daddy a Lemon Meringue pie today!"
    But once my Dad died, she stopped baking. It turned into a only for something special kind of thing. But I can't blame her . . .
    This was fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Some days are diamonds

  27. I love your collection of pie birds. I did know what they are used for, but have not thought about them in years. I save my Romantic Homes so now have to find that issue and see "you". That is an honor to have your letter featured. I bet your were so excited. I sure would be. I am catching up on your blogs. Never heard of Bauer bowls but they sure are lovely. What a find that sweet lady gave you. Awesome.
    Have a beautiful day.

  28. Hi Julie Marie, Congrats... this is wonderful!! I remember the cover of that issue! I will have to go dig it out and see you, how fun to be in a national mag!!
    I love those little birds too... so cheery! We have the same blue one (he is my favorite:-)
    Hugs to you,