Monday, January 13, 2014

Blown Glass and Watercolor Vignette

After the holidays have passed and all the decorations have been removed
I often want to do some light decorating.
Nothing heavy or too busy.
I brought together a glass blown lamp and a colorful glass blown round dish
and put them in front of a watercolor painting
of two ladies at lunch
with some various finials in the center.
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Glassblowing has been around for centuries
but people often feel it is something modern.
Personally I like mixing blown glass in whenever possible.
Glass can have so much movement.
The colors seem to dance.
Or maybe it’s just me trying to force Spring into season.
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The glass blown lamp you may have seen before on my fall table display.
If you missed it you can go here to see it.
It has a script paper lampshade and a glass blown vase.
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I believe the base is brass as it is very heavy.
I love the swirls and movement of colors in the glass.
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I acquired the painting many years ago at an art show in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
It reminded me of my sister Mary at the time.
Two ladies lunching seemed like a fine thing for us to do.
Since it is my painting I get to decide who is who and therefore
I am the lady on the right and Mary is on the left.
I can hear her arguing now about who should be who.
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The artist is Jeanne Nash.
Hmmm…maybe it is those legs that I think I should get to have
or perhaps it is her shoes or the skirt….
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In the center I have placed several finials.
The one in the back is light as a feather.
The ones left and right weigh about 5 pounds each and are great for exercising.
The one lying on it’s a side is from a drapery rod finial where the rod ended at the wall
leaving no room for a finial.
I do believe my love of finials may have started with this one.
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Did I mention that my great grandfather was a glass blower from Sweden?
I have two canes that he made that I will have to show you one day.
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The canes are in a place where they are safe but it is difficult to get a good picture of them.
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These were all items I already had and simply gathered them together to display them in a new way.
Do you rearrange your accessories to create new vignettes?


  1. What a pretty vignette! I don't usually like orange, but I just LOVE it here, and I love that painting. Beautiful!

    1. So interesting your comment about the orange, because originally I had another item that was orange in the mix and it was just too much, so I removed it and changed things up a bit and then I felt the mixture of the golds and the blues softened the orange so that it wasn't overwhelming.

    2. I agree! The mixture is just perfect, and not overwhelming at all.

  2. I love this vignette. So beautiful...Christine

  3. Your beautiful blown glass is so lively and colorful! Looks wonderful with your painting. I did happen to know that it's an old tradition. Fascinating to observe the process too. Just lovely.

  4. I love blown glass - I've always found it fascinating and so pretty. A son of our friends who is in his mid-20's is into glass-blowing. I have a beautiful vase that he made with reds and oranges in it. I love your platter - the colors pick up the colors in the painting just perfectly.

  5. What a beautiful vignette and the blown glass so pretty. Just love the fun colors in the painting!!

  6. Hi Patty, you have created a colorful vignette, and I'm craving color right now. The colors in the painting and the piece of blown glass do suggest that spring will be here before we know it (the sooner, the better!) I collect sweetgrass baskets from the Lowcountry of SC, and I have recently started a collection of milk glass.

  7. Oh how I wish we could subscribe to your blog with an email address. I tried and was told we couldn't do it.
    Now you've gone and made me want to start collecting finials, as if at my age (70s) I needed anything else to collect!

    Daphne in Austin, TX

    1. Daphne, there's no such thing as "at my age"!!! You're as young as you feel and you should collect whatever you love at any age!

    2. Daphne, I will check into why you couldn't subscribe to by email and get back with you about it. It is never too late to start a new collection! But I do understand what you mean about another.....collection. LOL!

  8. Hi lovely lady.
    This is my first time on your beautiful blog nice seeing a new blogger. I am always looking for new Ideas for my home thanks so much for showing us. I agree! The mixture is just perfect I mix all the time. I am also your newest follower now, hoping you have a wonderful week. I hope you can come see me also.

    1. Thank you Diane! I am so glad you found me. I love mixing different elements together and I hope I end up with a cohesive grouping. Your blog is amazing - I love your tablescapes!

  9. What a brilliant vignette! The blown glass and the painting are just amazing! Great post!
    Happy I found your wonderful blog.

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