Monday, April 27, 2015

Succulents and Silverplate

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I have shared before that I may have a few too many pieces of silverplate.

I have the tangled proof in my cabinets.


This is all a result of finding pieces I could not live without at my usual haunts: thrift stores and the flea market. 



After a time, however, with certain collections, there are some ships that have sailed, right?


For example, I don’t think the White House is calling to ask me to host a state dinner any time soon.

My compromise?  I took a few of the least ‘precious’ pieces from my stash and added succulents.

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That combination of shiny (or tarnished) silverplate and the different greens in succulents is stunning to me.


(I wrote about that here  , in a post titled Swelled Up at The Flea Market.


I  have also written about succulents here and the magic of combining them with Mexican pottery.)




One thing always leads to another, and I went through my stash looking for more pieces to use.

I found a Revere bowl with dents, 

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an English tea container,

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and another serving dish with an amazing handle.

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Here are a few simple tips and the rules I broke along the way.

*The best price on small succulents was at Wal Mart  ($2.50 each).

*I also bought a small bag of cactus soil-but I don’t think this is necessary.

*I didn’t worry about drainage.


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Linking to Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House

and

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings



 

9 comments:

Unknown said...

I am so glad you are back! I love your blog, and your writing always lifts my spirits. You say just enough.

Pondside said...

I'm another one with a pile of old silver. I love your idea and may shamelessly copy - giving credit where it's due!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

...uh, DITTO. (what Unknown said)
I'm terribly wordy.
I also envy anyone that can grow succulents. I live in Texas is should be easy. If it needs water-- I never give it enough. If doesn't need water, I give way too much.
Maybe my succulents need a silver plate planter.
Heck! maybe my Pothos Ivy needs silver!
...see? I've said way too much.

Lea said...

What a lovely combination!! I don't own anything silver but I could change that in short order for sure!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Laura,
Such a lovely surprise to become acquainted with a Texas Lady! We are nearly neighbors and we do love our spices! So enjoying your blog, I also have been reading past posts-inspiring for certain. In response to your question-in order for your post to show up under certain tabs in your header. Make certain that when creating your post you add the description of the post to the label section of your blog followed by commas. For example recipes, desserts, strawberries etc...I hope this makes some sort of sense!
Happy Evening from a fellow Texan!
Jemma


Nancy's Notes said...

Look at you, so clever! Succulents and silverplate, what a handsome combination! I'm always inspired by everything you create!

Nancy
xo

Donnamae said...

Great idea! I may copy you also...just giving you a heads up! ;)

JB said...

LOVE IT! And I do LOVE succulents! We were at the store the other day, and I stopped to look and Pat said
" No more!" Well, one could try...haha.
Love how you put the. I. Silver?
JB

Marigene said...

So happy to have you back blogging, Laura...I have missed you!
I have a few pieces of silverplate that I don't really "use", maybe I could start a little succulent garden.
Have a wonderful week!

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