Monday, 4 April 2011

Flowers, Vases, Baskets, Fabric, Plates & Pots



I've had a busy few days fossicking around the garden, the markets and local Antique shops. 



In my travels I stumbled across these vintage vases which I couldn't resist.  They now sit on our chest of drawers in our entry hallway.  The vibrant orange of the larger vase makes me happy every time I see it and I just love the quirky bird clinging to the other vase/jug....it certainly is something you either love or hate.



I fell in-love with these little yellow flowers at the markets but I can't remember the name of them so please do tell if you know.  



I also picked up one of these baskets which I have been coveting along with this piece of fabric which I am thinking of making into table napkins for an upcoming event I have planned.



On Saturday I potted up 12 little pots with Succulents for my brother as he was having a lunch at his house over the weekend and needed something wonderful to place down the centre of his dining table. I kept a few for myself to add to my growing collection of pot plants.  {Correction to my post last week the little pots sell for approx. $1.20 at Bunnings and the succulents came from there too}.




It seems I wasn't the only one playing with flowers on the weekend. Mum just sent me this picture of the fresh Banksias she collected from the trees on their property at the beach.  I am hoping she might deliver some over to me this week.



And finally I added 18 mismatched vintage dinner plates to my blue and white collection.  We never have enough plates when we have the family here for lunch or dinner so now we will. NB. Mismatched vintage is so much less expensive than heading out to buy a complete set and so much more interesting I think and the best thing is that I can keep on adding to them as I see them.

31 comments:

Natasha said...

LOVE the green / yellow flowers, they remind me of some that my mother grow in her garden, I have no clue the name, and doubt they are even the same, as her garden is in Denmark... :)

Great point made ablout the blue and white mismatched plates; also if one breaks, no one will cry! :)

Northern Light

Couture and Cantankerous Cats said...

Great idea about mismatched vintage plates.

Ava Phair said...

I love mismatched dinner settings! So unique and I never have to stress about breaking a piece. You can take it one step further and mismatch lovely old chairs that don't have a full set anymore. Any excuse to spend more time rummaging around at op shops!

Claudia Lane said...

Love those vintage vases Anna, they are gorgeous! And your blue and white china plates look divine. Have a great week. :))
xo

cindy said...

your entry is colorful, interesting and stylish...love that you are always creating in your free time as well as your work..thank you for sharing!

White French said...

Great post Anna , I invite you to come and visit my shop at 999 Stanley st east East Brisbane[ The
Cottage Garden] Design Centre.
Antiques, wonderfull food and PLANTS/////
Beverley xxx

Julie said...

Your weekend looks like you had a lovely time - the yellow flowers that you want the name for look like Goldenrod.

Charmaine Coombes said...

The markets are such a great place for fresh flowers and plants. But if you can't find what you're looking for Bunnings is likely to have it! I have had a gardening weekend and it's so nice to have some new plants in the garden to add some fresh colour!

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meenal bishnoi said...

lovely post to start a new week, anna...absolutely love your mismatched plates..have a great week ahead..do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal

beachcomber sydney australia said...

beautiful colours and interesting collections!

Tracy said...

I love the green painting in your first photo. I am creating a picture wall for my daughter's room and your blog has given me great inspiration. Thank you.

Anya adores said...

I love the vase with the budgie - it's fantastic. :O)
I hope you have a lovely week ahead.

A xx

Angela Steyn said...

Well i'd say you did pretty well in your travels Anna! I'm loving the orange vase and the blue and white dinner plates... delish!

Angela x

EL at home... said...

Sounds like my kind of weekend...
Is that one of your new pink inlaid trays peaking out from behind the plates... beautiful?!

Speaking of flowers... There's a mass of hot pink gumnut blossoms on the tree across the street at the moment. They are just stunning and just out of my reach... Shame, as they would look equally stunning on my dining table...

Tiff said...

You have been busy! I love those vases, and can imagine the napkins made from that material, lovely! That blue and white china is perfect, I always prefer mismatched sets too... Much more interesting! X

Mel said...

Ooh I just potted a whole heap of new succulents too - aren't they divine!

Mrs. M said...

And with children always breaking plates....mismatched is the way to go!

Harpa Jónsdóttir said...

Love the vases and the plates are so beautiful.

vicki archer said...

Love, love, love the parrot vase.....heaven! xv

Spiral Style said...

So much beauty and inspiration. Lucky finds for you. Our antique market is in two weeks. Hope to be as fortunate as you.

Marina Mott said...

Great pics! Love the plates! xx

Kara Cartisciano said...

Love the orange vintage vase...

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Ali said...

The blue and white plates are beautiful... love them!

Jackie said...

I love your blog. The flowers look like what we in the UK call solidago...

Miss Chelsea said...

I love the mismatched plates! I've been dreaming of doing something similar, but with white plates... although I really like your blue/white idea (plus they'd be much more... well different! haha)

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

love the budgie vase, v. cool. my nan had one just like it, wish i had put dibs on it.

Scott said...

The flowers are Solidago, but they are also known as Goldenrod. I love your mismatched blue and white china!

Anna @ Around My Table said...

Hi, how lucky of you to have found all these lovely items, I mostly adore the blue and white plates, I'm a big blue&white fan myself. Since I came across your blog, I'm addicted ;)
My blog is with wordpress http://aroundmytable.wordpress.com/ and I couldn't add any comments on your blog, so created an account just for that :D

diana said...

Hi, you are amazing to have such a adorable collections. love the vases,vintage plates,baskets. All items would make the interior superb.

bevans said...

very creative stuff! love the orange vase and the green painting in the first photo!