Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fields of Lavender

 I love lavender and I had  planted a cluster of them in my perennial border few years ago. A relatively easy plant to grow, it never fails to enthrall me with its beauty every summer. There are many ways to enjoy their beauty all year long.

Imagine walking through a field of purple lavender during the peak of lavender season. The vivid lavender blues and the air filled with heady scent of the glorious lavender will have you entranced!

I  bought these petite clay pots (buy one get one free - 89cent each:
Gave them a white-wash look by dry-brushing some cream acrylic paint:
Decoupaged some Frenchy label from the The Graphics Fairy 

It looked too white for my taste, so after sealing the pots, both inside and outside with couple coats of water-based sealer I applied an antiquing medium and removed most of it with a damp cloth... I repeated this process couple times until I was happy with the "look" I was after. After that I applied another coat of the sealer to prevent the antiquing medium from washing off. 

Now these pots are ready for my beautiful lavenders and 
 I decoupaged some leftover burlap from my Patriotic Tablescape project, all around the top of the pots.

 The luscious beauty of lavenders has me humming this   nineteenth century ditty:
 Lavender's green, dilly, dilly, Lavender's blue, 
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.
 Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play;
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, out of harm's way.
 I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing; 
When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You'll be my king.

Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?
I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

 The Apple blossoms from my Spring Tea Party have turned into little green apples and fill up my wire rooster basket:
 Isn't is so much fun decorating with mother nature's rich bounty?
Color and inspiration everywhere around you:
I love using glazed potteries for my summer annuals:

Well, the butter in the butter dish started melting in the afternoon sun for my French inspired tablescape( I had to remove it for my photo!)

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. Your visits always brighten up my day and I love reading each and every one of your sweet comments.
 Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Independence Day!

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Anita said...

Gorgeous! I'm pretty enthralled with lavender myself right now! I'm hoping to be able to find some that I can put in the flower bed I want to make in the backyard! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Honey at 2805 said...

Cute project! Stop by, I just presented you with an award!

Jann Olson said...

Love the way your pots turned out. I'm going to have to check out that Graphic Fairy. My lavender is just getting ready to bloom. Oh, I love it! There is a small town South of us that hold a Lavender Festival every year. They have all kinds of fun lavender crafts. Vinegars, wreaths, and what not. Their fields are something for the eyes to feast on. I had forgot about that song. Thanks for sharing the words.

Dianne said...

Great project! I love lavender too and have it all around my deck. Your cobalt blue glazed pot is making me drool. Dianne

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Thanks so much for stopping by so I could find you! I really like how your project turned out. One of my very favorite plants is lavender and I went to the lavender fields last week and will be posting about it in a few days. I have already written the post and put that song with it. Great minds think alike!
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Emily said...

Wow Poppy, Beautiful photographs. The lavender is gorgeous, and I've had the same dream of walking through fields in South of France. Your post is a great tutorial on the little pots. I love the white wash and the lavender made a great topiary. I love all your vignettes, and the wire rooster. Thanks for great inspiration.
Happy Fourth of July

The French Hutch

Marlis said...

Love your pots.. what totally lovely ideas! thanks so much for sharing. happy fourth, many blessings, marlis

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Poppy, your pots are wonderful and seem easy enough for me! I do love lavender too. I just planted some this year and was amazed at how many types there are available. Linda

Snap said...

I love lavender. Thanks so much for showing us your pots. They are great! Happy 4th!

Shelia said...

HI Poppy! Oh, what a lovely post! Your lavender is so pretty and I love what you did to the little post!
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pam said...

The pots are so pretty! I love how you aged them and love the lavender in them. Beautifully done! I also love the topiaries. Great work!

I'm visiting from Debbie's party and am looking forward to following your blog.

Happy 4th!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Everything looks great! Love your lavender and all your pots. I would love to have that black curly rooster!! Looks so pretty with the green in it. :) Visiting from Debbiedoos party!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Love your little lavender pots! My lavender isn't doing too well this summer but if it does make more of an appearance I may do this! So does it just dry on its own then and you have these all year round? I usually put mine in bags and save it for use during the winter months in baking.

laxsupermom said...

Your lavender pots turned out beautiful! I love the scent of lavender and grow it in our garden, too. Love that little wire rooster basket! Your entire tablescape looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

fran @ eleven-o-one said...

I just had to drop in for a peek at your clay pots. They are adorable! You photos are lovely, too. I'm your newest follower.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hi Poppy! What a fabulous post. I love the mod podged pots. That was one of my very first crafts, and still my fav. Happy 4th to you, and thanks for joining in on the newbie party.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Hi Poppy, Wow, these are cute! I'm always amazed how many different creative ideas I encounter in Blogland. Love these little pots and the whole display idea. Has me wishing I'd purchased a topiary at Home Goods last week! I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

Stumbled into your blog just love the blue and lavender. Remind me Provence. Your beautiful settings and the blog are inspiring. Can't stop to follow. I've problem in posting comments with google but only "Anonymous" works. My name is Terrie. Hope you'll visit me

Shanthi said...

Lavender is one of my favorites too and what a lovely corner you have created Poppy!!!!

Shirley said...

What a creative way you have with your pots. I love reading how you came to the final steps. And the lavender is so pretty1 I can almost smell it's aroma! Happy Fourth!

LibrarySnake said...

How pretty! I love lavender :)

Mareeyah said...

Nice project! I love it when a personal touch is added to even the most ordinary, often-neglected things around the house. It just shows that someone in that home really cares a little bit more. :-)

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Love the smell of lavender and I use to play that lullaby for my son. I like how your white wash pots turned out. Please stop by for a visit and enter my summer giveaway.

Liz said...

What a darling project! I love lavender, but never can get it to thrive. Yours is so bright and vivid. Thank you so much or joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday. I loved your post. :)


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the lavender and the pots are just fabulous. Such a lovely vignette and so inviting. Perfect. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sue said...

What a cute little paint/decoupage project. Your
vignette out on the patio looks so fresh and inviting. Over from WUW. :-)
~ Sue

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What an awesome project, I love how those pots turned out!! The lavender looks wonderful in them! Martina

Brandi said...

Love your lavender pots, so pretty. your patio looks so nice with all of your plants.

once in a blue moon said...

very cute, if its got lavender, i love it~

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love the cute graphics fairy pots! So great for lavender! Love it :)

Darla said...

Love the look of the terra cotta containers!

Vintage Amethyst said...

I love lavender & those little pots look really lovely.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love the terra cotta pots you have done in white and put the lavender in them, this was a Great Idea sweet lady !!!
XXOO Diane

JudyBug said...

What a wonderful project. I have never grown lavender and you're really tempting me! Love the purple with the yellow lemons. WOW!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love your lovely lavendar pots! My lavendar is just coming in to bloom now...heavenly!

The Tablescaper said...

Such lovely lavender. Thanks so much for bringing it to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

fran @ eleven-o-one said...

Hi Poppy, I loved your little pots so much, I have copied them! I give you all the credit and have added two links to your beautiful post. Thanks so much for the idea.

Entertaining Women said...

Well, obviously I now am eager to plant lavendar. Such a beautiful plant, and your tablescape is lovely. Is there a glass of wine to go with that French bread? Thank you for sharing your wonderful, inspired design. Cherry Kay

Michella Marie said...

Hi Poppy ~
Love the lavender pots!! I'm totally jealous of your lavender plants!! I cannot grow it here in Houston to save my life, lol!!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment about my paper peony tutorial :)) You asked how I colored the coffee filters. You're going to laugh when I tell you how I dyed the pink ones but first I have to tell you that I was visiting my son (who is in the Army and stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, basically in the middle of nowhere, lol!!!) so a trip to Hobby Lobby or even Walmart is at the very least a 40 minute drive!
Okay... are you ready for this?? I used Kool-Aid!!! I had to do it, lol!! I didn't have a choice, seriously!! But it worked really well, believe it or not! And it smelled really good too :)) Of course I didn't add the sugar so there are no problems with ants. But when I make more I will probably use either fabric dye (Rite) I think it is or maybe even some food coloring. I'm not sure. I still need to try some different methods to see which ones I like best. The pink ones were my first ones I made. I'm also going to try making some from tissue paper too. I will post more as I make them :)) So stay tuned!!!
And if you make some please share with me your methods!! Take care!!

Anonymous said...

Love your lavender pots! I need to plant more lavender again and you just reminded me!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Very nice vignette, and loved your lil frenchy pots you did, they look great with the lavendar in them. Very cute!

blessings, Nellie

Olga said...

I love your lavender and rosemary pots. Great project! I might try making a lavender pot myself. Thank you for the idea.

Amy Kinser said...

I absolutely love lavender. Everything about it is wonderful and I would love to have a field of it. I have planted several plants of it and am enjoying it thoroughly.

Nice to visit with you.

Heaven's Walk said...

Loved what you did with those darling little pots! What a great idea! Where would we be without The Graphics Fairy, huh? lol! Great job!

xoxo laurie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Poppy...

My friend, your lavender pots are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us...I think they turned out so pretty! And...they look fabulous on that lovely table that you set! I love, love, LOVE the tablecloth!!! I also loved getting a peek at all of your pretty pink flowers. By the way...that big cobalt blue pot is FABULOUS!!!

Well, I must admit that I have never seen...much less walked...through a field of lavender! It's on my bucket list though! Hehe! Thank you for sharing your beautiful lavender and pretty pots with us today, dear friend!

Warmest summery wishes,

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous lavender pots! The tablecloth is stunning! Love your style...table is so inviting:)
Amazing lavender shots too. Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Sherry said...

Your lavender pots are really nice. I love the other glazed pots you have on your patio too. Very pretty! Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi Poppy! I just love those little lavender pots! It is one of my most favorite plants and we have an entire row of them lining the walkway to our front door. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Ava said...

Love your petite pots, Lavender is so pretty , Can almost smell it ! xx Ava ( Your newest follower)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Poppy! My eye went straight to your beautiful Country French tablecloth..fabulous! I love the little lavender pots and your glazed pottery is wonderful. Thank you for joining my party this week and have a great weekend.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love the scent of lavender. How lovely those pots are.

Adin B said...

Those are just lovely! I too love lavender and I don't know why I didn't do it before, but I just started to plant more lavenders in my garden this year and I am planning on adding two more lavenders every year.. or maybe more lavenders every year. They just smell wonderful! :)

Adin B

junescott said...

Hi Poppy! Thanks for commenting so sweetly on my projects :) I apologize for commenting back through your "comment" section, but I could not find an email address, or any other way to contact you :(

I did love your bucket and even more, the tag you made for it. I had not thought of using graphics on fabric that way and can't wait to try it. I love the Graphics Fairy too!

I've been having some trouble though, with using modge podge over the graphic print outs. The ink smears.... any words of wisdom/advice you can share with me? Yours always turn out so beautifully!

I enjoyed this post on lavender! I had done one recently... on June 30th if you're intereted :)


Becolorful said...

So so very pretty. I wish my flowers looked like that. You have the touch that is for sure and I love the pots you made. They just complete the look. Thanks so much for sharing them on Motivated Monday at beColorful