Floral Friday – Inspiration From A Special Card

Do you gain inspiration from something special that is gifted to you?

I do. My inspiration was gifted to me from my Sweetie for my birthday.

She is a great artist and she is just now starting to draw flowers

using her Copic markers. She loves drawing people/caricatures.

The flower she drew for me was her first. I was honored.

So for today,  it’s Floral Friday – Inspiration From A Special Card.

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I found these Spray Roses and green Statice at the grocery store and thought that they would

compliment my card which is on a stand on the coffee table, waiting to be framed.

By the way, do you find Spray Roses hard to arrange 

due to their uneven heights on one stem?  I do, but I do clip off some stems

off the main stem if they are long enough.  I manipulate the other roses

on the stem to keep the height/shape uniform within the arrangement.

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Now there is another story to my vignette today.

I was at my favorite Consignment shop, Always Home in Durham, North Carolina

and I spotted this very lovely silver coffee pot, that I thought would be great

for my Floral Friday vignette.

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I have a silver coffee pot, but this one had a very pretty design/shape to it

and it was wonderfully polished.

I placed it on the counter . . . sold!

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My friend Sherri was with me and she spotted another silver coffee pot

that had a matching teapot. She said that this could be another option.

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She mentioned how nice the pair would look on a tray.

Then I saw the wheels turning in her head. Hmmm . . I bet this would look nice

on my grandmother-in-law’s beautiful silver tray, she said.

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So I said, then you get those and I will stick with my original find.

A moment went by . . . “no you take it” . . . “no you like it, you take it”

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So the game of “no you take it” went on for a while. She decided to take a pass,

and she was the last one to say, “no you take it” .

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The pieces were separately priced; however, you really have to buy them both

as you cannot “break up the family” !!!

Now you photographers out there . . . is there a trick to photographing

silver without getting a reflection? . . .Other than letting it tarnish?!! 🙂

I LOVE shiny silver, but it does love its reflection!

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Did you notice the inscriptions on the tray?

It says, “K S F A Best in Show 1963” I found it at an estate sale near Dalton, Georgia

several years ago. The couple had many trophies, ribbons, etc. from showing their dogs.

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I wanted to add more silver pieces to the table,

so I added my “bent silver fork bud vase” and my mother-in-law’s salt cellar cart.

I do not know much about it, other than it is marked, “Made in England” on the bottom.

Now to more of my inspiration:

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Me and my sweetie . . . She was about 2 years  old then,

and very soon she will be a full fledged teenager!

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I had painters in my home doing some small projects

and everyone who walked by the table, complimented my flowers and vignette

and the pretty flower card that my Sweetie made for me.

Well, they made ME SMILE that day!

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I wish you all a most beautiful day and hopefully having the opportunity

to make someone smile!

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  1. Those are some gorgeous silver pieces. I love the cute salt cellar. I have never seen one like it before. Beautiful flower combos again and have a great weekend!
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  2. I’ll be back, we have a Dr’s appointment with the cardiologist!
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  3. Graylyn is a very talented young lady! Glad you got the silver pieces. They polished up beautifully!

  4. Your Sweetie is an artist! – such detail to her flower. Lovely floral arrangement with the silver.

  5. Beautiful new/old silver pieces (my sisters and I play that same game of “you take it”). And the floral arrangement is gorgeous. But oh, that salt cellar cart! Be still, my heart! Put a bunny or chick in front of that and you’ll have a stellar spring display option.
    ps….no known tricks to the reflective photography, but it’s something I always notice in my own and others’ photos. Great job of camouflaging on your part!
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  6. Your granddaughter is quite a talented artist!

  7. That sweetie is so talented! And your silver pots are stunning, with or without flowers. Your arrangements are beautiful, what a lovely way to cheer up any day. Happy weekend, Shirley. xo

  8. I think these are some of the most beautiful arrangements I’ve ever seen Shirley, the pairing of simple cabbage roses and a formal silver service is just stunning! Your granddaughter is very talented, her work is so mature for her age!! Beautiful!
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  9. Your flowers look beautiful in those lovely silver pots. I have a good friend that shares the same taste as me and we do the same thing lol. Sweet painting!

  10. Rebecca Turner says

    Beautiful, as usual! It reminds me of a gorgeous Valentine presentation that I saw in a Romantic Homes magazine a few years ago. I have my grandmother in-law’s complete silver service. But I can’t bring myself to put water in it, lol. However, I might for a beautiful floral arrangement. She won it at an auction in Florida while on vacation in the fifties. I keep most of the pieces in our china cabinet because I do not like to polish them and they stay bright longer when not exposed to air. But the tray I keep on the bottom shelf of our round coffee table to corral a favorite book and a few magazines.

    I am a VERY amateurish photographer, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but when photographing into a reflective mirror, I use a colorful scarf to camouflage myself…so perhaps that would also work for silver? You could string one up, or even a plain white sheet, to block an undesirable reflection. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and blog with us, Shirley!

  11. Always Love your posts always…..

  12. Shirley, I have been limiting my time checking out blogs, FB, etc, etc as there is so much going on in my life right now but I always check out yours. It has become a visit with someone familiar somehow!! I appreciate your excitement about your granddaughter’s card and the place of honor you have given it. I have 2 grandsons and they are always so pleased to see their handiwork displayed. Have a great week end.

  13. What a pretty card your sweetie made! It pairs lovely with your pretty floral vignette! The silver pieces are gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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  14. OMGoodness, I am just blown away at ALL of this! The card is fabulous!!! She IS an artist!!! The coffee pot and tea pot are positively exquisite!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am drooling over here! The salt cellar is TDF!!! You have such beautiful silver and crystal pieces!!! Have a most beautiful weekend. FLY Eagles Fly!!!!!:):)
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  15. Beautiful silver and I adore your MIL’s salt cellar cart! I agree with Rita, it would make an adorable Easter vignette with a bunny or a chick. Your sweetie is an artist in bloom 🙂
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  16. Norma Rolader says

    Beautifully elegant

  17. I just love these. The roses look fantastic with the green statice and I love seeing polished silver. The selection of flowers and how you arrange them are always done so well!
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  18. Very pretty! I think you have an artist among you! That picture is beautiful, and the leaves are perfection. I would frame that as well.
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  19. What a beautiful vignette, Shirley! I can’t wait to see the frame you choose for Gralyn’s card. She is so talented and hopefully, will paint more flowers for you!

  20. Shirley, your arrangements are lovely. The color of the roses against the silver is so pretty and the silver was truly a wonderful find. And,the salt cellar is fabulous. Your sweetie is quite the talent. I am sure her lovely card will be a treasure to you always.
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  21. Bobbi Duncan says

    Graylyn is truly an artist! What a fabulous silver pair, made even lovelier with your beautiful arrangements. Hugs!

  22. Shirley the drawing is my favorite! Being a Grandma is the absolute best!

  23. Your sweetie is developing into a fine artist and I’m sure she is thrilled that her artwork was the inspiration for your vignette! Your silver pieces are exquisite! I also wanted to thank you for the James Farmer book. It arrived a couple of days ago and I have been looking at it at every chance.

  24. Such a sweet card! Can’t wait until my baby grandson presents me with his first card! I have a beautiful 1920’s tea/coffee service that came via my father’s bachelor friend’s estate. It had belonged to his mother. Unfortunately it languishes in a chest in my dining room! After seeing your arrangement I think I’ll polish it up for the spring as a centre piece in my dining room filled with spray roses.

  25. Shirley, your sweetie’s card is beautiful, she is quite an artist! I love the silver pieces with your spray roses…and I look forward to your Floral Friday series each week! The salt cellar is most unusual, love it!
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  26. Just beautiful Shirley! What a sweet card and wonderful inspiration!

  27. You used every bit of creativity in your bones!!!! Beautiful! I have often been inspired by another’s gift to create, especially if the gift is flowers. Fresh flowers don’t last very long, so I just love the opportunity to create a longer lasting reminder of the giver’s generosity. Double that if the inspiration piece shows just how much the giver knows about my taste!

  28. Your sweetie is very talented and the silver teapots were quite a find.
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