02 May 2014

Our May Inspiration and Papel Picado





















Papel Picado












There are so many holidays in May that it was difficult to choose just one!
Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day... 
But, I finally decided.
Do you see the pinata I added to my sketch?  
I wonder what the quail and rabbits found inside?
I also added some purple blooms to my tree.








  The tree in my sketch is suppose to be a young, blooming ironwood. But I wanted to show you a real one. This is a photo of the most beautiful specimen I've ever seen.  It was very old, and and it use to be outside a window of a former home.  The funny thing is that the leaves turn yellow in the spring, and it almost can look like it's dying, but then it blooms to this powder lavender flowers.  Some ironwoods might be 800 years old. 








I made an "apron" for the drawer front, and I used some linens that I've had since college!
My daughter found that rose pillow in a second hand store for little!
The original tag was on it and it was a lot!!!
We get to enjoy it.
















That's a Papel Picado garland.
It was kind of like making paper snowflakes: folding and cutting.  I used scissors and recycled tissue paper; the process and result could be very elaborate if one uses an exacto knife to cut holes and patterns.






I placed some flowers from the garden around my cut tin mission votive.








This putti is an early Mother's Day gift.
The empty soda bottles contain branches from our olive tree.









The quote is A.A. Milne's from Winnie the Pooh.
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."

















A happy May everyone!
Thank you for visiting my blog and for all the sweet compliments.



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49 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that shrub before - wow what a beauty! Once again, everything is so beautifully put together. Have a lovely weekend xoxox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Have a great weekend, Anne. xoxo

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  2. May is full of wonderful things to celebrate that is fore sure. :-)
    Have a great weekend.
    I love your display.

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  3. Beautiful! I love the quote. What a sweet sentiment...and very true! :)

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  4. Your place just keeps getting prettier and prettier. And that is a beautiful tree!

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  5. Beautiful vignette and quote! Happy May!

    Poppy

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  6. Happy May to you, too. Love your chalkboard and the way you have incorporated so much of May onto it. I have never seen an ironwood tree. It is quite beautiful....as is your home! xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  7. When in bloom, the ironwood is my kind of tree! Happy May!

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  8. Oh my, it's very lovely in here! How clever to use the blackboard...and the paper banner is sweet and works so well with your decor. It's great to find little bargains at charity shops isn't it. I hope you have a lovely May.

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  9. Your home is so beautiful! And I love the little touches too, you and your beautiful daughter are so creative! Together you make the best team! By the way thanks for sharing these photos, as I`m thinking to paint my dinning room table. I`m a bit unsure about should I do it or not! But after seeing your photos of your beautiful home with painted furniture, I think I`m sold! :) Just have to convince "the hubby" haha

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for such a wonderful compliment. Sometimes it is hard to make the leap to paint. I have this huge armoire that looked gorgeous in my other home, but was just a monstrosity for this one. No one that I offered it to wanted it. So I painted it. Annie Sloan French Linen and a couple of them wished they had taken me up on my offer. :) So it can be scary, but also refreshing. I look forward to seeing what you decide. This weekend, I'm finally tackling a piece that I mulled over for months. Have a great weekend!

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  10. The quote struck a chord with me, as did your beautiful vignette filled with things that are so lovely. I especially love the chalk board as the central part of your display . What a wonderful idea, and a chalk board can be changed so quickly when inspiration strikes !

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    1. Thank you, Kathy, for the nice visit and compliment. xoxo That quote is from the author of Winnie the Pooh. There is so much wisdom in those unabridged books; they can be enjoyed on a higher level. I like them so much that I found my self some gold leafed copies a few years ago.

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  11. This is a beautiful vignette. I love the quote as well and plan to put it in my garden somehow one day!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. That quote would be perfect. I love the author of Winnie the Pooh. xoxo

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  13. Always so beautiful visiting here. The ironwood tree is gorgeous! And I always love your chalkboard art ~ this time with a party for the quail and rabbits. :) Like you, I love garlands, and this one is so pretty.
    Have a great weekend, Su!
    xo,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  14. What lovely images!! Your chalkboard is awesome!!! Love the chalk picture. I scrolled down to read your previous posts, because I haven't been here in a while. Your home is soooo beautiful! Happy May to you!
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your sweet visit and compliment. xoxo Happy May to you!

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  15. Beautiful pictures. Happy May to you as well!

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  16. I love chalkboards filled with sketches and notes and quotes ♥ lovely!
    happy may ~ have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Deb. Happy May to you too. xoxo

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  17. So that's an Ironwood tree. I've never seen one before. Or maybe I did and didn't know what it was. I love your early Mother's Day gift and the soda bottles. Your daughter has really good taste. Must be fun to shop with her. Your blackboard is charming, and the quote is great. Enjoy your weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. They are only native to the Sonoran desert, not the mojave. I've never seen one for sale, because they are slow growers. When they are planted, they are ones that were boxed to be saved, and those cost $$$$. My daughter loves to shop, and fortunately she loves the vintage shops, so it saves money. Happy weekend to you. xoxo

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  18. You always have the prettiest banners and I like the little birds here and there. LOVE that old ironwood tree! Lavender blooms...how perfect! Enjoy your weekend my friend! I hope you get some much needed rain! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. It is your favorite color! Happy weekend to you. xoxo

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  19. I love your garland you made and that pillow is just beautiful and I love the deep pink color of it. Happy May to you. Have a nice Sunday.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Happy May to you and blessed Sunday! xoxo

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  20. Ah, Su! Such a lovely post! I love your sketch! :) I haven't heard of that kind of garland before. I have some investigating to do! You always inspire me to try something new! Awesome thrift pillow find! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. The feeling is mutual. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo

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  21. Very pretty ! And that tree....love that lavender shade! :)

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  22. I love to relax and visit your blog, it is such a peaceful dreamy place! I'd never seen an ironwood tree before, they are beautiful! Your paper cutting skills are quite magnificent ;)

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    1. I just saw this! Thank you, Jennifer. It only grows in the Sonoran and Chiahuahuan desert. xoxo

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  23. You have such a talent of showing the beauty in everything Susan - what a gorgeous tree ( shrub? )
    Never heard of it before -
    And I adore your early Mother's day gift
    XOX

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    1. It's a tree, Suzan, but it only grows in the Sonoran desert and the Chihuahuan desert.

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  24. Just a delightful post! Love your paper garland especially. I am in love with bunting right now. I'll have to make one!

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  25. I've never heard of that tree but it is gorgeous! Love your paper garland and the Winnie the Pooh saying is precious! There's nothing prettier than a field full of dandelions! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su