Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday flowers

Happy Friday!

Here are the little ranunculus I've been enjoying all week.

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{improvised vases}

The short vase is an Ikea cup with a metal flower frog inside (from the Japanese market). The tall vase is a beer bottle.

Lately D and I have been browsing the Whole Foods drinks selection and each picking out a beer in a fancy bottle to go with our non-fancy dinners. This is pint of English ale from a couple weeks ago. I love the shape of the bottle, so we're keeping it.

I do own some real vases, but I'm much fonder of just using whatever containers I have on hand. Does anyone else do this?

P.S. Come visit me over on Simple Lovely today, where I'm participating in Joslyn's wonderful Blogger's Favorites series. And pop over to Smitten, where I'm sharing my favorite meal of the day (and my favorite place to get it).

37 comments:

  1. Love the flowers. I always save our jars and use them as vases.

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  2. Yes. Right now I have a bunch of those sweet squat little martinelli's jars.

    Happy weekend!

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  3. Rachel, have a golden weekend! PS I love the flowers. xoxo

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  4. Pretty flowers and creative vases! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Love the beer glass! I wouldn't have guessed.

    And your ranunculus are oh so lovely in your creatively improvised vases :)

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  6. My boyfriend and I love to peruse the whole foods selection of specialty beers. I love that you are using a bottle as a vase because I often will choose a beer just because it has a cool bottle.

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  7. I just started reading your blog after a recommendation from a friend. I love your posts; you're so creative! And we definitely think alike. :) I love the shape of beer bottles such as that, too. I like to peel the label off the little rounded Red Stripe beer bottles to make bud vases. They're so little and cute!

    Your ranunculus are drop-dead gorgeous too!

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  8. yes! i do that too- i love that look you've got going on.
    your pictures are always so lovely. i'm sure your house is just awesome.

    ps. i remember your scone post from a while ago (so yummy!), and i just posted about some orange scones today if you're in the mood to make another batch of them!

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  9. Those are beautiful, thank you!

    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  10. Oh, it was so nice to see you over at Simple Lovely this morning! Great color on those ranunculus ... and you've motivated me to go pick up a flower frog so that my arrangements stop falling all over the place.

    Yes to using whatever I have on hand for flowers. I have one vase {remember, I'm a cupboard dweller!}, so I'm often using drinking glasses and teapots for flowers. Great styling with the cool beer bottle.

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  11. love your fav- list over on Jos's blog! xo

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  12. That frog is a great idea! I never thought about getting one but it really makes sense. I like how it keeps your blooms upright.

    As for other vases, I actually use martini glasses (not the v-shaped kind), a glass vessel from Ikea for bathrooms, and champagne flutes (these cut glass pieces from a thrift store for 25 cents are my favorites).

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  13. i'm all about unexpected vases and often find the ones at the flea market to have the most personality.

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  14. I love using bottles as vases..though I do have two very lovely vases that I use if I want to be fancy.

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  15. I came over from Simple Lovely and enjoy your blog, thanks! And my husband loves that beer - did you guys like it?

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  16. Those are darling flowers, I love the colour! I'm a boring, vase kind of girl, but I think it's just for lack of finding anything else I think would look nice. I really like the little Ikea cup, very cute.

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  17. Yes, I recently blogged about using a decanter to hold daffodils.

    I also saw a tutorial on how to turn old wine bottles into cute vases. I like this idea.

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  18. love the "improvised" vases :) the shade of yellow is so gorgeous too!

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  19. Just read through all your posts for the week---you have been BUSY! I may have to extend grilled cheese month into early may, just so I can create a hawaiian grilled cheese upon my return to the mainland!

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  20. Beautiful! The color is stunning.

    Love the idea of picking out a bottle of beer each. We often hang out in Central Market deliberating on a new variety to try. I am very swayed by the presentation of my bottle/label... Same with wine... And with book covers...

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  21. um, no pressure, but those bottle would make fabulous centerpieces...

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  22. seriously, my favorite flower and I would suspect something so simple and lovely would grace your table.
    pve

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  23. These flowers are my favorite, next to Peonies. They're so beautiful and classic looking!

    I've never visited Simple Lovely before, thanks for the link! I'm off to see their goodness!

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  24. Perfect shade of yellow!

    I love your new header.

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  25. Ohn. rannunculas are my absolute favorite. Lovely color. Have a great weekend. Off to check of your post on Simple Lovely!

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  26. love your little vases! the other afternoon james and i sipped from adorable little water bottles at an outdoor cafe. i convinced the waiter to let me take them home, and they're sitting on my windowsill waiting to be filled with some little greeneries! have a happy weekend!

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  27. I love that you use tablecloths, so many people don't or forget, I think it is such a nice touch. Going home to get mine out for tonight's dinner!

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  28. Gorgeous flowers Rachel, such a beautiful colour. My makeshift vases tend to be jam jars, as the vases I do own are medium size and not much use for smaller flowers. I like the way flowers look in improvised containers, like you're not trying to hard, a more relaxed feel! I checked out your post at simple lovely and your favourite things made me smile as most of them I love also! :)

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  29. The ranunculus are gorgeous! I just came to your blog via Joslyn's, and am having a great time browsing around. :)

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  30. Love the shape of that bottle - so fun.

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  31. Those flowers are delightful! Happy weekend to you too

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  33. I love those flowers! I usually use vases but now that I've seen this post I might starting trying to use stuff from my house.

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  34. I love your tabletop still life. The ranunculas remind me of The Flower Fields up here in Carlsbad. Since we are relocating to the south next fall, I am collecting anything that originates in California - I have a growing collection of Santa Barbara Olive jars and Twin Fin wine bottles for my future southern flowers. I know that these jars and bottles will become my most treasured possessions. Sigh.

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