Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter Cloche

In order to not go completely and utterly mad after purging and cleaning this past week, I decided I needed to create something that made me feel that life does go on after the holidays. Thus, a winter cloche was put together for the baker’s rack in the great room.


baker's rack

After all the overabundance of Christmas finery, I needed something serene and simple; so I created a winter cloche for this uncluttered tabletop.



winter cloche 1

It’s a clean look made up of things I had on hand, plus a gift of some dried berries from a friend.  I simply laid some sheet moss on a glass platter and used some large sized wood dominoes that I found at a barn sale in the fall.



winter cloche 3



winter cloche 4

I used one domino as the first layer, then diagonally placed another on top of it. A third domino added some vertical height. Now let me tell you- every time that I tried to place the cloche on the platter, this darn domino kept falling off of its perch! Very frustrating….   





The white berries came tied up with lace and were the perfect addition of winter white for this vignette.




closeup, winter cloche

Simple and pleasing to the eye, the cloche has a bit of greenery, but still says winter.

I have to admit that I’m already looking forward to spring, however. I’ve gotten spoiled having a mild winter, so far, but we’re expecting a storm later tonight. In anticipation of that, I dropped my SUV off at the dealership this morning to make sure that the 4 wheel drive was working. Last night when I went out in the rain and put the car into gear, I got a rude awakening.  After pressing that little gear button, the car usually goes right into gear;  but instead, it got stuck and wouldn’t shift completely into 4WD.  It sounded horrible and when it finally popped out of gear, the car lurched forward and felt and as if I’d just hit a deep pothole. Not a good thing! I’ve been a little negligent for the past few months of not driving in 4WD for a short distance in order to lubricate the shaft. Now I hope that the car won’t need major service.  I’m still waiting for the phone call from the shop and the snow is on its way. But at least the cloche looks good to me…




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Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

The cloche is gorgeous Sue! I LOVE it! We are expecting snow showers today but no accummulation expected....we have had the craziest winter so far too! In the 60's and 70's! Whacko!

Hope your car is good to go and nothing major!

Lou Cinda

Pam @ Frippery said...

Nice and fresh. I agree my eyes need a break from all the abundance of Christmas decorating. Yuck I hate car repair. We took the Forrester in yesterday and had a 1500.00 bill. Not what I was ready for right now. I hope yours is a minor problem. I am looking forward to the snow but I doubt we are going to get very much. If it's going to snow anyway it may as well snow a lot. Have a good weekend Sue.

Barbara F. said...

Good luck with the car. A friend had a similar problem with her 4-wheel drive. The cloche looks lovely and the dominoes are great. xo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Simple - but very pretty!
Sure hope you don't get bad news on your vehicle. 31 and flurries here now and I have got to get out. :( We are not suppose to get any real snow this time - thank goodness. I want Warm weather.

Diann said...

I love the freshness and clean look of your newly designed cloche! I have been staring at blank shelves and tabletops since taking down all my Christmas. I haven't quite decided what I want to display yet. I hope everything gets fixed with your SUV today. It has been rainig all day here (MI) but, they are saying snow tonight. Great, that means a layer of ice under the snow! Thanks (in advance) for joining TTF (post wll be up at 4:00 today). And have a wonderful day!

Susie Q said...

Hoping your car is ready soon...if you need a ride, you know you can call me!
Your display looks so fresh and pretty. I did a little Valentine's Day decor yesterday. A little early but fun!
Stay warm and dry!

Olive Cooper said...

Sue, the dominoes are a splendid idea. You know I always love any items you put under glass. I just finished putting my last box of Christmas stuff upstairs-I keep getting distracted. Imagine that. I hope you and the SUV weather the storm well. hugs, olive

NanaDiana said...

Sue- Your cloche looks gorgeous. I hate when that happens when something keeps falling when you are trying to get it placed just so.

Our snow just started and we are supposed to get up to 8" here. What part of the US are you in? WI here. We bought a new (to us) smaller SUV about 3 weeks ago with AWD...but I took the old SUV today with the 4WD cuz I wanted to feel safe with a grandchild in the car. It is amazing how dependent I am on that thing in snowy weather. xo Diana

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think this turned out the dominos!

We were breaking high temp records last week and we got our snow this morning. It isn't too much snow, but the winds and cold are brutal.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sue that looks so pretty!!

Pat said...

It's beautiful Sue! I love those big dominoes.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The cloche looks wonderful for winter, Sue! I love those oversized dominoes. Great idea to use sheet moss, too. That would look great with so many cloche arrangements. Hope you got home before the snow started! I did the tops of my kitchen cabinets today ~ "fun".

Debby said...

It looks nice. Love the large dominoes. You needed some glue dots to keep it from falling off it's perch.
Glad you car is now fixed......I'm sure it cost an arm and a leg as well. What doesn't anymore.
Looking forward to some snow. Probably won't be enough for me.

Karen said...

Truly loving your cloche! I am crazy about cloches and use them often to highlight special keepsakes. So fun! Thanks for sharing yours.
Ladybug Creek

At The Picket Fence said...

It's just beautiful Sue! I totally relate to needing to do something creative in the midst of trying to organize and keeps me from going crazy too. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!

Kathleen said...

It's lovely, Sue, unique.
I read your purging post, I hear you.
I have been dropping things off at the Dominican Sisters Thrift shop, some with the tags still on. I have to make a big pile and call Lupus or another charity I give to. I am not into garage sales.
Hope you don't get a lot of snow. It poured today, and thundered, but no snow.

classic • casual • home said...

Car problems are the WORST. Glad to see your creativity sparkling.

blessedmom's simple home said...

It looks so pretty Sue. I love those dominoes:)

Pam said...

Hope they were able to fix it and get it back to your before the snow hit. I like that thing on the bottom that you look at slides on (can you tell I am having menopausal brain today). But it looks good there!

Jemsmom said...

You have the most amazing and interesting pieces like those dominoes! So unexpected, but so gorgeous! Hope all is well with your car and take pictures if it snows! It was 68 here today!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is gorgeous! I love your big Dominoes! I don't think I have ever seen one like this! The moss, the white berries and the lovely lace are perfect! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea! Great job on getting the cloche on that standing domino!

Robin said...

Very pretty.

Miss Char said...

Great looking display Sue, fresh and unexpected. Those dominoes are fabulous. We got hit with that storm and everything looks beautiful right now. Hopefully you car is feeling better today and the 4WD has recovered.

Babs said...

Sue, I like your choice of materials in your cloche. Just a hint of Spring with the moss, and I really like the large dominoes.
I hope your car got sorted out before the snow.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Thanks for your visit and nice comment. I really like your cloche, and the sideboard is lovely.

Rettabug said...

Sue, you do "serene and simple" so beautifully! There is a calmness to all your photos that I love.

I'm hoping your SUV does not need any major repairs...I HATE having car issues.
We didn't get much snow at all & they were predicting 8". Hope it is the same with you guys.

Stay warm...we're past the half way mark of winter. YAY!!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is really beautiful Sue! Thanks for coming by too and entering my give-away!
We're cold here now too and snow is on the ground. I am already wishing for spring!

Betsy said...

I love your very fresh looking cloche. Those dominoes are so much fun, glad you finally got it to cooperate.
Hope you don't have bad news with your SUV. It's never a good time for problems like that.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Sue!

Love your wintertime cloche.... I smacked myself upside the head and asked "Spencer......why the heck haven't you thought to wrap lace around posies"? It's just perfect.

Yep, seeing a digestive disease fella..... the pain just keeps getting worse and I am miserable. Hopefully they'll get a handle on it up...... either MRI, CT scan, another colonoscopy or laperoscopy..... whoopee. They'll have to knock me out for the MRI..... I can't even stand the open ones. :-(

Big huggies chickie.....

Theresa said...

I love your idea of putting domino's in a cloche. I play bunco and I think when it's my turn to host it I'll do that same thing with dice. Thanks so much for sharing!!!


Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Oh, I love how you've decked out your cloche! I don't think I've ever seen dominoes under one before! It's really very pretty.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

The Flamm Fam said...

What vintage and thrift shops do you frequently go to in the Dayton area? Also, how do you search for the best yard/garage/estate sales in the area?
I'm new to the area; thanks for your help!!

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful and creative, I love it!! xo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I've said it before. You come up with the most unique combinations, and I always love them. Those oversized dominoes are so great, and I love the berries, tied with lace. I don't think I would ever have thought to put those two together. Love it! I hope your car news wasn't bad. laurie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

The white berries are wonderful. I agree that after all the excess of Christmas clean and simple does the trick. It was 54 here today but the temp. is falling and we're expecting colder weather. Personally, I'd much rather have snow at this time of year than rain. I know most won't agree though! Hope all is well with you and the news about your car wasn't too bad...Ann

Mary Ellen said...

Hope your SUV is ok and that it wasn't a huge problem!! 4 wheel drive is important to us here in Colorado- we use it alot!

Love your cloche and those big dominoes you used in it!! Neat idea!

Come by and sign up for my fun giveaway!

bee blessed

Sue said...

Very the big dominos.

Dawn said...

Thank you Sue! Your winter Cloche is beautiful. Those dominoes are fabulous! Good luck with the car!

Sue said...

Hey there....was in Macys today and they got in an amazing assortment of Martha Stewart Clochie things...all sorts of sizes...very cute...not too cheap though but on sale...