Monday, July 30, 2012

the end of my vacation

The shop is officially reopening tomorrow, but I have a small wedding to design today and a weekly delivery to make.  In a glass-half-full point of view, I've managed to spend a whole day antique shopping with my dear friend, Marlowe;  I made my first trip ever to a Tack Shop to buy brushes and a massager for Opal the donkey at Codman Farm and spent a wonderful hour brushing her, wiping her face with a cool cloth, cleaning out her eyes.  We both enjoyed that.  The weather has cooperated in a cool, cloudy kind of way.  Now that I think about it, sharing the glass-half-empty part of the week isn't worth mentioning at this point.

I'm starting the new week visiting Jane and all the other participants in the monthly Flowers in the House.  My offerings are limited by my laziness and also my surprise.  This is the first year my hydrangea have 'antiqued' so nicely, probably because of the heat we've had this summer.

And they look great in the new vases I bought from Darby Road, thanks to Steve at An Urban Cottage who took photos when he visited and shared them on his blog.  I spied these and fell in love with the color: not to mention they were a PAIR!

I love the mottled finished on this one.

Sadly, the vases 'weep' which I should have guessed, but they look nice on the majolica plates.

Making a succulent bouquet today for a City Hall wedding.  Photos tomorrow.


flwrjane said...

You got those vases? Lucky you.

And everything, particularly "antiqued" hydrangeas look better on majolica.

Lovely flowers. Enjoy your last day.

xo jane

Amelia said...

Those vases are made for antiqued hydrangeas, and so is the majolica. I love your donkey fetish!

webb said...

I love it when hydrangeas do that - especially on the plant. They always do it better naturally than I can do it in the house. And they are lovely in the vases. I adore that color. Glad you had a nice vacation.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Love the color variation in your hydrangea. So pretty.

Unknown said...

I love your hydrangeas (and the Majolica!) so pretty!!!

Jen said...

Lucky, lucky Opal!

paisleysummer said...

Beautifully antiqued hydrangeas and looking gorgeous in those vases.
Penny x

Alisi's Mummy said...

Those hydrangeas are beautiful. And Opal sounds like a very lucky donkey!

Bare Mtn Farm said...

Love the beautiful "antigued" hydrangeas. I can hardly wait for ours to turn. So lovely!

LPC said...

The hydrangeas are splendid in those vases.

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Hope your time back at work hasn't been too daunting following your holiday.
I love it when hydrangeas 'antique' like these, they really are the most beautiful colour. Actually I still have some in a vase that antiqued and then dried while still looking full over the summer. Why is it that some hydrangeas do that and others inexplicably wilt and flop? Strange but lovely flowers!
Amanda x