Nearly everybody I know is pinching pennies these days. With the topsy turvy economic conditions, that’s understandable. If you’re looking around for a personal gift or if you want to brighten up a room a little, this is the bluejayblog post for you today.
The emphasis is on “little”. These are pots that are literally less than pint sized containers. In fact, I don’t think they’d even hold half-a-pint of liquid. What they lack in size, they more than make up in eye appeal. A couple of these were gifted to me and a couple came via online auction.
This bookish study in form, has its foundation in a Royal Haeger planter glazed with the pottery’s famous peach-mauve finish. A spider mum is the dark focal point. Blue flowers lighten it up a bit and plenty of greenery brings out the freshness.
My friend Sam sent me this Canadian milk glass vase in a hobnail pattern as a one-year anniversary of bluejayblog gift from his place in Toronto. He stipulated that I must create something that color coordinates with my favorite songbird. That’s what I did. Thanks Sam! I think this is my first piece of Canadian art glass.
The light green Haeger planter is just the container for lavender and purple. The mum is accented with an eye on health by three echinacea blooms. I used plenty of angular shapes to suggest dynamic movement in this arrangement.
California Pottery is a subspecialty I enjoy having in my home. This one is a rare 1950s piece that arrived as a birthday gift a few years ago. This style of container makes a great base for an Ikebana. This one is a traditional Japanese summer Ikebana.
I was very fortunate to come across a collection of Nemadji vases. This is my latest pottery passion. These things came from Minnesota Swedes, not native Americans from the Southwest as most people might guess. The colorful, random markings are unique to each piece of pottery. This flower bowl is home to some funky sunflowers. Try your variation of this great idea for a summer display anywhere in your home or office.
If you like these arrangements, you can acquire small, collectable pottery from eBay, thrift stores, garage sales and maybe your storage bin. You’ll enjoy lots of beauty in a half-pint-sized package, too.
The Blue Jay of Happiness can hardly wait for the sunflower seeds to ripen.