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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 lat…

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…