Sunday, June 24, 2012

Norman Rockwell and Hydrangeas

While visiting with my daughter Hollie 
last month, she asked me to arrange
some of her beautiful hydrangeas for her dining area.
 I selected this beautiful Waterford "Millennium" vase
to display the beautiful blossoms on her sideboard.
When Bob and I left for our visit with our daughters,
in early May, our hydrangeas were just starting
to flower.  Hollie was excited to show off her
gorgeous blooms and I was excited to see them. 
She cut enough for me to place all through her house. 
 I am staying in the dining area with my photos
because much of her collection of 
Norman Rockwell is in this room
 I wanted to share some of that collection with you.
This arrangement of Rockwell's prints is called
"Four Seasons Of Love".
Her sister found this collection 
in a thrift shop a few years ago.
Kim had them reframed and 
gave them to Hollie for Christmas.
All these colors on one blossom.
This one is Bob and me. In fact, Hollie 
duplicated this one in cross stitch for me.
It hangs in our breakfast room.

Isn't this couple the cutest? I would have
loved for this to be Bob and me. 
Alas, the physiques don't match.
My closeup of the youngest couple,
upper left, was blurred. It is
a young, barefoot, lad and a little lass
with various wildlife about.
This is Hollie's cross stitch rendition of
"Sunset (Puppy Love, Spooners)"
Her cross stitch looks
as neat on the back as it does on the front.
Her work it absolutely beautiful.

It was hard to get a photo of this piece because of glare.
This is titled"The Last Ear Of Corn"
The little boy is upset because grandpa is taking the last ear of corn. Look at the cobs piled around grandpa's plate.
This framed piece was presented to Bob 
by Green Giant Foods when he was a broker for them.
Another gift from her sister.
I think this may be a kitchen angel
since it has a halo!
Don't think she knows I 
am publishing her home.
Speaking of Halos!!
She and her sister are on a road trip.
Can we say Thelma and Louise?
Last I heard they were leaving the
and headed for Sturgis, SD.
Dang it!
Make sure you act like ladies!
I'm watching you!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my daughter's
house while she is away. She will never know.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer Centerpiece

I made a collage on PicMonkey!

Remember when I shared this?

Really neat little bottles with carrier.
That I won from Verbena Cottage

Well this is how they look today!
 I gathered a variety of flowers that were blooming in my garden. I chose things that were light and airy. I chose Hydrangea buds, Ivy, Angelonia in white and fuchsia and Diamond Frost® - Euphorbia graminea, the tiny white flower with the spidery stems. I especially love this Euphorbia but it is very delicate and is hard to use in bouquets without breaking the stems. It is worth the effort.
 I think this little Frenchy tray looks great with
the runner I made for my kitchen table many years ago.
 I loved this fabric because it looked like a Monet garden. I made two runners for my round oak table.
 Since I no longer use the round table the runners don't quite fit the length of the table. But I am adapting.
In the background you can see my French country kitchen chairs. They are a story for another post. 
I think this centerpiece is a perfect match for these runners. What do you think?
There is a hint of a future post in one of the pictures. Did you see it?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Lazy Daisy pattern just speaks 
Spring and Summer!

This coffee service has been set up on the sideboard for more than a month.
 I am an extremely busy woman 
I am a totally discombobulated old broad!
(No vote necessary)
This pretty set of dishes was manufactured in the 1950s.
The bright white daisies and the soft green color
are a perfect look for this time of year.
The interior of each piece is mocha colored and the lids on the coffee pot and creamer are made of wood with  brass knobs. The design of the knobs is a giveaway to the mid-century origin.
If you take cream in your coffee be careful. You won't be able to see the coffee in your cup.
This adorable Tea Coffee Towel reminds us that the bees are a buzzin'. The silver colored bee is a pot sitter from Cracker Barrel.
The silver is International sterling, Stratford pattern, 
introduced in 1902 and discontinued, some sources say 30s, some say 50s. 

We move to the left side of the sideboard.
Here you will see a pair of ceramic vintage style boots. They are truly vintage because I made them in 1967.
They were a gift to my mother and unfortunately, in time, came back to me. They were matte black with gold eyelets when I gave them to Mom.
I used a pedestal cake plate for lift, added flowers and a snail, pot sitter. The jar of flowers is from the tray of bottles I won from Verbena Cottage.
The Hydrangeas are from my garden. The two colors are from the same bush. I needed small blossoms but they were very hard to find. I think these are really still in the bud stage.
The Daisies are faux as mine are doing poorly.
Sorry, I HAD to have Daisies!
I love the detail in the shoes. At times I forget they are ceramic. The visible creases mimic normal wear.
 Also at this end, the footed server and Gerber Daisy dessert plates await the blueberry scones.
The scones arrived shortly after the shoot. They tasted good but were not photo worthy. That's a story for another day, let's just say "lost keys". We won't discuss how many I ate. Bob insisted on storing his extra (American) biscuit with the scones. 
International Brotherhood!
I removed the bottle of flowers so you could see more detail in the shoes. 
I have always wished I had some shoes like these.
I should have called this post "Ginger Loves Shoes".

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Worthing Court: Happy One Year Blogoversary and a Giveaway!

Go by and visit with Suzy,  at Worthing Court. This is one talented lady and she is celebrating her first year blogging anniversary with a great giveaway.
You will love her blog.

Worthing Court: Happy One Year Blogoversary and a Giveaway!: Hello all you sweet peeps! I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Worthing Court!  My oh my, how tim...

Sunday, June 10, 2012


But Mom, Everybody's Doing It!
Well, you might have known,
I jumped off the bridge!
I did what everyone else is doing,
I made a flowerpot wreath.
I had pinned this to  My Pinterest
a couple of months ago,
via Bees Knees Bungalow's photo from
Bachman's 2011 Spring Ideas House.
This was one of the cutest things 
I had seen in the longest time.

It seems to have taken blogland by storm.
Everyone has a slightly different version
therefore making it their own.
When visiting my daughter, Hollie, in Nashville
we decided to make our version.
Our goal was to make it big enough to make a statement without the wreath being too heavy. We used the fourteen inch wreath forms, thinking this would give us plenty of places to wire the pots.
Being from Savannah, we just had to use Spanish Moss. However, I rarely use the moss that is all over my trees. If you want to use fresh moss be sure to spray it first and let it set a day or two. We our supplies came from Hobby Lobby.
We had to get someone to open up the packages of pots, take out the broken ones and combine enough good pots for our project. They were nice about doing that (they couldn't sell the packages with the broken ones).
We used two inch and four inch pots. 
We wrapped the wreaths with the moss. We were generous with the moss as it goes a long way.

We finished wrapping the wreath forms and are ready to wire the pots.
This was the largest wire they had in stock. I would recommend using 22 gauge wire. Remember the higher number the gauge the smaller the wire. I always remind myself,  it sounds bassackwards!
Our flower pots are wired. We wired the larger pots and hot glued the smaller ones. We experimented with different ways to wire. All methods, of course, require going through the hole. 
We did find that we could wire the pots, in a straight forward way, through the hole (from the bottom), out the top and around the wreath.  We would then go in with a second wire, through the hole (from the bottom), loop around the first wire, inside the pot. Bring the second wire back out the hole toward the bottom and wrap/twist both ends around the wreath. This will snug up the pot. You can adjust the position before you tighten the final wire. WHEW!
It was here that we had to part company. Neither of us was sure how we would finish them. We had the hard part done. It was the last day of our visit 
and we did just that, visit.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Savannah.
 I found some burlap type ribbon that I had for a long time. I thought it would add to the natural look.
I have never had good luck with herbs and I really didn't want to think about watering these tiny pots in our summer heat. 
So what do I do? I find something blue, faux blue. No it is really blue. I found something blue that was faux. Yep, that's it.
Did I tell you that blue is my favorite color? Four Hundred Sixty Three times? That many?
 I always have blue, faux and stuff around. I found some faux stuff in blue that fit the purpose. 
 I hung the wreath on our screened porch, off the kitchen on one side and the family room on the other.
I think the wreath looks well surrounded by some of Bob's grandfather's tools. The tool at the very top is a curry comb for grooming horses. Directly under the comb is a tobacco punch, used to punch a hole in the ground in which to place the tobacco plant. To the right are sheep shears. Under the wreath is a ladle that we were told was used to melt ammo lead. The hook at the very bottom is a hay hook with a handmade grip.
Yes, that looooong thing is a gourd.
We counted tonight, it is at least forty four years old. It was grown by Bob's dad, in Atlanta. The thing hooked around the bottom is the remnant of a second gourd that had grown around a tree limb but long ago broken. Sigh.

The round gourd was made to be a birdhouse. It is turned around because the birds will tear the screen to get to the gourd. It did happen!
I filled the empty pots with a little moss to cover the wire. After looking at these pics I see more tweaking is in order.
When Hollie sends pictures of her finished wreath I will share with you.
I hope you enjoyed another version of the famed
 "Pot Wreath".

I will be sharing the rest of the porch soon.

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