Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Bit of Summer Preserved...

All summer long, I've been drying some of my favorite roses in anticipation of this time of year...when the flowers stop blooming and the leaves in the trees start to change color.  I love to incorporate dried roses in my Fall decor.
It's so hard to admit that summer is coming to an end and Fall is upon us.  My oldest son starts kindergarten next week...a sure sign of the changing times and seasons.  Sigh...
I love the look of these dried roses in pretty little apothecary jars.  It's as if a bit of summer has been bottled and preserved to look back on when the leaves have changed and the days get shorter.
I added this pretty old dresser tray, petite tureen and vintage wedding cake topper to my space at the shop on Monday night along with several jars of dried rose buds.  On Tuesday morning, my sweet friend called from the store to tell me she was taking the tray and cake topper home with her! 

I am so glad that this darling couple are going to a loving home where they will be treasured and enjoyed!
This coming Saturday is the Vintage Street Faire in downtown Camas!  If you live in the area, be sure to come enjoy a lovely shopping experience, complete with live music!  Unfortunately I won't be there this year as I have a wedding at Lac de' Fleur Gardens!  However, I will be having a sale in my space, along with most of the other dealers at Camas Antiques!

I have exciting news to share!  On September 6th, dear Debra of Common Ground is going to spotlight my living room for her Design Challenge Feature!  I hope you will all stop by her blog that day to share your ideas on how I could make my challenge space more inviting, useful and stylish!  I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts and ideas!  Thank you Debra for your thoughtfulness and generosity, and for choosing my room to feature!  Yay!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!  Keep cool, but do enjoy these last few days of summer!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

P.S.  I have had a few questions about my flower drying techniques.  I actually wrote a tutorial on drying roses last fall.  It was one of my first posts!  Here is the link, if you are interested... Dried Flower Tutorial.

I will be joining in these fun parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Inspiration Friday At The Pickett Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound


  1. Beautiful pictures! Have you posted a tutorial on how you dry your roses? They look fantastic! :)

  2. Oh So LOVELY and Romantic...I love the roses in the Apothecary Jars..Okay Really I just LOVE it all... : ) Congratulations on the Room Challenge Feature...Look forward to seeing it...

  3. I love your blog and the absolutely beautiful treasures you have. It would be difficult to choose a favorite because I think each item is special. Shannon

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you've displayed your dried romantic and beautiful!



  5. What a lovely post. I am dreaming about summer as you are getting ready to say good-bye to it! Isn't our world an amazing place...

    Best wishes,

  6. love those flowers in the mason jars!

  7. Your roses are so pretty! And I am in love with the vintage cake topper, how wonderful that your friend is giving it a new home! Best of luck to your little boy going to kindergarten! And how exciting to be featured over at Debra's:)

  8. Hi Amanda, your photos are so beautiful, all the gorgeous roses just add so much to the vignette. The little wedding topper is so precious, I just don't see these anywhere! I'm so glad that you're exited for Design Challenge, it will be lot's of fun! thanks for linking up with VIF, xoxo Debra

  9. I love your preserved florals... I often like to keep dried flowers that were once live bouquets and dried out to perfection, too pretty to throw away! Your beautiful vignettes have now inspired me on various other ways to showcase those preserved florals in delightful ways.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  10. Hi Amanda, Oh, your displays are always so lovely. Just love your dried roses in jars. What a beautiful way to preserve them. Have you found a good way to dry them to preserve their color? I am drying roses all the time, but yours are still so pretty. Love that vintage wedding cake topper too. What a great find. I hope to make it to Camas this weekend, but we may being going to Boise to see our kids. Can't wait to see your living room space.
    Have a great day! Enjoy your days before and during kindergarten :).
    ~ Julie

  11. Your pictures are gorgeous! I am so in love with vintage wedding cake toppers! Sigh.....

  12. Oh how totally gorgeous!!! Beautiful post for Pink Saturday!!!


  13. Hi Amanda,

    I love drying roses too.
    I'll have to look at your
    tut to see if you can teach
    me a new slant. ♥ I'm visiting you
    for Pink Saturday. I'd love to have you pop in for a visit.

    Pink Sparkles,
    Stephanie Suzanne ♥

  14. Hi Amanda, Your vignettes are Beautiful, as well as the Sweet Dried Roses, I hope they Never go out of style....

  15. Your dried roses are so gorgeous! Thank you so much for the tutorial! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  16. What a stunning post filled with so much eye candy!!
    Congrats on having your LR featured..
    I will be watching for it!!


  17. Your pinks are always so pretty. How many kids left at home while the oldest is in kindergarten?

  18. What a great idea putting the dried flowers in an apothecary jar. I love how delicate it looks. You have a lovely blog.
    Have a great weekend.

  19. What a beautiful thing to do! I love your blog - it's gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday! Jennifer Grenko

  20. Amanda, each vignette is an amazing story. Each of your photos is gorgeous.


  21. How lovely the tiny pick roses are in the jars. Great photos. I found you through Inspiration Fridays, drop by and see me. Kathy

  22. Lovely photos, Amanda! Love the dried roses in the jars.


  23. Those dried roses are beautiful! I LOVE it!


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