6/18/2009

A Cloche Party...A Few of My Favorite Things

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It's A Cloche Party!!!

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*Hello my friends...the day has finally arrived for the Cloche Party!!! I've been soooo excited!!!
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*This fabulous Cloche Party is being hosted by a very dear friend of mine...Marty from A Stroll Thru Life blog. If you haven't ever met Marty, you really must go over to her place and do so...she's just the sweetest gal and she has the most delightful blog! I can guarantee you that you'll make a dear friend and be totally inspired by her beautiful home and many great ideas and never ending talents!!!

While you're over at Marty's, you'll find a list of all the participants or should I say, "party-goers"! Hehe!!! I just know that there will be so many beautifully decorated cloches and apothecary jars on display!!! I'm always ready for some new and innovative ideas when it comes to decorating!!!

Pre-party Excitement...

This week, due to all of my excitement about the Cloche Party, I did a little pre-party posting!
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Monday I posted my "Cherub in a Jar"...apothecary jar, that is!
Tuesday..."Bird's Nest Under Glass" cloche!
Wednesday..."Bunny in a Jar"...another apothecary jar design!
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You can just scroll down to those posts to see them...I sure hope that you'll take a peek at them!
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Without further ado...here is my contribution or little "party favor" for the Cloche Party!

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"Cloches & Buttons and Creamy White Ironstone"
These are a Few of My Favorite Things...."

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My Miniature Cloche

This is a miniature cloche that I found at an antique shop several months ago. It was on sale for just $2...that incuded the little glass pedestal plate that it's sitting on as well! This little cloche only measures 6 in. tall (10 in. tall including the pedestal plate).

I searched and searched for something pretty to put in my miniature cloche...and finally decided to add a bunch of pretty gold, black, and white buttons! I tied a feathery white ribbon to the handle and added an vintage looking key!
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In celebration of the Cloche Party...I wanted to make a vignette using my newly decorated cloche.
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 I took one of my silver handled trays and added a few of my favorite things...a creamy white ironstone soup tureen...a silver beaded rope with tassels...a silver frenchy looking ornament...a couple of silver candleholders with white candles...and my newly decorated cloche filled with pretty gold buttons!
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A New Vignette for the Living Room
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In my olive colored living room, I have a beautiful picturesque window...it's very large and situated right next to the front door of our home...so it recieves much attention. I have an antique mohogany sofa table placed in front of this window. I think this will be the perfect place for "A Few of My Favorite Things" vignette!
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I placed the silver tray with my newly decorated cloche in the center of the sofa table. I added a large crystal vase full of white hydrangeas to the left side of the tray...and a couple of old books with my favorite french girl bust...to the right side!
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Voila!!!...now I have a brand new vignette for my living room table!
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My french girl bust...isn't she sweet?
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A few "artsy" photos of the buttons in a cloche!
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I found a new toy...the frosted window frame around my cloche photo is an effect that can be found at Flickr!
I love how this pretty frosted frame looks!!!
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Ooooh...so many pretty kinds of buttons!
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Another photo framing technique from Flickr!
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I have just learned how to make mosaics with my photos...I've been having soooo much fun doing this!
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Well my friends...thank you for letting me share a "Few of My Favorite Things" with you today! I hope that you enjoyed my new vignette and my miniature cloche full of pretty buttons!!!


I am off to Texas tomorrow for a two week vacation! I am going to see my three daughters and all ten of my grandchildren!!! I will miss you while I'm gone and will have alot of catching up to do when I get home! Until then...Lord bless and I'll see you soon!!!


*Just a note...I will still be hosting Sunday Favorites while I'm gone...I already have prepared the Sunday Favorites posts and they will publish on schedule!

Love ya'll,
Chari

54 comments:

Cindy J. said...

Oh Chari! What a feast for the eyes!!!! So very beautiful, just took my breath away.. oh girl so much talent.. Been praying for a safe and wonderful trip for you... Love you Sis, Cindy

sue said...

Chari these pictures are stunning girlfriend!!! Everything is so beautiful, the buttons are fabulous and the little cloche is tooooo toooo sweet!!! I'm glad I got here before you left, have a safe trip, and have a super wonderful time with your verrrry missed and loved family!!! xoxoxoxo

marty39 said...

Chari, this is just simply stunning. I love the buttons and the key and the way you have it all displayed. Your darling little girl bust is so pretty in the vignette. You have such a way with doing vignettes. I think the silver cord draped around the cloche on the silver tray is so elegant. You have amazed me all week with such wonderful displays. How can I thank you enough. I just published my post, so as soon as it shows up be sure and go link up with Mr. Linky. Thanks so much Chari for all the inspiration. Hugs, Marty

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I just knew it was going to be good with all the pre cloche posting you did!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What pretty buttons- you have made me want to sort through all those hundreds of button I have to see if I can come up with enough pretty ones to try something with mine!

Have a safe and wonderfully enjoyable trip with your family!!
Come back with lots of pictures to share!

blessings
mary

xinex said...

Oh so pretty, Chari! I love the whole vignette! You have a lot of fun visiting with your kids and grandkids. We will miss you! I am off tomorrow early in the morning too. Talk to you soon!...Christine

Kim said...

Chari my girl, you have outdone yourself. I love your new vignette with the cloche of buttons. And I love your frenchy bust. Your photography is beautiful as well. Have a safe & fun trip. We will miss you, and our thoughts are with you. Can't wait till you return & fill us in on all your adventures in Texas.
Kim

ellen b said...

Hi Chari! I love this mini cloche with the buttons in it. So pretty and interesting. I also like how you tied that antique key to it! Very lovely. Your photos are all wonderful...

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! ~Chari your new cloche and jars are just simply STUNNING! Love the pretty buttons and the keys are spectacular. They look so elegant and timeless tied around the top. Wonderful photo effects too!

I thought you had left today on your trip? Have a great time and safe trip when you do my friend.

Regarding your blog layout.
It looks perfect to me. I don't see anything unusual with it being wider. I don't think so anyway. I hope it's alright. It's frustrating sometimes on blogger it seems. They have been posting my posts hours later lately.

Love ya girl,
~Melissa :)

Sue said...

Button, button , who's got the button? This is a truly inspirational way to fill a cloche! Do ya think people will wonder how you did it? LOL There's always gonna be someone! The vignette is to die for- so pretty with the cord and the key and all on the silver tray. Your 'jump the gun' posts was too cute, as well. Thanks for ALL of your inspiring ideas.... Hugs, Sue

Shelia said...

Oh, Darlin'! This is like heaven! How beautiful are your cloches! You've made everything just pop and I do love the new photo detail. Very elegant!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Lisa Shatzer said...

Wow, what a find! LOVE the antique buttons in it! Beautiful!

Cindy said...

Chari my dear,
I am so in love with this cloche!! I have been savoring all the wonderful ones this week and then you went and topped them!! This takes me back to a earlier time, so victorian and frenchy too! Are the buttons antiques? They look just perfect in there, love the key and the ironstone and your fabulous girl bust! (ooh, that might not sound right) Have a fabulous trip and get lot's of rest. (yikes!! now I sound like my Mom) We are leaving Tuesday and will be back around July 1st, can't wait. Hugs, Cindy

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh my! You really outdid yourself with this post. It is just magazine worthy. Maybe its the frosted photo effect (which I love BTW and thanks for sharing), but I think its the combination. I love your soup tureen btw. That is a beautiful mosaic, too. I so enjoyed this post.
Hope you have a safe trip. It looks like we will both be away from Bloggyville next week. See ya' when I get back. Hugs, Barb

A Touch of Country said...

she's such a tiny little baby!

Love it!

Brenda said...

Ahhh! So pretty! All the little special touches and buttons and bows. I'm just speechless. Have a fun and safe trip! Gonna be around my neck of the woods? (East Texas)
Brenda

Kammy said...

Hi Chari !
Have a great safe trip !
I love your stuff so elagant....I need more stuff to fill mine and you gave me great ideas !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Chari you know I love everything you do!! I love this vignette! And look how professional! I looked at your other cloches too! Love 'em!! You really have talent girlfriend! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I think this is the first time I have visited. You have a beautiful blog. All you cloches, as well as your photography is truly great.

What I like about these parties, is that I can discover other blogs to follow. I'm adding you blog as a favorite.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Your pictures were such a treat to look at! Just beautiful! I love what you did with the buttons, very nice.
~Michelle

Nancy said...

Oh Chari...I have enjoyed looking at all the cloches you have!!! They are all decorated beautifully!
Hope you enjoy your trip and stay safe!

Nancy

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

These are just wonderful. The photo with the frosted frame is framing material! Thank you for all of your creative ideas.

Charla

Roeshel said...

Breath-taking. I just love the buttons and vintage key - so me! ;) Great inspiration...thank you!

ceekay said...

That is the sweetest little cloche and I love the buttons in it! Happy cloche party!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OH WOW!! Chari you out did your self my Dear friend..I just love the new little cloche and it all looks so pretty sitting on my favorite table...now girl I need to get my rear to flikca and do me some pretty pics...you are always so good at every thing you do...It you get a chance before you leave come by and see my TT I did with all my Hospice finds for may...I love ya my friend...May you have a great trip..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oh wow...where to start? I love your vignette...and the buttons...and the little girl...so sweet! Susan

~CC Catherine said...

Chari.........This was lovely! The miniature Cloche is MY FAVORITE now....I keep going from blog to blog and finding more favorites, but this one is ITTTTTTTT~ ;) The fancy mosaic and effects by Flicker are inspiring me! ~CC Catherine

janet said...

Oh Chari, absolutely beautiful, i dont have a coche yet, but i just need one, love the gorgeous buttons.
hugs
janet

Picket said...

Oh my word what beautiful eyecandy here girl!!!!! I love the detail of the ribbon and the old key..I have got to try that...just makes is so beautiful!!!! I am copying that idea! lol lol Ohhhh this party is exciting! lol lol have a great weekend sweetie!

Chandy said...

Chari, your pictures are truly wow! You had a great time putting that together I bet! Love your mini cloche! I don't have any just yet, but I'm working on it! ;-)

How's Texas so far? Lovin' it I bet being with family and all...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Just simply beautiful! I looked..and looked and looked some more...I love it when I can do that and keep seeing something I almost missed!
Yes...I just noticed what Cindy J. said..and she is right...It is a feast for the eyes! She put it beautifully. I found myself wanting to back away and keep looking around the room..I wanted to see it all..every corner...
Goodness!
~smiles~
Mona

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

nothing...just back for a second look see... :)
Stunning!
It means "of striking beauty or excellence"
Yep...it fits. :) PERFECTLY!

Theresa said...

Beautiful!!!! Hi, I awarded you the Kreativ Blogger award. Check out my blog:)
Love yours!

Barbara said...

Chari, Not only is the cloche with the buttons gorgeous, but your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara

Joyce said...

So lovely. You are so creative and I thank you for sharing all of this with me.
Joyce

skoots1mom said...

thx 4 sharing!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Sweet Chari, your pictures are just lush.....I am crazy for the vignette with the lamp and white flowers. Your attention to detail is fabulous. I am wowed!!!!!!

Hugs, Barb

prairiedog said...

Chari,everything is so beautiful and elegant,I just love your style...right down to the music.It's a pleasure visiting your blog,thanks for sharing your world.
Cyndi

The Stylish House said...

Chari,
It is always fun to visit your site! I love your new frosted photo effect and your fantastic collection of buttons. I have a bunch of plain one’s but think they would look sweet in a spiffy glass container. Wishing you a nice weekend in the high country.
Cathy

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Oooohhh, Love your button collection in the mini cloche & thank you so much for that awesome idea! My mini is so small, it's usually empty. Now I have a great idea for it & it gets the buttons out of the drawer! ☺♥☺ diane

LdyDy said...

I gasped! I adore buttons! Especially the kind you are showcasing in your cute little cloche! Just beautiful! Love your photos. Huggy Hugs!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Chari, You have a wonderful time with your children and grand children....what fun! I love the buttons under the glass cloche. It gives them so much importance! Thank you for visiting The Vintage Nest. I hope to see more of you. ~ Miles of Smiles ~ Lynn

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Hi Chari! Thanks for stopping by. I realized we've actually met before...over at RMS...and talked about our names being similar. (I was "susiehomemaker.") I also pronounce mine "Sherry."

I've only been a blogger for a very short time and I'm trying to slowly-but-surely stop by and say hello to all of the old RMS people who left to start blogs.

BTW, you certainly have a knack for decorating cloches. You have some real beauties here! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Sooooo many beautiful cloches! Lucky you!

Hugs!
Maryjane

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Chari! I am excited for you on your trip to Texas! I know you are going to have a wonderful visit!
I just love your cloche's! Your blog, and your photography is such great inspiration to me. Beautiful presentation!
Enjoy your trip...
oh! And join me for Thirfty Thursday each week. I see you have Thursday's free. We have alot of fun.
Smile. Safe trip!

Tootsie said...

I really need to get a cloche!

Anita said...

I absolutely love the buttons...but can I tell you....I would have to filch that cute little key hanging on the side as I just adore old keys and replicas.....I don't know why but they just speak to me, so the klepto would definetly come out, I'm afraid. Thanks for sharing such cute ideas

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, how gorgeous this vignette is! I have never seen such pretty buttons, and the key on the cloche top is so clever. I think your favorite things are also MY favorite things! I'm praying for your safe journey. Have a wonderful trip. laurie

KarenB said...

This one is my favorite! I love the buttons, are they old? They are just beautiful. All your vignettes are fantastic, but this one is my favorite by far!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is ALL just gorgeous! You really have a knack for creating these cloche designs! I looked at all your pre-party cloches too and love it ALL!!

Katherine

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

That is such a sweet little cloche!!

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Chari,
Wow! What a gorgeous vignette you set up!! Everything goes so well together and looked so rich and inviting! Your pictures are just stunning! What kind of camera do you have? Been toying with the idea of switching my template to accommodate larger pictures, not sure if I have enough smarts to do it. Have a great visit with your family!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, what a wonderful vignette. The cloche is just the sweetest thing. Now, I believe I've missed you being able to read this right away. But I sure hope you have a great time in Texas. How could you not, your children and grandchildren, what a great time you'll have. Thanks so much for swinging in and leaving such wonderful warm and kind comments. Girl they mean the world. many many hugs ~lynne~

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Chari!

Sorry it took so long for me to get by to visit, I've been busy with my son's birthday.

Your cloche's are so beautiful, and I just love the vignette's you created to photograph them, GORGEOUS!!

What a great idea to use buttons too!! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!!

I hope you have a wonderful time visiting with your daughter's and grandkids!

Take care sweet friend!
Sherri:)

Deanna said...

Hi Chari!
I have been so fascinated by the Cloche and I did visit a couple of the other bloggers and I was just bowled over by the creativity of the things that they used inside of them. I loved the buttons and the keys..oh! and I loved the bust of the lady.

xoxo,
Deanna :D