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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Seasonal Beauties

 A few weeks ago I picked the last of the hydrangeas to dry out and preserve. The colors were amazing, soft and beautiful, magenta, blue and lavender. I have them in the living room at the cottage paired with a bird house and a small flock of birds.





The vintage ceiling tile I purchased several years ago at an antique show, it is in my favorite color pink, of course.  The cabinet holds some of my overflow dishes.


I think the colors of the hydrangeas are so varied and vibrant that they almost look fake. But trust me they came out of our garden.










Like most people I'm busy getting my house and food ready for hosting Thanksgiving dinner next week. I'm lucky my blogging partner daughter, Andrea is able to come home from NYC for the weekend, yeah! I'm baking family favorites like pumpkin bread and date nut bread and bringing out my turkey dishes. Do you have special dishes you prepare for your family or favorite place setting you use, I'd love to hear about it.


32 comments:

20 North Ora said...

What a gorgeous vignette. Love every bit of it. The hydrangeas are just beautiful. Loved all your photos.

Judy

Kris said...

Love the bird house, Laura. I love the whole package but I really love the bird house. Gives me an idea of what to do with some of my broken clay shards. Happy Thanksgiving!
Love,
Kris

Cynthia Eloise Starr said...

what a beautiful setting. i can't believe you were able to maintain the colors so well when you dried the hydrangeas. i've never had good luck drying them.

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Laura,
Your Hydrangea are so pretty! And, I love your vignettes-birds & bird houses are always a favorite.
Yes, it's getting busy here too-I'm also hosting Thanksgiving. I bet you're excited to see your daughter!
Have a great week.
-Lynn

Leslie's Garden said...

Your hydrangeas are gorgeous. I would love to have some pink ones, but mine always turn blue. I know I can amend the soil to change their color and after seeing your beautiful ones I think I'll give it a try!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

The colors of those flowers is just beautiful! Looks so pretty for fall.

Mindy Northrop said...

So, so pretty. And I love the birdies.

Ivy and Elephants said...

The flowers are just gorgeous! The vignette is just perfection. Looks like a magazine cover!
Hugs,
Patti

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh, Laura- What beautiful hydrangeas and what a beautiful vignette. Have a wonderful night- xo Diana

xinex said...

Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and I love the vignette you created with them....Chtristine

suzyq said...

Your hydrangeas are just stunning - what gorgeous colors - xxx

Lynn Proctor said...

gorgeous and i just adore that ceiling tile----you would be so fun to shop with! please share a pic of your turkey dishes :)

podso said...

Wow those colors are amazing! They look so good in the silver, on your cabinet. What a wonderful photo--could be on a magazine cover. I don't think we make anything particular at Thanksgiving though there is always a smile when I include a bowl of creamed baby onions!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

So, so beautiful! I love it all! The ceiling tile is really unique and pretty!
Have a super Thanksgiving!
Blessings,
Susie

Dorothy said...

Hi there, I'm visiting from Pink Saturday. Your hydrangea blooms are gorgeous! Have a great Thanksgiving~
Dorothy

LV said...

Thanks for letting us enjoy these lovely things from your home. Really enjoyed it and you did a great job with the flowers.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

These are amazing colors ~ so beautiful. I never am able to get this wonderful range. So pretty.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love the vignettes and the hydrangeas are beautiful !

Light and Voices said...

You sure have a knack of putting this and that together on the cabinet to look like a 100 bucks! Impressive decorating skills. The flowers bring color to the area and yes, they do look artificial but I know that they are from your garden. Just a lovely post this week.
Joyce M

Bohemian said...

I'm having Hydrangea Envy of epic proportions! They don't grow so well in the Desert, so Alas I haven't been able to Grow, Harvest or Dry my own... though I wish I could because they are among my Favorite Florals! Your Vignette is Gorgeous and so Colorful... Loving the Pink Victorian Ceiling Tin.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Ann said...

Beautiful vignette, Laura. Your hydrangeas have so much more color than the ones grown around here. How nice that Andrea will be with you for Thanksgiving weekend. Know it will be special and lovely--with your turkey dishes taking center stage. Enjoy!

Tami Kenner said...

Those are definitely show stoppers Laura!
Your vignette looks amazing.
Have a happy Thanksgiving & Happy Pink Saturday too.
xo Tami

Carolyn Robbins said...

How beautiful! I love hydrangeas and paired with the birdhouse they are great!

Marti McClure said...

Hi Laura, What a stunning vignette! I love hydrangeas, and the colors on yours are amazing. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving too. ~Marti

Marissa said...

Gorgeous Hydrangeas!!Love all the colors!! I would love to grow those here in Tx.. but I don't think they would take the heat... Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Great idea to dry and preserve them!

iHeart PINK
Have a lovely Saturday. Come and see me when you get a chance.

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Laura those Hydrangeas sre GORGEOUS! They do almost look fake. I will be picking the blooms off of my Limelight Hydrangea tree and adding them to my vintage mercury glass Christmas tree. No color, just a pretty vintage looking cream. Your vignette is so pretty. Love the ceiling tile! I have a cream one, but that pin, o-la-la! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Katherines Corner said...

I am a fan of hydrangeas. Your are lovely. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Your hydrangeas are magnificent!!! I would never have known they were real! We have traditional dishes at our meal including cranberry-orange relish and pumpkin bread. As a matter of fact I am planning to make them both today! Happy Thanksgiving. Linda

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. What a beautiful vignette and the hydrangeas are stunning!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jody

Amy said...

The flowers are lovely. Do you dry them? This type drys nicely. The color of the ceiling tile is beautiful, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Amy

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your hydrangeas are breathtaking! I can't believe you have so many varieties that turn color at once!

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