Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hot summer days and French inspirations ~

It has gotten hot. Up until now the early summer months have been rather temperate, but the heat has arrived and will be with us for quite a while. Working in the garden has become more of a chore than a pleasure and requires some planning. I am taking my morning walk earlier so I can get something accomplished outside before the heat of the day sets in.

This leaves a lot of time spent inside of the house and the need to find creative ways to spend the hot indoor afternoons. One of the most fun ways to do this is to change up things, especially in the kitchen, a room I spend so much time in. 

I ordered this tiered stand online a couple of years ago, when it came it was much, much larger than I had expected, it takes quite a bit of space and a lot to fill it so I don't use it very often. The good thing is that it comes apart for storage. 

This time I decided to fill it with all of the various oils and vinegars I have accumulated for making salad dressings. There is something about the beauty of the ordinary that almost makes it artful.

Dressed up with a couple of old doily's, a few vintage white plates, some potted herbs, fresh lemons from my trees, tea towels and my Mother's cruet.

My inspiration for this was something I read about gift suggestions for a traveler to bring home from Paris, all purchased from Monoprix (click to read the article). ordinary french things, all very reasonably priced, but when thoughtfully put together made quit charming.

Although these items are not from Paris the various packaging makes them visually appealing, and fits one of the prime requirement for displaying collections - together. Perhaps Billy Baldwin would be pleased, but even more important I am.


The flowers you see to the side are the last of my Oakleaf hydrangeas, slowly they are turning color on the bush and now are a lovely chartreuse and red. I almost prefer this to the white color of them when they first bloom.

Thank you for visiting have a happy day.



  1. I know what you mean about gardening in the heat of the afternoon...I am wilted and thirsty when I go inside. The heat makes me feel really lethargic too. I water early in the day and deadhead the roses or else wait until after dinner time when the air is cooler.

  2. I envy you that your summer so far has been pleasant. Since we have moved back to Texas I had forgotten just how really hot it gets here. Anyway, your piece looks lovely and sets up a pretty to look at in your kitchen. Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. I love the tier stand. We are having hot and humid weather here too.

  4. Adrienne, I love the stand and it looks so pretty with its bright colors and interesting fillers. It fits beautifully on the corner of your counter. A perfect kitchen pairing. It is really hot, isn't it? Too bad some of this heat couldn't be saved for winter..Thanks for your sweet visit. Sunflowers are a little tricky to dry (at least the way I do them) as the petals don't want to stay attached. I am drying some face down and then will spray them to see if that makes a difference..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    1. Thanks so much for your visit, Adrienne. I was a little bit hesitant about posting about this but it is just too important. I know what you mean about going into stores now. I appreciate your response..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  5. Love the addition of the needlework to the baskets. You've given me ideas...


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