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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, March 28, 2016

In A Vase On Monday - New Life!

It's been an especially busy week so I'd planned on simply throwing some grape hyacinths into a little white vase as their blueness has been delighting my eye lately.  I went out to cut them and saw a couple of Scilla siberica and the first forget-me-nots of the season that might not be missed if they came inside.  Blue was my mother's favorite color and her birthday is only a few weeks away. (She was a Good Friday Baby.)  The white vase was abandoned for a blue one.


The vase looked a bit lonely so out came a few props. 

A couple of little ceramic chicks which remind me of my eldest sister & niece for reasons they'll know when they see this, and some ceramic eggs that I got on sale a while ago were added.


The egg painted in the "Cobalt Net" pattern of The Lomonosov (now Imperial) Porcelain Factory in St. Petersberg stayed although the porcelain pieces I thought of using went away.  There, done.

Until a special postcard came to mind.  Surprisingly, I knew right were it was.


In the reverse is my grandmothers name and the name of a hospital, town, and state, a cancelled two cent stamp with the year of my mother's birth, and the message, "Am thinking of you and your little chick. "

In the little stack of family correspondence were also these:


We spent the afternoon with family, at a niece's home.  Mom would have so enjoyed seeing her great grandchildren hunting for eggs and playing games.  Being the youngest of five children, It's interesting to now be one of the older people at family gatherings.  At Easter, in our time, and in our gardens, death gives way to new life as "One generation passeth away, and another genteration cometh; but the earth abideth for ever." 

May your Eastertide be rich with fond memories of the past and making memories for the future. May you in the northern hemisphere enjoy the earth's rebirth!
In a vase on Monday is hosted each week by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to see other participating bloggers' vases.  

25 comments:

  1. Very Spring-like and nothing like blue flowers! My birthday is coming up and my mother's, so I am into the early Spring birthday schedule. I have a few old family Easter cards that i usually put out with my display. I have some cards my mom saved from my birth (I'm the oldest) but how very nice to have one responding to your mother's birth. And I love the message!

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    1. Hope you have a very happy spring birthday! I'm lucky that my people were/are savers of interesting stuff.

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  2. What an endearing little display, Peter - and how lovely to have your grandmother's postcard wit reference to your mother as 'her little chick'... Mine was to an unknown'Linda' from her Grandpa. Your porcelain eggs and chickens are perfect to accompnay the blues in your vase, and I love the way the muscari follows the curve of the eggs. Thanks for sharing

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    1. It's a fun way to start the week! So glad you thought of it. Thanks for being such a great host and inspiring us with your many arrangements!

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  3. What a lovely vignette you've made, Peter. I have a bunch of old postcards somewhere that Nigel"s mum had, from WWI I think. I thought I might use them in some craft, but I wouldn't want to ruin them.

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    1. I enjoy setting them out in a plate or something to be enjoyed. There are some special ones for each season and occasionally, I come across a cool one in an antique store that joins the group.

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  4. How sweet and notstalgic! Perfectly chosen for the Easter theme. I'm a fan of old postcards too; they are each a vignette of days gone by; a window into someone else's' experience. The tradition of writing and sending cards is sadly disappearing. It's nice to see you give these old postcards a new life.

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    1. Nicely said. Old postcards are special that way. While we all enjoy being in touch with cell phones and email, there was something really special about receiving a handwritten letter in the mail.

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  5. Your vase and its porcelain and ceramic pots made an exceptionally pretty vignette but you improved it further with those lovely postcards. Memories - and memory triggers - always make holidays more special. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Kris. I hope your Easter was equally wonderful!

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  6. A lovely symphony in blue, the fabric drape is a nice touch.

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  7. Oh that is quite a stunning Easter arrangement and display...I love the blue vase, eggs and some of my favorite flowers....but most especially the family correspondence you still have is just precious.

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    1. I'm glad to have those old postcards, they always make me smile.

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  8. Your collection of props is amazing, and seemingly endless. :)

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  9. Blue on blue, but not heartache on heartache. (I assume you get the song reference)
    Here blue is a happy color! I love this post, everything about it.
    We have some old postcards like those too. They are treasures.

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    1. Of course I got the song reference! Glad you enjoyed the arrangement.

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  10. Absolutely adorable...I love everything about it.

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  11. Everything is just wonderful Peter! Your vase, eggs, and chicks alone would be so special but adding in those post cards just turns it all into something so absolutely fantastic.

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    1. You are too kind. You know me, just keep throwing things in and hope it works.

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  12. Your Grape Hyacinths are particularly blue, Peter, and look pretty with your "Cobalt Net" egg. I enjoyed your memorabilia, such treasures of family history.

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    1. The memorabilia is my favorite part. It's always fun to throw something together on Sunday for these Monday posts.

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  13. Holidays are the time for nostalgia and good memories, plus a nice Easter arrangement with plenty of blue. Perfect!

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