November 2, 2011

Bulldogs and Hydrangea

I just realized that it's time to change out the Halloween part of my rotating banner at the top of my page and I haven't even posted about the dog photo that is in the middle yet. He is part of this vignette on a small table in my dining room.


I have recently started collecting small china dogs. The fact that my Grandma collected china dogs over 50 years ago doesn't bother me one bit. What's old is new again, right?



The hydrangea were cut from my Limelite hydrangea bush late this summer before they started turning all sorts of beautiful fall colors. I cut flowers off of this same bush later in the year for my chippy metal toolbox vignette.


For those that aren't master gardeners like I am (not), if you cut your hydrangea when they are the perfect color for your project, they will pretty much stay that color after they are dried. It sort of freezes them in time.

And there's no real secret to drying them. I just cut them and throw them in something with no water and they dry all by themselves. It's like magic.

In this instance, I threw them in a soup tureen that I bought at a thrift store last year. So I guess you could say the soupe du jour is Hydrangea Bisque.


To round out the vignette, I am using these vintage Hull vases to hold mismatched silver plated silverware.


There's a soup spoon in there somewhere.


I included my antlers that I bought from the Kohl's Christmas ornament section last year. They are good to just throw around in different places for added interest. And since they are faux antlers, no tiny little plastic deer lost their lives in the process.


In case any of you are interested in how to make a rotating banner (it flashes between three different headers), I will let Rita at The CoffeeShop Blog show you with her excellent tutorial HERE. She is one of the photography blogs I have on my sidebar over that way - - - - >

I am joining White Wednesday at Faded Charm and Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

31 comments:

  1. Pam, the bulldog has personality just like the one in the vet's office today that was after Clovis. I have stirred up a little storm with my photo tonite. I cannot compose collages very well it would require copious amounts of mental health meds. I will continue to enjoy yours. ♥Olive

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  2. I love the hydrangeas with that soup tureen, Pam, it's so simple and pretty. The hydrangeas that I had cut this fall are starting to look kind of crappy, I think I cut them too late.

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  3. The bulldogs are cute and the green hydrangea are just beautiful Pam! Can't believe it stayed that great color-enjoy:@)

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  4. I love your little doggie. I started a small collection of dogs......spaniels. They are hard to find.
    I don't know if you got the information about the Barn Sale in Granville this week-end. It was a real surprise last year. Huge barn so many odd and unusual things. Lots of vintage. It's on Friday and Saturday. I am going Friday as I leave for COlorado on Saturday. If you are interested let me know. We could meet and do lunch.

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  5. That Boston reminds of our late little guy, Dude! Your hydrangeas are simply gorgeous...

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  6. Yes your banner is pretty cool!
    Love the pup, fun thing to collect. And hydrangeas are the flower that keeps on giving!

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  7. So pretty Pam--and that little dog is adorable!
    Mary

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  8. Pam- It all looks great! Love the hydrangeas...they are the same color as the ones we have here...the ONLY color we can grow here!

    And..I have a dog collection from when I was a little girl. I have had them packed away for 30 years. Maybe I should unpack them? Now you got me thinking! xo Diana

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  9. Pam, love the hydrangeas. Gorgeous color. I planted one this year so I only got a few blooms. I hope to get a lot next year. I love Rita's blog, thanks for link for the header info. I had not seen that one.

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  10. You take great photos! Love your vignette...those hydrangeas are so pretty!

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  11. Your photos are gorgeous and I love the rotating header. I collect china basset hounds. Love looking for them. Your little Boston is adorable.

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  12. Pam, those are some of my favorite things! Dogs, hydrangeas, silver...all of it and the fact that no plastic deer was harmed! That was funny!
    Debbie

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  13. Pam, those are some of my favorite things! Dogs, hydrangeas, silver...all of it and the fact that no plastic deer was harmed! That was funny!
    Debbie

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  14. Lovely vignette...and fun commentary :) Thanks for the info on hydrandeas. We planted some this year...here's hoping they survive!!! Laurel

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  15. Love, love the hydrangeas! I used to grow them in New Jersey, but alas they are not Arizona friendly. I also love the silverware in the vases!
    Karee

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  16. I love the hydrangeas! I had to toss the ones I picked last year... I had shoved them into styrofoam inside a metal milk can and I guess there was too much moisture in the stems or something. So sad, cuz they looked so pretty! This year my hydrangeas are full of bugs, so I didn't bring any inside.

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  17. I like the idea that you're carrying on your Grandma's legacy.
    m.

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  18. Aren't you clever with your rotating blog banner. Gorgeous pics once again, Pam.

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  19. Your vignette looks beautiful Pam, I love the hydrangeas. I cut mine this year and they didn't turn out so well. I will have to try again next year. :)
    Love the little bulldog, we used to have one. :)

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  20. The hydrangeas in the tureen look lovely....and I love that china dog!

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  21. Pam -- your hydrangas are fabulous! That little doggy is sure a cutie :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  22. I just started following. I love your blog-you had me at the china dogs.I collect them too-I will have to do a post on them now.I love everything about this vignette.

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  23. Mr. Bulldog is adorable. Your hydrangea's have stayed beautifully green. I am wondering how you store them when your not using them. I finally got around to clipping some of mine this year but I have no idea what to do with them when I'm not using them.

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  24. Hi Pam-

    I wondered how you got your banner to do that! I love your Limelight hydrangea in this vignette. And I didn't know about cutting the hydrangeas at their peak time to preserve a certain color... I'll have to try that next year, as mine are all brown already.

    -Pam

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  25. Such a pretty arrangement! I have a similar arrangement of hydrangeas, cut at peak, and look so nice! I love your doggie...I have a few too and I think it is a collectible that is always fun to have!
    Hope November will be good to you!!
    Love,
    Sue

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  26. I think you are becoming the Queen of vignettes here!
    I love the china dog collection thing!!
    I am totally hooked on Pinterest it has taken over any blogging time I have! It's like cheater blogging!!

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  27. Cute little bulldog. I guess I sort of collect ceramic cats, so did my Grandma. Funny how we inherit these same traits. I would love to see the crochet lace rose when you find the lace!
    Faye

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  28. Found you at Pamela's.....It is just PRETTY here!!!

    xo

    Jo

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  29. Pam,
    I love that rotating banner. I know you are probably trying to keep up with the Seasons. That's OK! No need to worry. I was wondering what site you used. Thanks
    Talk to you on Twitter :)
    xxx Liz

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  30. Pam, those green hydrangeas are perfect in the soup tureen! Love that whole look, and the bulldog is precious. That is one dog I just adore. I like both the French and English bulldogs as well as Boston Terriers. SO cute.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  31. I had to comment on this photo after I saw the Ceramic Dog in the photo. I have a (similiar) dog that my mom won at a card party many years ago (like in the 1950's)and we've always called it the "Ugly Dog" but when she tried to put it in a Yard Sale I wouldn't let her. It's in my possession now. I'll have to get a photo of it and show you.

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