Despite our recent snows, I could have gone out into the garden to clip something. But I know I'd mostly find evergreens and seed pods and I wanted something that looks a bit brighter as we move slowly toward Spring. Thus this little silver Julep cup with a mother-of-pearl bouquet. The silver cup demanded a partner so I added this Mexican silver box full of potpourri.
The mother of pearl buttons demanded a partner as well. This spoon — which combined the two main materials in the arrangement — seemed like the perfect fit. I used the leftover fabric from my textile project as a backdrop and decided to toss in a spoonful of all the threads I've been clipping as I sew. I like to save them for potential use in future fiber projects. The final touch was a Bilston and Battersea enamel box which I bought in 1976 when it was issued to commemorate the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
I bought this little button creation thinking it would make a perfect "bouquet," but it was really intended to be used as a napkin holder. I found it at a store that was going out of business, so the price was right. I knew I'd never use it as a napkin holder so I just bought the one. It was only when I was back home in Madison that a fiber artist friend said I should have bought more and taken them apart for the buttons. I realized she was right and they would be wonderful to use in embroidery projects. But since I do like it as a bouquet, I've left it intact . . . at least for now.
To see what others have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.