Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Last Vestige of Summer…




This cocktail table in the great room holds the last remnant of my summer decorating- I’m hoping to get it changed out for fall within the next few days.

The terrarium on the table is hardly ever filled with live plants, since I tend to kill them; but it makes a great place for seasonal vignettes.  An old dictionary  to the side of it is topped with “smalls” and giant leaves from my SIL’s garden  add a touch of greenery to the gleaming glass table.

And speaking of glass, I’m hoping to find new tables when I’m at the furniture market in High Point next month. I am so tired of cleaning smudges and fingerprints off these tabletops. What was I thinking when I brought them home from the store? 



The terrarium is filled with a variety of pretties, including a starfish, a bundle of old letters tied in a ribbon, some shells, and a piece of old drawer hardware.  






I had some extra hens and chicks from an outdoor pot, so I filled an old silver creamer with them and placed it on a paper covered box. These are plants that I can grow- they require very little care!















Why weren’t we taught the flowing penmanship of yesteryear?








A piece of driftwood and more shells are nestled underneath the starfish in this corner.








I always try to save the flowers from the bouquets I receive from Mr. Sullivan.  This bloom is all that is left from a trio of roses that I got from him in the spring.








I love this magnifying glass with the shell handle.  I’ve actually used it a few times lately! I need to get in to see the optometrist soon~ I think I may need bi-focals for my contact lenses because  I’m having trouble seeing things up close these days…






This small clock was a recent dollar purchase at a church rummage sale. All it needed was a battery- it just amazes me what people get rid of!  







Sometimes, I like to open the lid on the terrarium so I can see all of its contents. With all the iron in the framework, it’s sometimes hard to see everything.








Thank you, Laurie, for your help in creating this mosaic. While I’ll never be the master that you are, I had fun using a couple of programs to create this!

table mosaic


I’m linking up with the following Friday parties:

southern in my heart click on button for link

Vanessa, at Southern In My Heart, is hosting an Inspirational Friday party to welcome the fall season. She’s a newer blogger- please pay her a visit, show her some comment love, and tell her I sent ya her way!


artie's party click on button for link

Artie’s Vignette Friday is a great place to see lots of inspiration.  Stop over to see what he has to show us this week and then visit with the rest of his party-goers.



vintage inspiration button 

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 Join Debra for her first Vintage Inspiration party. You just might meet some new friends!



linky party 

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And because I have one thrifty purchase in this post, I HAVE to link with Debbie’s Garage Salen Party. Gotta love this girl’s humor!




show and tell fridays

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Cindy’s party is another great choice for inspiration.  There are oodles of ideas to see.



Seasonal Sundays - Fall copy

My first time here… 


Jo said...

Love the terrarium! I have looked for one like it but have yet to find it. Hope you are staying cool in this (hopefully last) blast of heat

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table looks so pretty! I have glass tables in my family room and grrrrr...they are hard to keep spotless! Your terrarium is very neat, I like the way you have it filled, I kill everything, too so I may borrow your hens and chicks idea!

Hope all is well with you!!


Adrienne said...

the big leaves from the garden are beautiful and i really like the way tou used the terarium to hold meaningul things. pretty!

Vanessa said...

Such beautiful details! I had a glass coffee table until recently and even though I switched it out I still keep it stored away in case I ever want to switch it back in again! I would love it if you would join my Inspiration Friday Party and perhaps link up one of your beautiful posts!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Oh Sue It is all so serene and beautiful. I do love autumn but will be a bit sad to see summer go. It seems harder every year to say goodbye to the passing seasons. I can't wait to see your fall vignette's.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty vignette! I have not done a thing about Fall decorating. I feel like I just put it all away.
i am past due to have my eye exam - I am already in tri-focals. :(
Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a pretty vignette, Sue! I LOVE that magnifying glass with the shell handle, too... how pretty!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Sue, Thats so sweet that you saved and dried the flowers you hubby gives you, I love that!

I also like the large green leaves in the vase, I've been seeing alot of that look in decorating books etc. I've been been meaning to try that myself with some leaves from my yard!

Have a good one Suzy Q!

Nancy's Notes said...

All of your photographs are just awesome! I am shocked someone gave that beautiful clock away, what a wonderful find!

Take care~

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I hear you on the glass tables~I will NEVER buy anything glass topped again! But it does look so pretty with all your accessories.

I save dried flowers, too. :)

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Love the terrarium & all the goodies inside. I think I like the tied up letters the best.

PAT said...

Your table is so pretty, Sue. I love the terrarium.

I learned to write with those exercises...o's and w's and other letters and shapes...repetitive writing exercises. I've all but forgotten it. My father learned by the Palmer Method and so did his sister. Their handwriting was beautiful and almost identical.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Everything is so pretty...don't you hate to take it apart? I really like the idea of the hen and chicks in the silver. I have an old piece downstairs I was going to get rid of...hmm!

Sweet as June said...

I adore the terranium. Oh! and the letters... can I have please?!!!Kidding! ;)

Debbie said...

So gorgeous Sue. I love that terranium...and all your special displays as I call them:) They all made for a beautiful mosaic.

niartist said...

Sue!! This is just beautiful! I love that terrarium, and how you've so artfully arranged all of the objects in there! I can't wait to see what you do for fall, but I'm so happy you've got pictures of what it looks like now so I can stay inspired for next summer! :) Thanks for joining up with Vignette Friday's this week. I really appreciate it, and hope to see you again next time! :)

Debbie said...

I love that terrarium! In fact, I love everything that I saw in this post. You have quite the eye and the gift.

And I agree with your statement about the flowing penmanship of yesteryear!

Shelia said...

How beautiful this is! I love your pretty terrarium!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Marlis said...

I simply adore the old dictionary and all your small items on the table. they look splendid with that great terrarium

Bella said...

Hi Sue... I love your terrarium I was gonna leave mine outside, now I am so excited to play with it through the winter! Thanks for the clever inspiration! The silver sugar dish with the succulent plant is so cute!
Thanks for stopping by:-)

Lori E said...

No glass tables at my house Ethel. Still have fingerprints everywhere but not on the glass.
That terrarium is really cool. You have it set up so nicely.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Everything is wonderful"... AND I do love your glass table too. you could consider putting a wooden top on it or even stone of some kind(Just an idea)... I like it like it is, I "LOVE" the iron legs. I too have one of those magnifying glasses "To help" sitting next to me, hehe, it SURE COMES in HANDY!
HUGS, Donna

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...




Debra@Common Ground said...

Your terrarium is filled with so many wonderful keepsakes! The bundle of letters tied with the ribbon is so precious, but the "hens and chicks" are dear to my heart. My grandmother grew these in her old shoes and I've always loved them. I don't do well with plants either, I better give them a try! Thanks so much for joining in tonight for VIF! Have a wonderful weekend!

Debbie said...

Sue thanks for joining in:) Have a wonderful weekend. Debbie

La said...

Your terrarium is so pretty. I love the combination of items you used.

Mr. Sullivan still brings you flowers? I'd say he is a keeper. :o)

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Sue! La

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh so much prettiness.

Blue Muse said...

Hi Sue,

I love your terrarium and all the treasures inside - those letters are dreamy. Succulents in silver are one of my favorite things, ever! Beautiful.

Happy weekend
xo Isa

Tricia Rose said...

These are really classy, each thing interesting in itself, some with a story to tell, all put together beautifully - I love what you are doing~

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Really pretty arrangement! I love the terrarium and the shell handled magnifying glass. I need one myself!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What great ideas to use in a Terrarium!!
It looks lovely and so interesting!!


AntiqueChase said...

Hi! Took me a little bit to get over and return the visit.. I signed up to follow!!

Allison Shops said...

Your table is very pretty. The items in the terrarium make a nice vignette.

I'm dropping by from Common Ground, and wanted to tell you about Atticmag's new link party - Giveaway Friday! It's a convenient place for bloggers to link their giveaways and a one stop shop for readers to find them! Hope to see you there.


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your tabletop looks wonderful...I love all the touches with the old dictionary and magifying glass.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your table looks so pretty. I love the terrarium!

farmlady said...

The big green leaves are a lovely reminder of Summer.
All the photos are lovely and that terrarium is wonderful. I have never seen one with fretwork and legs like that. I know you didn't get that at Walmart. It's beautiful....

Sandra said...

I might have to take one of my bird cages and change out the vignette in it each season like your terrarium. I just went to the drugstore and picked up some reading glasses I can no long read fine print...and it makes it hard to take pictures for my blog...can't tell if camera is focused to not. Love getting old. lol

Nancy said...

Your terrarium vignette is just beautiful! I love the tied letters.


Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Sue, I have not been a good blogger lately...too many wedding plans! :) I loved the contents on your table and seeing so much of your decor in this post. Very pretty. What a deal on that clock! Yah!

The Tablescaper said...

Love the terrarium! I'm new to your blog, but I'll be back. I can't wait to see what you fill it with this fall.

I host a weekly meme called Seasonal Sundays. It's all about what the season means to YOU. I'd love to have you join us.

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

I love how you decorated your table, Sue. I like everything on it and especially the terrarium....Christine

xinex said...

I love how you decorated your table, Sue. I like everything on it and especially the terrarium....Christine

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sweet Sue!

Thanks for stopping by! I've had such a busy spring & summer that I've been a really bad blogger!! My apologies for not visiting you, but as always I've had a fab time catching up with your decorating. The post on your homestead in Ireland was so touching and so true. I saw the same thing happen to my grandma Meme's house that my Grandpa built and it was so overwhelming. It's gone now and the UofT has expanded upon it's property. Meme always said that someday the university would stand there and that was ok for the sake of education. It was like a death to see it start to go back to earth. You said it so well.
Love that terrarium of yours! Very versatile piece!!

Love & hugs, Sherry

We MUST do lunch & shop again!!!

Rettabug said...

This is such an interesting collection of *stuff* have LOTS of *stuff*, Sue!! I ♥ your *stuff*!!!! ;-)

I need to go investigate what Laurie is teaching. I just love her mosaics.

You could link to Mary's Monday Mosaic party tomorrow at the Dear Little Red House, too. Lots of great photos for inspiration!
Monday Mosaics

Kathleen said...

Hi Sue!
Love the terrarium!
Now if you had been in my class you would have been taught the "flowing" penmanship! I even taught the ones who wanted to learn calligraphy!
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, I have missed you!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Your terrarium vignette is absolutely lovely!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Labor Day!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks just beautiful! Of all the things I've grown (tried to grow) I've never tried Hens and Chicks! Think I'm gonna put them on the list for next year:@)

Shauna said...

I am new here! Great site! Hope you'll come visit me too :)

lulumusing said...

Seems that many of us are acknowledging the end of summer, each in our own way. It is a season that seems to pass all too fast in some places. Enjoyed finding your site at Seasonal Sundays.

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

I'm your newest Follower.

- The Tablescaper

Lindy said...

I love the arrangement on the table. It's hard to get a table that size just right sometimes and you nailed it!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love this use of your terrarium. I have a large one that has set empty since I bought it waiting for me to fill it with plants. I think I need to just fill it with beautiful things like you did. Great inspiration!