Saturday, May 15, 2010

Playing With Flowers and Other Random Things...

Michael's has their Hydrangeas on sale this week, so I brought a bunch home and have had fun trying to arrange them.

Isn't this vase, below, just beautiful???
I just got it at Marshalls in case you have to have one too. : )
This one below, is Sara's take on it. She really loves them in the ceramic pitchers (as seen in many magazines lately).
Many of you have seen my other Santos figurine wearing the crown I made. Thanks to A Day in the Life of Ramona, she directed me to the Ballard Design website to find that first one. Then, they recently put this beauty on sale for half price. Who could resist??? Not me!!!! I'm planning on having the two of them hold a banner between them in some kind of future vignette. Be waiting with bated breath. : )

I took this photo(below) in the morning and was hoping those sun spots would show up on the finished product.
Does anyone know what this random little thing was meant for originally? It didn't come with the bottles, but I'm glad they fit.
I decided to use it for button storage.

More storage for my specialty buttons. These flower-cases are found on the bead aisle in the craft stores.
And here's a sneak peek at what I'm hoping to finish in time for my 4th of July vignette. She's only been months in the making!
Have a great weekend,
Mary Lou


Karena said...

Love the Santos with the hydrangeas!! Beautiful!!

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Anonymous said...

What pretties you have shared with us today! I love the jars to hold your buttons. I hope you all are having a good weekend.

Lorraine said...

Wow, you've been busy. I always enjoy looking at your pretty things!

Jessabells said...

Hey M.L.,
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. I have 3 bushes in front of the house that I'm hoping give me great blooms this year like they did last year. The button jar holder looks like a syrup holder they have a restaurants with different types of syrups.


Busy Bee Suz said...

I think that was originally a holder for test tubes. Did you clean it??? :)
I love marshalls...and I usually leave the prices on the bottom to remind me of the bargains I have found.
Love your Santos lady...and can't wait for your 4th of July decorations. I will be holding my breath..turning blue alreaddddyyyyy....

MamaTina said...

The button holder idea is great! I haven't seen anything like that before. The hydrangeas look beautiful in both, though I really like the pitcher.

Your mom looks like she is enjoying being home again.

vivian said...

Hi Mary Lou! I dont know what that holder was orginally intended for, but its perfect for what youre using it for! It would be cute to use the little jars like vases and to fill each with flowers too!
Love marshalls and tj maxx! We always find the best stuff there.
have a great weekend!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your hydrangea arrangements are so pretty. I am tempted to go get some, but I am trying to clean out and redo some things around here, so no new accessories til I know where I am going with this. Sorry don't know what the container was originally for - spice jars maybe? I like your using it for buttons.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I thought maybe it was for containers of condiments...but test tubes could be right, too. Love how well it works for embellishments! Enjoy your weekend! ♥


Hi Mary Lou!
Thanks for visiting me :)
I LOVE your Wednesday's with your Mom...I end up with a tear or 2 in my eyes :)
The flowers are pretty in the Blue vase...which is one of my fav colors. Ijust planted a real one today...a little gift to myself and it's blue...could change later because of the soil.
Busy gal making a sweet doll..
The sun is shining and I'm one happy gal!
Deb :)

Allie and Pattie said...

Now you've done it- I'm off to Michael's in the morning to find hydrangeas! Beautiful!!
xoxo Pattie

Jacqueline said...

Well, you have given me permission to go to Michaels! I have three hydrangea bushes, all are only a year old...but they are trying. No blooms like the ones you bought that's for sure!

Just came home from a surprise visit by my daughter and her boyfriend. We went out for Thai food. I think they get sick of me talking about my love of blogging...How many bloggers do you know originally they asked...just one...I don't think they get how chatting weekly and commenting bonds us all together like super groovy girl glue!

Love and happiness to you. I'm so happy you are in my life. Loved reading the update on mom too. I walked in the Alzheimer walk this morning in memory of my mom.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Mary Lou, Love your beautiful Santos, I've wanted one for a long time, but have yet to purchased one. Gotta love hydrangeas, I have one in the back yard, and two in the front. I love to dry them too. Looking forward to seeing your dolls . . I can't see to get in the mood to make some, I need to get inspired again. Hope all is going well for your Mom, seems like things are much better now. Have a blessed Sunday kiddo . . Sandy:O)

mb said...


Love the flowers - I can't seem to put a bud in a bud vase and make it look good!

mb said...


Love the flowers - I can't seem to put a bud in a bud vase and make it look good!

Mimi said...

I love hydrangeas!!!All colors!!!
After working at the flower shop, I so miss them, real ones for sure!!!!
No real bushes here in warm AZ!!!!
I have lost my button collection, Miss C found it and so I had to put it UP somewhere and NOW I cannot find it, I have been looking for it for MONTHS NOW!!!like more then 6 months!!!I want it for something, what I don't know I just want them back!!!
love the thing you are working one, looks like a Raggedy ANN!!!!

My name is PJ. said...

Check the tilt of the Santos figurine's head and then look directly across the page at the tilt of your head in your icon photo!!!

Everything is so pretty! I'm partial to your rag doll and the promise of what you'll be showing us for Independence Day!!

GrandmaBev said...

Beautiful flower arrangements.What a decorative wayt o store your buttons. Looking forward to seeing all the 4th of July goodies.

beckaboots said...

I love hydrangeas! They are the best for spring! And thank you for showing a little 4th or July blip because I need to start getting ready for it :) haha This year I'm going to try and get my house in the vintage 4th spirit! I can't wait to see what you've got.

Scrap for Joy said...

Oh sigh...someday I'll give in and get a santos. I saw the one at Ballards when it was 50% off-it's the large one, right? Hope they have the smaller one some time. I just am enchanted by their faces. I love hydrangeas...real or silk! I've got to settle down and start working on some projects!
Hope your Sunday is gentle!

Mimi Sue said...

Wish hydrangeas grew here in dry old Utah like they do back east. Have to settle for faux ones and those are beautiful. Love that pretty vase. I too will be holding my breath for the unveiling! Your new santos has such a sweet face. Mimi

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Good Monday Morning to you! Lots of great stuff you're sharing with us. Those Hydrangeas are beautiful. And I can't decide which vessel is my favorite.

I was eyeballing those Santos figures in the Ballard catty just this weekend . . . mmm, may have to give them a second look after hearing your idea of using two of them to hold a banner - genius! ;o)

Love the jar holder thingy - whatever it is! Don't ya just love different, unique items like that?!

Thanks for sharing all your goodies.

Amy said...

I'm very sad that I missed the hydrangea sale. I heart hydrangea! Love the sunlight photo--awesome. Can't wait to see your finished 4th of July vignette. I love the 4th of July!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the Santos...I'm heading over there right now! Can't wait to see the 4th of July fun too.

Scrappi Sandi said...

I love that vase...& the hydrangeas are stunning...I am so looking forward to checking out Michaels, along with your other US stores on our Chicago trip...3 weeks today...volcanic ash cloud permitting!!

Thanks for sharing such wonderful images & your stunning creativity & I will most definitely be waiting with bated breath for that future vignette!!!

Creative Breathing said...

I can't wait for July Mary Lou! The unveiling of your decorative scenes are what we all hold our breaths for! I wanted to tell you that my 90 year old MIL has come through her crisis with flying colors! She is amazing! We were 50/50 coma and die or fine. God love her she has nine lives! She will now have to go into a nursing home for round the clock care. Prayers to your mother's well being, Elizabeth

Darlene said...

I somehow missed this post. I LOVE your Santos and I recently ordered one. I have seen yours and Ramona's and that "want" has now had me for a while, so I finally broke down and ordered one. It is actually supposed to be shipped out tomorrow.

Your hydrangeas are so pretty. My real ones are starting to bloom and I am sooooo excited! I am with several others on the piece you are showing, that it might have been a condiment server....who knows. I love the colorful buttons in the jars.♥

Your July 4th decoration ALREADY looks adorable. Can't wait to see more!

sanjeet said...

you've been busy. I always enjoy looking at your pretty things!
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