Friday, July 16, 2010

A Cloche Call

I admit it.  Until I started blogging, less than six months ago, I didn't know what a cloche was.  I didn't know how popular they were, or how versatile.  I think I first came across one on Marty's blog called A Stroll Thru Life and that is where I'm linking today and joining in on her fun Cloche party.  I've since seen cloche's all over the blogosphere, been inspired by the creative ways to use and display them, and finally picked up a couple of my own to share today.  I think I'm officially hooked. 

I found these two cloche's at Hobby Lobby.
One is filled with a stack of vintage brown transferware cups

And this one holds an early 19th century transferware plate which slightly mimics the shape of the base.  Atop the plate I put a real bird nest which was in the wreath on my front door and a real bird egg found in the yard earlier this spring.

On the kitchen counter, a neatly stacked batch of cookies from the Etsy shop, Sweet Cheeks Bakery rests upon a late 19th Century Spode compote, topped with a cloche.

I have another of the Spode Byron platters as shown below for sale HERE.  

And this little mini-cloche is one I put together using an individual trifle bowl.  I just tied some hand stamped ribbon around it, flipped it over and put it on an orphaned saucer.  I made topped with a flower and one with a bird nest.
You can see the entire tablescape HERE.

Linking to
A Stroll Thru Life
My Romantic Home
It's a Hodgepodge Life

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hand Made Lamp Shades

One of the things I like about selling on Etsy is that sometimes I'm able to trade some of the English transferware I sell for something from another shop owner.   Recently I swapped some pieces for these beautifully hand crafted lamp shades.  I was able to choose each of the fabrics and trim.  I love the unique shape of the shades, and the combination of various fabrics and trims, especially the burnout fabric on the larger side panels.

Here's a pic of the dining room with my old lamp shades, which I still like also.

The kids & my Mom, each individually, noticed the new shades and they all like them better than what was previously on the lamps.

You can view the tablescape here, if interested.

A Lady with a Lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land,
   A noble type of good,
   Heroic womanhood. 
~from Longfellow's  poem, Santa Filomena~

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; 
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. 

Linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up
Making the World Cuter