Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Collecting pale blue china & vintage objects


When you bring flowers indoors to your home you surround yourself with such beauty. Today I'm taking some of my favourite soft blue things from inside my home outdoors to be with all the flowers in the garden.

I have been collecting blue and white china for as long as I can remember, but recently I have been picking up a few little plain blue pieces, the softest and palest of blues. I have been keeping all these items in a large basket together and recently I completed this little collection with a teapot that I found last week. All these items are second hand and I didn't pay very much for them at all. I think the most expensive piece was the English Johnson Bros teapot which I paid about $8.00. I started with a milk jug, a blue mohair rug and a little blue girl bookend, only one! That doesn't really bother me as she will always look pretty against some little children's books. Maybe I will find her partner one day, I'm sure it is a little blue boy...

So many beautiful blue flowers are flowering at the moment and as I drive around the Highlands I keep seeing blue, I must be a bit of a bower bird! What am I saying, of course I am. We have some of the prettiest blue cottages here in my town with of course blue flowers in their gardens just like these homes with the blue Hydrangeas. This little hand painted scallop top urn is loosing some of it's paint. I have a pair and they are so fragile, they have the prettiest little flowers and ribbons painted on them. They are definitely on my to do list to fix, or should I say Andrew's to do list since he is the expert antique restorer.

Above is my daughter Rebecca when she was little in her little blue dress and blue bonnet (I just couldn't resist putting her photograph in) The little candle stick statue is so sweet, she has a small crack on her leg and she is wearing a soft blue dress with a little pink hat. She would be just perfect for the top of a one year old Birthday cake as it holds one tiny little candle. Maybe I will still have it when I have grandchildren. I hope I remember !

I love both sides of this blue and white tablecloth and it is so soft to touch and last but not least I think these little books are just gorgeous. I have often thrown books and pads and crayons on the table over the years, they make such lovely decorations and always make for lots of fun at the table. But I would only put blue crayons on this tablesetting and lovely old paper,

you know me .... always the stylist.

Between Naps on the Porch

and welcome to everyone from Susan's Tablescape Thursday party at Between Naps on the Porch. A party worth visiting and seeing some amazing table settings in some very private homes. I off now to see what's new this week.....

an hour later....

and here are just a few of my favourite table setting bloggers that I have managed to drop in on today,

Julio from Beaux Mondes Designs in Northern California click here

Ummm, just beautiful

Jain at Once in a Blue Moon... Northern California USA - click here

Gorgeous plates

Bill from Affordable Accoutrements from Tennessee click here
I just love his table setting at night

and I have also joined in on Julia's Hooked on Fridays blog party, you should visit and see this cute little cottage that she is posting today.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today and if you have time, visit my Styling gardens blog, I have just posted a story on the very beautful flower Wisteria....


  1. I always love coming to see all of the beauty on your blog. Since I love the color, blue, I especially love this post. The books with their pretty book covers are a perfect addition to this lovely setting. laurie

  2. Great styling. Pictures of the spring. Her yesterday autonm has begon. Can you imagine???

    I keep following your nice pictuers, Cotty. Have a nice day!

  3. Very pretty Coty...I love your blue and white linen reversal, xv.

  4. Gorgeous. Since it is fall in Vermont, we will have to visit here for the spring flowers we love.

  5. I have to say, it is so fun to see you moving into spring as we're moving into fall here. Gorgeous work, as always!

  6. Very Elegant. I love the colors.

  7. Love all the blues! Just beautiful!


  8. Always lovey beyond words! Hope that awful dust we're hearing about isn't your way.

  9. Ohhh-- Rebecca looks as if she should be the mate to the bookend--a front and back!Blue is definitely my favorite color, but truly blue flowers are scarce. It is so nice to see your spring with all the glum weather here. As always, gorgeous!

  10. thank you so much for the extra nod, coming from you it means a lot, i so admire your taste~ thanks again, jain@onceinabluemoon

  11. Hi many beautiful them all! The pic of your daughter, Rebecca, is so sweet...she is the creme de la creme of your beautiful blues. :-)

  12. What a beautiful post. I was immediately drawn to the color theme you chose for today's post. All the blues are lovely and your collages are just wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  13. Hi Coty,
    To think of a lovely blog to award the ... One Lovely Blog Award ... won't miss thinking about you ...theres an award waiting for you @...

  14. Hello Coty,

    What a lovely tablescape. I love blue and as an avid reader, I also love how you incorporated the books! Great collages.

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely setting.

    ~ Tracy

  15. LOVE that first tablescape... popped over and stole a photo to paint... thanks!!!

  16. Hi Coty,
    Whenever I visit your stunningly beautiful blog, I'm inspired by your refined tastes and the always-creative choices you make in styling, layout, and photography.

    I was delighted and deeply honored that you mentioned my tablescape post this week. Thank you for your kindness.

    Warmest regards,

  17. Ohhhhh Coty! I used to have my home decorated in blue... then styles changed and I moved on to earth tones. I love both, but this post makes me long for blue again. (: xx Vicki


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