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18 June, 2009

It's a Double Post...or...In Search of the Perfect Cloche

I am so excited to join my dear friend and our gracious hostess, Marty at A Stroll thru Life, for her Cloche Party! Please be sure to head on over to her blog to see who else is participating and to take a tour of some beautiful cloches around Blogland! Only one problem...I don't have a cloche!



And since I can't shop without lots of ...er... nourishment, I am also joining our dear Gollum, Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum , for Foodie Friday! Be certain to visit her beautiful blog to see who else is playing along today! Wooo hooo! Eating and shopping...my two favorite things!!



Want to come along? First I have to start out with a nice, healthy breakfast, so I am having some shredded wheat with fruit. Want some? Yes, yes...I know...



...it's hard to see the shredded wheat, but it's there! See it? lol Shredded wheat needs lots of help! And I need lots of energy because I am going to one of my favorite places... the Queen of Hearts antique and flea market in Alpharetta, Georgia! I'm gonna shop 'til I drop! Let's head out!



Ohhhh...here's a pretty cloche practically greeting us at the door! It's on a little pink glass cake stand and has a little bunny in a basket inside! Isn't it cute? Remember...you can click on any picture to enlarge!



Look at this one! Oh...I think this is actually a jar with a pretty lid sitting on another cake stand. I like it, though. It has potpourri inside! What do you think? Shall we keep looking?



Here's another one...with silk hyacinths inside. This one seems to come with its own stand...gorgeous!



Flowers are a popular element inside these cloches, aren't they? This one also has its own wooden stand. How do you like this one?



Ohhhh...now here's the one I brought you here to see...my favorite! I stop and stare at it every time I come here with my friend Linda at Nina's Nest! It's a nice large, heavy one on a rusted iron stand. Do you see what's inside?...a collection of old salt shakers! I LOVE this one! Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive one! The cloche alone is $48 ...hmmm... maybe one day!!


These aren't cloches, but I think they are soooo pretty! These are terrariums...aren't they just lovely??



And here's another glass container that I really like! Can you see that it is etched and has little handles? Another reason that I think I like it is what's inside...



...corks from wine bottles! I love this idea! You can buy just the corks...for $16! I guess that's a lot cheaper than that many bottles of wine! Hmmmm...too bad I don't have a friend in the restaurant business!! lol Speaking of restaurants...all this shopping is making me hungry! How about you?



Let's go next door to My Friend's Place! Everything here is homemade and delicious! This is Cameron who has been the manager here for eleven years! The owner, Grant, is busy in the kitchen. Just look at all of those yummy desserts! Linda and I always stop here for lunch when we are Goodwill hunting! I'm getting mine to go...I've got to hurry home for Judge Judy!



And here's what I got...a chicken salad club sandwich! I...er...ate the other half on the way home!



Doesn't it look yummy? It's a sort of BLT with cheese and chicken salad. They are known for their homemade chicken salad...lots of apples and pecans! It's delicious! And...after all...I used up a bunch of calories shopping!! lol Now you are wondering what else I brought home...



...and here it is! No, it's not a cloche at all! It's a little bird nest box! Don't you love it? I had something special in mind when I went shopping. I needed a place to keep...



...these! They are real bluebird eggs from an abandoned nest in my garden. You see, my bluebird has a trophy wife who can never make up her mind about where she wants to live. They left these pretty little babies and moved to a more upscale neighborhood on the other side of my yard! I just couldn't throw these little eggs away, so now I have a safe place to keep them! I hope you don't mind that I didn't buy a cloche, but I did show you some pretty ones, didn't I? Which did you like best?
Thanks so much for dropping by! Be sure to visit Marty to see some more beautiful cloches and Gollum to continue your gastronomic tour of Blogland! I'll see you next time! A la prochaine!

58 comments:

  1. Debbie, absolument fantastique!!! J'aime tous!!! surtout la cloche avec les trucs de sel et de poivre! Qu'as-tu acheté? Et la photo de Cameron - "notre petit chou" (mdr) tu m'as fait rire! Linda

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  2. Debbie, I want to go shopping & eating with you! You chose some beautiful items, but I'd really like see the entire shop. I'm often stumped about what to put inside a cloche & they had some great examples! Now, can I have your pickle?!? ☺ Diane

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  3. You found some beautiful things, as usual Debbie. My favorite was the one with the salt shakers also - as soon as I looked at the picture I thought, now that's the one! Then I read that it was your favorite too! Great minds and all that. Right now my favorite part of your post is the restaurant - I'm starving! Hugs, Kat

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  4. Debbie, it's great fun for me to shop vicariously through your posts. I wish there was a Queen of Hearts Antique Flea near me. I don't have a cloche either, but my friend has many. One is home to her grandfather's teddy bear, which is one of the original Teddy Roosevelt era bears, and another houses the beautiful delicate porcelain fruits of a South Carolina artist. Glad you saved the abandoned eggs. They are nature's art, indeed!

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  5. Oh Debbie, I think I like your little birdnest almost better than a cloche. You did find some really pretty ones and they were decorated very nice, but I really like the idea of your precious little eggs having the birdnest. You are always so clever. I just published my post, so when it comes up be sure and go link up with Mr. Linky. I hope he's there. Love ya, and thanks for playing. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I need to go out to eat with you! ;)

    Those blue eggs are so lovely!!!

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  7. My favorite is the petit dejeuner plates...

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  8. Debbie, I've always wanted to go shopping with you. Now I want to go to breakfast and lunch with you too! Yummy food! And what a treat to see all of the cloches. Love your bird and nest box, and those eggs are so pretty. You are too funny! I don't think my yard has an upper class neighborhood! laurie

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  9. Hi Debbie,
    I just loved this little tour, I actually felt like I was eating right along with you! Hehe, how come my stomache is still growling. My fave is the same is yours, the salt shaker's, they are so pretty and what a neat way to show them off and store them. We are leaving Tuesday for the South, I think we are kind of playing it by ear but if we get to your area I would love to give you a call. You can e-mail @ applestonecottage@gmail.com it's on my site if you want. Hugs, Cindy

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  10. Very nice Debbie. I see cloche's very few and far between around these parts!! I'm keeping my eye out. Love that cafe and that sandwich looks fabulous!

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  11. That was wonderful! I loved seeing all the different takes on what to put under your "hat"...:)
    And the food looks good too!

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  12. Oh, if I had been out shopping with you, I would have bought waaaay too much. This gal had some great ideas for her cloches. I did get some ideas for putting some more together. I love the one w/the salt&pepper shakers.... You COULD always go back to buy one, ya know!!! Glad you had a good time! :-) Sue

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  13. Debbie great cloches! I love that little bird and nest- and those blue eggs are so sweet! I have some very tall skinny cloches that I should put on to see if I can get some help with what to do with them! HEy I think I am going to go edit real quick- great idea! thanks!

    blessings
    mary

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  14. You sure have a stong will power not to buy any of those lovely cloches, Debbie. You have a stronger self control than me, lol. But I like the bird box that you bought, so unusual...Christine

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  15. Love the little bunny in the cloche!

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  16. I'm sorry - did you post about cloches? All I could concentrate on was that gorgous birdie box and those darling eggs. LOL How wonderful they are. That darned mama bird! I hate women like her. :-D

    Your cloche finds were beautiful, and I think it will be unanimous that our fave is the one with the S&P's. BTW, the way things are going here lately, I might have that many wine corks saved up for you all by my lonesome. LOL hiccup!

    Hugs my friend, Barb

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  17. All are so pretty! Food does not look to shabby either. :-)
    Glenda

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  18. So many lovely ones. I agree I love the salt & pepper one the best!

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  19. I like it all! Thanks so much for taking us along, cloche or no cloche (I only have one myself...) because this gave me some fantastic ideas. Much thanks! The whole post was cute as a bug's ear!
    Brenda

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  20. Thanks for taking me shopping with you. I like the cloche with the little bunny.

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  21. Love all your cloches !
    Can't pick a favorite !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  22. Great post, even without a cloche purchase! They are all so pretty, I would have wanted to come home with all of them! My favorite pic was probably the sandwich! Chicken salad is one of my most favorite things. :)
    ~Michelle

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  23. Debbie - I love you post and the treasures you spotted. But, let's talk about that piece of strawberry cake I saw. YUM! You are my kind of shopper. I think teachers make the best shoppers!

    Don't you just love retirement! It give us time to read blogs and eat lunch out.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Lots of fabulous cloches -- and I love the little box you bought.

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  25. What a great post.. I think you should be a shopping guide!! You find the most beautiful things... and the chicken club looks divine!

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  26. Hi Debbie,
    I'm just so happy to read one of your entertaining posts!
    Trophy wife? LOL!
    So cute to keep the eggs and precious box as well.

    All of the cloches are gorgeous!
    I really liked the sweet bunny the best. I really thought it was yours. It is so "you".

    Th chicken salad looks so yummy! :)

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  27. Oh Debbie didn't you get tired of hearing them all SCREAM Gloria at you ha ha!!! girl I ♥ them all...Oh I would be in so much trouble in that shop I kid you not my friend...loved it all...even the food looks YUM!! and I love Judge Judy...I have read all her books so far...wished she run for President I vote for her ha ha!!! May you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  28. Oh Debbie... I don't have a cloche either! I could be in Alpharetta in about 2 hours...hmmmmmmm ~ Susan

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  29. Debbie......Loved the Cloche tour at one of my favorite places to shop, Queen of Hearts! :) You look like you had a blast too... I can't wait till we talk next...I must tell you about MY BIRDIE story...I blogged on Outdoor Wednesday and hinted that my baby birdie nearly died...you'll die laughing when I tell you how I saved it! And......captured the pics at the same time! hahaha! I love the bird nest you found shopping! :) My cloche theme is Parisian...you'll get a French Kick out of it! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  30. Oh my word girl...what beautiful sights to behold!!!! But my heart skipped a beat when I saw the one with the old salt shakers under it even before I read that it was your favorite!!!! lol lol I have got to make one like that!!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!! Have agreat weekend!

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  31. Great cloches...Love the one with the bunny!

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  32. HI Debbie! Oh, I wanna come shopping with you and I'll even pay for lunch! LOL Love love all the great photos!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. Ooooh, I want to go to lunch with you...anytime! Love all the choches:)

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  34. Glad to see all of your cloche! I don't own one but sure is having fun seeing everyone's creative use for cloches!

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  35. Hi Debbie...

    Ohhh...you lucky girl! Antique store shopping is my favorite thing to do! This shop certainly has some pretties in it...I loved all of the cloches but I think my favorite is the one with the red tulips! Of course, you know how I love my red! Hehe! I do love that big ol' cloche with all of the pretty glass S&P's in it!!! Love that idea!!!

    Well...I think your little bird's nest box is adorable!!! Ohhh yes, I could see that in a vignette or a tablescape!!! Great treasure find, my friend!!! Thanks for taking us shopping with you...mmmm, that chicken salad sandwich looked scrumptious!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  36. It's a toss up between the cloche with the salt shakers or the first one you showed with the bunny. Let's get both! Since we are just dreaming we can afford to get both. lol. Thanks for sharing them.

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  37. Great Post, Im loving the terraiums lately!!! I saw them at he biltmore last week and reminded me of the 70's I think they were popular then, also all the corks in the jar, thanks again
    I wish i could go to lunch with you there
    kate

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  38. What beautiful goodies! Thanks so much for taking us along with you for a fun day...

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  39. Hi Debbie, your cloches are wonderful and the food looks just too delicious!!

    Barb

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  40. Thank you for inviting me to go window shopping for Cloche and out to lunch. The sandwich you ordered was so delicious looking.
    Well untill we go on another outing
    see you.
    I enjoyed your blog.

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  41. Oh how I love shopping in other antique shops with bloggers. Thank you so much. I love your blog and will be following!

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  42. I have all these wine corks that I save...who knows what for, but now I am going to put them in a pretty container and show them off. Thanks for taking me shopping with you, great idea!! Maybe we can do it again...soon!

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  43. I loved shopping with you, but the sandwich you ordered really grabbed my eyes. It looks delicious. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  44. Debbie,
    You are definately my kind of shopper! You captured so many neat looks, and I agree shredded wheat needs all the help it can get.
    Cathy

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  45. Debbie, what a wonderful way to start the day. A good breakfast to take us shopping. Girlfriend these cloches are wonderful. Have to say my favorite is the one with salt shakers. How unique. I love different and that was truly a vintage work of art. Thanks for swinging by and leaving such kind comments. hugs ~lynne~

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  46. Debbie, I knew you wouldn't dissapoint and looked forward to seeing your post!
    I could almost taste your heavenly breakfast before you went shopping.
    So many ideas and pretty cloches! I enjoyed the terrariums and other glass containers also. My mind is swirling with ideas. Thanks for taking us along and lunch was yummy too! Thanks:)

    Beth~♥

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  47. Antique shopping and food! Perfect! I love all those cloches and jars. I must buy me some soon!! Thanks for sharing! Huggy Hugs!

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  48. Deb, now that is what I call a good day. Lots of eye candy and good food to go with it. I just love those beautiful little eggs and how fun to have fun the absolutely perfect container for them, now that is a treasure, hugs Kathysue

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  49. Hi Debbie!

    BEAUTIFUL filled cloches! Love them and the food looks so yummy!

    Hugs!
    Maryjane

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  50. now not only do I think I need a cloche...but I am hungry too! great post!

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  51. Lots and lots of pretty goin' on over here. Thanks for sharing these really great ideas!

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  52. HI DEbbie. Thanks you for visiting my blog. I love your pictures and stories and your staff of course. And your provence tableware I love.

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  53. That was a fun little shopping trip! Thanks for taking me along... I love chicken salad too. Looks like you have a wonderful little deli to get yours too!Have a great weekend!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  54. Love the tour of the cloches! The sandwich you brought home, er... the half sandwich, looked delicous, no wonder you ate the other half. lol Love the little nest for safe keeping the eggs.

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  55. Hi Miss Debbie- and once again I love everything!
    I want the cloches AND the sandwich! Yum.

    Enjoyed visiting as usual,
    Laura

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie