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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Hydrangeas and Bunnies

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 
hydrangeas
from Mother's house 
are still beautiful. 



Still full of color and full of life.


Some brighten the kitchen counter in a blue Fostoria vase, 
an antique store find a few years ago. 




Some are drying naturally in three blue painted faux French flower buckets. 


The hydrangeas and buckets are the perfect colors to go 
with the bunnies hand-paintd on fence boards. 
The bunnies came from one of my all-time favorite stores in Salado, TX, 
which is no longer in business. 
You know, over the years I have had a lot, whole lot, 
of all-time favorite places. 
Many are no longer in business. 
Outliving favorite stores and restaurants is 
one of drawbacks of getting older. 
But, oh, what great memories! 


The store's proprietress was an artist with a distinctive 
interior design flair. 
She created unusual silk flower arrangements, 
custom painted furniture years 
before Miss Mustard Seed and Annie Sloan, and 
was a pioneer in the shabby chic style. 


These hydrangea-filled faux French flower buckets 
remind me of her style. 


The hand-painted bunnies hung on the front porch of the store for years, 
way out of my price range. 
Leading up to its closure, the store marked items down repeatedly. 
One day, the price was right, 
and I was there at the right time to buy 
the bunnies. 
The name of the store?  
Sir Wigglesworth


Every time I look at the bunnies in the stairwell, 
I recall yearly trips with friends to Salado at Christmas time 
for the Salado Christmas Home Tour
and for finding unique treasures at Sir Wigglesworth's. 

12 comments:

Stacy said...

Be still my heart! Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and I love how you displayed them in the pails. Loved the story of how you acquired the bunnies.

Lois Arnold said...

The hydrangeas drying are gorgeous! I fell in love with dried hydrangeas many years ago in a shop in Galena, IL. I didn't even know what they were at the time and, sadly, did not purchase them. Oh, those bunnies! What a find! They are gorgeous and you've found just the perfect place for them to "live".

Sarah said...

These are gorgeous . You are going to enjoy these for months as they dry. Beautiful color. Love the bunnies.

Kadee Willow said...

I adore hydrangeas and yours are so pretty! The way you have them displayed is so creative.. highlighting the painting of the bunnies. Like you, I have seen some favorite stores close all too soon and it breaks my heart when I remember the good ol' days. The one in our little town closed due to landlords demanding higher rent. And trust me, no pity on them as it was just greed. Anyway,the hightlight was after Thanksgiving and they would close for an entire two days in order to get Christmas decorations up. We'd wait with such anticipation and would never be disappointed as every nook and cranny would be filled with holiday treasures. Ahhhh... those were the good ol' days for sure!

cherry said...

I can tell ya after seeing your bunnies Sir Wigglesworth would have been my favorite also.. Your hydrangeas are beautiful they look perfect together.
hugs, Cherry

Dana Bishop said...

Don't you just love it when the blue hydrangea blossom has that unique green among its petals? You photographed them beautifully. The hosta leaves are an inspired touch in the Fostoria vase. Oh and I do love the sweet bunnies. I have a big heart for bunnies, as you probably know. Occasionally one will slip through our fence and eat the spinach until it is barely recognizable. I protest loudly but I don't interfere.

The painting is truly a delight. What a find!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Oh I love those bunnies and hydrangeas too!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love that bunny painting and it looks fabulous in the stairwell. Your hydrangeas are so pretty, I love seeing them in mass. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Katie Clooney said...

Love those bunnies!

Karen Doyle said...

adore the handpainted bunnies- all so lovely...

Karen

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Oh, I was hoping you had purchased the bunnies! Such a beautiful piece and looks so pretty with the hydrangea. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...
Blessings,
Cindy

Janet Garon said...

Judith, I just love your bunny painting with the hydrangeas. Such an unique look. I am so glad I couldn't sleep and found this post!