Hardcore Vase Filler …Floral Friday

This week’s projects take on a rocky, sandy path. The vase filler materials consist of either river rocks or gritty sand inside of glass or crystal vases. Later, as a bonus, period correct timepieces were added to the picture stage to create simple still-life arrangements.

A tinted 31 cm (12″) department store vase takes on heavy work with river rocks and potpouri filler material. An orchid stem and dried material provide the decor focus. The Seiko desk clock motor is on its last legs so it’s scheduled to be replaced with a radio controlled atomic clock motor when the original conks out.

There are two bonafide antiques in this arrangement: a 1910 Westclox “Baby Ben” and the circa 1900 U.S. Glass “Galloway” stretch glass bud vase. Light green lilies are anchored in aquarium gravel. The accompanying knick-knack is a Lefton porcelain lotus.

The Cold War years are represented by three items: a Westclox Electric alarm clock, a Bulova “Whale” watch, and a Yugoslavia manufactured cut crystal tulip vase. Pink sand anchors a rose and fill flowers.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes classical composer, Gustav Mahler. “The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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6 Responses to Hardcore Vase Filler …Floral Friday

  1. I really love number 3. The large pink flower with the matching sand, and the old clock and watch. I also love the wall colour!

  2. rkrontheroad says:

    The antique clocks add a comment about time passing. I’m feeling inspired to get some aquarium rocks after seeing #2! I’m sure I could find a good use for them.

    • swabby429 says:

      I’ve enjoyed old clocks ever since childhood. My maternal grandmother noticed that and gave me an old mantle clock. I cleaned it up and kept it until it was stolen in a burglary. Clocks and watches can become an obsession.

      Aquarium gravel came to my attention when I saw a large bag of it priced at a couple of dollars at Goodwill. The gravel is quite versatile.

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