Thursday, June 18, 2009

friday 6/19 - Cloche Party, Show us Where You Live Friday and Flasback Friday

I have been sooo excited about the Cloche Party over at A Stroll thru Life (she inspired me to have the Christmas in July Party) that I could barley not post mine a week ago. And then I found Show Us Where You Live Friday over at Kelli's Corner - yeah a reason to take some of my happy little home! But I couldn't forget my very own Flashback this might be a little long. Stay with me - pour another cup of coffee and enjoy.

My Cloche is not a Cloche - it's an Giant ginger jar. Momma gave this to me for Christmas in 2007. She said while we were in pottery barn that shopping that my face lit up and I declared "isn't that beautiful - can't you just imagine personal items in there?" Now to this day, I have no idea what my my vision was at the time, but I certainly LOVE my jar. Last Christmas I set out to make this a prominent decoration, because thus far it had set in my bathroom with pretty White soap bars and a few sea sponges. I think I achieved my goal:
I set this in the living room and it just fit really nicely with the rest of the decorations. I was so happy with what it looked like that I knew I wanted it to be a decorative piece all year long...what to do...where to put it...not back in the bathroom....oh the bedroom! But I have soo many shells, and starfish in there already that I knew I did not want shells and sand to be the filler.

So pearls it is! I just adore this jar - these are mostly pearl strands that Momma picked up at yard sales and thrift stores .

I have had fun trying to add to the collection -because they have to be cute and cheap.
The Jar sits on a sofa table in the Master bedroom and I smile every time I walk by this treasure.

Now onto the Laundry room. This is not my favorite room in the house, but it sure beats what I had twenty years ago. We will not be opening any cupboard doors, just because it would take to much time and space here. But the cupboards pictured here contain cleaning supplies, candles, tablecloths and toys for the niece and nephew. There's also one empty drawer and a junk drawer.This is a treasure that my Mother in law made for me at least 8 years ago. She captured exactly how I feel when I think of "home". This makes me cry every time I read it. It reads: I remember the softness and charm of the wide shady street, the great tree that hung heavy with the heat of August and in the winter, the warm contentment. I love remembering the simple pleasures of my Grandmother's home.

The deep sink is great for hand washables and drip-drying and plants.
Oh yeah - the washer and dryer (almost forgot). The cupboards above have detergent, paper towels, etc.
I do a load of laundry every morning and we leave this door to the "bonus room" open - but it does not make me get on that thing. Instead I head into the pantry....oh well. There is a built in ironing board on the wall next to the bonus room door, but I forgot to take the picture - it gets used by the kiddos.

The bonus room holds all the stuff that we should use everyday but alas, we do not. I want a pool table in here! This room is rather large (16x26) but I am not going to show you the other end because it's full of stuff that needs to be put away or sold in a yard sale. Sorry.

Okay, now for the flashback - I'll make it short.

This is June of 2006 - yes, June. We camping in Bishop one weekend with our friends R&T and their son, it was pretty warm so we decided to drive up to Mammoth Lakes where the trees are tall. We knew it would be cool but we weren't expecting the snow, as you can tell from the shorts and sandals. It ended up being a beautiful day with a snowball fight and laughter.

Thanks for joining me. Just leave a comment to join Flashback Friday.

Ladies who want to Fashback:


Heather said...

your laundry room and bonus room are so big!!Great spaces! I like your cloches too! :)

ellen b. said...

Oh...pearls in a cloche. You have given me a great idea...thank you!!

PAT said...

Beautiful post!!

marty39 said...

I LOVE the idea of pearls in a jar. Super idea and so pretty. Love the laundry room it is wonderful. Wish I had all that space. lol Your flashback is such fun. Memories are the best blessing ever. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is great fun. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the idea of pearls - very pretty.

bj said...

The pearls are just perfect for a jar of any kind..I love it!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a beautiful and fun blog...

You have a great blog...enjoyed reading it tonight.
I had a little time to do some blog hopping...I always enjoy finding new blogs and new friends.
Hope you will stop by and visit me.
This month I am posting on our Disney trip plus a June giveaway.

Kim said...

I love the pearls in the ginger jar & that you added the clam shell. Ooooh, and the tassel on the lid, fabulous!!!

Kammy said...

Hello !
I love your ginger jar - really am loving the shells and pearls....Your home is beautiful !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Sue said...

I really like how you used the pearl strands draped out of the shell. very innovative, and I I think I'll borrow that idea to add to a vignette I've already done.

You have a really nice laundry room- even though you are hiding the bad stuff haha I caught a glimpse of a door I liked- is that chalkboard paint on the pantry door? too cute is that artwork!
thanks for some ideas, :-0 Sue

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I am so jealous of your laundry room, you cannot even imagine! Awesome.

Ok, and I am sooo going out today (thank goodness I am at the beach reading this)and looking for a shell like that for my pearls. Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful!

Great jars! Come see me sunshine!

Keetha Broyles said...

I LOVE that you ran into snow in June - - - what a memory maker!!!

Leigh has talked me into joining "Flashback" since I already have an appropriate post up and running, I think I'll link it here.

Thanks for sponsoring this and doing the work it takes to make the list!!!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oh... now I need to add a ginger jar to my wih list!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I really liked the idea of the pearls in the jar...and your laundry room is great...Now girl to have a bonus room is awesome..I use my DR for all my catch all stuff ha ha!! Great post my Bishop...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susan S. said...

Yeah...I'm feel better now. I WAS having CLOCHE envy with all this Cloche talk...but I DO have a Glass Ginger Jar like yours that I am going to be calling a cloche until I get the real deal. THANKS for making me realize I can participate in next weeks cloche party. WOOHOO!

The Stylish House said...

Your sweet vignette of the combination of pearls and the shell is a definite hit. I also noticed your frosted laundry room door. I have been thinking about getting one myself to let in light, but maintain privacy. My laundry room at times does not look tip top!

Frippery said...

Pearls and oyster shell, too cute! I love your pantry door.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Loving your cloches!


Keetha Broyles said...

It's a good thing you said "Ladies who want to flashback" - - - cause if you forgot the "back" it would be an entirely different matter!!!


Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

The pearls look SO PRETTY in your jar!

McClure Family said...

great laundry space!

see my home:

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love the pearls in the cloche!