Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Versatile White Ceramic Vases

One of the best reasons to shop thrift stores is to build collections.
A wise woman would probably choose ONE thing to collect....but no one ever said I was WISE!

So what do I collect?
Mr. S would probably ask "what don't you collect.

Copper, Silverplate, Fitz and Floyd, Red Wing and Haeger are just a few of my favorite collectibles.

Oh...here is my disclaimer!

When collecting is healthy, the display or storage of these things does not impede the use of active living areas of the home. When a collector expands acquisitions beyond well-defined collections and loses the ability to keep these possessions organized, it becomes a hoarding problem.  NY Times


And HEY....I use my collections all the time!
And Hey....I let my friends use my collections too!

Back to the main topic of the post....the versatility of white ceramic!












I love this ceramic "jello" ring mold.

It has a center hole that can hold a candle.

The shallow ring makes it easy to put short stemmed flowers all around.

Using a mirror to set a vase on is a fun way to add "double" the impact.

How to get this look?

Keep an eye out for pans like this at the thrift store.  You can give them  quick coat of spray paint...I would probably do white or beige...then you have a versatile vase of your own.

This photo shows the Haeger pottery collection.  The peonies are actually small bouquets that were used as favors for the Sweetwater DIL's baby shower. 

How to get this look?
Never go to the thrift store without looking at the vases.  Then pick a color or style that you like and keep adding to the collection. 
Whether you keep them in a cupboard....boxes....or on display, you will have a way to display your pretty arrangements. 
Here are those same vases used for table arrangements for a wedding reception in an old barn.
 
 





Keep your eye on the lookout for this classic urn shape.  Flowers almost arrange themselves when you have this as a base.














This collection of white ceramic is not any fancy brand....and all of the little rectangular vases were $1 at Goodwill.  The platter is one that I have had for forever!  What an impact for not so many flowers!

How to get this look?

I think IDEA has these little vases or something like them....but of course I couldn't find them on the web site. 
You could use little ceramic ramekins like these:

These are from a restaurant supply company if you can't wait to score a thrift store find.

The whole idea is a cluster of similar, small vases on a tray....so simple!

Back to that whole collecting thing....I am struggling a bit to figure out how to display this particular collection.  I want it available.....so I opted for a shelf in the lower level....who knows how long that will last! 

Oh my....looks like I don't have much room for any new pieces!

Happy Collecting!
Happy Flower Arranging!
and
Have A Great Day!


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