Sunday, October 20, 2013

Change of plans, new look, flowers

Good Sunday evening Friends,

I hope you all had a nice weekend. It is still very warm here and humid, so that it feels like it is mid-high 90’s.  Does not feel like fall at all. We have had ‘hints’ but it’s not here yet.  I’ve read your blogs, seen your photos and am a tad envious I have to admit.

Thank you all for your kind, encouraging comments about my last post and the idea I had for the west living room wall.  I’ve been thinking about it, and today came up with a plan I really like better and it did not involve extra work from my Brother-In-Law, with moving electrical wiring.  I am so happy with this that I can’t quit smiling.  I look forward to waking up tomorrow, like it’s Christmas morning, just to see the new look. I still have some tweaking to do, want to change out the bookcase on the right side, the wall needs painting too. All in good time.

Here’s the way it looked.


Here’s the new look.


Three different angles below.  I’m going to raise the whole arrangement about 3 inches or so. Plus I’m wondering if the baskets should go on the bottom and the little paintings on the top.  What do you all think? The paintings are lighter, baskets heavier in look. I’ll take close-ups of the paintings too during daylight hours.

Mark’s grandfather made the basket on the left and the one on the right, he also did the pine needle and raffia frames around the paintings that Mark’s grandmother painted.  The pine needles and the little pinecones were gathered here on this property. This was their home before us.  They wanted Mark to have this home, and eventually we did get it, by buying it from the estate.  The pine needle basket in the middle we found at the local flea market many years ago.  The mirror we also bought at the flea market, it’s from the 1920’s.




I think Mark would like this arrangement. It adds light, sparkle and showcases Mama and Papa’s artwork.

I moved the large painting that had been on this wall into the bedroom and once I have that all redone, I’ll show it in new location.  I like it in there. I also took off the large frame that had been on it.

Now, here are some flowers in bloom right now.

4 o’clock


Blanket flower


Trailing Lantana


Fringe Flower



Mexican Petunia




Old Blush, I think.


Gazing ball from DH a few birthdays ago.



That’s it from Plum Cottage.

Have a great week,

counting your blessings

and saying

I love you to your loved ones.



Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh,I like how that arrangement looks.That is very special.

HolleyGarden said...

I love the new look! Those baskets are fabulous, and they and the frames below look wonderful together. The addition of the mirror makes it look lighter and brighter, too. What a nice collection. I also like that last photo of the photographer reflected in the gazing ball - cute!

Sandy said...

How sweet and precious are these displays of creativity! I'd leave it just as you arranged it. It's lovely, as are your blooms. So refreshing to visit here and see so much beauty.
I've made two sales of my jewelry on Etsy in the last two weeks! Hurray!
Love & Blessings on your week~

gld said...

I like the new wall and so much easier than cutting a hole and moving wiring. Mirrors always open up the space.

The gazing ball picture with you in it is very good.

The flower listed as 4 o'clock grabbed my attention. It looks nothing like my 4 0'clocks.

Betsy Adams said...

Love the new look. Those baskets are awesome --and I know how special all of them (including the paintings) are to you... Love it!!!

Love your flowers also.

Val said...

I like the new look, just the way it is--but I know that moving things around/puttering around is half the fun of decorating. :)

And I never used to like gazing balls, but I've LOVED them the past few years. It's funny how our tastes change. They really speak to me now. I always enjoy seeing yours.

'Hope you have a great week. ♥

Sallysmom said...

I love your idea. I think maybe the paintings would look good at the top. Keep us up with this.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

You always make me smile.
Have a good day...

Betty W said...

We have went from summer to winter it seems here. I like the arrangement and would put the paintings on the top though. Flowers look lovely. Frost got all of ours a few nights ago.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What beautiful baskets and art work. You are certainly showcasing it all very nice. I like the new idea. Is your ceiling made of wood planks? Much more interesting than the flat or bumpy stuff so common today.
We are into fall. Still have some blooms but for how long? I always enjoy your flowers through winter.
Love the photos of you in the gazing ball.

Leslie said...

The new arrangement is wonderful. I can never get over all the interesting treasures you have. The little paintings and baskets are so beautiful--and even more meaningful and special since they were made by Mark's grandparents. So cool!

Maryann said...

I like the new look, bright and open. I like that the baskets have a special meaningYou may not have the fall weather but you still have some beautiful flowers

Bernie H said...

Lorraine, the new look is just fabulous. I love those baskets and paintings. What wonderful family treasures to have on show. The mirror is just right too. I think I prefer the paintings at the bottom.

Sunray Gardens said...

Lovely blooms. I like the new arrangement on the wall. I would raise it also though.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Sarah said...

What a lovely wall. I love your pretty flowers flowerlady. Sarah x

Kit said...

I love the new arrangement! Way to go. :) Kit

Gary said...

Your new arrangement looks lovely Lorraine, and so personal to your house. The work involved in making those things is really skillful. Autumn is well and truly here in the UK, with storms, wind and rain, and far too many leaves falling now. Some lovely colour still in your garden, and I really love that gazing ball. Have a good week.

Terry Mann said...

I think it looks wonderful as it is.

We want a plank type ceiling also, thinking of using beadboard.

I hope you have a great week also.

Balisha said...

Love the new look. The mirror reminds me of one we had when I was growing up.
Our flowers are just about I'll just have to enjoy yours through the winter.
Have a beautiful day,

Julie said...

The 4 o'clocks and the fringe flowers are spectacular!!!