Tuesday, 18 March 2008

The humble pot!

Whilst frequenting my favorite Farmers Market (just off Marylebone Lane) last week, I picked up a bunch of tiny 3-4" charming antique terracotta pots.

True, they are somewhat of a strange purchase due to their small size, and not very exciting at present, but I hope to put these lovelies to good use at our next assignment (as apparently, we'll be required to do a fair bit of entertaining).

A while back, I read an article by Martha Stuart using these small terracotta pots as simple yet elegant place card settings and favors .. they looked lovely, so I thought I'd give them a whirl.

To make one, place a small piece of broken china in the pot, fill with potting soil, and top with a rounded mound of velvety lush green moss. Insert a birch twig or sprig of pussy willow into the center of the mound and secure a name card to the twig.

As a variation to this I thought I'd either pop a vintage ribbon bow around the pot and attach the name card there in the center, or attach Regency period woodcut images of ladies & gentlemen to picks and insert them into the top of the moss and have their name cards affixed to the front of the pots in a scrolling style banner.

I've also been mulling over various ideas for lovely invitation cards, etc, but I think I'm going to seek the amazing talents of Katie ~ Homekeeping Hearts, as no one does dainty stationery as beautifully as she!


Ms. Place said...

What a lovely blog. I do so envy your living in Merry Olde England, where so many beautiful places are close by.

Donna O. said...

Hi Justine- I love Martha!! And I think the pot idea is perfect. Hopefully you will have photos when you are through?

Doreen said...

What an enchanting blog you have here. Your writings and your words are just lovely. I love the terra cotta place card idea, I had seen that in Martha Stewart Living myself. I do like your other ideas as well. You are right about Katie of Homekeeping Hearts, she does wonderful work. I purchased a card kit from her sometime ago for my daughter.

Blessings to you.


ps...I too was Elinor Dashwood!

Katie said...

Oh what a lovely thing to say! I was thinking to myself what a great idea you gave for the woodcut images popped into the tops of the moss in the tiny pots with the names on scrolls. For sure you should do that, and what about just a favorite image copied on the fronts of the cards? You have wonderful ideas!

Sea Angels said...

What a super idea, you and Katie and Martha, make a good team, what a wonderfull combination of ideas. I feel refreshed and inspired.
Have a lovely Easter
Hugs Lynn xx

Miss.Maddie's said...

I came by way of Katie's and enjoyed my visit immensely.When I scrolled down to the end I discovered that it's you the fantastic dollmaker!How wonderful to find you have another persona, one rich in English culture.
It's always a delight to find other kindred spirits that live across the pond.

twiggypeasticks said...

Wonderful blog, I really am going to miss Larkrise to Candleford, when it was on tv on Sunday evening, followed by Cranford it was pure telly heaven

Sweet Repose said...

What a beautiful blog I have stumbled upon. I have always wanted to leave the states and search for my English/German roots in your wonderful countryside. But that is another day in time. Have a wonderful life.