Friday, September 17, 2010

My Favorite Cloche Plus Two

hHave you ever had an idea and thought you were the first to think of it?   Well, that's what happened to me with this one.  I had this great idea of displaying some wine corks in a pretty Towle cloche / dessert stand I have.  I made a little vignette around it with a bottle of wine, wine glasses and cocktail napkins.  A few days later I was thumbing through a Charles Faudree book and saw a large glass jar filled with wine corks in his kitchen!  Oh well!  I guess it can't be that bad of an idea since he came up with it first! ;-)  I love this nonetheless.  I think the wine corks are an interesting touch!



My next cloche vignette is one I filled with acorns....I'm pretty sure this isn't an original idea but I like it too.  I have this one on a French commode that separates spaces between my breakfast area and the den.  It's placed next to a brown transferware tureen base by Masons which holds an arrangement I did, and a little squirrel holding an acorn.  They are all placed on a pheasant feather charger.



Lastly, this is my favorite cloche of all, or I should say the contents of this cloche are my favorite.  And, I don't think anyone has done this yet but if they have I have a feeling one of you other bloggers will know who it was and tell me! 
Guess what's under this big cloche?

Before I tell you what it is, I'll share with you a bit of history.
Shawn and I met almost 25 years ago, when I was 17.  We worked together and each sat at small cubicles, along with 15-20 other employees.  Shawn and I would pass notes back and forth to one another,  as if we were still in school trying to keep the teacher from finding us out.  We also wrote lots of mushy letters to each other.  For all of these years, I have had the notes and letters stuffed into two gift bags tucked away in a dresser in our bedroom...until now.  A few nights ago I had a sudden thought that they would make a sweet, romantic display in our bedroom, so here they are now stuffed inside this big cloche resting on, of course, a large transferware tray.  
Shawn was in the bedroom watching the news when I brought this in and set it on the dresser.  Immediately he knew what I'd done with the letters and it made him cry.  He's a softy.
Next to the cloche is an old book stand, covered with pewter filigree work, which holds some antique Valentines cards. 

I found the two candles holders at Hobby Lobby (cloche came from there too) on clearance for $2.50 a piece!  The purple pillars are from Zest Candles and have a pretty lattice design etched into them.




I'm joining Marty's Cloche party at A Stroll Thru Life
and these other weekly memes:
Brambleberry Cottage
Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Common Ground
Vignette Friday
Show Off Your Cottage Monday

32 comments:

  1. Looks great Nancy! The corks are fun, the acorns cute and the letters are really sweet-enjoy!

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  2. Aww I love that you put all of your old letters in there! That was sweet!

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  3. I love all your lavender!!You and I have alot of the same tastes. Love most things lavender, love all transferware,I adore cloches.I knew those were love letters.If you had never seen or heard of the corks in a cloche before, then it was original.I have tons of brown and red transferware.I've always wanted a lavender piece but as you know ,theres not much in stores.My "sweet love" is 66 yrs old and out of that generation of men most wont buy from the internet,So I do love to look at yours.Denise

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  4. Nancy,

    Everything you've done is just beautiful. I love the letters under the cloche and you may be the first, but now you certainly won't be the last ;)

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  5. Oh I love the corks, I think they just make such a pretty display, and if Charles can do it, so can we. Your vignettes are gorgeous, but your cloche with your notes and letters in it is so precious. I love it. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Nancy, All of your vignettes and cloches are wonderful. I love the notes and letters underglass...very romantic!
    xo, Sherry

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  7. I love the corks (I have them in my kitchen, our bar, and the study), the acorns are a fabulous idea, and the letters would make me cry too. When Allie was born my older son wrote her a letter- it's framed and hanging in her room. I LOVE it
    xoxo Pattie

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  8. Hi Nancy! I love your cloche displays! How sweet about your little love notes!! Your husband really appreciated what you did. I love seeing your pretty home too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Oh Nancy...I love all of your beatiful cloches but I have to say that the one with your love letters is my all time favorite! What a wonderful idea! If no one has done it before they sure will be doing it now;)!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Cathy

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  10. Nancy, You were SO original in your idea to place your love notes under glass! So sweet....
    Your vignettes are so pretty and I like the corks in the cloche in the wine display. I checked out the link on the feather charger- it is waaay cool! Great job on everything!
    ~ Sue

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  11. Everything is so beautiful...love all those wine corks!!!

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  12. The love notes....how precious!!! Love it!!! Love the tureen base, and yes, that's the same bird!!! The feather mat is unusual, like that a lot.....and the corks are fun!!! Cleo

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  13. What a terrific way to display your notes!

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  14. Nancy, your cloche with love letters is just the sweetest, I'd say you're both softies! Love your vignettes and Charles Faudree is just one amazing designer! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF. I always love seeing what you put together!
    xo,
    Debra

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  15. Very cute idea! Now that is certinly an original cloche! I love it!

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  16. Hi nancy! How are you!! I wanted to say I love the cloche ideas...I too thought of acorns, but all of my acorns lost their tops, so I know how hard that one was to put together! The cork one is super cool, who knew you and Faudree were so close (in mind), and lastly the love letters under glass!!! GASP! I loved the romance of that and so sweet to hear hubby was so touched. xxoo

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  17. Nancy I love your beautiful vignette!! I love how your candles match your rose pictures. Your cloche is to die for!!

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  18. Nancy, I love the cloche with the love letters! What a great idea. xo Lidy

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  19. Oh, those letters! I am a hopeless romantic! Gorgeous.

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  20. Oh Nancy, the idea of the notes and letters under the cloche, and the story about showing your husband almost brought tears to my eyes! What a great idea! My husband was in Viet Nam for a year, so I have LOTS of letters in boxes in the attic. I would need several cloches if I did that, but maybe I can just pick out some special ones to put under a cloche. Your acorn and cork cloches look great too. (I remember that picture in the C.F. book). Great minds...(you and Charles - not bad company to be in! Thank you so much for linking to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  21. Me again, I forgot to tell you that I also loved seeing glimpses of your beautiful home in this post. laurie

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  22. Beautiful Nancy...and those letters and notes in your bedroom are so sweet - now THAT'S ORIGINAL!

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  23. Nancy,
    The cloche with the notes and letters is precious! I’m trying to imagine how you got all the wine corks into that container. Love the acorns also. You don’t need me to tell you, but you have the best ideas! I’m always impressed with how well you do everything. I so enjoy visiting.
    Well we have a donor for Heather, big sigh of relief! Just praying and hoping things go perfect. I plan to start regular blogging soon. I’ve missed everyone. Thanks for your kind words and support.
    Hugs, Cathy

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  24. Nothing wrong with the tried an true...it always looks a bit differant for each one of us. The cloche with the notes and letters is so sweet.

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  25. What beautiful displays you have done and I just love those purple candles and candlesticks. What a great deal you got.

    Willow

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  26. Oh this is so super sweet and romantic! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  27. LOVE what you did with the love notes!

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  28. The love notes are great and I really like the corks, but the acorns with the little squirrels....adorable! Love all of YOUR ideas!:)

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  29. Those notes....so sweet what a marvelous idea, made me wish I had notes from my hubby

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  30. I love all your cloches! I'm ashamed that I don't even own one :( I see them in the thrift stores and I'll pick them up but for some reason they never come home with me. You have inspired me to have one of my own.

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