12 April 2015

Alternatives to Bouquets


I took a lot of photos this weekend, and then I noticed that I took a lot of photos of bowls or vases. None of these ideas are expensive, or even that unique, but they didn't cost anything, because the blossoms are from our garden. This is a shell collection: a pretty shell here or there given to me by daughter as presents and placed in a bowl on the sleeping porch's coffee table.








Small blossoms from the garden in a shallow bowl.




















Salad from the garden











Apples for people to snack on... or anything edible looks pretty...











Although this one is deceptively pretty, I displayed it outside, because it is stinky. It is a bolted broccoli. It got too warm and it went to seed before picking, and I used it for a barbecue decoration.








Here, I did not use a vase.  It's a mixture of fresh flowers, dried flowers, and faux flowers.
Do you like to display something in bowls and vases?  Rocks could be interesting... moss... sticks... What are your ideas?




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63 comments:

  1. I use lots of pitchers and zinc containers for flowers, but your post has me asking myself what bowls I have on hand to use for display.

    So pretty!

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    1. Zinc containers are such a great idea, and I love the way they look old.

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  2. Beautiful photos. I love to display flowers in old jugs but it can be expensive if they aren't in season or blooming in the garden. Love your photo of the apples in the marble dish. Simple but classically beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Sweet Auburn. Jugs are so neat, but I've rarely seen them here except in blog land.

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  3. Lovely ideas Su! Thank you for sharing! I have never displayed flowers without a vase and have been quite taken with the looks of it so I will certainly try that - I usually use vases or small bottles (jugs / glasses) for displaying flowers and plates / bowls for other things season permitting (like fruit or cones for example).

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    1. I love your idea of small bottles and glasses. I sometimes use a soda bottle, but the pretty ones that contained soda from France or Italy, because they have a clasp on top that makes them look special.

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  4. Love your ideas - especially like the shells!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  5. Great ideas using the bowls-love the shells!

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  6. I love all of your displays, even the stinky broccoli! ;)

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    1. It was so pretty. I let it stay in the bed until it started dropping flowers, because the bees liked it, but I didn't want to keep watering. It has quite a large root bed.

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  7. Love these displays and the outdoor broccoli is beautiful. I too enjoy using unusual containers for displaying flowers, shells and more. Your pics are gorgeous. I love those 3 little garden singer in the outdoor pic. Not sure if they are little piglets or pups but so cute!!
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Thank you, you are very observant. Those are little coyotes. They use to be outside my daughter's playhouse at our former home. They have lost their paint, but their expression is darling.

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  8. Beauty comes in all forms, you have shown us here how beautiful vignettes add to a space.

    I took a big canister jar and filled it with bottles and love how it shows off a collection, just like your bowl shows off that you have a collection of shells.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. I love your unique idea, and I would love to see it.

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  9. Doesn't Spring make for beautiful props!

    Pretty photos!

    Judy

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    1. It does. I love finding things outside in the yard.

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  10. How pretty everything is. I love to display using unexpected items....I use candleholders sometimes to display fruit (like pears) in settings. xo Diana

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    1. That sounds so elegant to place a pear on a candlestick. I love your idea!

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  11. I once had a cutting garden and placed sweet peas and other delicate flowers in various tiny bottles lined up on my kitchen windowsill. I'd like to do that again. I have vintage odds and ends -- creamer, sugar bowl, teapot, those sorts of things, none of them match -- and I like to display flowers in those. I also think fabric strips wrapped into balls are pretty in a vintage bowl. Your photos are gorgeous.

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    1. Great ideas, Nancy. I love the idea of using fabric in a bowl! Thank you.

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  12. I do this too - I have bowls, baskets, and tea saucers filled with shells, dried flowers, polished stones, etc. They are certainly more long-lasting than a vase of flowers!

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  13. I love the shells. So much texture and muted colors look pretty.
    Brenda

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  14. I love your shells...every thing looks amazing....(as always)
    and, I've always wanted a sleeping porch.

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  15. Very pretty and creative ideas! I am loving your marble compote! I love the broccoli flowers in the pitcher - using what you have on hand is such a nice touch. I do use bowls and urns, but yours are so pretty! xo Karen

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  16. Pretty and it gave me ideas to think outside the vase! Love you shells and reminded me i have a whole bag full down in the dungeon. Can i borrow your sleeping porch someday?

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  17. Such sweet and simple items to add color and pretty to any room! Having a sleeping porch would be so wonderful, I hope you have been using it before the weather gets too hot! Many blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy, it's wonderful. I can use it all the time now, even without AC, because when we put on the new roof, we had them put a foam roof over that area. We went with the extra thick one that they sell, and it's amazing. I can leave the french door partially open and turn on the ceiling fan in there. It has a similar temperature to the house. The only month I'm not sure of is July, because that's the hottest; the roof was completed at the end of August, and the temps then are similar to June.

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  18. Beautiful pictures, I have old seed pearls in a blue milk glass bowl on my dresser and I do have the mama coyote for the singing trio ( they broke during a bad monsoon storm ). Kathleen in Az

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    1. I love milk glass, and pearls in it sounds so pretty, but I don't have either. What a coincidence... We had the mother too, but she broke, probably during the move.

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  19. It's a wonderful day to make the house feel pretty and fresh.
    Amalia
    xo

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  20. your house just gets prettier and prettier! You have so many unique ideas!

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  21. The texture and colors of the shells is very pretty. I had to laugh about the stinky broccoli :).. Wish I had your garden! The little coyotes are adorable too. I like to use items that are somewhat unusual for displaying flowers. Gives them another purpose and the unexpected is always fun to do!

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  22. Wonderful pictures! The blooms are stunning.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  23. Joyful gatherings all throughout your home, life is good.

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  24. Wonderful ideas! Pretty displays.
    Have a good week.
    Debbie
    xo

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  25. Wonderful ideas! Pretty displays.
    Have a good week.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Have a wonderful week. xoox

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  26. Beautiful and heartwarming, and there is nothing like a salad with fresh ingredients from the garden. :)

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    1. I agree. I love these months when we are able to get food and flowers from our yard. xoxo

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  27. Adore the seashells! I love the idea of using different elements of nature instead of just flowers. Beautiful and genius!

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  28. A beautiful post!! So many lovely elements!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your sweet visit, and complement. xoxo

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  29. Hi,
    I love all the photos. Very fun ideas.
    I will have to post one of my favorite bowls and the boys filled it with foreign money. It looks so fun and it goes with my decorating ideas. The foreign money is a fun conversation piece as well, when we have company.
    :-)

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I love their idea! You will have to post it! I use to have a bowl of photos in my other house, but I have not thought to do that again. You made me remember that.

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  30. That bolted broccoli is really pretty. I didn't know that it would stink.

    I use branches from trees, when I don't have flowers :)

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    1. Isn't it funny? Once it is cut, it is really bad. I was going to blame my toy poodle.

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  31. Your pictures look like they are straight out of a magazine! Right now I love having branches in my vases or bottles because they are just blossoming where I live.

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  32. All beautiful, some edible, bouquets, Susan. I especially love the sea shells, being a Pisces!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. My daughter loves shells too, but she is not a Pisces. She always tries to find one either on the beach or in a shop when we visit places near the water. She also has given me some pretty ones as presents.

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  33. The bolted broccoli was genius! We had plenty of that last year... I love the thriftiness and loveliness like that combined :) Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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    1. Thank you, Jes. I was also hoping that when it dries, that I could get some seed from the flowers? Last summer, I took the seeds from my bolted basil after drying, itty bitty black things, and I planted them this spring, and now I have new basils. xoox Su

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    2. Yes I believe so, just shake the flowers into a bag when they dry to allow the seeds to drop off! :)

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  34. Good morning! I just wanted to let you know that this post has been FEATURED this week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Thank you for joining in and we hope to see you this week! :)

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  35. Beautiful pictures. Sometimes I think what we pick from outside our homes are prettier than what we can buy at stores!
    Lori from LL Farm

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  36. How beautiful! I found you at JES's link-up 'The Art of Home-Making Mondays'. Love your blog, Butterfly Bungalow! I hope you will come and visit me, too :)

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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