LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fourteen Days of Love - Day 10 - Flower Power


There's lots of lovely pink prettiness in this post from the past.  I think I'll share it at Beverly's Pink Saturday event. 

Who doesn't love flowers? They are one sure way to win a girl's heart. Especially this girl's!


For me, almost any kind of flower will do. But those of the cottage variety are my favorites–roses, hollyhocks, delphiniums, etc. There is just something about their quaint beauty that always makes me smile.


When it comes to floral arrangements, I tend to prefer simplicity over fussiness–like the two simple roses I displayed with this vintage bride's basket.


And when you see flowers around the inside of my cottage–or on my porches–they will most likely be something I've gleaned from my own flower gardens, shrubs, or trees.


The large ornamental flowering cherry tree near my master bedroom porch is one of my favorite places from which to cut blooms. The profuse pink blossoms that cover it every spring provide weeks of fresh flowers to grace both the inside and outside of the cottage–like here on my front porch.


Now…all ye faux flower nay-sayers, look away–lest ye be offended!

I have no problem using silks and do so often–if they have a realistic appearance. Silks fill in quite well for the real deal during the colder months, when there is nothing in bloom around here.


I thought the pink silk roses looked great in my Valentine tablescape.  And even the silks in this rusty metal basket–part of one of my tabletop vignettes–look pretty to me.


So…until my lovely cottage flowers have been coaxed from their winter slumber by the warmth of the spring sun–silks will suit me just fine! ; )


Either silk or real flowers would exude cottage sweetness in this adorable wire carrier and four clay pots. And...it just so happens to be today's addition to the giveaway!

And what about yesterday's prize you ask?  Well, do you think you would enjoy a delicious cake...like this? 

 

You can...along with ninety-nine others you can make from the recipes in this lovely cookbook!


Just can't wait for the treats to bake to get that chocolate fix (Donna)?  I have just the remedy. 


This "emergency chocolate" bar will accompany the cookbook, so you can satisfy your craving while you bake!  ; )

Reminder:  Please be sure to publish your
Valentine's post, before you link to the party. And
don't forget to mention the Brambleberry Cottage
in your post.

Remember to leave a comment to be entered in this
week's drawing for the giveaway!

1. Jenn Raley
2. Donna
3. Ann Creek
4. http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-bloomin-red-post.html
5. http://sweetnothingsbj.blogspot.com/2010/02/precious-outdoor-photo.html
6. lululiz
7. Tammy


11 comments:

  1. Great post! Love the pinks, glass and rusty basket! The tablescape has so much contrast - love it. Some neat items all the way! Enjoyed it! See ya next time, Jenn

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  2. I have no problems with silks either. Of course I love flowers from my garden but in the winter who cares! They look so real these days. Your vintage basket is beautiful and the tablescape is gorgeous!
    Yeah I saw the comment about the chocolate fix!! LOL I could use some right now! I may have to go look in the snack box. The wire basket and cookbook is a wonderful giveaway!
    Blessings & Hugs,
    Donna

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  3. The bridal basket and single rose is just stunning. Love all the pictures. Great post.
    Ann
    Tin and sparkle

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  4. O, I love my faux....I have some dandy ones that most people have to touch to tell the difference! ha....
    Thanks for a great post..and your giveaways are most generous. The cookbook really looks great!! Love the basket and pots, too.
    xo bj

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  5. I am not a flower lover, don't get me wrong I like them, but the die and it is nature doing, I like pastel colors, my sister loves all flowers we just had a discussion over flowers the other day. But they are nice to receive for special occasions.

    Maria & Ruth

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  6. Your outdoor table setting is just glorious.

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  7. Your Valentines Tablescapre is just beautiful! I love the outdoorsy look! Have a wonderful Pink Saturday! Sherri

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  8. stunning pinks that cherry blossom is gorgeous have a fab pink saturday

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  9. The ornamental cherry tree in bloom is so lovely!!
    Debbie

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  10. My "fav" photo is the rose on the vintage bride's basket. Jusy lovely photograph.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Joyce M

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  11. So many beauties - Happy Pink Saturday

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