As you know, every year I eschew the typical Halloween colors in favor of my own pastel palette. Lucky for me, nature invented the mini white pumpkin - although, I think they may technically be squash. :-) In the past, I have dusted them in pale pink hues and painted them in pretty, chalky pastels. This year, I decided to glam them up a bit with some gold glitter and fresh flowers.
To make this super simple centerpiece, I purchased nine little white pumpkins (squash!) from my local farmer's market. I washed them thoroughly in warm, soapy water with a little bleach (this helps keep them fresh longer). Once they were completely dry, I carefully painted each stem with elmer's glue and sprinkled them liberally with vintage gold glitter, shaking off the excess. I decided to just glitter the stems because I like to keep the pumpkins somewhat natural.
When they had dried completely, I stacked them on a creamy white pedestal cake stand...
Next, I interspersed the pumpkins with springs of pale blue Hydrangea. (Hint: if you want the centerpiece to really last, insert the Hydrangea stems into small florist water tubes (available at any craft or floral supply shop) and just hide them behind the pumpkins).
Hello! I can't believe how bad I've been about posting lately. Honestly, this time of year is just crazy for me - between the girls finishing up school and all my own projects, it doesn't feel like there are enough hours in the day! But all that hasn't stopped me from doing a bit of antiquing here and there. :-) I recently found some beautiful vintage china vases and I couldn't wait to fill them with pretty summer flowers!
I just love the floral patterns...
Such pretty colors and lovely hand-painted details.
Perfect for pairing with some gorgeous pastel blooms...
I also wanted to let you know that you can now also find "Such Pretty Things" on Instagram! My user name is, shockingly, "@suchprettythings"! And you can also view my account on the web right here. It's a great place to see what I am up to in between blog posts and to catch a glimpse of the prettiness I try to find in my daily life!
I woke up really early this morning to start working on my flower arrangements for my Thanksgiving table. I decided on shades of pink roses this year, as I love how they look with my cream and brown transferware plates. They are arranged in mercury glass "vases" are from Target (this season).
They are actually candle and votive holders! The trick with these is to make sure to place a smaller glass inside each one to hold your water - otherwise all the "mercury" may wash away. :-) They are the perfect height for a table arrangement since they don't block anyone's view and they are small in size - so you can keep them on the table and still have room for all that stuffing and cranberry sauce.
I am hosting this year, but I am fortunate to have lots of help from my family - the husband makes the turkey and chocolate pecan pie. My Mom is famous for her sweet potatoes (with marshmallows) and my little sister is an excellent pie maker and always helps me with the made-from-scratch stuffing! And the girls are fabulous and creative table setters...especially if it means they will be rewarded with chocolate turkeys!
I wish you all a very, very Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each and every one of you!
I had been desperately wanting to get my hands on some Dahlias all summer long. I just adore them and their beautiful, intricate petals and gorgeous colors.
But somehow the summer just flew by and now Autumn is about to arrive. Soooooo, I decided to wake up early this morning and head out to Leesburg, VA. It's about a 45 minute drive, but totally worth it. You see, on Saturday mornings from May to October, you can find Don's Dahlias at the Leesburg Farmer's Market! Don Dramstad and his lovely wife are the largest growers of Dahlias on the East Coast and their flowers are absolutely stunning! Here are some photos of my bounty from this morning...
Aren't they incredible! I can't stop staring at them.
Perhaps the thing I most associate with Rachel Ashwell is flowers.
Yes, the Shabby Chic aesthetic is all about flowers - whether they be made of fabric, painted on furniture, or the real thing.
Rachel and I are kindred spirits on this, as I adore flowers in all forms and always try to have some fresh ones about the house. My favorite way to display my pretty blooms is in vintage floral china.
And not just vases, but tea cups, mugs, pitchers, and creamers...almost any vessel will do.
My maternal grandmother loved vintage china - especially pieces adorned with roses - and I was lucky enough to inherit some of them. Over the years, I've added to my collection and I just love filling them with pretty, pink roses and clustering them all together on my mantel. :-)
Remember to meet me back here tomorrow, as I have a very special "Shabby" surprise for you! Can't wait to share...
Yes, Peonies may be my first love, but Lilacs are a very close second. I bought these lavender beauties at the farmer's market this week and I have been enjoying their sweet perfume every time I pass by them.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned. I have a rather busy one, but I am hoping to show you a fun little craft project if I get the chance. And I promise - no more flowers for at least a few days. :-)
May is a very special month for me. It's the month of mine and my husband's wedding anniversary. And it is also the start of the Peony season around here. My wedding bouquet was made up of the prettiest pink garden roses and pink Peonies. Peonies were, and continue to be, my most favorite flower of all. For me, nothing compares to those lush, beautiful clusters of ruffled petals.
So, just as soon as Peony season starts, I begin to fill up the house with them. I place them in vases and pitchers. In bowls and glasses. In arrangements of generous bouquets and single stems. On dressers and tables and window sills.
Yes, chances are, if it's a flat surface in my house, you will find a Peony on it.