August 2, 2017

A New Pottery Vase

I am sharing a little vase that followed me home. 
Well, it isn't really little. It is huge!
Let me show you. 

I shared my pottery vase on Instagram and referred to it as a Winnie the Pooh Useful pot. :-) You know...a pot that is useful. 

And surprise of surprises, hubby said, without being asked or prompted, "I like it."

I used my special floral technique...

I put stems in the vase and angled them this way and that. :-) 

I was going for a loose palm look. 

The vase is much larger in scale than the lamps...but it seems to be working on this hall chest. 

By now you all know that I love to decorate using contrasting styles. In this case...a bit rustic (vase), a bit refined (lamps). 

I like using flower arrangements in front of mirrors. 

My "useful pot" will look wonderful filled with pine and/or holly branches this winter. 

I might make a bead garland to hang around the neck of my vase.  I will think about it. 

I think my new pottery base has a bit of a Pottery Barn style to it. A style that works well in the great room of this house. 

The texture of my pieces shows well in this photo...the crackle of the vase, and the rough finish of my round mirror. Texture is important in any design work. 

I have this chest stuffed to the brim with table linens and placemats. (It is a "useful" chest.)

Even though my lamps are on...the bulbs are low wattage. It is enough light to navigate the hall, but not enough light for needlepoint. 

Wattage. Oh, that is a topic I could rant about a bit. Have you noticed that newer lamps do not accommodate the 150 watt bulbs. Yes, I know, I am supposed to use the fancy new ones. But I cannot find a wattage and color of light I like. Light bulbs are so hard these days! Deep breath. 

Moving on...

Another view of the texture, crackle, and spiral handle. 

Ta new vase/jar/useful pot!

The stems came from my local Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale.  I buy on sale. Save. Then use when I get inspired. My vase inspired me to choose these palm like stems. 

HL and other places are full of fall floral right now...but I am not quite ready to switch to fall flowers. Not just yet. Soon though. 

And a couple of "before" pics when I was in the dining room making the arrangement. 

Most of you know that my dining room has become my "studio" of sorts since I am in a smaller house. The light is good...and the dining room table makes a good work space. :-)

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. What a gorgeous vase! Is it locally made?

    1. Thank you. I don't know where it was made, but bought it locally. I don't think it is a one of a kind. ha ha. But it appealed to me. I need to dig out my pottery collection that is packed away. I am thinking my "dish" friends might like to see those. Putting that on my list! Sheila

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  2. Nice transition arrangement for summer to fall. Beautiful vase, lovely arrangement.

    1. Thank you. Transition...its that time. 😊 Thanks for visiting.

  3. A perfect choice! I like the vase and it looks great with the lamps.

  4. What a great looking pot/vase! I didn't realize how big it was until you showed it next to the lamps. It's a pretty piece. I am bummed about the light bulbs, too. I loved my 3 way bulbs and they are a thing of the past, too. I have a friend that bought about $300. worth of lightbulbs that she knew she wouldn't be able to get soon. She hates the 'new bulbs' with a passion. lol.

    Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

  5. Beautiful vase and so different.
    Oh yes please bring out your other pottery,
    I would love to see how you use it.
    Pier 1 has a "jug" vase on sale I'm picking
    up tomorrow. I have no idea how to incorporate
    it into my living room at the new house.
    here's a link to the jug.

    Linda C Seattle.

  6. gorgeous vase, and I love the simple grass/palm look. I so understand the studio in the dining room. same with me, it's the best light in the house.

  7. Sheila, I love the look you have achieved. The handles of the vase go well with the inside trim of the mirror. I really like the leafy green plant you chose. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  8. Great greenery and wonderful jug !! You always find the neatest looking "stuph".
    Lightbulbs are a sore subject with me :^( Don't they realize that a large percentage of the population has sight problems???? We have always used a 50/150/250 bulb in our den lamp....try to find that one.

  9. I really love the vase. It is a style that will blend with any decor.

  10. What a lovely vase. I am with you, I am already picturing it with the Christmas greens in it. I seem to be rushing the seasons this year, I am anxious to start decorating for Fall and for Halloween, too!

  11. Hi Sheila!
    It's a nice vase/pot! I like the size ~ perfect for large floral decorations!!! It will look beautiful later with winter blooms draping out of it on your dining room table for a Christmas photo shoot... sigh! <3

    Happily pinned (and slightly jealous!), :)


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