Monday, May 17, 2010

bewitching small florals

When, one day, I look back, these will surely be the years of the small florals. I'm aiming for 'hip festival chick with an interest in the pretty-pretty' rather than 'retired school-teacher with bullying brooch, busy sofa and cat.' Will you be the first to tell me when I go too far?

[latest lovely purchases from Garrendenny Lane Interiors]

Things have been getting a bit cushion-centric around here, so I took a few more photos for the 6 male readers. There were only about 3 of you last time I noted that I am amongst women, but we've come a long way since then.

[peony in tool-box; electric guitar]

Yes, that guitar could do with a bit of dusting with a damp cloth but it's a long way to the tap if you want to rock and roll. Faucet, America, faucet.

44 comments:

  1. Hey Mise
    Would I be in trouble if I say I like the larger floral just sneaking off the page to the left. hahaha.. but don't worry.. not a school ma'am to be seen!!!

    Now good work adding a tool box.. excellent choice.. could you come fix my taps?? ... xxx Julie

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  2. The peony in the tool box is definitely the hippy-chick persona and a lovely touch. What may I ask, is a bullying brooch. I'm worried I may have a few, and I already have a cat, and perhaps a busy sofa too. Amanda xx

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  3. I know exactly the bullying brooch of which you speak. It comes perched on a bosum which sticks out at an almost unnatural perpendicular right angle and that is not because of cosmetic surgery, no it is just the way God created the lady in question. And she was my Form 1 teacher, Miss Bruns. RIP.

    The florals? So hip that they are almost Kate Moss at a festival in gumboots.

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  4. (wipes tears of chuckle fondly away)

    It's a long way from the tap - I will take this with me in my pocket all day.

    Love the butch photos - very equality conscious. I'm thinking that a ditsy floral tool-box-cosy might the very thing to tempt a greater male readership your way?

    x x x

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  5. Ooh, a ruler with a spirit level, and not a single sparkly sticker on it. I'm cautiously impressed.

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  6. Nope, you definitely haven't gone too far! You're too hip to go too far with the florals, don't worry.

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  7. bullying brooch - too flipping funny!

    and what's this about male readers??!! lucky you, i don't think i have ANY! must address that gender bias!

    btw - i can so see the hippy cool stuff, and not the cat owning retired school teacher

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  8. Hi Mise,
    Sorry to follow and run yesterday. I found you through Right Bank. Your home is so lovely! I can tell I'll be visiting here often. But it looks as if this blog requires razor sharp wit (to match yours) in the comments section, so I'll mostly be lurking, if that's alright with you.

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  9. Oh, and I'm tremendously excited that you have the same pillows as Anna Spiro.

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  10. There are two guitars loitering in my living room next to the bookcase and I always try and place plants and cushions over them but I can still see them...
    You have lovely perfume bottle things, and I love the peony in the tool bag!

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  11. That peony in the toolbox is just priceless. My favorite flower by far, and I have to admit I have sort of a weird affinity for tools as well (must be due to my very handy father).

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  12. ha! Too funny about the school teacher, really like the way you write!

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  13. Hi Mise,
    I'm thinking of forming a sub-committee and am volunteering myself. It would be the 'Too Far on the Florals' committee and we would monitor you, just to make sure the florals don't get out of hand and take over. What do you think ?
    I am fairly qualified, as I went through 'The Laura Ashley Years' back in the '70's.
    Just a thought.
    Meanwhile, you have so far trodden a fairly safe path, and your cushions are delightful. No line has been crossed, as far as florals are concerned.
    As the mother of a BBC Radio One producer, I have lived with guitars for years, and a double bass and a violin and an oboe !!!! although they now reside with my son and daughter-in-law..... they were always covered in dust and fingerprints !!... and, I'm sure that they still are !! XXXX

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  14. Let's see the hot pink number on the far left...a single bloom in white? Focal point status on the sofa, that one!

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  15. I almost picked up a bullying brooch the other day. It shouted at me from the tray but luckily I resisted. I just knew it would have been the sort to stick its pin in my finger. Some brooches are just bad-tempered like that.

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  16. I think the dust might enhance the quality of the guitar's sound, making it warmer, richer.

    (Yanks surely do say "faucet" but we refer to the water that comes out of a faucet as "tap water." Go figure.)

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  17. That has got to be the first time I've ever seen the word 'cushion-centric'. It's such a good one.

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  18. I'll be happy to tell you if you're going too far but I clearly won't be first. More like 18th. Always late to the party, me...

    And I like the guitar and didn't even notice the dust, despite not being one of your male readers! xx

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  19. If there is any dust it is simply to repel any dirt that might settle in. I do like the florals but I am sure one of the committees will tell you if you have gone too far!

    Thanks for dropping in! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  20. I think men like a little 'pretty, pretty' too. They may not choose it for themselves, but they appreciate it when it is around. I guess that's why they put up with us.

    You have not gone too far. Yet.

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  21. Damn that's good. Long way to the tap indeed. Love it.

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  22. OOh, the cushion and runner look very much at home! Hope Beatrice approved too or has Beatrice disappeared?
    Many thanks for the link to the site too
    x

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  23. That's it you ARE MY IDOL! A peony in the tool box. Now why didn't I think of that before? I am going to follow your lead and bombard my sofa with florals. You are a style guru and I agree wholeheartedly with Jane - about Kate Moss that is - not Miss Bruns ;-)

    PS - If I can get a decent photo of the duvet cover I'll definitely send it to you. Hoping to find an angle where one can't notice the grotesque rabbit pee/wee stain (from one of those moments-mother-missed when child takes outside rabbit into bedroom...) and still see the writing!

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  24. PS - I thought is was 'a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll...' IS that YOUR guitar??

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  25. The florals are fine, and the Les Paul Gibson could be quite a collectible!

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  26. Hello Mise,
    One can never have too many florals. I love them big, small and medium. I do love Nanna chic so perhaps don't heed my style advice. I am the original Flowerpots. xx

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  27. Lovely cushions, Kate. Oops, I mean Mise. That Jane confused me there for a second with her evocative imagery.

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  28. I love these cushions! Yes these are deinitely the years of a floral revival!

    Love your blog!x

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  29. Those are VERY pretty finds you've made at Garrendenny Lane, Mise. Very considerate of you to include some token male elements as well ~ something I always neglect to do.

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  30. Joe is very impressed with guitar, when he stops looking at car sites he's going to become a follower,

    In the meantime he's suggested using
    'Dunlop formula no. 65 , Guitar Polish & cleaner' ,

    " You don't even need water, Just spary 1-2 pumps of the formula on to the guitar surface and clean with a dry floral cloth " he said.

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  31. Amanda, if your brooches are large and bejewelled and very assertive, they are bullying brooches. You should only wear them when meeting tax-inspectors. We'd love to see them, by the way - how about a Bullying Brooch Post?

    Jane, the comment of the month award goes to you. Don't drop it.

    Jacqueline, you are so diligent and good to volunteer for 'Too Far on the Florals' on top of your incessant sterling work with the jam-jars. I'd like to promote you to Global Jacqueline.

    Ange, no, not my guitar = it belongs to Scottish Husband. I'm more lackadaisical than musical.

    Jaboopee, Joe is such a gem with his floral cloths. Once he becomes a follower I'll do a special post for him on brake wheel cylinders. Everyone is interested in those.

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  32. You have 6 male readers? I think that's at least 3 more than me. And I patted myself on the back for knowing what a tap is. I watch a lot of BBC.

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  33. The tool box is my favorite. Need to get myself one of those.

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  34. Ohhhhh Les Paul!!! yum... I hope someone is playing it or else its a terrible waste and perhaps I should come by and take it off your hands...do you a favor really. Mise, as per usual, your writing is clever and amusing and so different from all the other stuff out there. I love hippy-chick if that’s what your after. I have an old 60’s Liberty print that would knock your socks off. but you can’t have it...we could do a trade perhaps??

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  35. You got the hip floral look down!
    Plus throwing the odd picture of a Les Paul on your blog will push you up on the hip-ometer, so I'm told

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  36. What's wrong with a busy sofa and a cat?

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  37. I really love your manly images!! I hope your male readers appreciate them ;)

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  38. apparently i might also like standing in fairy cakes...

    now why would Sh have a peony in his toolbox...

    if it was a thistle maybe i'd see through it...but a peony...

    lovely strings on the guitar too...

    thanks for manning up your pretty florals...

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  39. Thanks for following my blog! I came over from Count it All Joy because Meredith (whom I adore) mentioned you, and your blog made me laugh so very hard. I love people who make me laugh very hard. And I love florals. It's a win-win!

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  40. My friend's dad (80 ish)was horrified recently when she picked some daffodils from the garden and put in a vase on his kitchen table. Why? What are they are for? What if someone comes in and sees them?
    Next time, she should try the tool box... Or she should direct him to here

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  41. Now I know what my tool box is missing! A peony!!! I was looking for a tool the other day, but I wasn't quite sure which one. Now I know.

    P.S. Josh was divine last night. Maybe better than ever. I somehow nabbed us center stage tix just a few rows back, so it was a pretty dreamy night. I'm so happy to know you love him, too. xo

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  42. Love the butch photos - very equality conscious. I'm thinking that a ditsy floral tool-box-cosy might the very thing to tempt a greater male readership your way?
    data entry work from home

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  43. Oh, Mise..! I've missed you and your clever sense of humor..! I've been a little absent from the blog world, but I think of you blog friends out there and wonder what you're up to. Love the manly shots, by the way.

    xoxoo,
    -maria

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