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Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Cloche Party

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is hosting another cloche party. Enjoy the creative vignettes of all the participants by checking the list at her blog.

I am also linking to Friday Show and Tell. Visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for links to other Show and Tell participants.
I haven’t made many vignettes under glass, because I have so much trouble photographing -- and especially through glass. But, anyway, wanting to participate in Marty’s party, I thought I’d gather up the two cloches I have and a couple other glass display items, and at least give it a try.


This 7 " tall (without the bird) cloche displays a ceramic cherub along with tiny blue flowers and crystal prisms.

He sits atop a piece of crochet on a tulip votive which is on a white doily with pale blue border.


This large cloche is a bell jar for use in the garden. So the glass has bands around and the view is not very clear. It is 12 inches tall and 9 ¼" diameter at the bottom.
I decided to use a pale pink figurine (another thrifty 50-cent find) along with my collection of rhinestone bow-shaped brooches. They are all set on top a Martha Stewart glass cake stand, a consignment shop find for just $4.68.

She is a lovely lady with an elegant costume, an off-the-shoulder dress with a big bow in the back.

Her hair is pulled back into a bun.

The second pin from the top is from my mother, who always wore lovely brooches to church.


This is a 10" tall musical display case for a figurine. It plays "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" when the top is lifted. This is also a thrift store find. I am using it to showcase cardinals – those bright birds that bring so much color to the winter scene.
First, a tiny framed picture of a male cardinal alongside a less colorful female cardinal. This 3 ¾" picture cost 50 cents at a local thrift store.

Next is an ornament I got this Christmas from one of my sisters. It is covered in real feathers on top, while the breast is covered with red sparkle.

Last year the same sister gave me this wooden cardinal that has a small storage area inside under the wings.


This small (5" tall) panelled brass and glass vitrine has two doors held closed by a latch.
It displays a vintage Chinese cup with a dried rosebud set inside.

The little vitrine is set on the matching saucer which rests on a brass Chinese tray and is surrounded by more dried rosebuds.

Thanks for visiting today. Do come again soon.


Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Lovely cloches, Carrie! Love the cloche with the little birdie on top! Happy Friday.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, you do have some gorgeous displays. I love them. The atrium displays are so unique too and what a great idea. Your figurines and vignettes are all so lovely. What great ideas. Love them all. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is so much fun. Hugs, Marty

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What beautiful displays!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Very nice collection!

Victoria said...

Oh I love your collection, I'm dying for a cloche but haven't come across an affordable one yet.

alice said...

You have done such a beautiful job.
smiles, alice

Diann said...

I just love your garden cloche. I love the fact that it isn't perfect. Afterall that is how the cloches started, for the garden. And it is really nice to see one like this!

skoots1mom said...

i'm so sad...i broke my cloche last week...now another journey to find a new one

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Carrie: Love all your lovely cloche's. I too collect vintage bow costume jewelry. You may have a few more than I do. Mine are various colors. Great post. I will pray for your Mama. Blessings, Martha

Carey said...

Your cloches are lovely. I love those pins as well. That was a clever idea on how you displayed them. Come on over and visit me at my blog Chicory Nits.

Have a great day,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Carrie, these are all so pretty, and I cannot believe what bargains you found and used so beautifully. The sweet little dressed up female figuriene is so precious, and I love that you put the pins all around her. What a great idea. I love that cloche with the bird on top and the sweet cherub inside. All of them are so pretty. laurie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all your beautiful cloche designs! The cloche with the crystal bird on top is really pretty, haven't seen one of those! Love the figurine with your mother's pins! They all very pretty and unique!


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love the Princess House cloche. I even like how you put a crystal pendant on it.

Prior said...

LOVE the crystal hanging on the cloche and all your birds. Lezlee

Carrie said...

Thank you, ladies for each of your comments...they mean a great deal to me since I set up my cloches under a lot of stress. I spent most of Thursday afternoon taking my 91-year old mother to the doctor, then to the lab, next to radiology and finally to the pharmacy. Back at home, it was time to prepare supper. Then I had to rest before starting on the cloches.
Hope you are each enjoying the weekend.
P.S. My mother is doing a bit better today.

Carrie said...

So sorry to hear about your cloche breaking.
I have a bit of time trying not to break my Princess House cloche or breaking off the bird knob. I have to remember to pick it up by holding the sides with both hands!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What lovely cloches! I also find it difficult to photograph them because of glares. I love the one with all of the pretty brooches. Just beautiful!

tammy said...

I like the little vitrine that is set on the matching saucer. It looks elegant and suited on my figurine collection. What makes it more beautiful is the dried rosebuds which is very artistic and unique.

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Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Very pretty! You did good!

Janean said...

i really appreciate the way you show us HOW to make a cloche! lovely!

Dena said...

Oh what a pretty collection you have! I love the little red cardinal :)


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I love this... it makes me want to run out and purchase a glass dome!!!Definitely on my list of things to seek!! Also,

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