Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hydrangeas and Alabaster

The overwhelming response to the unique carrier from my last post has made me realize something. I've been over thinking what you may enjoy seeing here. In addition to my painting, I've always enjoyed repurposing and reconfiguring interesting items I pick up at flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, curbside, etc., but I haven't shared many with you. So, I'm going to stop over thinking things, and just start firing off whatever I happen to be working on or playing around with. Ideas, tips, tutorials, furniture projects, vignettes, etc.

In my post "Redesigning With Parts", I repurposed metal lamp parts.  Here are some decorative ideas for alabaster and marble fragments. I picked up a bunch of dried hydrangeas at a garage sale this weekend. I put some in one of my vintage basket's, but I wanted to do something  different with a few of the other stems. So, I decided to use a few of these lamp and pedestal fragments. I purchased these a while back at an estate sale. I simply cannot pass up interesting pieces when I see them.

I added a chunk of Styrofoam to the center of one piece.

to create a vase.

Here is a smaller one.

Of course they make great candle holders too.

I'll be back soon.

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  1. I even love that adorable chippy bull dog!!! Cute! Always follow your heart... Your blog is just that....yours. :)

  2. These pieces look like part of a pedestal, what a fun thing to do with them. I am so glad to find your blog and all your cleverness. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  3. YOU......ARE.....AMAZING!!! Such a creative woman. That is such a gorgeous idea. LOVE it!!!!! This is why I love to stop by and visit. You are always an inspiration:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  4. Simple, elegant and beautiful. I can't wait to see different things you transform without paint.

  5. I adore hydrangeas, and your dried ones are just beautiful! What gorgeous vignettes you have created! I am addicted to thrifting too! Nothing like the thrill of the hunt:)

  6. Gorgeous! And very serene looking. Speaking of's time to light one here! Thank you for the reminder. They are so soothing...

    Have a happy week....
    PS: I'm glad I found your blog. :-)

  7. I'm a devout fan of anything with texture, and your work is no exception! andrea@townandprairie

  8. Now I will be looking for marble and alibaster fragments. I don't think I have ever seen any or I overlooked them. Great ideas.

  9. Great re purposing Rosemary. Really pretty vignettes too.

  10. You did it again, amazing make over! Love this idea!!


  11. really loving alabaster and have always loved hydrangeas...very pretty arrangement..

  12. I love alibaster lamps. So lucky to have all those pieces, you sure put them to good use! They look GREAT!

  13. Hydrangeas in the alabaster are perfect!!!!! So pretty. How in the world did you think of that? You are so creative. :D

  14. That sure makes for a darling vignette. Cute little dog too.

  15. Love that bulldog too. The hydrangeas and marble look so good together.

  16. Beautiful job Rosemary as always I love what you do. I'm glad you like my free images the plan is to add more each week.

  17. I really love those marble pieces and how you used hydrangeas with them. That's a great mix!

  18. You are very creative, I love the alabaster and marble and what you have used them for, they are just beautiful!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  19. Love the patina of your photos very pretty

  20. wao..these are unique..i love it..thanks for sharing :)

  21. Fantastic job! It turned out great. What a talent. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  22. I love the look of stone in all of these pieces, Rosemary! Another great job of re-purposing. :-) Thanks for your nice comment about my photos.
    ~ Sue

  23. Rosemary,

    I love marble for its coolness to the touch and the more grey grained the better. They have made lovely vases, and candle holders.

    I have dried hydrangeas and love the looks of them. It is a relatively easy thing to do if the hydrangeas are picked at the right time of the season.

    Can't wait to see what else you have been up to.


  24. I love this turned out beautifully - I really like the idea of using it as a candle holder. I know what you mean about overthinking things, sometimes I wish I could just follow my 1st instinct rather than 2nd guessing myself. You're obviously very talented, so you can do anything and it will turn out well. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Great ideas, I love hydrangeas, absolutely beautiful:-))
    Hugs, Biljana

  26. Lovely! I have recently discovered how pretty hydrangeas can be in an arrangement and I love the alabaster!

  27. Great repurposing Rosemary! I adore alabaster and hydrangeas! And the two together are fab! Vanna

  28. Rosemary, what a lovely vignette you've created! Hydrangeas are my faves! It caught my eye immediately! Your talent always amazes me!

  29. Love the vignette! I love your ideas.

  30. I seriously need to go shopping with you, Rosemary..... lol!

    xoxo laurie

  31. You inspire me so much! Everything you come up with I LOVE. ~Lili


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