Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses

You love the roses - so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once! ~
George Elliot

  Roses are simply a part of life for the lover of gardening and antiques, Shabby Chic, vintage and romantic styles. Both of my grandmothers grew exquisite roses and I loved smelling the different varieties in their gardens. I absolutely love roses but our property is mostly heavily shaded which makes growing them a challenge. I was lucky enough to inherit an old- fashioned variety from the previous owner which gets just enough sun to survive. It had been neglected for years, but I have been able to nurse it back to vitality with careful pruning. 
After a heavy rain I went out to take some cuttings. The bumblebee is back to enjoy the roses too!
 Our rose bush blooms in large clusters of small flowers which look so pretty in all kinds of containers. I love them in this blue Ball canning jar with some antique lace loosely tied around the rim. Simple vintage beauty.

I couldn't pass up this old basket because I loved the robin's egg blue paint just swiped here and there. It was just $5 and I can use it  for lots of different things, such as sorting socks. Nah!

I  found these vintage rose trays 3 for .25 at a yard sale.

I played around with the display when taking pictures. First I added this sweet little garden book.

 I bought the book at a yard sale last year for a quarter. It has wonderful vintage botanical graphics inside.

Next I used my favorite antique English tea cups that I borrowed from my updated summer mantel display which is shown in the picture below.

Summer mantel using second hand treasures

$5.00 for all of this gorgeous antique Steubenville Ivory china which is now in the center of my mantel where my large ironstone pitcher was displayed. Those tiny roses are so elegant.

I love combining mismatched sets with similar colors and themes. It keeps things interesting.

I don't know much about these tea cups except that they are stamped "Made In England." What I do know is that I only paid a quarter for them, and I love them!

The handles are especially dainty.

I moved my large ironstone pitcher from the mantel to the ledge in the dining area along with the rest of my pitchers and creamers.

Ah, ironstone and roses...

And while I'm on a rose kick I want to show off some beautiful rosey jewelry. This lovely vintage-inspired ring and earrings set was made by Amanda Clark of Ruby's Pocket. Check out her etsy shop on my side bar for gorgeous hand made jewelry and vintage jewelry upcycles.

I found this amazing pendant at the flea market for $1.00. I have a simple upcycle idea for it already.

Aged to perfection with Instagram.

More rose motif beauties for sale in my antiques booth

My porch is about the only spot I have that is sunny, so I was so happy to find these little miniature roses at the garden center. I even had this wonderful rose planter at home waiting to be filled.

Of course roses are magnificent dried as well and always look romantic.

Thanks Rachel Ashwell for giving a name to the second-hand decorating style so many of us had already been using for years and giving us lots of  "Shabby Chic" inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, its almost time for all the weekend linky partys. See you there!

Everyone have a safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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  1. Love all your pretty roses. I deadheaded mine and now they won't grow. What did I do wrong?

    1. I was taught to make a clean slanted cut right above the first set of five leaves instead of deadheading just the blooms. That is what has worked for me.

  2. Such pretty rose vignettes. I love the combination of your roses with the blues. So pretty!
    Mary Alice

  3. I love roses and I love what you have done with them! Love the little trays too!

  4. The Palette of your Treasures is just perfect and your Roses are Beautiful! I haven't had much success growing Roses here in the Desert and Cactus Flowers, though Lovely & Beautifully Surreal, don't make for good Bouquets. *LOL*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  5. HI Amber!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog because now I found yours :)
    I love the verses that you have on the top of your blog ~ I have part of it on my blog too ~
    For the bottles I use modge podge and hot glue ~ ~

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Your photos are stunning. I love all the vintage treasures you found!

  7. Loved your photos. Lots of beautiful junk in all of them!

  8. Love your photos. Glad I Find your blog over Romantic Home!
    Have a great day!

  9. Love your roses and that botanical print book was a great find! Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!

  10. Your have so many lovely rose-themed treasures, Amber. And they ALL lend themselves beautifully to your romantic decorating style. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you at the party this week, too.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog and following me! I'm now your newest follower! You have a beautiful blog :)

  12. I am in love with those trays! I only have one rose bush and it's in need of some serious TLC this year. I used to have a dozen or so at our last house, but was trying not to get addicted to them again. But after reading your post, I want to go out and buy a dozen more tomorrow!

  13. Hi Amber ~~~ Your little treasures, especially the dishes, are so neat ~ Amen to God being the only source of our True Joy.

    God Bless You,
    Pearl 13.1

  14. Your rose planter is adorable! And what could be a better occupant than a miniature rose plant? Perfection!


  15. What a wonderful blog you have! The roses are really beautiful.


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