Thursday, June 18, 2009

Every Surface Covered



One of the complaints I often hear is that there is no place to set a drink down.....every surface is covered with one thing or another....a collection or an arrangement or vignette....



It is true....being a lifelong collector....I tend toward the impractical....I'm definitely a form over function kind of girl....(although this bell has a purpose I suppose)....



I not only enjoy collecting my vintage finds....I love to display them.....



...so I can see them....and enjoy them......What good would they be packed away somewhere?



I love to create little vignettes....here at the lake house....they mostly have to do with nature...



Some vintage seed packets in an old tin letter holder.....the flower in the center is an old clip earring....



About seven or eight years ago I painted this old display for seed packets black as I thought it went well with the graphics on the vintage packets.....maybe it should be white???



lots of these old clothes pins....



These are just a few of the many sweet grass baskets that have been collected over the years...many are sewing items....



Some pretty petals under glass......I have a bunch of these old glass paperweights in not as good condition and one day I plan to re-do them with pretty papers and bits of lace, etc.....


Don't you just love this....Miss Mildred Miller's Dew of Roses...for the complexion.....
Beware of Imitations!
....I am grateful that my family puts up with me covering every surface with my "treasures"....I know it isn't practical at all and is sometimes annoying....but it does make for interesting conversation sometimes....:) maybe?
.....So those are a few more of the bits and pieces sitting around the lake house....hope you enjoyed them....more to come!!

28 comments:

Lisa said...

My mom's motto is no blank space so I COMPLETELY understand!! I love your treasures too!
Hugs, Lisa

Allidink said...

Very very cute! Your house must be so darling everything you show us is so nice! I love that old clothespin. Where do you find things like that? So cool! I have no space in my room to set things down either LOL.

All the best,
Allison

alicew said...

Oh we are so on the same page! I hear the same complaint...love to keep all of my stuff out {which is why I have boxes of stuff lying around just waiting to find the "perfect" spot}. Love your vignettes and those bottles are fabulous!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Your treasures are absolutely lovely and I imagine that the eye is always delighted while at your home.

Anne Marie said...

How I would love to puruse through your lake house~

hope you are enjoying the sun, sand and kinship

Rosemary said...

Thank you Laura!
Wow, your vignettes are always so good! You have such a knack! Love them all!
Have a great night and weekend,
Rosemary

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Miss Mildred Miller's Dew of Roses... I'd purchase it, not the imitations! Thanks for sharing some more of the beauty, Laura!
xo~Tracie

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

That was a way-fun stroll around.

Bonnie said...

I love it all. This tastes for more.......Oh I love old treasures so much it makes me so rich.
Nice day

Fluitenkruid said...

The bottle (or glass) with the deer and moss is a real piece of art. And miss Mildred Miller's too.

Something White said...

Those bottles are really beautiful, lovely labels! And the stamps (?) on your first picture... olala, I would like to have them! They are great!
Best greetings, Marjolijn

Les Cotrions said...

I adore all your lovely things so nicely displaied everywhere! Don't mind if that isn't practical! I'd do the same but I live with my mother and I cannot do!!!
Happy week end!
vale

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

LOVE all of your collections and displays. They are absolutely wonderful and just a pleasure to look at. Isn't that so much more important than having a place to put a glass down? :)

cheryl kuhn said...

You can never have to many beautiful items surrounding you, just hold the drink in your hand and take the time to admire your amazing vignettes. Practicality is over-rated!!!

Frippery said...

I love looking at all your treasures. I agree, it is hard to leave a blank space blank for me as well.

piitis said...

Hei Laura!!
Wau...lovely.. I love all the old treasures you have and can't wait to see more.

You have a beautiful blog!!

Have a nice weekend!!!
Hugs:)
^_^Piitis

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I'm sure your family considers themselves lucky to have all these beautiful things (that you've taken the time to collect) surrounding them. Clean and practical is a little over rated...I'm sure you'd agree.
Hey one one more day til we see each other in person!!!!! Ya!!
Carole

Beth said...

I just discovered your blog and wanted to say that it is truly beautiful. It speaks to my heart and my soul and I will visit often. hugs, Beth

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Laura...I love your collections!!!! My house is the same way ~ I've been told it looks more like a shop! I can't help it, I just love beautiful stuff ~ xxoo, Dawn

Brenda said...

I do that too. And also my husband comes home and doesn't know where anything is anymore because I got bored and moved it!
Brenda

Annie said...

I would gladly hold my coffee cup on my knee just to view your vintage treasures. My favorite above are your old keys with the bell.

jade said...

Sooooo many loveley treasures!!!! Love everything - and most of all the Miss Mildred Miller Glasses.....so beautiful!!!!

Have a very nice weekend, Hugs Jade

Me said...

what a lovely blog, beautiful photo's
I love your collections!
gr. Anna

Elyse said...

laura,

this is all so pretty! my favorite among favorites are the vintage seed packets in the tin letter holder and the flower in the center is perfect.

inspiring as usual. i am so happy that i found your blog!

enjoy the lake

xo

I_am_Tulsa said...

Your collections are so inspiring! Can't wait to see more!
have a great weekend!

The Stylish House said...

Laura,
Everywhere I look is lots and lots of pretty things! My first visit to your blog has been a fun one and I am going to explore a bit more. Cathy

me, myself, I said...

I hear the same...not always as a complaint, sometimes as a compliment - often in awe at how and where I find all my "bits and bobs"..!
I love your collection :)

House 21 said...

ohhh, really a wooonderful blog ... !!
hugs mina