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In a Vase on Monday

It’s Summer! No more fires, so I can cover the top of the woodburner with a few crazy objectsfunky art

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Back Row

Pink Watering Can

A few years back, after helping put together 3 weddings and numerous Christenings, it was about to be my 60th birthday – I was planning a big event for ME! The theme was to be English Country Garden, I bought tiny colourful plastic  flower pots in which I was going to serve chocolate mouse (earth) with pop cakes flowers in them, I bought a garden arch through which guests would enter the village hall, I intended to cover it with crocheted flowers, The drinks were going to be poured from brightly coloured watering cans …………..

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Then my son and daughter-in-law annouced the impending arrival of twins – guess when they were due ON MY BIRTHDAY!

All plans for a big party were (happily) dropped – but I still have the watering cans!

And my children gave me a wonderful surprise birthday party in September on our family holiday. So all was very well!!!!

The can holds Jodie’s Forever Flowers and astrantia.

Orange Giraffe

I know you have seen the Giraffe before (from Chive), I hope you don’t mind her making another appearance. I’m very fond of her and her headgear today is a white perenial foxglove called Snowy Mountain.

I bought the seeds at Chelsea Flower Show.

I grew 6 for myself and gave some to friends – they were beautiful in the first year – last year, gorgeous I was thrilled with them. All but one has died, the one I have left is pathetic, it has this one flower spike. Oh dear!

Painting by Kaneda Hanaki

I saw this painting when I was in Japan. When I got home, I contacted the gallery to see if it was still available and it was! I love its quirkiness.

Front Row

Self-Hardening Clay objects:

Hedgehog with bead eyes: Made by Little Miss M

Pineapple 1 made by Little Bro

Pineapple 2 made by Bog Bro

Crocodile made by Miss E

Candlestick

Made by Devon ceramicist Ross Emerson

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Joining the Garden Party at In a Vase on Monday.

 

 

 

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Pastel Pineapples

with hearts

A very dear friend of mine has a birthday this week.

She’s going through a tough time.

It will be no surprise to you that pineapples will feature in her present.

I’m hoping they will be a nice surprise for her.

Pineapple Bunting

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These perky little pineapples make me smile.

Made with 4ply cotton and a 3mm hook using this pattern.

I made the leaves in varying lengths and added a picot point to each leaf.

Passion for Pineapples

DSC_1095Have you noticed that lately, pineapples are appearing in all sorts of places, on clothes, as jewellery, on china ……….

I’ve had a ‘thing’ for pineapples for a while, and have a couple of them cheering up the doors of my dated kitchen cupboards, (along with a clown drawn by Miss E when she was 6).

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They were painted by Raoul Speek, a Caribbean artist living in Solva, Pembrokeshire. Decorative pineapples have popped up in all sorts of places since they were first brought to the British Isles.

Origin of the Word
The word pineapple in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now termed pine cones). When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone. The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694, and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple

They are often found in and around old houses as a symbol of prosperity – like on these railings outside a house in St.Davids.

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Raoul Speek’s pineapples inspired a cushion I made back in 2013

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And more recently I ordered some smaller wooden shapes from Hazel Woodcraft for the grandchildren to decorate as presents.

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A trip to the Caribbean fuelled my Pineapple Passion,

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on chairs

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as wall lights

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balsa wood sculptures

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on carpets

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and can you spot them in this room?

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yes, the tray.

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I loved the atmosphere in that house – it’s name is Serendipity and you can stay there……

…….. and then……oh! …. oh my goodness! … my heart skipped a beat,  I saw a pattern for Pineapple Bunting on Etsy …….

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and hey presto another mini-obsession takes hold ………DSC_0024

 

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So many colour combos to explore!!! Juicy!

to be continued….