It's finally here! The Cloche Party!
Last Thursday, I was a whole week early when I joined the Cloche Party. Imagine my embarrassment at showing up at the Party in my party dress and everyone else was wearing shorts and flip-flops. Oy! Were my cheeks ever red. :-D
Then today, I had one of my horrendous migraines and had to go get a shot. So if this post is kinda loopey-sounding - its the drugs.
Please join my dear friend Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life to see all the wonderful party-goer's who have attended with their prettiest cloches. If you have not been to this sweet ladies blog, make sure you spend some time getting to know her.
I am going to start by posting some pics from my Inspiration files. But first, I did a quick study on cloches and found that they were developed by the French in the 1800's, and were used as mini greenhouses, of sorts, to protect young seedlings from the frost and also to encourage growth until the plants were heartier. Also known as glass bell jars, the English and Dutch expanded the idea and developed different shapes and sizes. (those clever Europeans!!!) :-)
In this first pic, my first thought was "no fair!" I only have two cloches, and he has a whole row of them. I think he planted cloche seeds.
Small plantings love the greenhouse effect of the cloche. I love the footed, glass tray the larger bell jar is resting on.
I especially love cloches during the holidays. This one has been filled with a variety of Christmas ornaments and placed on a vintage, silver tray.
This is one of my favorite inspiration pics in my files. I love the juxtaposition between the vintage, chippy-paint urn, the shiny ornaments and the glass cloches.
Even something as simple as seashells look extra special when displayed under a series of cloches.
Like I said, I only have two cloches. I call them my "traveling jars" because they seem to have feet and and move all around my home. For example....
My large jar was featured on my front porch with a bird's nest and eggs on displayed on a side table...
Remember these ham biscuits I featured during Easter? Read here if you wanna see the recipe and more pics.
I served these biscuits with my Drunken Peach Tea on my Dining Room buffet. I used one of my green Bordallo plates, and added a multi-ribbon topper to the cloche for a bit of Easter color.
... here's a close-up...
Prior to Easter Sunday, I had arranged a small Spring-time vignette - again with the cloche and my set of marble bunnies. (see lower right corner)
You've heard of "Pheasant Under Glass?" This is "Bunnies Under Glass." :-D
During Christmas, I placed my cloche over my Waterford crystal clock. Mr Grits and I purchased this at the Waterford Crystal Factory in Ireland.
... and once again, I used my small dessert stand (which is "kinda" cloche-like) on my tablescape this week. It showcases a small chocolate cake and keeps Baby Lily from licking it. (she loves frosting!)
I can't wait to see what everyone is sharing for the Cloche party. Also, if you would like to see more of these parties, please go over to Marty's blog and vote in her poll. I voted yes, yes, yes! :-)
Thanks Marty for thinking of and hosting this fab event!
Just a note:
I leave on Sunday to go to Colorado Springs to visit with my babies for a whole week, so my blogging may be a little sporadic at best. I will be hosting Tea Time Tuesday, and Mr Linky will be up by 8pm Monday night. I look forward to seeing all of your "Tea-rrific" posts.
Have a Great Weekend Everyone....Hugs, Barb