Sunday, May 8, 2011

Garden Roses ~

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to everyone! This year, I hosted Mother's Day Brunch in my home. I am lucky to be blessed with a great mom and a wonderful 94 year old grandmother.  

When we moved into this home 2 1/2 years ago, we inherited a front yard with mature white rose bushes....

While I enjoy cutting the 'White Iceberg Roses' and bringing them inside, 

sometimes I prefer to bring in a bit of color ...

Last summer. my husband and I planted a cutting garden in the backyard. I picked Modern Tea Roses as well as Old English varieties.  My favorite color is pink so I picked out a {few} dozen roses in all different shades of pink...

My rose cutting garden is finally producing it's first blooms this season. Rather late but certainly worth the wait...


I picked an armload of roses for my Mother's Day centerpiece....

I purchased this cast iron urn about 5 years ago. I have no idea about it's age. It has a great rusty patina. The top holds four candles and has holes built in which acts like a flower frog.... 


Perfect for garden flowers!


The inside is very rusty and I wasn't sure if the urn would leak... I didn't want any surprises of dripping water on the table!  I found an old ironstone bowl to fit snugly inside and I filled the bowl with water...




Slipped all the roses in the holes and the bouquet was complete...



That beautiful golden yellow rose was given to us as a house warming gift when we moved in... I usually don't go for 'yellow roses' but this one stole my heart!  It's called "Strike it Rich" in case your looking for a wonderful yellow rose...


Other roses shown are Sweet Surrender, Tournament of Roses, Bewitched..


Memorial Day...


Guy de Maupassant, Morden Blush....




Double Delight, First Prize...



There are others but I can't remember the names right now... 

If you see something I didn't list and you need to know, 
just email me and I'll try to help!


Remnants of old candles left in the urn
too pretty to remove....

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Vintage Junque & My New Trunk ~

Flea Market Wednesday did not disappoint this week!! By the way, did I tell you I had a friend email me to complain that I really shouldn't talk about FMW on my blog anymore... "I'm ruining it, too many people know about it now!" I did agree with her but I'm sorry but these finds are too good not to share, so here we go...


These are my finds for the week...


I found this tiny soup tureen. I collect large tureens but this is my first small one. I wonder if it was an individual size used at each place setting or maybe it wasn't for soup at all? 



I love the crackle crazing....


Stamped Ironstone...


Complete with a ladle which is always a plus...
Many times, ladles are broken or lost so the value increases with the original ladle.


Small (glue) repair to the lid handle didn't bother me..


I collect brown transferware 
but decided that this grey transferware teapot
might start a new collection...


Love the muted grey of the flowers...


the crackle patina...


the darker the crackle the more I love it!


Nice stamp...


I will probably display this with garden flowers tucked inside...


A box of tiny Christmas ornaments was too good of a deal to pass by. I like to buy my vintage ornaments 'off season' because the prices are much cheaper!!



Jumbo flower frog...


I have a small(ish) collection of metal flower frogs 
and this jumbo will make a nice addition.


My heart must have skipped a beat when I found this old metal horse...


I'm sure I was inspired to purchase this by my friend 
Alison at The Polohouse
{Alison has a horse like this in her kitchen}

Her home has me very Ranch Inspired and she has a great blog!


My new pony has great patina to his old white paint..

and he's about 2 feet long!


Just enough chippy to make me happy...


This is the back side and I found a marking when I got home


Anybody know anything about these marking and my new pony??


Going to hang him on the wall or prop him on top of an armoire...
I'll be sure to take a photo when he's placed..


This is my score for the day...
week...
year??

A ginormous old wicker trunk 
purchased from my friend Kathee 
Check out her great blog Chateauetjardin.

I met Kathee one day at FMW
she introduced herself and told me she reads my blog...
It was so exciting for me to meet a reader!!


Kathee told me that this trunk was from Europe 
but I don't remember exactly where...


It has only one of it's loops remaining...


The basket weave is awesome...


Large enough to be a coffee table...
But I won't be using this as a coffee table.

My teenagers (and their friends) sit on all our coffee tables
This one would get crushed...

So, 
I think I am going to use it as a side table in our guest room 
or possibly on top of the armoire in the master...


Look at these authentic worm holes...


Just a wonderful basket that I am so happy to own!!
{thanks Kathee}


Can't wait to fill it up with lots of JUNQUE!!

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