Monday, January 24, 2011

pretty...



These days in January can get sort of dreary.
Like when the sky and the ground are the same gray color.
Peaceful, but a little lifeless.

So today I just wanted a little "pretty".


This Johnson Bros. pink floral vegetable bowl
 full of paperwhites is almost past it's prime,
and I noticed a few kitty teeth have been nibbling.




Then, on seeing this little lantern,
the glass needs a little shine...



But if you look past the flaws
well...
it's just pretty.



I found this old white wicker tray when Rebecca was here.
I knew it would be a sweet landing place for some little January treasures.




Sure enough,
one of my little lambs has found a cozy spot. 





It's days like this that remind me why I redid the Dining Room.















I like to use dried hydrangeas all throughout the year. This stem happens to be faux, but I've been mixing them with real dried and they disguise pretty well.  These are just cream colored ones I bought in the Spring, but tinted the edges with "Distress Ink" when I couldn't find them in the floral stores. Just thought I'd share a little floral secret.

                                                     I'm joining Marty for Table Top Tuesday






Kathleen for White Wednesday



Cindy at Romantic Home






Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday




Hope you're having a good week; that the snow hasn't overtaken you, and that you can find a little "pretty" in your surroundings.

love,
Debra

63 comments:

  1. It IS a pretty vignette, Debra, and I know just what you mean. Sometimes these little details are just what we need to perk us up a bit when we are getting a little worn down by the cold and snow!

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  2. Hi Debra,
    Looking at your table vingette makes me feel so much better. Everything is so bright, cheery and happy.

    Love everything.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  3. Debra,
    Just gorgeous and thanks for that hydrangea tip, I'll try the distress ink because I love them and won't even care is they're faux!

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  4. I know how you feel - I haven't seen the sun in about three days, only gray. Your pretty display must be a great pick-me-up on a day like today. Your little lamb is very cute and she looks all cozy suggled up next to the candle and flowers. So sweet

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  5. How pretty ~ I love the lamb ~ makes me smile
    ;-)

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  6. Just so, so pretty! That's all I see. I can't get enough of the green stuff lately, and it's so pleasing here with your garden style. Love it!

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  7. Gorgeous. I love your tray and the lantern is just stunning. So pretty with the flowers and that tiny little sheep. This is truly lovely. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I adore all the flaws! The lantern! The sheep, for I have 3 little lambs born this month and love watching running around in the pasture with their Mothers. I know the smell is wonderful in your home. Paper whites!

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  9. It is pretty and I didn't notice a flaw one. Maybe if that's the way we looked at life...it'd be prettier too!
    Thanks for the tip on the hydrangeas! I have a secret crush on faux flowers...don't tell anyone!
    Debbie

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  10. Debra, you have such a knack for design. I love what you do, the little lamb is such a sweet touch. I have had the winter blues as well as my little dog, she's longing for some sunshine. It's been so foggy here. Thank you for the springtime inspiration, xoxo tami

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  11. I think January is a very peaceful time. I understand your need for "pretty" however. I like to light candles here at around 4 o'clock when it starts to get dark. They really do help with the winter and make the winter months more contemplative and peaceful for me, rather than blue and gloomy. Beautiful post!
    Charmaine

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  13. correction -sorry

    pretty, they certainly are, Debra! I have NOT developed your skill on arranging whites, but I keep on trying.
    you always inspire...

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  14. Thanks for sharing the 'pretty' you display with us in blogland, Debra. I really enjoy seeing pretties like this when the weather is such as it is...blah. It picks me up!
    Also thanks for the great hydrangea trick!
    - Susan

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  15. I think the word I would use is BEAUTIFUL! I love the vignette you created so perfect for a dreary winter's day! I adore the tray and the little lamb...I adore it ALL!

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  16. Why, ah do believe it looks like Spring! And hydrangeas reign supreme in my house, too. The key is to have a bunch of hydrangea bushes in your yard that you can cull from. We have 7 and they serve me well! Thanks for sharing. Kathleen

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  17. A little pretty goes a loooong way! Love the little lamb!

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  18. Debra,
    The paperwhites bring a lot of beauty inside...thanks for sharing them.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. Debra,Well this sure made me feel like there is hope for spring, Love the paperwhites and love that lantern and just think only 55 more days of this stuff.

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  20. Beautiful! You have captured the beauty of winter in one vignette!
    Lacy

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  21. Very Pretty!!! Looks like Spring at your house....can I come over and enjoy it with you?

    Take care and have a great week.

    Kathleen

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  22. Very pretty vignette, Debra. I am loving that little lamb tucked in. The blooming flowers are great!

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  23. Boy, pretty is right!
    It wouldn't be a Debra vignette without a sweet little lamb, too. :-)

    XOXO,
    Little Sis

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  24. Still pretty with the "kitty' teeth marks. :D
    Thanks for sharing.
    Glenda

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  25. Everything is so lovely and the lamb is a symbol of spring which should be here soon. I enjoyed your photos.

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  26. The kitties have to play and so do you! You did good...love the tray and the paperwhites. The wee lamb is too sweet♥

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  27. The lamb, hydranga and wicker are just the perfect combination of colors and textures- love it!

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  28. This vignette can sure turn any dreary into a lovely day. Very pretty!...Christine

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  29. very spring like, and just what these gray dayes need...a healthy dose of green life and floral!

    xo+blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  30. Very pretty indeed!
    Isn't it strange how you start to notice all kinds of things in photos that you really don't notice at all in day to day passing? Vanna

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  31. So lovely, thank you for sharing. I do want to alert you to keep kitty away from the paperwhites though, they are toxic to cats and dogs.

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  32. I love it! The flowers are beautiful!

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  33. Hi, I'm a new follower, I love your blog! So many pretty pictures!

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  34. Debra, your vignette is absolutely beautiful with all it's little flaws. I love the lantern and that little lamb is just so sweet! Thanks for sharing and for your inspiring ideas.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  35. yes, very pretty! I can't wait until my paperwhites bloom!

    happy day!!

    polly

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  36. Amazing what something so simple will do to lift one's spirits! The arrangement in the wicker tray looks lovely.
    Like Polly- I am still waiting for my paperwhites to bloom. I'm hoping soon... Then I can create a pretty little tablescape with my silver tray.
    ~ Sue

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  37. I LOVE flaws! Your table is truly loveley! Paperwhites are so pretty and the hydrangeas too! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

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  38. I really love the paperwhites in the veg dish. Did you just nestle them in there and fill with water? Perfect idea!! With our Smith and Hawken store gone now, I really missed bulbs this past Christmas. I will have to order some instead. Everything looks just beautiful!

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  39. Perfect little vignette to brighten up my day, thanks Debra! Everything looks just perfect to me!

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  40. Hi Girl!
    I miss you :)
    That little pretty display you made is precious. Very Fun!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Blessings
    RE

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  41. Sweetest Debra,
    I just found a little prettyness here on your blog, or rather, so much beauty to see- I think you are a master in decorating Debra. Your vignette on the new tray looks so wonderfull.
    Thankyou for the beauty- hugs, Dorthe

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  42. I am truly longing for spring and all it's wonderful buds and blooms! I'm very tired of gray dreary days and SNOW! Another 3 to 5 inches predicted for tonight!
    Happy Week to you!
    Theresa
    aka:tot

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  43. Absolutely gorgeous! That touch of green (from the PaperWhites) is like a breath of fresh air. LOVE it.

    -c

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  44. Hi Debra, I love the wicker tray and your vignette is beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  45. Hi Debra, your vignette is so pretty... and your photos are gorgeous!!! Happy White Wednesday!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

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  46. Debra, that's such a great tip with the Distress Ink. I shall remember that one! This is so pretty. Those kitties do tend to nibble, don't they?
    Brenda

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  47. What a peaceful little post - beautiful pictures...LOVE the lamb! Happy White Wednesday - Tanya

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  48. hello Debra! Soooo pretty, the little lamb is too adorable tucked in the basket. My paperwhites are now flopped over and need to go. Your pics. are always so beautiful.... Theresa xoxo

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  49. What a nice bit of peaceful and pretty it was visiting here today. I kept looking at that little lamb and thinking of Psalm 23 - peaceful stillness. Thank you for the blessing today!

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  50. YOU ... put the pretty in pretty !!
    xo
    Jill

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  51. It is definitely SO pretty!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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  52. Beautiful vignette. I love that little lamb. What a great idea for the faux hydrangea's. I thought they were the real thing. I am a florist and I will have to try that. They do look real. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

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  53. Debra, it certainly is a basketful of beauty! And your pictures are so lovely!
    I love getiing to see glimpses into your gorgeous home. Always a treat for me.
    hugs

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  54. Gorgeous vignette....your Paperwhites are so pretty too :o)
    ~Des

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  55. Oh so very pretty, Debra! Adore all the different textures on the white tray. :) And paperwhites are always so springlike this time of year - kitty bites or not! lol!

    xoxo laurie

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  56. You have such a flair for mixing elements in the just right way that it turns out so perfect - how do ya' do that ? ;)) I love the lantern and little lamb, perfect little touches.

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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  57. Everything here is gorgeous, but the little lamb stole my heart!

    Kelly

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  58. so pretty!
    can't wait to be spring again!
    take care,
    Rosa

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  59. You certainly achieved your goal of making pretty. Wonderful use of old items. You consistently do this.
    Lois

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  60. che delicatezza! Piccoli narcisi dal cuore d'oro e una vecchia lanterna ed è subito primavera....Ornella

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