Wednesday, August 12, 2009

fresh picked

fresh flowers

The other day I was driving along Hope Street in the East Side of Providence, a beautiful section of the city: full of large homes on tree-lined streets, cafés, shops, parks, colleges and universities and ... a flower cart! I wish I had my camera with me but alas, I did not.

So there was this adorable awning-topped flower cart on the sidewalk in front of this manse of a house. In the cart there were vibrant arrangements fresh from the garden in spray-painted silver Starbucks cups. Please leave $5 a bunch Since I only had a $10 -- I bought two! I hope to return this weekend to take photos to share. For now, here are some I snapped of the bouquets back at home.

fresh paint

Here's what I brought in from my backyard. Spray-painted at the picnic table, dry and ready for tinkering.

fresh dècor

GASP! Look at this new garden wall dècor from Pottery Barn Kids! PBK is a great place for shabby and cottage finds and as you can see, it's not just for kids.

fresh colors

Laurie Star is having her first giveaway! I told her that these are so much fun, so please visit the talented Laurie to enter. I am planning my own blogiversary giveaway so stay tuned for details!

fresh sigh of relief

Hooray! My I Thought of You swap partner Debi received the goodies I assembled for her and I'm so relieved to find that she is very excited about everything. {I was worried} I used these little Martha Stewart goodie bags (love them) to package up some of her treats.



Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Hi Elyse...thanks for the visit, it's nice to meet you! Love your blog & I love the vivid blue of the hydrangeas from the flower cart!

Theresa said...

Beautiful flowers and giveaway goodies:) Have a blessed day and I look forward to seeing the flower cart!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Wow, youv'e been buisy. I love the pink you sprayed on the basket & cans. Its the perfect pink. What lovely things youv'e sent to your swap partner.

cupcake studio said...

Oooh, loving that Pottery Barn Kids stuff!

Claudia said...

Good morning, Elyse. Love the flowers - nothing nicer than fresh flowers, is there? And I saw what you sent to Debi on her blog- wonderful goodies! Love your pink painted projects - there's some alliteration for you!


Lori said...

your flowers are SO pretty Elyse...i love the riot of happy bright colors...very cute painted goodies...that is the best shade of PINK...i adore your big wire basket...the goodies you put together for Debi look wonderful...those little goody bags are SO sweet!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweetheart!

Another pretty post! I love the flowers you picked up and I think that is a great deal! You had nothing to worry your pretty little head over about the swap! The sweet things you gave Debi are precious and I am sure she will treasure them forever! What a fun swap for both of you!

Thinking of you, as always!

LiLi M. said...

Oh Elyse I have that too always, doubting whether your swap partner would like this and that and wouldn't it have been better if...But it all looks so sweet what you send. I received my goodies from Kitty and I was totally overwhelmed. You'll see why in my blog in due course.
I like the flowers! Have a great day!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Those flowers are beautiful! I love the honor system....

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Hi Elyse,
I love it. Here in Guilford all the cute little farm stands have the honor system. Some are even equipped with scales, you have to weigh your produce and figure out the cost. Our town is strange...half of the time you go to a store they have signs saying, "out back fishing". I love this part of Connecticut.
The swap items you sent are lovely. I am sure anyone would be thrilled to get such pretty treats.
I take my finds out to the side of the house for painting. I often wonder if my neighbors think it is strange that I'm always painting stuff. I have to shop your etsy store soon. A friend of mine at work needs a special present.
♥ Rebecca

debi said...

What a pretty post, Elyse. The flowers you bought are sooo pretty...I just love fresh cut flowers in the house.
And then of course, you know I LOVE all of the pretties that you sent me. Looking at them is making me want to do another swap.
Have a great day!
Hugs, Debi

Bethany said...

OOH, love the flowers. And your pink painted goodies. I was just admiring my little painted morning glory clips you made me. They sit right on my desk and make me happy every day. You've got such a tinkering knack. Your goody backs are amazing!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely flowers! That pink shoe is too cute! And all that pink! Yummmm!!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! A flower cart, really?? I would have LOVED that!! The flowers are soooo pretty Elyse! Nothing cheers me up like fresh flowers :)
I cant wait to see what you make out of all those pretty pink goodies :)
You packaged your swap goodies up so beautifully!! You are the queen of pretty packaging, love it!! Everything you gave her is so pretty too!
Pottery Barn Kids rocks!!!!! I love those pretties from there!

Rose Brier Studio said...

Oohh, pink painted coffee cans -- great for flowers and think of the embellishment possibilities! I love your blog it's so pretty!

Lisa said...

Super great post! Lots of Lovelies!! Debi was so thrilled to get your swap and I see why!
Hugs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Just found you from Kim -- Flower Girl----so glad I did. Loved all of the goodies photos!!

Warm Wishes,

{oc cottage} said...

Oh my gosh! Is Pottery Barn Kids evil, or what? I LOVE it!

m ^..^

fairiemoon said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your package. You had commented on them, so I thought you might like one!

I see lots of pink on here today. I can't wait to see what you tinker out of those pink items! What fun!

Erin :)

Anonymous said...

Elyse- Is that gal not smart using painted Starbucks cups for her bouquets. Makes for a good excuse to go get a cup of coffee so she would have a cup for her next bouquet!

Thank you for sharing the little bee sentiment!! so cute!

I am so looking forward to seeing your blogiversay giveaway!! Just love your things- one of these days I am going to have some extra dimes to come over and shop!! For now I'll just have to drool!

Oh and those swaps! Gotta do one soon!


MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Fresh flowers in coffee cups . . . did it make you smile when you passed these by? The colors are so rich! And they all must look pretty displayed in a cart.

You'll be so busy with those freshly painted treats. But what a fun way to be busy creating such pretties. And you really present them beautifully. It's like eye candy :-)


Jessica Rodarte said...

$5 a bunch is quite a steal! Why, oh why, were you worried about what you sent Debi? It's all so lovely. I'm biting my nails because my partner should be getting her package shortly!

icandy... said...

Love the fresh ideas.... beautiful!

Anonymous said...

The flowers are beautiful. I love fresh flowers to bring into the home. Can't wait to see pics.


Cathy said...


Oh my, look at those gorgeous flowers. I can't believe I am still waiting for my zinnias to bloom. No sun and not enough heat I guess. I am so jealous. lol

Love the pink china shoe!
xo Cath

Unknown said...

Wow, Elyse, your swap partner is going to be so thrilled. I love those flowers, $5.00 a bunch Wow! I agree that you and I should be on some travel board for promoting New England. I guess we just love it here.

Have a great day.


shabbyscraps said...

such lovelies! Oh, and darn, you only had a ten, so you had to buy 2 beautiful bouquets! Good return on yuor investment if you ask me!
xoxo, Tiffany

LaurieStar said...

Wow! I just saw this post! Thank you so much for that big pincushiony plug for my giveaway! You're the sweetest! :)

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

I love all of these cute little packages you gathered your swap goodies into! You sent your swap partner such lovely things... I bet she was thrilled!


Anonymous said...

Elyse you did an amazing job on the swap! I love how you color coordinated the little packages. Truly, you had nothing to worry about, anyone would love the wonderful goodies you put together-

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

What great swap bags!

Robin said...

it's all so beautiful!
Thanks so much for visiting me last week! I'm so behind on my blog visits!
Have a terrific week!

Amy C said...

love the button packaging

Pearl Maple said...

That is a lovely theme for a swap, i have been out of the swapping game for a while and really should get into it again, it really can be great fun.