Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Bird and Blooms

I’ve been taking some time off from blogging. Much needed time off. Every now and then it just feels like the right thing to do. Down time usually brings about a new spark of creativity. Usually. We’ll see what how it goes ; )

table top display

I wanted to show you the bird cage I bought at Marshalls. I’m still debating on painting it a natural, creamy white. What do you think? The problem is going to be the birds nest. Taking it out of the cage and trying to put it back in, without destroying it, could present a real challenge!

I also wanted to show you the gorgeous orange roses my husband bought me last week-end. He knows just how uninspired I’ve been feeling lately so he was trying to bring me around. Aren’t they amazing? The Home Sweet Home sign was hanging down by the front door and it seemed to match perfectly with the flowers.

bow butterfly

The Daisy flower detail on the door is sweet


roses bird cage

The blanket was my husbands baby blanket. It looks rather sloppy just lying there but I was trying to go with a casual, cottage chic look. I’m afraid it looks more like a cottage mess. lol!

bird nest college

The little bird? Again, Marshalls. The nest, au natural.

Tonight I think my roses have just about reached the end of the road . . .

dying roses

But for some reason I haven’t had the heart to throw them away.

Thank you all for stopping by. I know you have better things to do (and who doesn’t!) but I very much appreciate it.

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36 comments:

Snappy Di said...

The birdcage looks nice in black, but I think the nest would show off a bit more if the cage were white.

As for the flowers... once they dry a bit I cut them free of the stems, nestle them all closely in a small pretty clear glass bowl and keep them for months and months.. Just don' like to throw sweet memories away.

Di

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The vignette is so pretty! I personally would leave the birdcage black - love it!! I recently bought a black one @ HL and have not decided where to put it just yet as I am trying to change a few things around here. Those roses are beautiful! Is it to late to hang them upside down to dry?

Country Girl said...

I can really understand your hesitation at throwing away those beautiful roses. How sweet of him to get them for you in an effort to cheer you up. Makes them even more beautiful.
I can't help you with the bird cage.

Mary Ellen said...

Oh I think those roses are lovely in any stage!! I have dried ones all around the house and they stay put till they get too dusty!

Such a lovely vignette!

KarenB said...

I like the contrast of the black birdcage against your off-white walls. Either way it will be pretty. The roses are gorgeous! What a thoughtful husband! He's a keeper.

Happy Friday,
Karen

Lenore said...

Very enjoyable post.....I like your birdcage just as it is.
And I don't blame you for not wanting to get rid of your lovely roses.

Susan said...

Lovely photos, as always, Sharon. By the way, I like the birdcage black. Classy. Sincerely, Susan

Shelia said...

What a beautiful post! The birdcage is so lovely and those gorgeous roses!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Wow... what a beautiful setup! I'm at a loss for words!

Karin said...

Love the birdcage black! Gorgeous vignette!

JO said...

I love the birdcage in black - the contrast is stunning. What a nice group - simple and pretty. And great photos as always.

JO

www.teensandtriplets.com

p.s. do you give photography lessons?

The Retired One said...

Gorgeous! You could be an interior decorator!

Jay Albert said...

OK...here's a guy's opinion:
I'm no interior decorator and when my wife asks if something matches I cringe because if I agree with her she says I'm lying just to agree with her! Or if I disagree with her opinion she gets mad at me! I never win! But if it were me I'd leave it black for the contrast as KarenB and JO said. So please Sharon and KarenB and JO....don't get mad at me!!!

Susan said...

I think dried roses are pretty. Everytime I get roses I never throw them out!!

TSannie said...

Leave the bird cage as is! It's beautiful! Love your roses, even in their wilted state.

Laura said...

I'm agreeing with everyone who says leave the birdcage black! Love those gorgeous roses - your hubby is a sweetie!

Loree said...

Gorgeous roses. I am going through the same uninspired phase too :( Not sure why.

Kerri said...

Those Roses are gorgeous! And I Like the bird cage in black :)

Jayne said...

What a beautiful grouping there Sharon! I love the roses, and your hubby is a sweetie. :c)

Marianne said...

What a great find! I like it as is, but if you don't like it all black, you could "antique" the outside with a contrasting color and not have to worry about moving the nest.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

What a beautiful vignette! Roses are luscious. My hubby brought me roses for no reason yesterday too! Haven't had time to take pics but I better do it before they start looking like your last pic. I'm with the others who say leave the birdcage black. It's stunning!

the7msn said...

I, too, struggle with finding the inspiration to keep blogging some days. I was reading through a transcript last night of a Q&A that Pioneer Woman did and copied down her answer to the problem. She said, "The only advice I can give is just to keep going...keep blogging. Push through. Take a photo of your pantry and blog about your cans with long past expiration dates. Blog about your closet. Everyone's life is interesting... you just have to find the angle and rip off your filters a little bit."

Your photographs are always beautiful and interesting - and we'll all keep coming by to look at them.

A Cottage Muse said...

Love your photos!!! The color of those roses is amazing!

Steph said...

What beautiful roses!

I like the bird cage in black but I do agree with another of your readers who said that white would show off the nest better. Have a beautiful day :)

Mary said...

What a lovely vignette, Sharon! Love the birdcage! I hope you have been enjoying your time away from blogging -- we all need that once in a while...

Have a terrific weekend!
xoxo

Hula Girl at Heart said...

I think it's all lovely. Orange and yellow roses are my favorites. I used to have a rose bush that produced the most beautiful coral colored roses. I miss it.

Ginny said...

What a guy, a real keeper!! Love the blanket.

Karen said...

I too like the contrast of the black cage - don't paint it white! Actually, to be honest I think the 'white' thing is getting kinda tired . . . .

Pearl Maple said...

Marshalls can be a little gold mine full of treasures to discover. Fabulous roses, the color adds a nice fresh burst of light.

Robyn said...

Your vignette is gorgeous! I love how you've mixed old and new! I have to tell you how envious I am of your roses, how gorgeous are they?! Your husband must be very sweet to have given them to you JUST when you needed them. Orange, pink and yellow and the blends of those 3 are my favorite roses!

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

How beautiful. I love the nests and the roses!!!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love the bird cage no matter what color it is. I would love one too.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Pat said...

I'm sheepishly typing this. I think you should paint the bird cage white. Everyone else says black. :) If I remember right, you have a lot of white in your house. I'm a Libra, we go for balance. But - I'm no interior decorator!

You seem to have a natural knack at decorating and I would go with your gut feelings. If you would have shown us the bird cage in white, we would have all said, "How Lovely!"

Sherry said...

Your roses are lovely! I bought a birdcage at Marshalls and it was white, it is very similar to yours. We have a TJMaxx distribution center close to the Marshalls and the TJMaxx. They along with Home Goods are owned by the same company. I love those stores. You never know what you will find there.

Olga said...

Those roses are of such beautiful color. I can understand why you don't have the heart to throw them away.

Anonymous said...

Your welcome floral sign has black in it, for me I like the cage black. And with the blanket and vase white I feel it has balance as well as draws your eye to each item. Now Cindy on the other hand would be grabbing her spray can and white it would be! :) Your web site is really nice! I went to the only Marshalls we have and it was junkie and there was not the nice stuff each web site I enjoy visiting has. I wish we had a nice Marshall's, I would have fun shopping. Thanks