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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sweet Peas and Vintage Milk Glass

It's a warm and sunny day here on the Puget Sounds, a perfect day for a "photo shoot" out on the deck!
 I am in love with Sea Peas, and was thrilled to discover that there is a ton of it growing wild in our yard!  We always grew it back home in Michigan, and it's always been one of my favorite flowers.  I think it looks especially lovely in my vintage milk glass vases.
 I also really love this white cotton tablecloth with pretty crocheted trim and fringe.  I found it a garage sale earlier this summer for just $1!  I didn't realize it til I got home, but it actually is a shower curtain.  I'll probably use it as that someday, but for now, I think it makes a great stand in for a tablecloth!  Proof that you don't always have to use things for their intended purpose!
 I think the detail is just gorgeous!  And to think it was only a mere dollar!

 Such pretty and old fashioned feeling flowers, don't you think?  I didn't touch up the color of the blooms, they really are this vibrant!
 It's kind of hard to tell in the photos (I still don't know the "trick" to photographing milk glass!), but this compote has the prettiest diamond pattern.  I also really love the scalloped detail at the top.
 So pretty, and so romantic, I think!
 This Fenton hobnail vase below is one of my favorites.  My mom gave it to me years ago.
 I found this pretty vase at a thrift shop.  Not sure what you call the pattern, but I really love it!
 Don't you think that sweet peas resemble orchids, when you look at them up close?!
 Another pretty vase, found at a garage sale!
My mom had a great visit with us last week.  It was so nice having her here.  We took her site seeing, and I took her to some of my favorite shops, which she loved!  Hubby and I flew back with her to Michigan on Saturday.  It was a quick trip home, as hubby had to be to work today.  It was great seeing family, but it made me even more homesick for Michigan!  Like many of you, Michigan has been having the worst heat wave for weeks, and it was super hot and muggy when we were there!  So, I was actually looking forward to coming back to Washington, it's never humid here!  We spent about 8 hours yesterday stuck at the airport in Detroit!  What fun!  I had forgotten than Monday is the absolute worst day to fly.  The airport was a zoo, and we were beginning to think that we'd have to spend the night at a hotel there.  Luckily we finally made it out late afternoon, yeah!  Now that things are back to "normal" here, I can get caught up with all of you ladies!
Hope you are having a great week!
I'm linking up today's post with Kathleen over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The sweet peas are gorgeous and look exceptionally good in the milk glass.

Glad you had a good visit with your mom..how very special!
My cousin lives in Benton Harbor MI and she told me today her impatients and begonia are dying because of the heat...and to think I could go up there and visit her and cool off...NOT!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Sweet peas are always a favorite with me too. Your milk glass tablescape is just delightful. I'm so glad your Mom was able to visit. I would agree about the MI heat. It's been brutal. Tonight our windows are completely fogged up because of the humidity outside. Crazy.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Very pretty! It's finally cooling down a bit here {no longer above 100} my brother in law lives in Seattle and keeps calling and telling us how cool the weather is.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Such lovely vases and gorgeous pink blossoms Donna! You've got a great collection of milk glass there, and lucky you to find that tablecloth/curtain. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with your Mom, despite heat and travel headaches.
Thank you so much for your kind encouragement about joining Etsy. I'm so inspired by the talented sellers there, such as you!
- Susan

NanaDiana said...

The sweet peas are so sweet and lovely and milk glass vases are the perfect compliment to them.

I am glad your Mom got to visit and was hoping that you might get a chance to spend some time home with family (in spite of the heat).

Miss "talking" to you- we will catch up one of these days-xo Diana

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So glad you had a wonderful visit with your mother! It has been so hot and humid here, too! I love your table vignette...the milk glass vases look so lovely with the sweet peas...and the tablecloth is charming!

mizdarlin said...

It's been muggy here just above you on Vancouver Island..guess being in the Sound, you don't get the humidity..we sure do!
I'm not familiar with those lovely flowers, wish they grew wild here, too..
I think your repurposed shower curtain makes a perfect table cover...

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Beautiful, gorgeous flowers! Love the milk glass vases and I'm so glad you and your Mom had a good visit!

ArtfullyJune said...

Beautiful flowers. I don't think I've ever seen them before. How fun to have you favorite flowers growing in your new yard.

I'm glad you had a nice time with your Mom visiting.

Oh and your shower curtain/table cloth was a great find at only $1.

Ido said...

Lovely flowers Donna! The milk vases are so pretty, I got a few from a thrift store the other day and I'm loving them, have them all around the house. I'm glad you had your mom with you for some time, moms always spoil you and are very missed :(
Have a great day!

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Fishtail Cottage said...

Beautiful milk glass w/sweet peas...so fun that they are growing all over by your beach home. xoxo, tracie

Leo said...

Donna - just beautiful. I love milk glass too! So pretty. Sounds like you had a horrible travel day on Monday. I know that feeling. Nothing worse. At least you were in the airport and not on the runway. That's worse!!

Glad your Mom had a nice visit. When you move back to Michigan - what are you going to do with all that humidity!!

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Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I'm SO happy you enjoyed your mom's visit! And I LOVE all these gorgeous vases and flowers--they are exquisite!!!
And I see a pic of little Emily--tell her Jamie says hi!! lol

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Love your sweet
peas, they are one of my favorites. My sister lives in Oregon and sweet peas are all over the roads and fields! They are so pretty! Love your blog!!!!

Unknown said...

Donna, I can't say I have ever seen sweet peas and these are gorgeous in the milk glass!! How great that it grows wild!
So glad you were able to visit with your Mom..

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! The go perfect with the milk glass. The color is so pretty, it reminds me of the color of the bouganvillas we have here.