Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Ideally, I would have put flowers in these, but all are drenched from our rainstorms.
By no means is this a novel concept, but I hope these images bring a bit of loveliness and inspiration to your day! And perhaps they're pictures you've not seen before?
via Shelterrific A little fussier, but nice nonetheless.
And we'll end with more bright fun!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's the "French" version of it from FCL Style, $995.
Eudora Welty collection (another Welty reference!), Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Felder Rushing offers the most complete history I've seen. Most references suggest bottle trees began in the African Congo around the 9th Century AD as a means of capturing bad spirits and protecting the home. Felding's research suggests that bottle trees actually originated much earlier and farther North. African Slaves, "imported" to this country, brought this idea with them and the superstitious Southerners (I think mostly Southerners) adopted it. And he features a fabulous passage from Euroa Welty's Livvie short story on bottle trees.
Here is a nice example from At West End, a lovely catalog/website I recently discovered, for $29.
Napa Style has a few options that make use of one's own bottles. First, the plant nanny.
$20 at Napa Style
Not sure how I feel about those.
If you *must* do the whole wine bottle candle thing, this is a better option-
Vino Luminoso from Napa Style, $28.
If perhaps you have just that one special bottle, enlist the help of the Flat Bottle Co.
I'm still not sure I'm entirely convinced. What do you think?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Ellen in the morning cool walked in the yard in her old dress, her scissors on a ribbon around her neck, and one of the children's school gloves on in case she wanted to poke around or pull mulch.